Archive for Tax Policy

Spotlight On Expatriate Tax Experts – September 21st 2015 – Internet Tax Summit

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With an estimated 8.7 Million expatriates living around the world, many are unaware of their U.S. tax filing obligations. For those following the issues surrounding FATCA, they are well aware that expatriates are angry and scared. For the two-thirds of the U.S. expatriates who are still unaware, we bring knowledgeable experts who will explain what is happening and get you up to date at the Internet Tax Summit scheduled September 21-25th 2015. The first day of the Internet Tax Summit, expatriates will be able to go online and learn what is happening from tax experts, get answers, and get the help they need.  You can expect this historical, free online event is certain to get millions of expatriates up to speed on the only country in the world with citizen based taxation. We promise the information you learn will be STUNNING! Read more

The House of Representatives Passes the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015

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On Thursday, June 18th The House of Representatives passed H.R. 160 entitled “The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015” (hereinafter “PMIA”) by a vote of 280 to 140 in an attempt to repeal the medical device excise tax that was introduced in H.R. 3590 entitled “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010” (hereinafter “PPACA”).

PMIA was introduced by Republican Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. PMIA aims to repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, such as pacemakers and operating-room monitors. The legislation now heads to the Senate floor for deliberations where repealing the medical device tax also has bipartisan support. Republican Erik Paulsen indicated in a statement “as a country, we take great pride in our ability to create, invent, and innovate—especially when it comes Read more

The House of Representatives Passes The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

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On Tuesday, June 9th The House of Representatives passed H.R. 235 entitled the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act” (hereinafter “PITFA”) by voice vote permanently banning states from taxing internet access or placing multiple or discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. It should be duly noted that the PITFA legislation would simply remove the current end date of October 1st of 2015 from the Internet Tax Freedom Act which was originally signed into law in 1998.

PITFA’s bipartisan legislative intent is clearly aimed at keeping the current moratorium on taxes on internet access in place and extending it indefinitely. As a historical synopsis, Congress passed a temporary moratorium on multi-state taxes collected for internet access back in 1998. The ban has been extended numerous times in the 17 years since, Read more

How The IRS Is Connected To The Growing Sharing Economy

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The Sharing Economy

On the internet, everything is for hire. Last night 40,000 people rented accommodation from a service that offers 250,000 rooms in 30,000 cities in 192 countries. They chose their rooms and paid for everything online. But their beds were provided by private individuals, rather than a hotel chain. Hosts and guests were matched up by Airbnb, a firm based in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2008 more than 4,000,000 people have used it—2,500,000 of them in 2012 alone. It is the most prominent example of a huge new “sharing economy”, in which people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other, coordinated via the internet. Read more

IRA Contribution By April 15 May Prevent Paying Back Premium Tax Credit

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The Premium Tax Credit (PTC) for individuals who purchased health insurance on the Exchange (Marketplace) is an important tax break. As income goes up, this subsidy in the form of a refundable credit decreases. Then, it hits a cliff and completely disappears if one’s household income exceeds 400% of the Federal poverty line (FPL). This can result in a tax bill of thousands of dollars!

Here is an example. A married couple, both age 64, thought their 2014 income would be about $62,000. Being eligible for insurance on the Exchange, they purchased a policy and obtained a PTC of $14,112. When they file their return, they realize they actually have $63,000 of income for 2014. this is above 400% of the FPL so they must repay all of the $14,112 PTC! If they can drop their income to $62,040 (400% of the FPL for 2014), they Read more

A Legislative Update from Capitol Hill: Continuing Coverage of 2015 Comprehensive Tax Reform

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On Wednesday, March 18th the Republican leaders of Congress’s two main tax committees, the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., (hereinafter “Ryan”) and the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orin Hatch, R-Utah, (hereinafter “Hatch”) wrote a letter to the Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (hereinafter “Lew”) urging him to avoid pursuing an executive action by President Barack Obama (hereinafter “Obama”) on major tax reform in 2015.

The letter comes in direct response to a statement by the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest (hereinafter “Earnest”) earlier this month suggesting that Obama might be open to using his executive authority to overhaul the tax code and close select tax loopholes for large corporations. The White House spokesman was probed by a reporter Read more

Corporate Tax Reform: An Illusion Or A Reality?

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It has been a rallying cry that is as old as time and that rivals that of the standing ovation that the Rangers receive after scoring a power play goal: “Corporate tax in this country needs to be reformed.” Who is leading the charge? America’s chief executives. What is responsible for catapulting this into the public eye? None other than the nation’s aging tax code, which has been blamed for putting U.S. multinational corporations at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace.

As tax reform chatter grows louder, chief executives have become more outspoken. Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, told lawmakers, “Apple has recommended to the Obama administration and several members of Congress — and suggests to the subcommittee today — to pass legislation that Read more

FLASH ALERT! WOTC: IRS Notice 2015-13: Providing Transition Relief For Employers Submitting Late WOTC Applications

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We Have Been Waiting For This!

The IRS has released IRS Notice 2015-13, which provides transition relief given the late retroactive renewal of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program in December 2014. Notice 2015-13 waves the 28-day deadline for submitting IRS Form 8850 (the WOTC Pre-screen Notice) for qualifying employees hired in 2014.  The extended deadline for submitting the applications for affected employees is now April 30, 2015.

From the Notice:


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The President Unveiled His 2016 Budget Which Includes a Tax on Foreign Profits!

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President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled a fiscal 2016 budget blueprint that proposed to tax the $2 trillion in earnings held by American companies offshore as part of a set of revenue changes that would generally increase taxes on the wealthy and lower them for the middle class.

His budget plan includes:

• A one time 14 Percent Tax would on Foreign Profits.

· This is acts estimated to raise $268 billion to help pay for a $478 billion, six-year re-authorization of the Highway Trust Fund. Read more

Change Of Accounting Method

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Final Tangible Property Regulations Necessitate that Many Businesses Apply for Change Of Accounting Method: IRS Form 3115; Rev Procs 2015-13 & 2015-14

Back in June 2014 I blogged about the new IRS Regulations governing tangible personal property. These regulations prompted a vigorous debate over the last 7 months between the most astute students of the US Tax Code as to what constitutes the need to file IRS Form 3115 – Change in Accounting Method for our business clients as a direct result of these new governing regulations.

Many practitioners make compelling points supporting the position that most ALL Read more

National Taxpayer Advocate Report To Congress Released

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On 1/14/15, Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate released her required annual report to Congress about problems with the tax system. As noted on the NTA website, the key parts of this 700+ page report are:

Most Serious Problems Legislative Recommendations Most Litigated Issues Volume 2: TAS Research and Related Studies

Some key points noted include:

• Tax law complexity (here + Executive Summary)
• The need to put taxpayer bill of rights into the Internal Revenue Code (here)
• Problems due to inadequate funding of the IRS (here + Executive Summary) Read more

Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress and Cites Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Inequities.

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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2014 annual report to Congress, which expresses concern that taxpayers this year are likely to receive the worst levels of taxpayer service since at least 2001 when the IRS implemented its current performance measures.  The report recommends that Congress enact a principles-based Taxpayer Bill of Rights, adopt additional safeguards to make those rights meaningful, and provide sufficient funding to make the “Right to Quality Service” a reality.

In the preface to the report, Olson emphasizes four points:

• “First, the budget environment of the last five years has brought about a devastating erosion of taxpayer service, harming taxpayers individually and collectively; Read more