It’s true that this tax season some taxpayers have been unaware of a new rule that requires the IRS to hold tax refunds for taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit. As a result, the IRS has acknowledged that there are now a number of “misunderstandings and speculation about refunds.”
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We previously posted on October 9, 2015 LB&I Agents Lose Autonomy To Centralized Office That Will Be Using Data to Identify Compliance Risks For Audit! where we discussed that tax practitioners will face new questions from examination teams as the IRS selects compliance risks based on data, in the Large Business and International Division’s (LB&I) move from individual audits of multinationals to broader considerations involving risk assessment.
The Internal Revenue Service (hereinafter the “Service”) recently issued IRS Notice 2017-6 in connection to Tangible Property Regulations Compliance (hereinafter “TPR Compliance” or “Regulations”) that extended a specific eligibility provision for taxpayers making an automatic change of accounting method providing an opportunity to continue to take advantage of the Regulations on their 2016 tax returns.
So you get all your tax information together early and go to your preparer so you can file your tax return early and get the refund quickly. Not so fast. Certain refunds will be delayed and will not be released by the IRS until February 15. This is due to a provision in the PATH Act, enacted by Congress in 2015, prohibiting the IRS from releasing certain refunds prior to February 15. This provision takes effect this year. Note that the 15th is the release date, so it will take a few more days for you to receive the refund.
The IRS National Taxpayer Advocate—Nina Olson—is required to issue an annual report to Congress. The 2016 report was released 1/10/17. These reports are always a great read. The report lists the mots “serious issues” in the tax system and makes recommendations for improvement. The 2016 report focuses a lot on the IRS “Future State” project and tax reform.
Justin Fundalinski of Jim Saulnier & Associates, who I met while volunteering time for the betterment of the Financial Planning Association, asked me a procedural question about a fascinating situation he encountered regarding depreciation and disposition of residential rental real estate, causing pause. Tax questions that cause me to pause are the spice of life.
In a Rev Proc 2016-56,2016-51 IRB, the IRS has updated two lists of countries with which the U.S. has in effect an agreement that requires payors to report certain deposit interest paid to nonresident alien individuals who are residents of the other country under Reg. § 1.6049-8(a) and Reg. § 1.6049-4(b)(5).
The IRS will not accept tax returns until January 23, 2017. The filing deadline will be April 18 due to April 15 falling on Saturday and the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C. on April 17.
Congress (in the PATH Act) mandated the IRS to delay some refunds until February 15.
A district court has found that the taxpayers’ failure to timely file a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) was willful where, among other things, they stopped employing a bookkeeper or keeping any books after opening a foreign bank account and made several misrepresentations under penalty of perjury when they applied to participate in IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP).
In April 2016, we posted US Pressured For Beneficial Ownership Rules where we discussed a speech by Treasury deputy assistant secretary Jennifer Fowler to a financial crime conference earlier in April noting that the Treasury is in the process of introducing a new rule forcing financial institutions to perform customer due diligence checks on new clients.
Hopefully, you’re already tracking your miles in order to get the largest mileage deduction you’re entitled to. (If you are not, click here to start.) But, what counts as a business drive? Let’s go over what trips the IRS considers as business drives and what it doesn’t.
We discussed last September that it can take from five to seven years, possibly more, for the IRS Whistleblower Office to make a decision about whether to pay an informant for information about individuals or businesses that don’t pay all of the tax they owe.