Posts Tagged IRS

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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Final Regs Issued for Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit

Section 45R(a) provides for a health insurance tax credit for eligible small employers for any taxable year in which they have a qualified contribution arrangement, have no more than 25 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), and the average annual wages of its FTEs does not exceed $25,000 (as…

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IRS Adopts “Taxpayer Bill of Rights”

This week the Internal Revenue Service announced the adoption of a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” that will become the primary document to provide U.S. taxpayers with a better understanding of their rights. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights takes the multiple existing rights embedded in the tax code…

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Two Important Factors used to Determine Reasonable Compensation for S Corporation Shareholders

Taxable income as calculated on the U.S. Federal Return for an S corporation flows through to its shareholders and is taxed at the individual level, not subject to self-employment tax. Because the income from the S Corporation is taxed when it is reported on the federal tax return…

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Do Unregulated Tax Preparers put Taxpayers at Risk?

Did you know that nearly 80 million taxpayers use paid tax preparers, but 60% of those preparers are not regulated by the IRS?  The reason for this is because the agency is only allowed to impose requirements on tax attorneys, enrolled agents, and Certified Public Accountants? The Government Accountability…

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IRS Issues First Guidance on Bitcoin

While bitcoin and other virtual currencies are becoming more popular, the tax rules that apply to them have been unclear, including the basic question of whether they are treated as a currency or as property.  Well, the first step to clearing this up for federal tax purposes…

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IRS Issues Guidance on Employer 401(k) plan Rollovers to Roth IRA Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance for employers whose 401(k) plans offer Roth IRA accounts for the rules governing rollovers by participants younger than retirement age. The key part of the IRS guidelines explains that any rollover made before a participant reaches age 59½ must be…

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