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How To Avoid Tax Evasion Penalties In Michigan

Tax evasion penalties in Michigan are no laughing matter. It’s easier than you might expect to get yourself into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The main thing is not to be negligent, because legally speaking, it’s no excuse. Stay on top of your taxes.

Don’t procrastinate and don’t avoid opening the mail for fear of what you might find. If you live in Michigan and find yourself in tax trouble, call Ayar Law today at (248) 262-3400 for a free and confidential consultation.

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Effect Of Sequestration On The Alternative Minimum Tax Credit For Corporations

Pursuant to the requirements of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, refund payments issued to, and credit elect and refund offset transactions for, corporations claiming refundable prior year minimum tax liability, are subject to sequestration.

This means that refund payments and credit elect and refund offset transactions processed on or after Oct. 1, 2017, and on or before Sept. 30, 2018, will be reduced by the fiscal year 2018 6.6 percent sequestration rate, irrespective of when the IRS received the original or amended tax return.

The sequestration reduction rate will be applied unless and until a law is enacted that cancels or otherwise affects the sequester, at which time the sequestration reduction rate is subject to change.

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Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (IRC 30D)

Internal Revenue Code Section 30D provides a credit for Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicles including passenger vehicles and light trucks.

For vehicles acquired after December 31, 2009, the credit is equal to $2,500 plus, for a vehicle which draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 5-kilowatt hours of capacity, $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of battery capacity in excess of 5-kilowatt hours. The total amount of the credit allowed for a vehicle is limited to $7,500.

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IRS Announces Six Large Business And International Compliance Campaigns

The IRS Large Business and International division (LB&I) has announced the approval of six additional compliance campaigns. LB&I announced on January 31, 2017, the rollout of its first 13 campaigns, followed by an additional 11 on November 3, 2017, and five more on March 13 of this year.

LB&I is reviewing legislation enacted on December 22, 2017, to determine which existing campaigns, if any, could be impacted as a result of a change in the controlling statutory framework. Information regarding any identified impact will be communicated after that analysis has been completed.

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Canada: IRS Is Going After Taxpayers Abroad

IRS says it now plans to invest time and resources catching non-compliant Canadians and taxpayers abroad elsewhere with regards to forms commonly applicable to that specific group of taxpayers – ones unfortunately also commonly missed. It will focus on:

  • Form 3520/3520-A annual return to report transactions with foreign trusts and receipt of certain foreign gifts (a gift of more than $100,000 from a non-resident alien individual)
  • Forms 1042/1042-S Withholding – such as on payment from renters of USA property
  • Nonresident Alien Tax Treaty Exemptions – Improperly claim treaty benefits and exempt U.S. source income from taxation
  • Nonresident Alien – Proper deduction of eligible expenses including Sch A itemized
  • NRA Tax Credits – Erroneous claims of dependent (e.g., kids, spouse) tax credits or education credits only available to U.S. persons

Have questions? Contact Daniel Gray.

 

How To Formulate An IRS Penalty Abatement Request

Greetings fellow tax nerds! Perhaps life might suck for me at present but lately, there seems to be nothing more satisfying than making tax penalties go away. Think about it. You’re a good person. You work hard. You struggle every day to do right. Then all of a sudden something changes. It appears innocuous.

Your busy and it gets blown off. Happens all the time. Three years later the IRS sends you a letter asserting that you are guilty and you are indeed guilty as charged. I’ve grown exhausted by toothless IRS letters and more so the reprobate tax collection practice of preying on taxpayer fears of the IRS…for profit.

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IRS Offers Payment Plans For Those Who Filed Taxes But Did Not Pay

The Internal Revenue Service today advised those now receiving tax bills because they filed on time but didn’t pay in full that there are many easy options for paying what they owe to the IRS.

If a tax return was filed but the balance due remains unpaid, the taxpayer will receive a letter or notice in the mail from the IRS, usually within a few weeks. These notices, including the CP14 and CP501, both of which notify taxpayers that they have a balance due, are frequently mailed in the months of June and July.

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IRS Clarifies Interest On Home Equity Loans Can Still Be Deductible

In an Information Release, IRS has announced that in many cases, taxpayers can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans under the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Taxpayers may deduct interest on mortgage debt that is “acquisition debt.” Acquisition debt means debt that is: (1) secured by the taxpayer’s principal home and/or a second home, and (2) incurred in acquiring, constructing, or substantially improving the home. This rule hasn’t been changed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Under pre-Tax Cuts and Jobs Act law, the maximum amount that was treated as acquisition debt for the purpose of deducting interest was $1 million ($500,000 for marrieds filing separately). Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017, and before Jan. 1, 2026, the limit on acquisition debt is reduced to $750,000 ($375,000 for a married taxpayer filing separately).

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Can Filing Bankruptcy Wipe Out Your IRS Tax Debt?

Life happens! Divorce. Job loss. Serious illness. These are life events that can cause financial hardship and force good honest folks to file for bankruptcy. Those who have struggled with an endless stream of expenses that never end often owe income taxes that just will not let them be.

Taxes are a part of life. This is true after bankruptcy. Before filing your income tax returns when there has been a bankruptcy, it’s important to know things. Many people have either partial or incorrect information whether and how bankruptcy could help.

The following information may help you get a few things straight and find the best choice for you:

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Taxpayers Who Usually Itemize Deductions Should Check Their Withholding To Avoid Tax Surprises

The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers who typically itemized their deductions on Schedule A of the Form 1040 to use the Withholding Calculator this year to perform a “paycheck checkup.”

People who have itemized before may be affected by changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Taxpayers who itemize should use the IRS Withholding Calculator to make sure their employers are withholding the appropriate amount of tax from their paychecks for their financial situation.

The law changes are effective in 2018 and affect the tax returns taxpayers will file in 2019. The new law makes a number of major changes, including:

  • Limiting the deductions for state and local taxes
  • Limiting the deduction for home mortgage interest in certain cases (see IR-2018-32 for more information)
  • Excluding deductions for employee business expenses, tax preparation fees and investment expenses, including investment management fees, safe deposit box fees and investment expenses from pass-through entities

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IRS Eases Process To Fix IRA 60 Day Late Rollovers

Under prior IRS rules, a rollover on day 61 was incorrect and had to be self-corrected or an expensive time consuming private letter ruling process had to be followed by the taxpayer to obtain relief from the IRS. In either case, the taxpayer was looking at extreme financial and negative emotional consequences.

Rev Proc 2016-47: Self-Certification Of Late Rollover Contribution With IRS Model Letter

Under the new Rev Proc 2016-47, instead of being required to request a private letter ruling to receive a hardship waiver for a late 60-day IRA rollover , individuals will be able to “self-certify” to their financial institution that the rollover they’re making complies with the rollover requirements, even if it doesn’t otherwise meet the 60-day rollover period. Notably, though, if the taxpayer has already requested relief from the IRS for a rollover and been denied, these new self-certification provisions cannot be used to obtain relief.

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Country-By-Country Reporting Jurisdiction Status Table

Country-by-Country Reporting data will be exchanged pursuant to bilateral competent authority arrangements (CAAs), which rely on double taxation conventions, tax information exchange agreements, or the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters that permit automatic exchanges of information.

This table includes those jurisdictions that are in negotiations for a CAA, have satisfied the United States’ bilateral data safeguards and infrastructure review, and have consented to be listed. The table also includes jurisdictions with which the IRS and the jurisdiction’s competent authority have signed a CAA.

All competent authority arrangements between the United States and our exchange partners can be found separately on the Competent Authority Arrangements page.

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