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How Does IRS Code Section 199A Affect Manufacturers?

by John Kammerer, CPA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created many changes for both individuals and businesses.  These changes include the repeal of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD or Section 199) and the creation of the new Section 199A deduction for individual owners of pass-through entities.

The Section 199A deduction is more expansive than DPAD, and can be better in the following ways:

  • More tax savings;
  • 20% vs. the former 9% deduction;
  • More industries qualify overall; and
  • It maintains competitiveness with C-corps when you consider the bigger tax picture (if you want to learn more about Choice of Entity click here). 

Under the repealed DPAD rules, manufacturers of tangible property and limited contract processing/manufacturing and distribution activities were eligible to claim a 9% deduction of the net income from qualifying domestic production activities.  For tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the new Section 199A Qualified Business Income Deduction allows an individual a deduction of 20% based on an individual’s domestic qualified business income from a pass-through entity (i.e. partnership, S Corporation, or sole proprietorship).

Good News for Manufacturers

Most manufacturers’ income should qualify for the 20% deduction because manufacturing meets the definition of a “qualified trade or business”.  A qualified trade or business includes any trade or business other than a “specified service trade or business”, e.g. law firms, financial advisors, etc., or the trade or business of performing services as an employee. The 199A deduction gives more weight to W-2 income than the repealed Section 199 calculation which implies Congress meant to promote employment as well.

The Section 199A deduction was created along with the tax rate reduction that was given to C Corporations in the TCJA. Starting January 1, 2018, C Corporation rates went from the maximum rate of 35% to a 21% flat rate. The TCJA has reduced the top individual tax rate to 37% from 39.6%, so an owner of a pass-through business who can deduct the full 20% of pass-through income effectively reduces their top effective tax rate to 29.6%.

The basic Section 199A qualified business income pass-through deduction is 20 percent of net qualified business income. However, there can be limitations to this deduction based upon the wages paid by the business.

The Calculation

Qualified business income—i.e., manufacturing income from your pass-through, for a tax year is generally the lesser of:

  • 20 percent of the taxpayer’s qualified items of income, gain, deductions, and loss relating to any qualified trade or business of the taxpayer, or
  • A W-2 wages/qualified property limit, which is the greater of:
  1. 50 percent of the W-2 wages with respect to the qualified trade or business, or
  2. The sum of 25 percent of the W-2 wages paid with respect to the qualified trade or business plus 2.5 percent of the unadjusted basis immediately after acquisition of all qualified property of the trade or business.

 Here is a Sample Pass-Through Calculation

IRS Code Section 199A

Above: Facts Around an Example Pass-Through Structure, Below: A Subsequent Calculation

IRS Code Section 199A

John Kammerer, CPA

John Kammerer, CPA

John Kammerer is a partner at Redpath and Company and holds a seat on the firm’s board of directors. He leads the firm’s business tax service area, assisting clients with tax planning and preparation, research, entity structuring, and M&A transactions. John works with a variety of clients in industries such as manufacturing, construction, real estate, and professional services. He is a frequent presenter on topics of business taxation and entity structuring. John is also a member of the S Corp Association advisory board and is actively involved with the group to promote and support tax policies that positively impact S Corporations and privately-held businesses. John graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). He has provided public accounting services at Redpath and Company since 2004.