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2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

UPDATE: MTC Extends Deadline for Amnesty under the Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

Earlier today, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) released an update extending the October 17, 2017 deadline for businesses to file under its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The new deadline is now...more

Out of Compliance Taxpayers: Beware of new IRS-Programs!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The IRS-Criminal Investigation Unit (IRS-CI) is the Criminal Law Enforcement Arm of the IRS. Its conviction rate of over 90% is one of the highest in federal law enforcement. Those convicted pay taxes, penalties and...more

Michigan Grants Needed Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Varnum LLP on

The Michigan Department of Treasury has announced that it will join taxing authorities across the country by allowing taxpayers affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma an extension of time in which to file state tax returns...more

401(k)/403(b) Loan Borrowers – Check Your Paystubs!

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent tax court case, Louelia Salomon Frias, v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2017-139, illustrates why it is good practice to verify that employee loan repayments have been timely deducted. Plan Loan Requirements. An employer...more

The IRS Has a Lien Against Me: What Do You Do? Tax Lien Release and Discharge (Part 6)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Where an individual or business owes IRS taxes, Congress has given the IRS a tax lien against all the assets of the taxpayer. The lien covers real estate, homes, furniture, cars, investments, and nearly everything an...more

IRS Reminder that ACA Employer and Individual Tax Penalties Are Not Waived

by Dickinson Wright on

With all the heated rhetoric surrounding the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), including the President's Executive Order issued on January 20, 2017 and the recent efforts to repeal and replace the law, employers and individuals...more

Department of Revenue Issues Favorable Ruling for Tax Credit Scholarship Donors - State & Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

Since the landmark Alabama Accountability Act was enacted in 2013, allowing individual and corporate donors to provide scholarship funds for underprivileged children in our state who are zoned for underperforming public...more

Internal Revenue Service Updates Golden Parachute Payments Audit Technique Guide, Signaling Key Items IRS May Review on Audit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In early 2017, the IRS updated its Golden Parachute Payments Audit Technique Guide for the first time since its 2005 issuance. While intended as an internal reference for IRS agents conducting golden parachute examinations,...more

Currently Not Collectible Taxes: What Do You Do? (Part 4)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes federal taxes and does not have the current ability to pay these taxes, the IRS can consider placing the account into “currently not collectible” (CNC) status. If placed in CNC status, a...more

Tax Payment Plans: What Do You Do? (Part 3)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes federal taxes and does not have the current ability to pay these taxes, the IRS can “seller-finance” and offer a payment plan with the taxpayer. The primary benefit of a payment plan is that...more

IRS Tax Penalties

by Dickinson Wright on

In a famous saying by Benjamin Franklin, “… but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In the past 100 years, it would be very safe to add to the end of that quote, “and the Internal...more

Unfiled Tax Returns: What Do You Do? (Part 2)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The United States has a voluntary income tax reporting system. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and businesses here must annually file income tax returns with the IRS, reporting their “worldwide income”, deductions, and...more

Golly Gee—the U.S. Tax Court Ruled That the Cost of a Taxpayer's Microsoft Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii Used by His Children Did...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In 2015, the U.S. Tax Court issued its ruling in the case of David W. Laudon v. Commissioner, TC Summary Option 2015-54 (2015). The case may not raise or even resolve any novel tax issues, but it reminds us of what is...more

Updated Health Care Reform Legislation Comparison Chart

The chart below compares key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This chart is current as of July 13, 2017, and as of that date,...more

IRS gets upper hand in S corporation compensation audits

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Any compensation the owner receives is subject to FICA tax, which imposes an equivalent burden. And the IRS frequently attacks owners who receive cash distributions from an S corporation, arguing that the distributions were...more

FBAR Penalty Amounts are in the “Best Judgement” of an IRS Examiner

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is not a tax form. Its filing is not required by the Internal Revenue Code. It is required by Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 31 is the Bank Secrecy...more

Free Pass for Taxes Owed to Pennsylvania?

by Barley Snyder on

If you owe back taxes to Pennsylvania, you’re in luck. Starting April 21 and continuing to June 19, the Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program will waive all penalties and slash the interest rate on outstanding tax...more

IRS Will Not Require Response to Qualifying Health Coverage Line on 2016 Form 1040 Filings

by Dickinson Wright on

Individuals completing their 2016 IRS Form 1040s will recognize the question asking if they, their spouses and dependents had qualifying health care coverage in 2016 (Form 1040 line 61, Form 1040A line 38, Form 1040EZ line...more

February 2017: Client Alert

by Moskowitz LLP on

Tax Calendar - February 28 - Payers must file informational returns with the IRS. (Except certain Forms 1099-MISC with non-employee compensation payments in box 7, which are due before February 1. Excluding...more

House Committees Reveal Draft of Bill to Modify and Repeal Portions of the Affordable Care Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Monday, two House committees with oversight over health care and taxation, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, released draft reconciliation bills designed to repeal and alter significant portions of the Patient...more

Snowbird? Or the real deal?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

So you recently moved from New York to Florida? Abundant sunshine, no income tax, no estate tax — wonderful! One problem: New York State tax authorities may not think you really moved! And they’re assessing heavy income...more

Employee Benefits Legislation Proposed (But Not Passed) by the Obama Administration

by Jackson Walker on

In February of 2015, the Department of Treasury issued a reported entitled “General Explanation of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals” (the “General Explanation”). The General Explanation is several...more

South Carolina Tax Amnesty for 2017?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina General Assembly approved a law in 2015 allowing the South Carolina Department of Revenue to offer an amnesty program to taxpayers in the state who have not filed tax returns and/or owe state taxes....more

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

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