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Tax Issues For High Tech—Video Webinar!

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Tax issues for high tech—no doubt this will continue to be a hot area for many years to come. Changes in how we live and do business challenge existing tax rules.

This a key focus for this blog and my research.

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Who Uses 56-year Old Technology? The IRS!

Annette Nellen

A May 2016 GAO report released in May 2016 says a lot just by its title—Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Address Legacy Systems (GAO-16-696T; 5/25/16).

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Virtual Currency Tax Issues

Annette Nellen

In spring 2014, the IRS issued Notice 2014-21, initial guidance on the tax treatment of virtual currency such as Bitcoin, from mining to its general use. The IRS explained convertible virtual currency is to be treated as property.

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The Carbon Tax War

Annette Nellen

Well, it’s not a carbon tax war yet as neither side of this issue in Congress seems to have it as their number one issue. A carbon tax aims to increase the cost of using one type of fuel that leads to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. There are other types of GHG emission, but per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), carbon emissions represent 81% of the total.

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Worker Classification Questions—Employee or Contractor?

Annette Nellen

Worker classification—whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor—is a longstanding and sometimes difficult issue. There are a few different classification schemes applicable to different types of laws (labor, tax, etc.). Employers tend to favor contractor status when possible to avoid payroll taxes, application of most labor laws (such as overtime), and state laws governing how someone is paid, sick pay, reporting, and more.

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Sharing Economy – Need For Tax Literacy

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The House Small Business Committee held a hearing today (May 24) (part 1 of 2) on “The Sharing Economy: A Taxing Experience or New Entrepreneurs.” Part 2 is scheduled for May 26 with National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson speaking. A focal point of the hearing per the posted testimony was difficulties freelancers face in the sharing economy because they don’t fully understand their tax obligations.
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Deciphering Campaign Tax Proposals

Annette Nellen

Here is my 15 minute presentation to the San Jose Rotary Club delivered today (May 11) on deciphering campaign tax proposals and helping members increase their tax policy savviness.

Deciphering Campaign Tax Proposals

Presentation delivered to Rotary International San Jose Chapter (District 5170) on May 11, 2016. Read more

New Rules Can Produce New Problems – AOTC and 1098-T

Annette Nellen

In writing a summary of a recent Tax Court summary opinion, I realized that a 2015 law change may cause problems for some students trying to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit (Section 25A), Lifetime Learning Credit (Sec. 25A) or Section 222 above the line tuition deduction starting in 2016.  A 2015 law changes requires an individual to have received a Form 1098-T from the university in order to claim the tax benefit. Read more

Philadelphia Soda Tax

Annette Nellen

The Pennsylvania primary election likely brought nationwide attention to Philadelphia’s effort to create a soda tax. The tax aims to raise money for schools . It was also mentioned by at least Senator Sanders (he opposes) and Secretary Clinton (she supports).

Using principles of good tax policy, I oppose. Why? Read more

Can IRS Stop Printing Forms And Pubs?

Annette Nellen

Who remembers when the IRS mailed a packet with blank tax forms and instructions AND your Social Security number printed on your mailing label?  Several years ago the IRS reduced mailings such as when they could tell the taxpayer prepared their return with software the year before and for the past few years don’t mail forms.  They do still print them to pick up at IRS service locations. All of the forms, instructions and publications can be read or printed from the IRS website. Read more

Tax Reform in 2016?

Annette Nellen

While we are unlikely to see tax reform this year, there continues to be a lot of work going on in the tax committees on it.  And President Obama updated and released his framework for business tax reform this month (first report was released in Sept. 2012). I think the main impetus for the update was to address inversions to tie to the recent activities of IRS and Treasury. Read more

Will We See Candidate 2015 Tax Returns After April 18?

Annette Nellen

You likely already heard that the due date for your 2015 return is not April 15 (today), but April 18. This is due to a tax rule (IRC section 7503) that says if the required date for an act is Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, then the action is to take place on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. April 16 is Emancipation Day in DC (see Read more

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