By Derek C. Hamilton, Elser Financial Planning Inc.
For years, Congress has been in the habit of extending a number of tax benefits for a year or few at a time, leaving tax professionals and their clients to wait and wonder – sometimes until the tax year is over – "will they or won’t they?” continue a particular tax benefit. With the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2015, many of the heretofore year-to-year “tax extenders” – like qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) for IRA contributions, the American Opportunity Tax Credit for college costs and the itemized deduction for state and local taxes – have become permanent. Others, unfortunately – like 50% bonus depreciation and the work opportunity tax credit – are extended for only a few years. For more, see this article.
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