Section 199-A Deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA, went into effect on December 22, 2017. It cut the tax rate for C companies from 35% to 21% while putting the tax burden pressure on pass-through entity owners ((link: text: S corporations), (link: text: Sole proprietors), and partnerships). They were now required to pay a greater tax than C corporations. To address this issue, Congress enacted Section 199A, popularly known as the (link: text: Qualified Business Income Deduction) (QBID).

What Is Section 199-A Deduction (QBID)?

Before determining a taxpayer's tax return amount, several computations must be performed. The Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBID) is the final deduction taken before calculating a taxpayer's taxable income. With a few exceptions, QBID is only applicable to a few trades and enterprises. This income deduction has nothing to do with corporate employees and exclusively applies to enterprises.

According to the relevant regulations, pass-through entities are classified into two types of businesses that are eligible for the deduction:

  1. Qualifying trades or companies and Specific service trades or businesses.
  2. Only approved trades or enterprises are permitted.

The money that can be deducted is what we refer to as "Qualified Business Income" (QBI). It is possible for this income to originate from a sole proprietorship (which is reported on Schedule C of (link: text: Form 1040)), a partnership (which is reported on (link: text: Form 1065)), or a S Corporation (reported on Form 1120S).

On Form K-1, the taxpayers' respective shares of the eligible business income and assets of a S corporation or partnership are disclosed.

Who Qualifies For The Section 199-A Deduction?

Taxpayers other than C companies are allowed to deduct 20% of their qualified trade or business under Section 199A, sometimes known as QBID. On Qualified Business Income received through a sole proprietorship, S corporation, trust, or estate, the taxpayers may deduct up to 20% of that income. It should be highlighted that neither wage workers nor C businesses profit from section 199A.

The Qualified Business Income Deduction benefits are only available to those who meet certain requirements. Individual taxpayers with taxable incomes under $157,500 for 2018 and joint filers with taxable incomes under $315,000 are both qualified to take advantage of the deduction.

Which Is A Qualified Trade or Business?

A section 162 trade or enterprise that falls under that list is considered to be qualified, with the following exceptions:

  • The company is classified as a C corporation.
  • The taxable income is higher than the cutoff point.
  • The business falls within a certain category of service trades or businesses (SSTBs). An SSTB is a company or trade that offers products or services in the following industries: health, legal, accounting, actuarial science, performing arts, consultancy, sports, financial services, and trading.
  • The individual is employed by a company and considered a taxpayer.


Eligible businesses and trades have their tax burden significantly reduced by Section 199A, sometimes known as the Qualified Business Income Deduction. This law, which President Trump signed on December 22, 2017, is still relatively new and unknown to most business owners. Giving qualified firms a 20% deduction may sound simple, but there are complications involved. Like any other tax law, there are several rules and conditions and a few exceptions that apply to QBI deductions.

Every taxpayer is advised to understand when they should be deducting expenses from their income and to follow the appropriate procedures. Because it can be difficult to determine the QBID, there may be times when you believe you are entitled to a deduction but the paperwork may reveal otherwise. In these situations, you should verify that all the data entering is correct to make sure you haven't overlooked anything. In order to determine whether you are making a mistake, you need to double-check everything if your (link: text: K-1 report) does not indicate a tax deduction.

To guarantee the greatest cost savings, all business owners should pay close attention to tax deductions.

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