This week we look at the following items:

  • Fact sheet on how the IRS contacts taxpayers--and how it doesn’t
  • Ruling issued on how funds sent to state under abandoned property laws is treated for withholding and reporting purposes
  • Taxpayer was found to be a statutory employee, deductions allowed above the line
  • IRS issues proposed regulations that would increase number of taxpayers that must electronically file all information returns

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Direct download: 2018-06-04_When_an_Employee_Isn27t_an_Employee.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

This week we look at the following items:

  • Congress passed bill to fix the grain glitch and passed partnership audit rule changes
  • IRS warns of increasing attacks against tax professionals
  • Series 8453 business forms must be signed manually
  • Supreme Court rules on tax obstruction statute

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Direct download: 2018-03-26_Grain_Glitch_Fix.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

Current Federal Tax Developments for the week of March 19, 2018 - Love and the Tax Attorney. Current Federal Tax Developments is brought to you by the state CPA societies and Kaplan Professional Education.

This week we look at the following items:

  • OVDP program to end on September 28, 2018
  • Entire cost of having international firm prepare returns for employees sent overseas treated as wages
  • Conundrum only a tax attorney could love - dealing with a sale case where the regulations don’t give guidance
  • Guidance given on reporting and paying Section 965 transition tax

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Direct download: 2018-03-19_Love_and_the_Tax_Attorney.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

This week we look at the following items:

  • A method that went unchallenged in two prior audits did not fare well at all in third IRS exam
  • Treasury officials speak on timing of TCJA guidance, Section 199A reasonable compensation and fiduciary income tax issues at ABA Tax Section meeting
  • Treasury Secretary Mnuchin testifies that IRS will issue guidance to shut down S corporation carried interest structure inspired by TCJA
  • Odd result is nevertheless the proper result appellate court informs taxpayer
  • IRS to release W4 online calculator this week

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Direct download: 2018-02-19_Treasury_at_the_Bar.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 9:07am EST

This week we look at the following items:

  • The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2016 includes extenders and other items
  • IRS updates priority guidance for TCJA items, adding 18 TCJA projects
  • Special relief granted to those with pyrrhotite damage, allowing losses to be claimed on 2017 returns
  • Qualified plan and IRA 2018 inflation adjusted figures will not have to change due to TCJA
  • A journal entry did not create a shareholder debt, leading to a denial of multi-million dollar loss
  • Engineer is potentially liable for penalties if positions on cost segregation study are not justified

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Direct download: 2018-02-12_Change_the_Rules_During_Tax_Season.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 8:36am EST

This week we look at the following items:

  • The AICPA sends a letter to Treasury regarding areas needing immediate guidance on TCJA - and the list is long
  • IRS issues interim Form W-4 guidance until they can update the forms for TCJA
  • A new proposed regulation added to the Centralized Partnership Audit Regime (CPAR) guidance
  • IRS updates its maybe again annual disclosure Revenue Procedure, but doesn’t really change anything

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Direct download: 2018-02-05_Questions_and_Some_Answers_on_TCJA.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

This week we look at the following items:

  • IRS publishes plan for dealing with government shutdown during tax season
  • 2017 Roth conversions can be recharacterized through October 15
  • Tenth Circuit limits trust’s deduction for property donation to basis in property
  • IRS begins sharing information with State Department for those with seriously delinquent tax debts

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Direct download: 2018-01-22_IRS_in_Shutdown_Mode.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 6:48pm EST

This week we look at the following items:

  • Supreme Court to take on South Dakota’s challenge to the 1992 Quill decision on nexus for sales taxes
  • FASB will allow private companies and not-for-profits to apply SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin 118 to deal with TCJA deferred taxes
  • Joint Committee on Taxation publishes its annual list of expired and expiring tax provisions, now updated for TCJA’s individual items
  • IRS finds a fuel reward programs where it agrees that a taxpayer can take accrued but unredeemed amounts as a current deduction
  • IRS publishes early percentage withholding tables for wages under TCJA

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Direct download: 2018-01-15_-_A_Sequel_26_Years_Later.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 7:02am EST

Current Federal Tax Developments for the week of January 8, 2018 - The Calm After the Storm  Current Federal Tax Developments is brought to you by the state CPA societies and the Loscalzo Institute, a Kaplan Company.

This week we look at the following items:

  • IRS to accept efiled returns beginning January 29
  • Employer retirement account being paid to surviving spouse cannot be transferred to beneficiary of surviving spouse at spouse’s death
  • Rollover of after-tax funds from 401(k) into traditional IRA creates basis
  • Innocent spouse relief granted despite fact that husband should have known about the income
  • Additional 6 year statute on unreported income from specified foreign assets does not apply until those assets were subject to information reporting

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Direct download: 2018-01-08_The_Calm_After_the_Storm.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 5:41am EST

Current Federal Tax Developments for the week of January 2, 2018 - The Year of TCJA and CPAR.  Current Federal Tax Developments is brought to you by the state CPA societies and the Loscalzo Institute, a Kaplan Company.

This week we discuss the following items:

  • SEC issues bulletin on handling deferred taxes related to TCJA
  • IRS requires use of Secure Access accounts to access e-Services
  • IRS issues news release on deducting prepaid real estate taxes
  • Safe harbor created for residential casualty losses just as personal casualty losses generally go away
  • In other not long to be useful guidance, the IRS holds that a group of films licensed together can qualify as Section 199 property
  • No deduction is allowed for tuition discount until student meets attendance requirement
  • IRS announces will continue to use same format W-4s for TCJA withholding
  • CPAR opt-out final regulations are issued
  • IRS extends date for providing Forms 1095-B and C for 2017
Direct download: 2018-01-02_The_Year_of_TCJA_and_CPAR.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 6:48am EST



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