Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Temporarily creates 7 new tax brackets: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. Increases Standard Deductions: Single $12,000, Married Filing Jointly $24,000, Head of Household $18,000. Repeals deductions for personal exemptions. Increases Child Tax Credit to $2,000 ($1,400 refundable), subject to phase out. Eliminates all 2% itemized deductions (bottom of Schedule A) Limits Itemized Deductions for non-business taxes to $10,000 for SALT (State...

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IRS Position on Cryptocurrencies

The IRS determined that because cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are not issued by a sovereign, bitcoin and its brethren are not currency.  The IRS holds that cryptocurrencies are personal property in much the same manner as owning shares of stock in Amazon or Ford Motor Company.   Therefore, the IRS treats cryptocurrencies as a capital asset, subject to either short-term or long-term capital gains and losses. Each time you acquire...

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Potential Changes to Law regarding Inherited Real Property in Kansas

The Kansas Revisor of Statutes is considering adopting the UPHPA. The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) helps preserve family wealth passed to the next generation in the form of real property. Affluent families can engage in sophisticated estate planning to ensure generational wealth, but those with smaller estates are more likely to use a simple will or to die intestate. For many lower- and middle-income families, the majority of...

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Registration of Foreign Judgments in Kansas

Kansas provides a statutory procedure by which a judgment creditor may file an authenticated or certified copy of a judgment entered by a court of competent jurisdiction in another state or commonwealth in the appropriate district court in Kansas.  Once the foreign judgment is entered in Kansas, it carries the full force and effect of a Kansas judgment, subject to the laws of the foreign state or commonwealth as to issues like statutory...

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Missouri Legislature Overrides Gov. Nixon’s Veto, Instructional Activities Exempt from Sales Tax

The Missouri General Assembly voted on September 14, 2016 to override the Governor Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 1025. Sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, SB 1025 now defines instructional classes given at dance studios, martial arts facilities, gymnastics facilities and other fitness facilities as educational classes for tax purposes. Under current law, the definition of “sale at retail” for purposes of sales tax law includes...

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