Archive for the Tax Compliance Category

Neal Asks Treasury, IRS for Pass-through Deduction Guidance

House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., has asked the Treasury and the IRS for guidance on the tax code’s new pass-through deduction. In a May 1 letter, Neal asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. and Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, for clarifying guidance on…

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Brady Talks “Phase Two” of Tax Reform

President Donald Trump and the House’s top tax writer think Congress and the president should work to make the tax code better every year. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said in an interview that he and the president share this goal and are…

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IRS Outlines Guidance on Business Interest Deduction

The IRS has announced initial guidance for computing the business interest expense deduction under Code Sec. 163(j) effective for tax years beginning after 2017, and aspects that will be covered in future regulations. The deduction is generally limited to the taxpayer’s business interest income plus 30 percent…

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Tax Reform Guidance Will Take Years, IRS Chief Says

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter told lawmakers on April 11 that implementing tax reform is one of the IRS’s highest priorities, but issuing guidance will likely take years. “Preliminary efforts to implement this new law are already underway,” Kautter said during a House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee hearing. The…

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Ways and Means Approves Bipartisan IRS Reform Package

The House Ways and Means Committee, in an April 11 markup, approved a bipartisan package of nine bills to restructure the IRS for the first time in 20 years. The IRS reform package was approved in committee by a voice vote and is reportedly expected to reach…

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Taxpayers Urged to Check Income Tax Withholding

The IRS has urged specific groups of taxpayers to check if the right amount of tax is being withheld from their paychecks following the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new law increased the standard deduction, eliminated personal exemptions, increased the Child Tax Credit (CTC),…

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Identity Theft Victim Assistance Process Explained

The IRS has issued a fact sheet explaining the identity theft victim assistance process and procedures involved in resolving tax-related identity theft cases. The Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, should be filed if the taxpayer attempts to file an electronic tax return and the IRS rejects it…

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IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Transition Tax on Foreign Earnings

April 2, 2018 The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today provided additional guidance (Notice 2018-26) for computing the “transition tax” on the untaxed foreign earnings of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted on Dec. 22, 2017. The Treasury…

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Updates Lawmakers on 2018 Tax Filing Season, IRS Operations

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter on April 12 provided lawmakers with an update on the 2018 tax filing season and IRS operations. Kautter, testifying before the Senate Finance Committee (SFC), told lawmakers that the 2018 filing season has gone well with regard to tax return processing and…

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Ways and Means Democrats Criticize IRS of Overreach

House Ways and Means Democrats, in a March 5 letter to Acting IRS Commissioner David J. Kautter, criticized the Service’s interpretation of certain provisions within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). In the letter to Kautter, lawmakers accused the IRS of alleged “bureaucratic overreach.” Kautter…

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