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Congress Reinstates Expired Tax Provisions — Some Back To 2018

Congress let many tax provisions expire on December 31, 2017, making them dead for your already- filed 2018 tax returns.

In what has become much too common practice, Congress resurrected the dead provisions retroactively to January 1, 2018. That’s good news. The bad news is that we have to amend your tax returns to make this work for you.

And you can relax when filing your 2019 and 2020 tax returns because lawmakers extended the “extender” tax laws for both years. Thus, no worries until 2021—and even longer for a few extenders that received special treatment.

Back from the Dead

The big five tax breaks that most likely impact your Form 1040 are as follows:

Exclusion from income for cancellation of acquisition debt on your principal residence (up to $2 million)
Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums as residence interest
7.5 percent floor to deduct medical expenses (instead of 10 percent)
Above-the-line tuition and fees deduction
Nonbusiness energy property credit for energy-efficient improvements to your residence

Congress extended these five tax breaks retroactively to January 1, 2018. They now expire on December 31, 2020, so you’re good for both 2019 and 2020.

Other Provisions Revived

Congress also extended the following tax breaks retroactively to January 1, 2018, and they now expire on December 31, 2020 (unless otherwise noted):

Black lung disability trust fund tax
Indian employment credit
Railroad track maintenance credit (December 31, 2022)
Mine rescue team training credit
Certain racehorses as three-year depreciable property
Seven-year recovery period for motorsports entertainment complexes
Accelerated depreciation for business property on Indian reservations
Expensing rules for certain film, television, and theater productions
Empowerment zone tax incentives
American Samoa economic development credit
Biodiesel and renewable diesel credit (December 31, 2022)
Second-generation biofuel producer credit
Qualified fuel-cell motor vehicles
Alternative fuel-refueling property credit
Two-wheeled plug-in electric vehicle credit (December 31, 2021)
Credit for electricity produced from specific renewable resources
Production credit for Indian coal facilities
Energy-efficient homes credit
Special depreciation allowance for second-generation biofuel plant property
Energy-efficient commercial buildings deduction

Temporary Provisions Extended

Congress originally scheduled these provisions to end in 2019 and now extended them through 2020:

New markets tax credit
Paid family and medical leave credit
Work opportunity credit
Beer, wine, and distilled spirits reductions in certain excise taxes
Look-through rule for certain controlled foreign corporations
Health insurance coverage credit

If you have questions about the extenders, please call me on my direct line at 888-275-6383.