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I spoke with the IRS about a Letter 12C and they have my response. Knowing it was an error on Turbotax end, will it take 6-8 weeks to deposit into my account? Can anyone help me?

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IRS Reminds Retirees Of April 1, 2018 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

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

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who turned age 70½ during 2017 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Sunday, April 1, 2018.

The April 1 deadline applies to all employer-sponsored retirement plans, including profit-sharing plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and 457(b) plans. The RMD rules also apply to traditional IRAs and IRA-based plans such as SEPs, SARSEPs, and SIMPLE IRAs, however, they do not apply to ROTH IRAs. Read more

Corporate Tax Cuts Mostly Going To Share Buybacks Not JOBS

Ronald Marini, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Miami, Florida, USA, TaxConnections
While the name of the 2017 Tax Act was “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” it doesn’t appear like the corporate tax cuts are creating many US Jobs.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was supposed to spur hiring and investment at companies as the maximum corporate tax rate was slashed from 35 to 21 percent, according to Republican proponents. But Democrats point to evidence that many major corporations are instead using the savings to buy back their own stock.

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Non-Active Canadian Corporations Are Not Required To File A Corporate Tax Return…Or Are They?

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

Non-resident corporations that have no activity in Canada during its fiscal year are not required to file a Canadian corporate tax return. However, without filing a Canadian corporate tax return, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will not know that you did not have activity in Canada. Therefore, CRA may send you a letter requesting that a return is required to be filed.

If CRA requests that a return be filed, even though your company had no activity in Canada, you may be tempted to file a return in order to be in compliance. Read more

Ireland Tax: Separation, Divorce, And Your Tax Position

Frances Brennan, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Dublin, Ireland, TaxConnections

During a turbulent time of marital separation, you need a few simple steps to make life easier and update your tax position.

Pick A Date – sounds easy, but sometimes not that clear to know the exact date of separation. You need to have a date so that when you contact Revenue to let them know, you have the date ready. There is no form just for this, so just call your local tax office and tell them over the phone giving your PPS number, or drop them a line if that is easier for you. (You will show the change of marital status on your next tax return) Read more

Tax Advisor’s Reference Guide – 292 Pages Of Individual Federal Tax Return Instructions

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With all the changes in taxes this year, it takes an ace tax advisor to figure them out. Therefore we want to make certain our members and followers have access to the most up-to-date information in preparing clients individual federal tax return.  We are providing you the Tax Advisors Reference Guide with 292 pages published by the IRS  for those of you preparing federal tax returns for tax clients. What is also wonderful about this publication is it provides all the Tax Forms you will need to prepare tax returns in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese. Read more

1st Taxpayer Victory In A “Willful” FBAR Penalty Case

Ronald Marini, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Miami, Florida, USA, TaxConnections

On September 20, 2017, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an important taxpayer friendly opinion regarding the willfulnessstandard in FBAR penalty matters.

In Bedrosian v. United States, Case No. 2:15-cv-05853-MMB (E.D. Pa., Sept. 20, 2017), the court held that the government had not met its burden in proving that Bedrosian had willfully violated FBAR reporting requirements.

This opinion could have a major effect on future IRS decisions in the offshore compliance arena and may cause some taxpayers, to seek a more aggressive approach in addressing prior non-compliance. Read more

Ownership Structures In Real Estate

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

The common types of ownership structures in real estate are owned as an individual, in a corporation, in a partnership or in a joint venture. The type of structure generally depends on the purpose of the use.

Individual Ownership

  • Less complexity but income is taxed at personal tax rates which can be the highest rates.
  • Any losses incurred can be offset against any income.
  • There is no liability protection for the individual besides the insurance policy on the property.

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Options Available For U.S. Taxpayers With Undisclosed Foreign Financial Assets

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The implementation of FATCA and the ongoing efforts of the IRS and the Department of Justice to ensure compliance by those with U.S. tax obligations have raised awareness of U.S. tax and information reporting obligations with respect to non-U.S. investments.  Because the circumstances of taxpayers with non-U.S. investments vary widely, the IRS offers the following options for addressing previous failures to comply with U.S. tax and information return obligations with respect to those investments:

  1. Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program;
    Note: The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) is closing. Refer to the OVDP FAQs for an outline of the sunset provisions.
  2. Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures;
  3. Delinquent FBAR submission procedures; and
  4. Delinquent international information return submission procedures.

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IRS Alerts Taxpayers About Refund Scam

Dan Gordon, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Bangkok, Thailand, TaxConnections

The IRS warns taxpayers of a new twist on an old scam. Criminals are depositing fraudulent tax refunds into individuals’ actual bank accounts, then attempting to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers.
Here are the basic steps criminals follow to carry out this scam. The thief:

• Hacks tax preparers’ computers to steal taxpayer data.

• Uses the stolen information to file tax returns as the taxpayers.

• Has refunds deposited into taxpayers’ bank accounts. Read more

Major New US Tax Reporting Requirement For Foreign-Owned LLCs

Vincenzo Villmena, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, New York, USA, TaxConnections

Are you a non-US person with a US LLC? Then you need to be aware of the major new US reporting requirement for foreign-owned LLCs. The deadline is coming up soon.

Previously, foreign-owned single-member LLCs enjoyed an exemption from US tax reporting requirements. Starting with the 2017 tax year however LLCs that are wholly owned by foreign persons and did not elect to be treated as corporations for tax purposes, are subject to new IRS reporting requirements. Read more

Tax Reform And Cash Management Considerations For Clients

Kazim Qasim, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Orlando, Florida, USA, TaxConnections

A recent interview style Q and A session appeared in Accounting Today featuring the expertise of author Iralma Pozo. In this series of questions, Pozo tackles some important aspects of the most significant change to the U.S. tax code since 1986. With such historic changes underway, it’s critical that you understand how the Tax Cuts and Job Act will affect cash flow issues for clients.

What’s particularly insightful is Pozo’s advice regarding parents and what they need to know about 529 plans. Her observations about developing a new strategy for charitable deductions and nonprofit organizations are also highlights:

With So Many Changes And Factors, Where Do Advisors Start? Read more

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