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Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) imposes a $1 million limit on the amount most public companies can deduct for compensation paid to any “covered employee.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) significantly changes Section 162(m) by eliminating the exception for “qualified performance-based compensation,” expanding the “covered employee” group and expanding the definition of “publicly held corporation.”
The tax bill formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) reduces tax rates for individuals, lowering the top marginal tax rate from 39.6% to 37%, effective January 1, 2018. Employers should make sure that the tax rates used for federal tax withholding on equity awards are reduced to correspond to the lower rates under the Act, in order to avoid adverse financial accounting consequences.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) was passed by the House and Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Trump soon.
We expect that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) will be signed into law by the end of this week. The Act would make significant changes to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, all of which would be effective for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2018. These changes potentially affect all awards payable in and after 2018, unless the company takes action now.
Included in both the Senate and House tax reform bills is a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% (but, it appears the reconciled bill includes a corporate tax rate of 21%). The Senate plan cuts the corporate tax rate effective in 2019 and the House plan in 2018.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act H.R. 1 passed by the US House of Representatives on November 16 and the Senate Finance Committee’s “Modified Mark” released November 14 would make sweeping changes to the tax treatment of executive compensation, fringe benefits, and tax-qualified plans (among many other areas) in order to pay for centerpiece reductions in both corporate and individual tax rates.