Emerging interest

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Pick a tax topic topic of emerging interest and write an essay of at least 350 words; provide at least 3 references. Internet research is expected. Assume the reader has no background information, so you must explain the topic for the uninformed.

Scoring will be based on writing and persuasion (50%) and content and accuracy (50%); 25 points possible.

You may choose one of these or find a topic of your own. More may be added.

Examples:

The residential 30% solar credit is scheduled to expire after 2019, with reduced credits through 2021. If it expires, is this good policy?

U. S. Supreme Court partially repeals Defense of Marriage Act making it possible for same-sex married couples to file jointly.

Power purchase agreements; do the tax benefits pass through to the user in the form of reduced purchase costs?

What is the “jock tax?” Do California sports franchises really need to pay athletes more than they would earn in a state with no income tax?

Benefits and detriments of the federal estate and gift taxes. Are they good policy? Explain.

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, U.S. corporations will pay income tax at 21%. Is this good policy?

What should a Finance major should know about the Qualified Business Income Deduction?

How much is a reasonable salary for an S corporation shareholder? Make assumptions as to profits and qualifications for the employee shareholder. Explain.

How much is a reasonable salary for a regular corporation shareholder? Make assumptions as to profits and qualifications for the employee shareholder. Explain.

What tax free employee benefits are available for S corporation employee/shareholders and partners? Explain why these are beneficial.

What employee benefits are available for regular corporation employee/shareholders? Explain why these are beneficial.

Is an employee cafeteria with free (or below market) meals good company policy (i.e., does it improve employee productivity or morale)?

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