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California AB5 Gig Economy Bill will Affect Tax Reporting, But How?

California Governor Gavin Newsom is poised to sign into law a bill that would recategorize gig economy workers such as ride-share drivers from being independent workers to full-time employees.  The bill, California AB5, could have a profound impact on tax withholding and information reporting at state levels, with other states closely monitoring California’s activity. It […]

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New Sales Tax Laws Require Ecommerce Retailers to Step up Cyber Monday 2019 Preparations

5 steps ecommerce retailers should take to prepare for Cyber Monday 2019 Retailers with ecommerce channels have a lot to gain during Cyber Monday or Cyber Week in 2019. According to BlackFriday.com, Cyber Monday spending is anticipated to grow 20% this year, with consumers spending nearly $9.5 billion online. Cyber Monday also falls on December […]

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Electronic Reporting – Welcoming Unclaimed Property to the 21st Century

Almost every state has moved away from paper reporting in favor of electronic reporting, welcoming the unclaimed property reporting process into the digital age. Many of the slow-moving processes can be easily streamlined and brought up to date with simple, intuitive technology. First, let’s describe the difference between the two types of filings as many […]

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Benefits of Sales Tax Automation Software and Deployment Options

You operate a lean tax compliance and reporting team. Maybe your company has reduced staff over the past 5-10 years while continuing to grow its business through organic means as well as merger and acquisition.  But now your staff of 10 is down to four or five. What was once a manageable manual process of […]

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Negative Reporting – What If I Have No Records to Report?

If you have no new unclaimed property records for a particular state this filing year, does that mean you are off the hook? Well, not necessarily.   Most states want you to file with them each year. If you’ve reported in the past, they want to hear from you even in the years when you […]

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To Aggregate or Not to Aggregate – There Is No Question – Not

Article written By Bill Dadmun, Records and Receipts Manager, State of Virginia   How many of you use the aggregate function when reporting?  Does it make your life easier?  Listen to this scenario and tell me if it sounds familiar.   You get a call from someone that is due $49.95 from a credit balance.  […]

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Reciprocal Filing – Why You Should Proceed with Extreme Caution

This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about the dangers of reciprocal filing, but I feel like it is a topic worth covering again for those who may have missed it. Reciprocal or exchange filing means reporting records to a state even though the last known addresses for the records are not in that state. […]

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Demystifying Codes for Unclaimed Property Compliance

Have you ever been confused about which property code to use for a certain type of property? We have all been there. NAUPA, the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, has a list of standard codes that you can view here starting at the bottom of page 23.   Each code is made up of two alpha […]

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Due Diligence – The Way to Customers’ and States’ Hearts

Due Diligence is the act of sending out letters to your lost owners or publishing their names in newspapers.  Almost every jurisdiction has laws that require companies to perform due diligence. The most common requirement is to send letters 120 days to 60 days before your filing is due. You’ll definitely want to meet each […]

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What Could a Yield Curve Inversion Mean for IRS Tax Reporting Enforcement?

With unemployment low and productivity high, the US economy appears to be steaming along. But one key metric suggests otherwise: the yield curve is inverted, historically a sign that a recession is on the way. A downturn in the economy could have a major impact on how the IRS enforces tax reporting compliance.  A yield […]

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The Rising Tide of Digital Tax: Are You Surfer or Shark Bait?

Anyone familiar with the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and the portrayal of hungry sharks setting their sights on surfers may be surprised to learn that tax and IT professionals may be feeling every bit as wary as those surfers as they enter their own version of shark-infested waters. The reason: IT and tax pros are […]

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Why Your Company Needs a Reporting Manual for Unclaimed Property

Many times in my twelve years of providing customer support, I’ve heard, “This is my first time reporting and I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?” My heart goes out to those people because I know how daunting it can be to figure out how to get a report to the state. […]

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5 Best Practices for Unclaimed Property Reporting

Finding the best way to manage unclaimed property risk is very challenging, especially if you are filing for the first time and not under state audit. If you find your company is in an initial compliance situation you need to immediately initiate an outreach program and make every effort to contact the owners of the […]

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IRS Warns Investors about Crypto Taxes without Releasing Guidance

The IRS sent letters to more than 10,000 cryptocurrency holders last week, educating them about their income tax obligations associated with cryptocurrency transactions. The IRS also included information in that correspondence about applicable penalties for taxpayers who fail to report income and pay crypto taxes.  The agency sent three letters to taxpayers: Letter 6173 https://www.irs.gov/pub/notices/letter_6173.pdf […]

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IRS to Issue Penalties for Backup Withholding Failures

At the Nationwide Tax Forums in Chicago last week, the IRS communicated details about the first wave of backup withholding penalty notices that payers should expect to receive in September and October.  These new penalty notices are related to the enforcement campaign that kicked off from the IRS Cincinnati office in July. Background The IRS […]

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Gift Cards: The Gift That May Keep Giving … Back to the States

Are unclaimed gift cards reportable as unclaimed property? It all depends. A recent ruling favoring the state of Delaware against an online retailer brought escheatment of unclaimed gift cards into the spotlight. Unclaimed property is escheated to the state of the property owner’s last known address, but challenges arise with gift cards due to lack […]

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South Dakota v. Wayfair One Year Later – Sales Tax Retrospective and Look Ahead Q&A

On July 25th, Chuck Maniace, vice president of regulatory analysis and design at Sovos, hosted a replay of the  “South Dakota v. Wayfair One Year Later” webinar on regulatory updates since the groundbreaking decision last June. Thanks to all those who participated, we received an additional wide range of thought-provoking questions. Our regulatory team compiled […]

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IRS Debuts Draft of 1099-NEC for 2020

In a monumental moment for tax reporting professionals, the IRS has released a draft of Form 1099-NEC, the form that will eventually replace Form 1099-MISC box 7 for reporting nonemployee compensation and box 9 for reporting direct sales of $5,000 or more.  The NEC should alleviate confusion that resulted after the passage of the PATH […]

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