Tag Archive for FAQs

IRS Cautions Against Over-reliance On Its Website

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson discussed the potential pitfalls of treating information on the IRS’s website, such as its FAQs pages, as authoritative. The Taxpayer Advocate is an independent office within the IRS tasked with helping people resolve tax issues with the IRS and recommending changes that will prevent future problems.

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Postings On IRS website Are NOT Necessarily Legal Authority

John Dundon

Who can taxpayers trust anymore? Add to the list of items our federal government employee’s posts on including answers to frequently asked questions.

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IRS Says FAQs Not Legal Authority – Finally!

Annette Nellen

In May 2017, the IRS Small Business Division issued a memo to field directors to remind them that FAQs and other items posted to the IRS website are not legal authority unless published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB)! [SBSE-04-0517-0030 (5/18/17)]


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IRS Offers FATCA Guidance For Trusts & Partnerships


The IRS posted FAQ’s today on the effective dates of FATCA agreements for entities that apply on or after April 1 to be withholding foreign partnerships or withholding foreign trusts.

Qualified Intermediaries: Withholding Foreign Partnerships/ Withholding Foreign Trusts

Q1. How does a Financial Institution that is not currently a Qualified Intermediary (“QI”), a Withholding Foreign Partnership (“WP”), or a Withholding Foreign Trust (“WT”) register to become one?
Q2. How do FIs that are currently QIs, WPs and WTs renew their agreements?
Q3. I am not currently a QI/WP/WT.  Can I use the LB&I registration portal to register for Read more

The Hunt For Snowbirds Is On – A Summary of The IRS’s FAQ On Amnesty Programs For Non-Compliant Taxpayers

Since announcing its amnesty programs for non-compliant taxpayers, the IRS has received over 45,000 applications from those who wanted to fulfil tax filing obligations. According to the IRS, this meant $6.5 billion in taxes, interest, and penalties. With FATCA and global bank transparency also in action, the IRS is expecting even more mula from the pockets of expats with foreign accounts.

Why are so many U.S. taxpayers willingly complying? Because the new streamlined program is broader than it was back in 2012. The revamped version even eliminates the necessary risk questionnaire and the rule that taxpayers have $1,500 at most of unpaid taxes per year. Even “better” is the fact that taxpayers can provide a non-willful certification to justify their failure to report their foreign assets in the past. If a taxpayer is found eligible: Read more

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