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For many businesses and business owners, the outcome of the 2016 election could be quite rewarding. President-elect Donald Trump proposed $6.2 trillion in tax cuts over the next decade. While it remains uncertain as to whether Trump can get such large tax cuts through Congress, even one controlled by the GOP, Republicans remain committed to overhauling the U.S. tax system in a manner that they think will help grow the economy. Overall, some sort of tax reduction seems inevitable....

The IRS released final regulations concerning the application of the R&D tax credit to “internal use software” (i.e., software which is developed by or for the benefit of the taxpayer). Examples of internal-use software include software for use in human resources, support services and financial management. Software that is not for internal use needs to meet a lower threshold to qualify for the credit. These final regulations also include examples to illustrate the application of the process of experimentation requirement to software....

The IRS recently released an Audit Techniques Guide titled “Capitalization of Tangible Property”. Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) help IRS examiners during audits by providing insight into issues unique to specific industries. While designed to provide guidance for IRS employees, these guides are useful to business owners and tax professionals as they are more reader-friendly than the code and regulations, and they often discuss the implications of case law as well as other relevant authorities....