December is the time of year when many Massachusetts residents give their first thoughts to the coming tax season. While many are only thinking about their 2018 tax liabilities, the IRS is already releasing information about 2019. Having this information should help many people make better financial decisions for the coming year.
In a previous post, we discussed a denied offer in compromise filed by actor Wesley Snipes. He tried appealing, first to the IRS Office of Appeals and then to the Tax Court, but lost his appeals due to specific fact circumstances unique to his case. In this post, we’ll discuss the time frames for general appeals of denied offers in compromise.
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act dramatically changed the way Americans handle taxes. In addition to doubling the standard deduction and lowering the deductability of state and local taxes (SALT) funds, other changes exist as well, all of which might affect you come tax time.
With the midterm elections right around the corner, there is an uptick in the number of election workers on the books for local, state and federal-level elections. Many of these workers are volunteers, but some of them receive payment for their time.
If you are a small business owner, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act likely created some tax-related questions for you. You may be wondering, for example, how to determine your business income deductions under Section 199A.
Are you a business owner? Have you grown accustomed to expensing – and deducting – business meals, entertainment, recreation and similar costs? If so, then you should definitely read this post.
Recently the IRS issued final rules regarding the reporting and record-keeping requirements for deductible non-cash charitable contributions. There are different categories of mandatory documentation required for various amounts of contributions. Regardless of the value of the contribution, though, proof of its value is necessary, whether in the form of a hand-written note, a receipt or a qualified appraisal.
Foreign financial institutions (FFIs) without an adequate reporting strategy could risk noncompliance with IRS regulations regarding offshore accounts. Non-domestic accounts subject to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) must be reported by financial institutions as well as by the account holders themselves under the tax code. Not adequately informing the IRS – either directly or indirectly – about the presence of foreign assets held by U.S. taxpayers could lead to steep penalties, both for the account holder and the FFI itself. In particular, the FFI could face a punitive withholding tax that may far outweigh the cost of any single foreign account.
Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, many of us saw our income tax requirements and need for withholding shift. The IRS is now warning a particular demographic of the need to carefully review withholdings in light of upcoming changes brought about by the TCJA: retirees.
A recent tax court decision reveals just how important it is to not ignore income on Form 1099-C come tax time. The case, TCM 2018-140, involves a taxpayer who received debt discharge to the tune of over $360,000 back in 2010. Lacking any other income for the year, the taxpayer chose to not file a tax return. In 2018, he incurred failure-to-file and failure-to-pay penalties due to his lack of tax reporting.