Sometimes the tax law seems to say something clearly—only we find elsewhere in the Internal Revenue Code that clarity is overridden. In News Release IR-2018-99 the IRS explains how a rate that, per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, took effect for tax years beginning in 2018 actually affects most years beginning any time after January 1, 2017.
The New Release outlines the rate that will be paid by fiscal year corporations for the corporation’s year that includes January 1, 2018. Act Section 13001(a) of Pub. L 115-97 (the law generally referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) provides that the 21% flat rate version of IRC §11 takes effect “for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.”
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