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TIGTA Audit Highlights Gaps in IRS Withholding Controls

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported results of a recent audit of the IRS internal controls in place to ensure that the withholding reported on information returns (i.e., Forms 1099) is accurately reflected on Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax, and that those amounts were paid to the IRS. […]

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Cryptocurrency Taxes: IRS Responds to Pressure from Congress

After four separate letters from members of Congress urging the agency to release clarification on cryptocurrency taxes, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig finally responded to Representative Tom Emmer, R-Minn., on May 16, with confirmation that clarification is forthcoming. While Rettig’s letter did provide some specifics on what the guidance would cover, it did not include a […]

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How to Prepare for 1099 Reporting Changes to Come in the Gig Economy

There has been a lot of attention paid to “gig” economy workers lately, and that includes some scrutiny by state and federal tax authorities. The growing impact to tax revenue as a result of under-reporting of income and minimal payments of self-employment taxes from this ‘new’ sector of American workers has not gone unnoticed. Academic […]

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Best Practices for Coping with the IRS Crackdown on 1099 Backup Withholding

Background Generally, under Internal Revenue Code 3406(a)(1)(A), when a payer of US source income fails to collect a US tax identification number (TIN) in the manner required for the type of payment being made, 24 percent backup withholding is applicable at time of payment. Filers are required to remit those amounts to the IRS and […]

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Shielding SAP Central Finance Migrations from Tax Compliance Mandates

With more companies focusing on global integration, cross-border supply chains and expanding ecommerce, governments across the globe are introducing new ways to enforce tax rules and close their tax gaps. The evolving global regulatory environment produces unique tax determination and reporting challenges in the United States and additional VAT and e-invoicing compliance challenges around the […]

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Colorado Economic Nexus Law Change for Remote Sellers

In December 2018, the state of Colorado made substantial changes impacting the sales tax collection and remittance requirements imposed on both in-state and remote sellers. The state extended a grace period for companies to comply with these requirements through May 31, 2019. Beginning June 1, 2019, under the new rules, most companies will be required […]

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Sovos Expert to Speak on Tax Compliance in S/4HANA at SAPPHIRE

Pawel Smolarkiewicz, chief product office at Sovos, will speak on the digital transformation of tax and its effect on SAP S/4HANA at next week’s SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando.   As countries make continuous tax compliance the new normal, businesses are finding that they have to respond by putting tax compliance functionality at the core of […]

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Congress Puts Pressure on IRS to Clarify Cryptocurrency Tax Policy

For the second time in less than a year, members of Congress have sent a letter to the IRS imploring the agency to provide guidance on its policy for cryptocurrency taxation and related tax information reporting. This time, there is a deadline for the IRS to respond. Led by Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer, 21 members […]

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Social Security Administration W-2 Correction Letters Could Serve as Warnings

Some organizations might have been surprised recently to receive a correction letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) requesting corrected information on Form W-2 due to a name-social security number (SSN) mismatch. Although there is no penalty associated with the SSA letter, it could serve as a warning to help organizations stave off penalty notices […]

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Sovos CEO Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 Semifinalist

For more than 33 years, EY has been at the forefront of identifying game-changing business leaders and celebrating ingenuity through its Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program. The firm recently named Andy Hovancik, CEO, as a semifinalist in its Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 New England Awards program, billed by EY as the world’s most […]

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SAP Central Finance Drives Move to S/4HANA, Making Tax Compliance a Priority

SAP Central Finance is driving migration to SAP S/4HANA as companies look to deliver value to their finance and accounting organizations, as well as improve on the configuration of previous financial systems. And for most companies making the transition, tax compliance is a priority. In a recent survey by SAP Insider, 74 percent of SAP […]

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SAP Central Finance Migration: Tax Compliance Spells Trouble

SAP S/4HANA is the promised land for SAP customers: an entire suite of ERP functionality in one place with a single data store. The ability to run all ERP capabilities, both from SAP and non-SAP systems, from a single source represents delivery of a model IT professionals and SAP administrators have sought for years. Getting […]

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Form 1099 Reporting Corrections: Best Practices to Maintain Compliance

Tax Year 2018 brought important and likely unwelcome changes for organizations filing Forms 1099. At the same time the IRS eliminated the 30-day extension of time (EOT) for filing Forms W-2 and 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation, the agency also increased penalty amounts for late or incorrect filings. As a result, the number of incorrect or […]

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Sovos Named a 2019 Spend Matters Provider to Know for Procurement Innovation

Sovos has been named a ‘2019 Provider to Know’ by Spend Matters for innovation in procurement. Spend Matters released its 6th annual “50 Providers to Know/50 Providers to Watch” lists today in conjunction with the annual ISM conference, naming Sovos as one of its 50 Providers to Know for 2019. The recognition highlights Sovos’ Intelligent […]

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New IRS Program Increases Focus on Backup Withholding

In a recent presentation at the American Payroll Association’s Capital Summit in Washington D.C., IRS Director of Examination Operations and Specialty Tax Daniel Lauer announced upcoming changes to the way the IRS monitors and manages backup withholding in relation to Forms 1099. After reviewing feedback and anecdotal evidence from its income tax agents and tax […]

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Is Sales Tax Economic Nexus Simplification on the Horizon?

A topic of conversation on the recent Sovos and Deloitte Tax LLC webinar, “The Speed of Sales Tax – How to Stay Ahead of Changing Regulations in 2019,” was whether or not states will seek further economic nexus simplification. State of sales tax economic nexus Currently, there are 36 states enforcing sales tax economic nexus […]

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Staying Ahead of Changing Sales Tax Regulations and Economic Nexus

On March 21, Sovos and Deloitte Tax LLP teamed up on a webinar, “The Speed of Sales Tax – How to Stay Ahead of Changing Regulations in 2019,” discussing trends in sales tax compliance that will impact tax professionals’ day-to-day processes and work. Below is a brief recap of the major trends that were discussed […]

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Marketplace Facilitators and Payment Processors – The New Taxpayers?

Marketplace Facilitators and Payment Processors Find Themselves in the Global Tax Compliance Crosshairs While approaches may differ across the globe, one of the defining trends in indirect tax over the last few years has been the effort to expand the number of types of businesses responsible for collecting tax. However, one of the challenges associated […]

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How to Respond to the Growing Challenges of 1099-R Reporting

The demographics don’t lie: Reporting for form 1099-R is only going to grow more difficult as baby boomers retire. The form used to report distributions from IRA, pensions, annuities and other similar retirement accounts is poised to explode in volume. As such, financial institutions (FIs) and insurance companies can’t afford to mishandle 1099-R reporting. The […]

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As Legal Sports Gambling Grows, So Does Growth in W-2G Reporting

With the NCAA basketball tournament approaching, the US is gearing up for its biggest gambling weeks of the year. And while most “March Madness” pools might technically be illegal, legitimate sports betting is sweeping the US following last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision allowing states to legalize sports gambling in casinos.   As legal sports […]

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