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March 22, 2018
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) requested immediate guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury on various issues regarding section 199A of the new Internal Revenue Code, the deduction for qualified business income (QBI) of pass-through entities.

“Taxpayers and practitioners need clarity regarding QBI in order to comply with their 2018 tax obligations and to make informed decisions regarding cash-flow, entity structure, and other tax planning issues,” Annette Nellen, CPA, CGMA, Esq., chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee, wrote in her February 21 letter.

Nellen urged the IRS and Treasury to “focus their immediate attention on six questions in need of priority guidance,” as well as the AICPA’s suggested response to the questions.

Specifically, the letter recommended immediate guidance on the following issues:

I. Definition of section 199A QBI
II. Aggregation method for calculation of QBI of pass-through businesses
III. Deductible amount of QBI for a pass-through entity with business in net loss
IV. Qualification of wages paid by an employee leasing company
V. Application of section 199A to an owner of a fiscal year pass-through entity ending in 2018
VI. Availability of deduction for Electing Small Business Trusts (ESBTs)

The letter also included a list of other issues affecting QBI that the AICPA believes warrant guidance.

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