The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- signed into law on December 22, 2017 — gave birth to a brand new provision: Section 199A, which permits owners of sole proprietorships, S corporations, or partnerships to deduct up to 20% of the income earned by the business. While the provision has the potential to bestow a tremendous benefit upon owners of these pass-through businesses, since its enactment, no one has been able to, well... figure out how the whole thing works. Quite truthfully, the statutory language of Section 199A created more questions than answers, with those queries ranging from the seemingly simple -- what do we do about a fiscal year business that crosses over January 1, 2018? -- to the much more complex -- what exactly is a "specified service business" for which a deduction is generally prohibited?
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