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The New Section 199A 20% “Profit Deduction” for Pass-Through Businesses: The Undecided Issue of Owner Compensation

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congress is now offering a new 20% deduction for “pass-through” businesses – i.e. businesses that are not corporations. With the corporate tax rate being reduced under the new law to a flat...more

Income, from Whatever Exchange, Mine, or Fork Derived: The Basics of U.S. Cryptocurrency Taxation

In this first of (we hope) many posts on the interesting and myriad tax issues arising in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we focus on the very basic U.S. federal income tax consequences of...more

CPA Shoptalk: 8 Takeaways

On January 10th, 11th and 18th our tax attorneys ?hosted a "CPA Shoptalk" seminar in ?Portland, Vancouver and Bend. Below are ?some key takeaways to consider... 1. Partnership Audit Rules Post-TEFRA - The Balanced...more

President Signs New Tax Law: The Return of Corporations for Small Businesses?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

President Trump signed into law a major overhaul of the US tax system. The corporate tax rates have changed from a system of graduated tax rates up to 35% to a flat tax on corporate profits of 21%. The alternative minimum tax...more

The Hazards Of Trust Fund Recovery Penalties

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The recent Tax Court decision in Woodley v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-242, demonstrates the hazards of trust fund recovery penalties (TFRPs) for taxpayers. A TFRP is a penalty imposed by section 6672(a) on anyone who is...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Employee-Independent Contractor Issues (Part 5)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Section 530 Relief - Employers that have workers which the employer classifies as “independent contractors” (Form 1099) risk having these workers reclassified by the IRS as employees. This is a major audit area for the...more

The Year in Review

by Cozen O'Connor on

We’re Still Waiting - A Look Back – and Thanksgiving in New England, 2017 - Loyal readers of this missive may recall that in our last two annual tax updates, “Make America Great Again!” and “Okay, Now What?” we...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Employee-Independent Contractor Issues (Part 4)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

IRS Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program - Employers that have workers which the employer classifies as “independent contractors” (Form 1099) risk having these workers reclassified by the IRS as employees....more

Federal Employment Taxes: Employee-Independent Contractor Issues (Part 3)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

IRS Form SS-8 Determinations of Employee Status - Employers that have workers which the employer classifies as “independent contractors” (Form 1099) risk having these workers reclassified by the IRS as “employees.” This...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Penalties and Interest (Part 2)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employers that pay wages and other forms of compensation to their employees must comply with federal tax return filing and payment/deposit requirement. Employers that receive services from non-employee contractors and which...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Filing and Payment Requirements for Employers (Part 1)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employers that pay wages and other forms of compensation to their employees must comply with federal tax return filing and payment/deposit requirement. Employers that receive services from non-employee contractors and make...more

South African Revenue Service scrutinizes taxable presence of foreign service providers in South Africa

by DLA Piper on

Foreign service providers are starting to receive requests for information from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) relating to activities that have been conducted in South Africa. During 2016, SARS extended the...more

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations - $24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who...more

Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration announce benefit limits for 2018

The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration have announced the various retirement plan benefit and employment tax limits for 2018. In many cases, including in regard to 401(k) deferrals, the limitations...more

PAYE and the independent contractor

by Hogan Lovells on

"The agreement states that I am an independent contractor, so why is PAYE being deducted?" Employers are often faced with the question of whether or not to deduct employee's tax (Pay-As-You-Earn/PAYE) from persons who...more

Deadline to Make Contributions and File Quarterly Unemployment and Disability Tax Report in Puerto Rico Extended until December...

by Littler on

On October 24, 2017, Puerto Rico's Secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources issued an Administrative Order granting an automatic extension for all employers required to file a Quarterly Unemployment and...more

Step by Step: Employee Benefits in the Supreme Court

In conjunction with the start of the Supreme Court’s new term, Eversheds Sutherland took a look back at the Court’s work in employee benefit cases since the enactment of ERISA. We found an astonishing 128 decisions, spanning...more

My Business Owes IRS Employment Taxes: What Do You Do? IRS Employment Taxes and “Trust fund Recovery Penalty” (Part 7)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Businesses that have employees and pay wages and salaries must withhold federal employee income taxes and the employee’s share of federal employment taxes (FICA) from these wages and salaries. The employer must “match” the...more

Are Your Independent Contractors Really Employees?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If business owners are not concerned about the make-up of their workforce, they should be. In recent years, the number of lawsuits concerning misclassification of employees has risen exponentially. This is because companies...more

U.S. Immigration Solution: Canada is Open for Business

The competition for professional foreign workers continues to increase in many U.S. business sectors. In light of changing U.S. immigration laws and impending reform, however, American companies hiring foreign talent are...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of July, 2017. Class Action Plaintiffs Target University 403(b) Plans - In June, an ERISA action – a proposed...more

Worker Classification Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued a reminder for small businesses on the importance of correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Employers failing to do this correctly...more

DOJ’s Prosecution Of Health Care Exec Illustrates Unique Intersection Of Securities & Employment Tax Fraud Schemes

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent criminal prosecution of a medical doctor/entrepreneur for defrauding his company’s shareholders, the government employed a novel theory of securities fraud premised, in part, upon the defendant’s failure to pay...more

IRS Issues Warning on Tax Treatment of Wellness Program Rewards

by Carlton Fields on

Employers offering wellness program rewards should be aware that some medical insurance salespeople are recommending arrangements that fail to comply with applicable law....more

Treating Partners as Employees – Overview and Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Limited liability companies (LLCs) have become the fastest-growing entity choice for businesses in recent years. LLCs provide flexibility in operations and distributions. However, to the surprise of many businesspeople, if an...more

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