AICPA: Immediate Guidance Needed on S Corporation Issues


Taxpayers and practitioners need clarity on certain S corporation issues by the next tax filing season, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has said. In a letter sent to Treasury and the IRS, the AICPA requested immediate guidance on certain S corporation provisions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97).

S corporations elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions, and credits through to shareholders for federal tax purposes. Thus, S corporations are considered a pass-through entity. This election allows S corporations to avoid double taxation on the corporate income, according to the IRS.

“Taxpayers and practitioners need clarity on S corporation issues in order to comply with their 2018 tax obligations and to make informed decisions regarding cash flow, entity structure, and tax planning issues,” Annette Nellen wrote in the letter on behalf of the AICPA. Generally, the letter noted the following three areas for which guidance is needed:

  • Application of the new laws on loss carryforwards
  • Clarification of certain provisions relating to the post-termination transition period (PTTP) and the eligible terminated S corporation period (ETSC Period)
  • Treatment of deferred foreign income upon transition to the participation exemption system of taxation for S corporation trust shareholders

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