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IRS Guidance on Same Sex Marriages

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on October 17 that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in seven more states. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review rulings from federal appeals courts that had struck down bans on same-sex marriage in some of these states.…

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Regulations to be Proposed Will Require Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans to Include In-Patient Hospitalization Services

The IRS has announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury Department (including the IRS) will soon issue proposed regulations providing that a group health plan does not provide minimum value if it excludes substantial coverage to employees for in-patient hospitalization services…

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Action Needed to Ensure Tax Compliace with FIRPTA

According to new audit report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), current IRS procedures are insufficient to ensure that all foreign seller real estate transactions subject to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) are in fact compliant with FIRPTA.…

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Anti-Inversion Proposals Put 42,000 U.S. Jobs at Risk of Going Overseas

Congressional and administrative proposals are failing to address the underlying incentives driving inversions and therefore, putting 42,000 U.S. jobs at risk of going overseas, according to new research from the American Action Forum (AAF), a center-right think tank. The AAF study, released on September 4, also found…

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Chief Counsel on What Makes Amounts Paid To “Limited Partners” of an LLC Subject To Self-Employment Taxes

IRS Chief Counsel (CCA 201436049) has concluded that so-called limited partners of an investment management firm were not limited partners of the firm (a limited liability company (LLC) treated as a partnership) and were being paid compensation for services. Therefore, the amounts they received from the firm…

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IRS, House Lawmakers, and GAO Working to Stop Tax Identity Theft

The Internal Revenue Service is diligently working to stop fraud perpetrated by persons who buy or steal Social Security numbers. Tax identity theft is a growing problem that affects millions of Americans, but “it’s gone from hundreds of people filing hundreds of fraudulent returns to thousands of…

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IRS and Treasury Take Action Against Corporate Inversions

The Treasury and the IRS have announced that they will be taking targeted action against corporations employing a technique known as a tax inversion in order to avoid taxation, and have issued a fact sheet and a Notice in that respect. What happens with an inversion, is…

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Health Care Tax Tip for The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment (Affordable Care Act)

The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment Beginning in 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act requires each individual to:  Maintain a minimum level of health care coverage – known as minimum essential coverage , or Qualify for an exemption , or Make an individual…

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IRS’ Overhaul of Streamline & Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program “OVDP”

On June 18, 2014, the IRS announced comprehensive changes to both the Streamlined and the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”) programs. Such changes to the Streamline Program include: Streamlined Program 1. Expanded to include both U.S. citizens living abroad and U.S. citizens living in the United States…

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IRS Funding Cuts May Lead to Reductions In IRS Services

Commissioner John Koskinen recently cautioned taxpayers they should expect more reductions in IRS services because of budget cuts.  Koskinen’s warning comes as the IRS prepares for year-end tax legislation as well as implementing its voluntary return preparer education program and combatting tax-related identity theft. According to Fred…

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