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Sales and Use Tax: Local Rate Changes for Fourth Quarter 2016

The following Texas local sales and use tax rate changes take effect October 1, 2016. Adopted City Tax Dish (Denton County) adopted a 2% city sales tax rate, resulting in a combined (state, county, city, transit, and special purpose district) tax rate of 8.25%. City Tax Rate…

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Washington Report – Senate Finance Committee Leaders Introduce Tax Bills

Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chair Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced two bipartisan bills on July 12 intended to protect taxpayers: the Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Bill (Sen 3157) and the Taxpayer Protection Bill of 2016 (Sen 3156). Sen 3157 would implement guidelines for the IRS in handling…

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) is issuing these FAQs to assist covered financial institutions in understanding the scope of the Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions,” published on May 11, 2016 (the “CDD Rule”), available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-11/pdf/2016-10567.pdf . These FAQs provide interpretive guidance with respect…

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How to Request a Transcript or Copy of a Prior Year’s Tax Return

Requesting a Transcript You should always keep a copy of your tax return for your records. You may need copies of your filed tax returns for many reasons. For example, they can help you prepare future tax returns. You’ll need them if you have to amend a…

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The Rascon CPA Firm Sponsor for Couture for the Cause – American Cancer Society

The Rascon CPA Firm – Swag Bag Sponsor of the Couture for the Cause Gala On May 7th The American Cancer Society’s Couture for the Cause of Montgomery County had a fundraising Gala with an outstanding fashion show, signature cocktails, champagne, and delicious Italian fare. With the…

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Texas Disaster Relief Notice (June 22, 2016)

Disaster relief: Presidentially declared disaster area: Texas: Severe storms and flooding Victims of the severe storms and flooding that took place beginning on May 26, 2016 in parts of Texas may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. The President has declared that a major…

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Republican Lawmakers Urge Treasury to Revisit Debt-Equity Regulations

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., sent Treasury Secretary Jack Lew a letter on June 28 expressing collective GOP concerns over proposed debt-equity regulations under Code Sec. 385.  All Republican members of the Ways and Means…

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IRS Issues Country-by-Country Reporting Regulations

The IRS has issued final regulations that require annual country-by-country (CbC) reporting by certain United States persons that are the ultimate parent entity of a multinational enterprise (MNE) group. The final regulations affect U.S. persons that are the ultimate parent entity of a multinational enterprise group that…

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IRS Warns of Latest Scam Variation Involving Bogus “Federal Student Tax”

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.” Even though the tax deadline has come and gone, scammers continue to use varied strategies to trick people, in this…

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Temporary Regulations Clarify Employment Tax Treatment of Partners in Partnership That Owns a Disregarded Entity

The IRS has issued temporary regulations under Code Sec. 7701 to clarify that a disregarded entity that is treated as a corporation for employment tax purposes is not treated as a corporation for purposes of employing an individual who is a partner in a partnership that owns…

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