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New Educational Course: Tax Compliance and Accounting for Captive Insurers

Finding relevant insurance accounting education has always been a challenge for insurance professionals. Insurance is a global industry. But, the financial reporting and tax rules for insurance transactions represent only a small niche within the extensive realm of statutory and GAAP guidance.  Captive insurance companies are yet another niche within that, which only narrows the […]

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Industry First: Businesses and Government Partner on New Digital VAT Compliance Principles

For the first time in history, international business and governments have come together. Their aim was to define and agree a guiding set of principles for tax compliance in a world where continuous tax controls (CTCs) are becoming the norm.  The International Chamber of Commerce‘s (ICC) executive board has now formally approved the first set […]

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The Advantage of a Cloud-First Company

With the acquisition of Eagle Technology Management (ETM) and Booke Seminars, Sovos has united the very best in statutory reporting solutions, technology and expertise. Below is an overview of our strategy following these acquisitions: Sovos’s SaaS and Security Strategy  Sovos at its core is a Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-first company. This means […]

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The Top 4 Tips for Insurers Issuing Form 1099-SB

In February, some of the largest U.S. insurers came together for a Sovos-sponsored virtual forum. The forum focused on how these insurers managed their reporting obligations for the new IRS Forms 1099-LS and 1099-SB. Below you will find important background information on Forms 1099-LS and SB and four tips for issuing Form 1099-SB gathered from […]

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Prepare for New 1099-K Reporting Requirements Across the U.S.

A trend is emerging across the country. In the last year, Illinois, Virginia, Florida and Maryland changed their reporting requirements for the 1099-K. Below are the new requirements, by state: Illinois: Beginning with tax year (TY) 2019, issuers of Form 1099-K will be required to submit those reports to Illinois electronically if required by the […]

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The Top 5 Ways Coronavirus is Affecting your Business’s Tax Reporting Obligations

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act addresses the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. It authorizes emergency loans to distressed businesses, payouts of tax rebates to individuals and their children and provides paid family leave and paid sick leave benefits to employees by offsetting tax credits to employers. The bill provides for […]

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The Top 5 Challenges of Forms 1099-LS and 1099-SB

Forms 1099-LS and 1099-SB were born out of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) as part of the Life Settlement reporting section. They were first introduced for the 2019 tax season, and require reporting from both the purchaser and the life insurance carrier when a life insurance policy is sold to a new […]

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The Top 5 Things Tax Professionals Need to Know About Form 1099-NEC

Tax professionals around the country are preparing for the new Form 1099-NEC. A lot of confusion surrounds this form. Below are the top 5 things you should be aware of. 1. Form 1099-MISC changed too: Because the IRS also adjusted the layout of Form 1099-MISC, payors will need to analyze how the source transaction systems […]

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Tax Considerations for Good Corporate Citizens

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the business landscape of our country in a matter of weeks. The demand for products such as paper products and hand sanitizers have overridden the ability of suppliers to fulfill orders. And perhaps most alarmingly, we have learned that our critical services such as hospitals, clinics and first responders […]

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US Supreme Court will Hear ACA Challenge: What are the Ramifications for Tax?

On March 2, the Supreme Court announced it would consider a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly referred to as Obamacare. The legal challenge, brought by the Attorney General of Texas and before the Supreme Court as California v. Texas, seeks to overturn the landmark healthcare law. The challenge proposes that since the […]

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Virginia Lowers Reporting Threshold for Third-Party Settlement Organizations

The Virginia legislature recently passed legislation which makes significant changes to the reporting obligations of gig economy participants and specifically third-party settlement organizations (TPSOs). SB 211 stipulates that TPSOs must issue Form 1099-K to report payments made to their payees. And TPSOs must report payments made to participating payees with a Virginia address if those […]

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How to Prevent a Delaware Unclaimed Property Audit

Did your business receive a letter from the Delaware Secretary of State (SOS) Office? On February 20th, the Delaware SOS office sent “over 100 letters to various companies…that have been identified as likely being out of compliance with Delaware law, 12 Del. C. ch. 11, as it relates to reporting dormant, abandoned, or unclaimed property.” […]

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Prepare to Pay Taxes on Crypto Held in Foreign Accounts

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a U.S. Congress watchdog, published a report evaluating the IRS’s approach to regulating virtual currency (crypto) and the guidance it has offered the public. The GAO’s Recommendation However, a portion of the report was directed at the IRS and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. […]

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IRS Agrees to more Clarity on Crypto Information Reporting

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a U.S. Congress watchdog, published a report evaluating the IRS’s approach to regulating virtual currency (crypto) and the guidance it has offered the public. In the report, the GAO offered three recommendations for the IRS, and an additional recommendation for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the […]

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Will AB5 Become a National Trend?

California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) has sparked a national trend towards increased regulations on the gig economy. New York, New Jersey and Illinois have followed California’s lead, attempting to pass their own versions of AB5. What is AB5? Triggered by the landmark Dynamex ruling, California’s AB5 requires businesses that hire gig workers to treat those […]

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Sovos Makes Back-to-Back Statutory Reporting Acquisitions with Purchase of Booke

In 2019, Sovos acquired Eagle Technology Management (ETM) for its history of innovation in statutory reporting and other key compliance solutions for U.S.-based insurance companies. Today, Sovos announced the acquisition of Booke, which provides critically important educational seminars to employees of American insurance companies and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on topics across property, casualty, […]

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Starbucks Shakes Up the Banking World

Experts believe Starbucks plans to enter the financial services industry. This belief is based on the huge sum of money Starbucks holds in stored value card liabilities and Starbucks’ investments in crypto. It also removed the word coffee from its signboard. Billions in value card liabilities Starbucks customers generate a massive amount of money purchasing […]

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See the Latest IRS FY19 Updates on Crypto and Gig Economy Enforcement

The IRS commissioner Chuck Rettig issued the agency’s FY19 updates last month, which included updates on compliance and education initiatives aimed at the emerging gig and crypto industries.   Publication 5382 was released in December to provide taxpayers with updates on the IRS’  FY19 goals. Of the six goals discussed in the report, goal two promised […]

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