This week we look at the following items:

  • Updated timeline for some TCJA guidance
  • Court accepted father’s testimony for where son lived during tax year
  • Dad denied deduction for payments related to revenue collected for son who lacked a general contractor’s license
  • The IRS grants some relief for §965 transition tax payments
  • Memo deals with confusion that arose due to special meaning certain words have in a tax context

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Direct download: 2018-06-11_The_Problem_with_Claiming_an_Adjustment.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

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 EDT

This week we look at the following items:

  • FBAR penalty limited to lower amount in old regulation
  • Taxpayer had not started a business yet, so no current deduction allowed for expenses incurred
  • IRS to issue regulations on SALT/charity workarounds, raises substance over form issue
  • DC Circuit agrees with Ninth Circuit that partnerships with disregarded entity partners are subject to TEFRA (and presumably subject to CPAR) audits

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Direct download: 2018-05-29_SALT_Battles_Begin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

This week we look at the following items:

  • Update on TCJA guidance from the ABA Tax Section Meeting
  • Tax due on tuition waiver received as part of severance package when used by daughter 22 years later
  • Connecticut becomes the next state to adopt SALT workarounds
  • IRS updates revenue procedure for use of information on status of charity
  • Taxpayer reliance on advice from one adviser could not be in good faith and received no advice from other

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Direct download: 2018-05-21_Time_Doesn27t_Solve_All_Tax_Problems.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

This week we look at the following items:

  • Taxpayer had to include son’s savings account in determination of solvency
  • 2019 HRA amounts announced by the IRS
  • IRS changes Section 382 recognized built-in gain/loss safe harbors due to changes made by TCJA
  • Revenue procedure issued to deal with requests to change accounting methods due to ASC 606 adoption for financial statements
  • General automatic method change revenue procedure annual update published by IRS
  • Taxpayer found to have no asset to sell and, due to that, income was ordinary and not capital in nature

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Direct download: 2018-05-14_Change_in_the_Air.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

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Direct download: 2018-05-07_Unreasonable_Reliance.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

This week we look at the following items:

  • Colorado reports disappointing results from tattletale use tax law
  • Oklahoma enacts a second tattletale use tax law
  • IRS grants relief for last minute change in HSA maximum contribution amount for 2018
  • Volunteers who divided amounts in tip jar at end of shift received tips subject to FICA
  • Taxpayer who failed to check and find return was never accepted held liable for late filing penalty

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Direct download: 2018-04-30_What_if_No_One_Tattles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

This week we look at the following items:

  • IRS computer system failure ends up adding one extra day to tax season
  • The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Wayfair case
  • IRS gives details on blended rates to be used by fiscal year C corporations
  • IRS issues the rates for valuing employer owned aircraft trips for the first half of 2018
  • The IRS clarifies how the repeal of the special alimony trust provision in TCJA will work
  • The AICPA asks the IRS to reconsider its position on refunds of overpayments for those with remaining 965 transition tax installments

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Direct download: 2018-04-23_Groundhog_Day_the_Tax_Pros_Version.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

This week we look at the following developments:

  • Supreme Court will shortly hear oral arguments in Wayfair case
  • A number of states increase pressure on out of state sellers
    • Idaho requires collection at $10,000 of sale from any seller that the Supreme Court doesn’t tell us lacks nexus in Wayfair
    • Georgia adds a $200,000/200 transaction tattletale statute
    • Oklahoma puts a $10,000 tattletale statute in place that also impacts referrers
  • New York passes two TJCA SALT limitation workaround statutes - but do they work?
  • IRS issues guidance on three TCJA topics on Monday, including 43 pages on Section 965 transition tax

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Direct download: 2018-04-09_Focus_on_States.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am EDT

This week we look at the following items:

  • Accountant by day, goaltender by night in Chicago
  • IRS publishes statistics on exams, collections, phone wait times and more
  • IRS reminds and warns taxpayers about virtual currency issues
  • IRS recommends taxpayers have a payroll checkup

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Direct download: 2018-04-02_Tending_Goal_and_Mining_Currency.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT



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