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Keep Mailing Letters To IRS Despite The Modern Era

Annette Nellen

Chief Counsel Advice 201710027 (3/10/17) states that determination letter requests, such as on Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding, cannot be faxed to the IRS because an original signature is required.

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IRS Enforcement Actions Decline 16% In 2016

Ron Marini

The 2016 IRS Data Book describes activities conducted by the IRS from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, and includes information about returns filed, taxes collected, enforcement, taxpayer assistance, the IRS budget and workforce as well as other data. This edition contains charts that show trends such as increases in telephone service and declines in enforcement activities when compared to 2015.

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The Service Issues New Administrative Authority Governing R&D Tax Credit Claim Filers

On Thursday, March 30th, the Department of the Treasury (hereinafter the “Treasury Department”) and Internal Revenue Service (hereinafter the “Service”) issued interim administrative guidance in the form of IRS Notice 2017-23 clarifying how eligible start-up companies (i.e., those companies with less than $ 5 million in gross receipts and earning revenue for less than 5 years) can take advantage of a new option enabling them to apply part or all of their R&D Tax Credit against their federal-level payroll tax liability, instead of their income tax liability. As a reminder prior to January 1st of 2016, taxpayers could only take the R&D Tax Credit against their income tax liability.

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2017 Vehicle Depreciation Limitations IRS Rev Proc 2017-29

John Dundon, vehicle depriciation

According to IRS Rev Proc 2017-29 (assuming IRC 168(k) applies) 1st year magic numbers are:

  • $11,160 for passenger autos
  • $11,560 for Trucks and Vans

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New FATCA Agreements Released, 2014 Agreements Expire

William Byrnes

The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-21, which contains the updated withholding foreign partnership (WP) agreement and withholding foreign trust (WT) agreement.

The revenue procedure provides information on submitting an application or request for renewal of a WP or WT agreement.

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2017 Budget Is Trouble For the IRS

Ron Marini

We previously discussed that IRS employees could be in for a rocky ride if President-elect Donald Trump and Congress move forward with sweeping pledges to rein federal employee benefits and cripple unions.

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IRS Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap

Tom Kerester

Last month, the IRS updated its Transfer Pricing Audit Roadmap in recognition of the strategic importance of transfer pricing.

The IRS transfer pricing specialists in Transfer Pricing Operations (TPO) developed the Roadmap to provide the transfer pricing practitioner, whether employed in TPO or International Business Compliance (IBC), with audit techniques and tools to assist with the planning, execution and resolution of transfer pricing examinations.

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Payments To Foreign Persons And 1042 – March 15 Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded non-U.S. citizens who may have taxable income, such as international students and scholars who may be working or receiving scholarship funds, that they may have special requirements to file a U.S. tax return.

The IRS also reminded withholding agents — such as payroll professionals or universities — that accurately filed Forms 1042-S help speed any refunds due to their non-U.S. citizen taxpayers. Errors on forms or returns could result in some refunds being delayed.

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IRS Criminal Investigation Releases 2016 Annual Report

Ron Marini

IRS criminal investigations have decreased over the past few years in the wake of a steady staffing decline, with the 2016 fiscal year seeing fewer cases involving identity theft, money laundering and other financial crimes, according to an agency report released Feb. 27, 2017.

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IRS Launches 13 Audit Campaigns Targeting Businesses

Ephraim Moss

Recently, the IRS announced that it will focus its audit efforts this year on 13 particular compliance issues, which touch on large business and international activities. This issue-focused effort contrasts with the more broad-based approach that the IRS has previously taken with respect to auditing taxpayers.

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Misdeeds With Form 1023-EZ

John Stancil

When an organization wishes to become a tax-exempt organization eligible to accept tax deductible contributions from donors it is not sufficient that it be a non-profit organization. That, however, is the first step. Before the organization can be recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization, it must file organization papers with the state as a non-profit corporation.

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When The IRS Suspects You Of Under-Reporting Income

Barry Fowler

Have you suddenly become the unhappy target of an audit for allegedly under-reporting income to the IRS? Maybe you did under-report. Maybe you didn’t. Whether you did or not, your tax returns have waved some red flags at the IRS and you are now in their line of sight.

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