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Virtual Currency – Recent Tax Matters And Concerns

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First – On 11/8/21, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report (dated 9/21/16) – Rising Use of Virtual Currencies Requires IRS to Take Additional Actions to Ensure Taxpayer Compliance. Per the release:

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New I-9 Form, Employment Eligibility Verification, Required By January 22, 2017

Annette Nellen

There are a lot of tax and related forms! Here is an update about one required by all employers when they hire an employee. Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, has been updated (as of 11/14/16) and the new version must be used by January 22, 2017 (see news release from USCIS). “Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.”

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California’s Prop 55 – Poor Tax Policy

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California’s tax hike, Prop 55 on the 11/8/16 ballot, passed (62-38). Its story dates back to 2012.

In 2012, a need for revenue led voters to enact two temporary tax increases (Proposition 30). The state sales tax was increased from 7.25% to 7.50% for four years (2013 through 2016). Also, new personal income tax brackets (10.3, 11.3, and 12.3 percent) were added to the existing top rate of 9.3 percent for seven years, starting at income levels greater than $250,000. The income tax rate increase was retroactive back to January 1, 2012.

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Checklist For Tax Practitioners – Look At The IRS Sharing Economy Tax Center

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In September, the IRS created a Sharing Economy Tax Center with links to tax information to help freelancers and those renting property. This center offers general information primarily to help individuals understand related tax matters. But it’s not enough for practitioners, as it doesn’t cover all possible tax issues (such as state and local ones) or provide links to relevant law provisions.

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Halloween Taxation Tricks And Treats

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Halloween has become big business in the past several years. USA Today reported that, per the National Retail Federation, folks in the U.S. will spend over $8 billion on Halloween or almost $83 per shopper!

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Tax Challenges For Divorced Parents – Why?

Annette Nellen

We get used to certain rules in the tax system and then think they HAVE to be there. But, often, that is not the case. I think the rules related to divorce are good examples.

Alimony is deductible by the payer and taxable to the recipient. This violates the “fruit of the tree” doctrine from the famous 1930 US Supreme Court case, Lucas v Earl.

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Tax Reform “Revolution” In 1986 But More Needed Today

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Saturday, October 22, was the 30th anniversary of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (see 10/18/16 post). My class enjoyed a “Happy anniversary TRA86” cake!

TRA86 represented a lot of changes that mostly broadened the base and lowered rates. When President Reagan signed the bill, he had lengthy remarks including this statement:

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The 30th Anniversary TRA86 Coming October 22

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Despite lots of hearings, reports, proposals and discussion on tax reform, the last major reform to our federal tax system was signed into law as the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on October 22, 1986. Thus, its 30th anniversary is October 22, 2016!

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Trump’s NOL And The Complexity Of Taxation

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Lots of news stories and excitement over the first page of three of Trump’s state tax returns for 1995 (NY, NJ and CT)! The New York Times broke the story: “Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades, The Times Found,” New York Times, 10/1/16. It’s a big NOL carryover – over $916 million (almost $1 billion). Several observations:

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Olympic Winnings Exclusion on to the White House – Don’t Sign It!

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Continuing with a recent theme in this blog – here is an update on federal legislation to not tax winnings of Olympic athletes. That is, the value of the medal and the cash from the U.S. Olympic Committee will be tax free. H.R. 5946 has now passed in the House and Senate, so will soon be off to the White House.

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Bipartisan Blockchain Caucus Launched In Congress

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The Blockchain which is best known for the “guts” of how bitcoin transactions are verified, recorded and transacted, has uses beyond bitcoin. This decentralized system can be used to verify and process many types of transactions where two or more parties want verification of authenticity and to get information or transfer information or value. IBM and others have been exploring this. The Federal Reserve and others held a conference on the topic in June.

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New Tax Filing Security Protocols

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New Security Step – IR-2016-124 (9/22/16) – The IRS alerted people filing an extended return electronically for 2015 (due 10/17/16), that they likely would be asked to enter their AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) for 2014. The purpose is to help properly identify the taxpayer. The information release reminds people how to order a tax transcript from the IRS should they not have it.

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