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IRS Notice: Employers Can Withhold, Make Payments Of Deferred Social Security Taxes From 2020

IRS States: Employers Can Withhold, Make Payments Of Deferred Social Security Taxes From 2020

The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 2021-11 PDF addressing how employers who elected to defer certain employees’ taxes can withhold and pay the deferred taxes throughout 2021 instead of just the first four months of the year.

In response to a presidential memorandum signed August 8, 2020, Notice 2020-65 was issued on August 28, 2020, giving employers the option to defer certain employees’ Social Security taxes from September 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020. This applied to employees paid less than $4,000 every two weeks, or an equivalent amount for other pay periods, with each pay period considered separately. The taxes, which are technically called Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance, or OASDI, are calculated at 6.2% of employees’ wages.

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Taxpayer First Act Report To Congress January 2021

IRS Report To Congress

Prologue

The Taxpayer First Act (TFA) was enacted on July 1st, 2019 with strong bipartisan support to reimagine and enhance the way we serve taxpayers, continue to enforce the tax laws in a fair and impartial manner, and train IRS employees to deliver a world-class customer experience. The Act consists of 45 provisions, including specific mandates to improve the taxpayer experience. There are three critical plans included in this report (Taxpayer Experience, Training, and Organizational Redesign). These plans lay out a vision to revolutionize tax administration in our country for the 253 million citizens who interact with the IRS annually, and ensure that the $3.6 trillion of federal revenue that the IRS collects annually will continue. This is an inspirational vision that builds on work that is already underway and provides an investment framework for evaluating IRS funding levels in future years. However, without the commitment of significant multi-year funding, the IRS cannot make the taxpayer improvements necessary to maintain trust and confidence in the federal government and its tax collection system.

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Businesses Have Feb. 1 Deadline To Provide Forms 1099-MISC And 1099-NEC To Recipients

Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC

The Internal Revenue Service reminds businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income PDF, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation PDF, must be furnished to most recipients by February 1, 2021.

Redesigned Form 1099-MISC

The IRS revised Form 1099-MISC for the 2020 tax year to accommodate the creation of a new Form 1099-NEC. The redesigned 1099-MISC has different box numbers for reporting certain income. Businesses must send Form 1099-MISC to recipients by February 1, 2021, and file it with the IRS by March 1 (March 31 if filing electronically).

If businesses are using Forms 1099-MISC to report amounts in box 8, Substitute Payments in Lieu of Dividends or Interest, or box 10, Gross Proceeds Paid to An Attorney, there is an exception to the normal due date. Those forms are due to recipients by February 16, 2021.

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IRS Selects New Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council “IRSAC” Members For 2021

IRS Selects New Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council "IRSAC" Members For 2021

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the appointment of 13 new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council.

The IRSAC, established in 1953, is an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss various issues in tax administration. The council provides the IRS commissioner with relevant feedback, observations and recommendations. It will submit its annual report to the agency at a public meeting in November 2021.

The IRS strives to appoint members to the IRSAC who represent the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, small and large businesses, tax exempt and government entities and information reporting interests.

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Treasury Issues Millions Of Second Economic Impact Payments By Debit Card

Treasury Issues Millions Of Second Economic Impact Payments By Debit Card

Starting this week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sending approximately 8 million second Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card.

These EIP Cards follow the millions of payments already made by direct deposit and the ongoing mailing of paper checks that are delivering the second round of Economic Impact Payments as rapidly as possible.

For those who don’t receive a direct deposit, they should watch their mail for either a paper check or a prepaid debit card. To speed delivery of the payments to reach as many people as soon as possible the Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service is sending payments out by prepaid debit card.

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Eligible Paycheck Protection Program Expenses Now Deductible

Eligible Paycheck Protection Program Expenses Now Deductible

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance PDF today allowing deductions for the payments of eligible expenses when such payments would result (or be expected to result) in the forgiveness of a loan (covered loan) under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Today’s guidance, Revenue Ruling 2021-02 PDF, reflects changes to law contained in the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Act), Public Law 116-260, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020.

The COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 amended the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to say that no deduction is denied, no tax attribute is reduced, and no basis increase is denied by reason of the exclusion from gross income of the forgiveness of an eligible recipient’s covered loan. This change applies for taxable years ending after March 27, 2020.

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IRS Releases 2020 Progress Update; Annual Report Details Unprecedented Year

IRS Releases 2020 Progress Update; Annual Report Details Unprecedented Year

The Internal Revenue Service today released its 2020 annual report describing the agency’s work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

Internal Revenue Service Progress Update/Fiscal Year 2020 – Putting Taxpayers First PDF” outlines how the agency overcame difficulties during the pandemic to deliver Economic Impact Payments in record time. At the same time, IRS employees made adjustments to complete a successful filing season despite office closures and the latest tax deadline ever.

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IRS: Economic Impact Payments On Their Way

IRS States Economic Impact Payments On Their Way

The Internal Revenue Service urged people to visit IRS.gov for the most current information on the second round of Economic Impact Payments rather than calling the agency or their financial institutions or tax software providers. IRS phone assistors do not have additional information beyond what’s available on IRS.gov.

The IRS and the Treasury Department began issuing a second round of Economic Impact Payments, often referred to as stimulus payments, last week.

The direct deposit payments may take several days to post to individual accounts. Some Americans may have seen the direct deposit payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before the scheduled payment date of January 4, 2021, which is the official date funds are available.

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Treasury And IRS Begin Delivering Second Round Of Economic Impact Payments To Millions Of Americans

Treasury And IRS Begin Delivering Second Round Of Economic Impact Payments To Millions Of Americans

Today, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department will begin delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to millions of Americans who received the first round of payments earlier this year.

The initial direct deposit payments may begin arriving as early as tonight for some and will continue into next week. Paper checks will begin to be mailed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30.

The IRS emphasizes that there is no action required by eligible individuals to receive this second payment. Some Americans may see the direct deposit payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before the official payment date of January 4, 2021. The IRS reminds taxpayers that the payments are automatic, and they should not contact their financial institutions or the IRS with payment timing questions.

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IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates For 2021

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates For 2021

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020,
  • 16 cents per mile driven for medical, or moving purposes for qualified active duty members of the Armed Forces, down 1 cent from the rate for 2020, and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2020. Read more

IRS Impersonation Telephone Scams

IRS Impersonation Phone Scams

A sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

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IRS Provides Guidance On Legislation That Increases Automatic Enrollment Cap Percentage And Eases Burdens For Certain Safe Harbor Plans

IRS Provides Guidance On Legislation That Increases Automatic Enrollment Cap Percentage And Eases Burdens For Certain Safe Harbor Plans

The Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2020-86 PDF addressing certain provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) affecting safe harbor plans, including safe harbor 401(k) plans and certain 403(b) plans.

A safe harbor 401(k) plan is similar to a traditional 401(k) plan but is structured in a way that certain compliance testing can be avoided. Among other things, a safe harbor 401(k) plan must provide for employer contributions that are fully vested when made. These contributions may be employer matching contributions, limited to employees who defer, or employer contributions made on behalf of all eligible employees, regardless of whether they make elective deferrals.

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