Tax planning for high-net-worth individuals has never been one size fits all. But since the signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), those in the higher brackets are concerned that losing key deductions and other changes will leave them worse off. Is that really the case?

While it’s true changes to some coveted tax items stand to impact this class of taxpayers, Sue McGovern, co-chair of Cohen & Company’s Family Wealth Group, says it’s the totality of deductions and changes to the law that has to be considered to know where taxpayers stand.

Below is an interview adapted from Taxonomics magazine in which McGovern shares why not to assume the worst and how taxpayers may even help bring out the best in the TCJA.

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Any person or persons residing temporarily or permanently in a country that is different from their home country or country of citizenship is referred to as an expat. Taxation of such expat employees involves a slightly different computation than the tax computed for a regular employee of an Indian organization.

Read more: Taxation of expatriate employees in India

Author: Evan Fox, J.D., LL.M.

Under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 1366, shareholders of S Corporations report their share of net income as if it were directly earned. Included in the computation of net income is a deduction for wages (and withholding taxes) paid to the shareholder(s), along with related payroll taxes. Conversely, the shareholder reports these wages as ordinary income. For a variety of reasons, taxpayers and the IRS have been engaged in a tussle over what level of wages are appropriate. Following the enactment of IRC 199A (see Section 199A Pass: Treasury Regulations Answer Many Questions by Joseph Most for a detailed description of IRC 199A), taxpayers have a new and extremely important variable to consider in determining their “reasonable compensation.” And much to the chagrin of the IRS, the economics will typically suggest a further trend towards wage reductions.

Read more: Becoming Less Valuable: S Corporation “Reasonable Compensation” in Light of IRC 199A

British Columbia Budget 2018 included the announcement of a new payroll tax called the Employer Health Tax (the “EHT”). Preliminary details were released over the summer, with additional details being released in recent months. The EHT came into effect on January 1, 2019; employers should be aware that the EHT may result in a significant new tax liability for 2019 and future years.

The EHT is intended to replace the existing Medical Services Plan (“MSP”) premiums, which will be phased out on January 1, 2020. Both the EHT (paid by employers) and the MSP (paid by individuals or, in some cases, their employers) will be in effect during 2019.

Read more: The New B.C. Employer Health Tax

Many businesses hired in 2017, and more are planning to hire in 2018. If you’re among them and your hires include members of a “target group,” you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC). If you made qualifying hires in 2017 and obtained proper certification, you can claim the WOTC on your 2017 tax return.

Read more: Tax Credit for Hiring from Certain “Target Groups” Can Provide Substantial Tax Savings