Katherine Johnson, Esq.

Katherine Johnson, Esq.
Katherine (Kate), is the Director of Strategy and Business Operations and provides thought leadership on new and emerging areas of tax law and incentives for CTI’s clients. Through her professional experience, she has overseen hundreds of Research & Development (R&D) and Employee Retention Credit (ERC) studies as well as defended clients in matters before the IRS. Kate earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona and received her undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University.
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174 is on the move - What you should know!

Written by Katherine Johnson, Esq.. Updated May 18, 2023.

Current State of Section 174

As discussed in our recent blog, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 included a delayed provision that requires taxpayers to begin capitalizing and amortizing research and experimental (R&E) expenditures under Section 174 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2021. Prior to this provision, taxpayers had the option to deduct R&E costs in connection with the taxpayer’s trade or business during the taxable year incurred. Starting in tax year 2022, R&E costs will need to be capitalized and amortized over a 5-year period for domestic expenses and over a 15-year period for foreign research, beginning with the midpoint of the taxable year in which such expenditures are paid or incurred.

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Increased IRS Scrutiny of Employee Retention Credit

Written by Katherine Johnson, Esq.. Updated Apr 19, 2023.

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published its annual Dirty Dozen list, which is intended to raise taxpayer awareness of potential scams and fraudulent tax practices. The list includes cautions against falling prey to scammers calling and texting to pose as IRS or state tax officials, reminding taxpayers that the IRS initiates contact with taxpayers primarily through regular mail and never through email, text, or social media. Additionally, the IRS advised against acting on tax tips posted on social media, noting a couple of specific tax schemes that have recently gone viral amount of tax fraud.

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All or Nothing: Don't Gamble with Your Tax Credit Eligibility

Written by Katherine Johnson, Esq.. Updated Apr 11, 2023.

Two recent court opinions – Moore v. Commissioner and Little Sandy Coal v. Commissioner – reiterate the pitfalls of claiming the Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit without sufficient documentation. In both cases, the courts completely disallowed the taxpayers’ R&D tax credit despite recognition that the taxpayers undertook R&D activities and had some level of R&D expenses. The issue was that the taxpayers did not meet their burden of proof to show that all of the activities and associated expenses qualified, and the taxpayers did not provide a reasonable basis for estimating what portion could be properly included.

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Seventh Circuit Weighs in on Little Sandy Coal – What This Means for R&D Tax Credit

Written by Katherine Johnson, Esq.. Updated Apr 6, 2023.

Now more than ever, recent court precedence has created the need to partner with a firm that understands your industry to maximize Research & Development tax credits. This article explains the result of Little Sandy Coal vs. Commissioner and why it’s important to every organization.

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