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New Law Sets Jan. 31 W-2 Filing Deadline

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. Enacted last December, the new law means employers need to file their copies of Forms W-2  by Jan. 31. These forms also go to the Social Security Administration. The new deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099. Those reporting nonemployee…

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Ways and Means GOP Cautions Treasury Against Finalizing Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans sent a letter dated October 5 to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew again voicing concerns about the Obama administration’s proposed Code Sec. 385 regulations. The letter comes on the heels of the Treasury delivering final regulations under Code Sec. 385 to the…

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2016-17 Special Per Diem Rates

The IRS has provided the 2016-2017 special per diem rates for taxpayers to use in substantiating the amount of ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home, specifically: (1) the special transportation industry meal and incidental expenses (M&IE) rates; (2) the rate for the…

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TIGTA Releases Report on Implementation of Identity Theft Measures for 2016 Filing Season

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has released a report regarding the implementation of new tax return-related data elements based on the 2015 Security Summit, Protecting Taxpayers from Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud. TIGTA has concluded that tax-related identity thefts adversely affect the ability of…

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Repair v. Capitalization and Depreciation Changes Will Affect 2016 Business Returns

Every taxpayer that uses tangible real or personal property in a business needs to understand the tax rules relating to the distinction between a repair and capital expenditure, as well as the depreciation of those capitalized expenditures and other depreciable assets that are purchased or produced. This…

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First Circuit Finds Puerto Rico’s Corporate AMT Unconstitutional

Affirming a federal district court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down parts of Puerto Rico’s corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT). The court was not persuaded that the AMT did not discriminate against interstate commerce. The First Circuit Court of Appeals, affirming a U.S. district…

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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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