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Wayfair Files Online Sales Tax Legal Brief: What You Need To Know

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, San Jose, California, USA, TaxConnections

If you’ve been following the online sales tax debate with us, you know the Wayfair v. South Dakota case is going before the U.S. Supreme Court shortly; oral arguments are scheduled for next week (April 17).

In the meantime, Wayfair has filed a legal brief along with two other online retailers: Overstock Inc. and Newegg Inc. Keep reading for a brief summary of their argument for maintaining the Quill ruling from 1992. Read more

IRS Direct Deposit Leads To Faster Refunds

Tom Kerester, Tax Ambassador, Tax Blog, Washington D.C., USA, TaxConnections

WASHINGTON — With the tax deadline just around the corner, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that making an electronic direct deposit of their refund into a bank or other account is the fastest way to get their money. A taxpayer can deposit their refund into one, two or even three accounts to help with retirement or savings.

Eight out of 10 taxpayers get their refunds by using direct deposit. It is simple, safe and secure. The IRS uses the same electronic transfer system to deposit tax refunds that is used by other federal agencies to deposit nearly 98 percent of all Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits into millions of accounts. Direct deposit also avoids the possibility that a refund check could be lost or stolen or returned to the IRS as undeliverable. Read more

UK Tax: Capital Gains Tax And Housing Information

Jane Swain, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Manchester, United Kingdom, TaxConnections

Your home is exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when you sell it, In contrast, buy to let properties sold at a profit are liable to CGT. However, in certain circumstances, some or all of the gain on a let property is also tax free. This works best when you let a property which used to be your home, for example you trade up but keep your old house, or a couple move in together and keep both houses, one of which they decide to let. However it can also apply if you acquire a property, let it for a few years and then decide to move into it. Read more

Another Cryptocurrency Primer Of Our Cyber Universe: Who, What, And Why They Differ

Daniel Morris, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, San Jose, California, USA, TaxConnections
  1. Who are the major players I think you should be aware of
  2. What’s a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)?
  3. If Cyber Currency is so Great, Why are there so many challenges in the Community?
  4. My Crystal Ball

The cryptocurrency, or digital currently world is complex with a few core leaders and hundreds, if not thousands, of related active alternatives. All are predicated on the concept of the Blockchain or often referred to as the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). While the core history of Bitcoin and its related alternatives is fairly accessible via a simplified web search, popular media, and even “analog” books, I have determined that far too many do not understand the differences and similarities between and among these various alternative coins (Alt Coins). Read more

Rushing To File Taxes Can Result In Errors; E-File Decreases Errors, Extensions Available

Tom Kerester, Tax Ambassador, Tax Blog, Washington D.C., USA, TaxConnections

WASHINGTON — As the April 17 tax-filing deadline nears, many taxpayers may rush to finish their tax returns or find that extra time is needed to get them done. The IRS recommends that taxpayers request a filing extension if they need one.

Mistakes can happen when hurrying to file a tax return by the due date. This can mean longer processing times and possible tax refund delays. Electronic filing is the best way to avoid common mistakes; it is also the most accurate way to file a tax return. The IRS estimates that about 70 percent of taxpayers can file their tax return at no charge by using IRS Free File software. Read more

A Digital “Mailbox Rule” Is Required As The IRS Steers Taxpayers Toward Self-Help Digital Tools

As the IRS steers taxpayers toward self-help digital tools, it is necessary to bring the “statutory mailbox rule” into the 21st century. Currently, the statutory mailbox rule in IRC § 7502 does not apply to the electronic transmission of many time-sensitive documents and payments to the IRS. The rule provides that if the requirements set forth in the statute are met, a document or payment is deemed to be filed or paid on the date of the postmark stamped on the envelope.

If the postmark date is on or before the last day of the period prescribed for filing the document or making the payment, the document or payment is considered timely filed or paid even if it is received after the due date. Further, IRC § 7502(c) provides that registered or certified mail, or methods deemed substantially equivalent by the Secretary of Treasury, is prima facie evidence of delivery. Read more

What Is Cryptocurrency?

There is plenty of misunderstanding about the definition of cryptocurrency. Wikipedia’s well-researched entry on the topic defines “cryptocurrency” as follows (with their links included):

[Cryptocurrency is] a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units, and to verify the transfer of assets. Cryptocurrencies are a type of digital currencies, alternative currencies and virtual currencies. Cryptocurrencies use decentralized control as opposed to centralized electronic money and central banking systems. Read more

6 Payroll Basics Every Small Business Owner Should Know For Tax Filing

Small businesses with employees must withhold some of every employee’s paycheck to pay taxes to the government. At the top of the list are federal, state and local income taxes. Plus, the employer is also responsible for federal and state unemployment taxes, and their share of FICA taxes.

Additional taxes include the employee’s share of Social Security and Medicare taxes that make up the FICA contributions.

Now, a payroll provider could handle this withholding for you. This way, you never forget to withhold the correct amount from employee paychecks. Read more

Join The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel And Help Improve The IRS

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. Taxpayers interested in serving on the panel may apply between now and April 27.

To the extent possible, the TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and one member abroad who represents international taxpayers. Each member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers overall. Read more

5 Common Tax Mistakes All Small Businesses Should Avoid

Common Tax Mistakes, Tax Misttake, Small Business And Tax, IRS, IRS Mistakes, Tax Deduction, Mile IQ, Tax Blog, TaxConnections

Tax season is the collective groan heard around the world. We get it. No one enjoys filing their taxes, even when they turn preparation over to a skilled professional. If you’re doing your taxes right, managing your small business taxes should be a year-round process.

Keeping up to date in real-time makes the effort come tax season exponentially easier. But if you’re not staying on top of things, you could make these five common tax mistakes for small businesses. Read more

Pennsylvania And The Economic Nexus Bandwagon- No April Fools!

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, San Jose, California, USA, TaxConnections

As you know from reading our blogs, multi-state tax can be difficult to navigate! When businesses sell their products across state lines, they need to think about whether they have taxable presence, or nexus, in the state and if their products are taxable.

Generally companies establish nexus by having a physical presence in the state. However, several states have recently been pushing the boundaries of defining the physical presence notion in order to generate more revenue. The concept of “economic nexus” is gaining greater momentum. Read more

Part III. General Descriptions Of APAs Executed In 2017

Advance Pricing And Mutal Agreement Program, APMA, Advance Pricing Agreement, APA, Thomas Kerester, IRS, Tax Blog, Tax Ambassador, Washington D.C., USA, TaxConnections

Part III. General Descriptions Of APAs Executed In 2017

This Announcement is issued pursuant to § 521(b) of Pub. L. 106-170, the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, which requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report annually to the public concerning advance pricing agreements (APAs) and the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program (APMA Program), formerly known as the Advance Pricing Agreement Program (APA Program). The first report covered calendar years 1991 through 1999. Subsequent reports covered each calendar year 2000 through 2016 separately. This nineteenth report describes the experience, structure, and activities of the APMA Program during calendar year 2017. It does not provide guidance regarding the application of the arm’s length standard. Read more

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