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Why the IRS Needs to Release Cryptocurrency Tax Guidance

Despite IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig’s promise of “within the next 30 days” more than 30 days ago to Congress regarding the release of forthcoming cryptocurrency tax guidance, we have not seen anything materialize.  As we mentioned previously, the ongoing confusion related to tax reporting obligations continues to plague payers such as crypto or digital currency […]

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The IRS Is Allowing TIN Masking on Form W-2. Here’s Why It’s a Good Idea

At last, the IRS is allowing payers to truncate, or effectively mask, tax identification numbers (TINs) on Forms W-2 sent to payees. The decision comes after years of concern from companies and taxpayers about the risk of exposing TINs, or Social Security Numbers in the case of individual payees, in W-2 distributions.  The new policy […]

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TIGTA Report Reveals Value of TIN Matching, Problems with B Notices

The good news is that real-time TIN matching works to reduce errors in 1099 reporting. The bad news is that when errors do sneak through, organizations aren’t necessarily finding out about them until it’s too late. Those are the primary conclusions of a TIGTA report released earlier this month, titled Improved Communication and Outreach With […]

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IRS Releases New Look W-4 to Mixed Reviews from Businesses

The IRS has released a draft version of the new 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. It represents the most sweeping changes to this form since the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 was passed, requiring employers to withhold taxes from employee payroll and remit them to the IRS on their behalf.  The form […]

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IRS Promises Clarity on Crypto Tax Regulations This Month

For the second time in the last month, the IRS has alluded to forthcoming guidance related to cryptocurrency and digital asset transactions.  IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said in late May that clarification on crypto tax regulations might arrive by the end of June and gave further hints as to what might be included in the […]

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What the Sovos Acquisition of ETM Will Mean for Insurers, Financial Institutions

It’s been quite a week at Sovos. Hours after announcing Sovos’ intent to acquire Foriba, expanding our geographic footprint into Turkey and bringing together the pioneers of e-invoicing compliance, we shared our plan to expand into new and existing markets in the U.S. with the acquisition of Eagle Technology Management (ETM). Eagle Technology Management (ETM) […]

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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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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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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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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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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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IRS Notice Is a Reminder that ACA Is Still in Place

The IRS recently published a notice reminding filers that, despite the repeal of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in last year’s tax reform bill, individuals must still indicate on their returns whether they had health coverage. The ACA remains the law of the land for Tax Year 2018, with individuals still required to […]

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TIGTA Report Could Trigger IRS Action on 1099-K Threshold

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released a report making some significant recommendations to the IRS to improve taxpayer compliance in the gig economy. While the scope of the audit was intended to focus on compliance with self-employment taxes, the TIGTA quickly realized that the threshold and transaction limits for form 1099-K […]

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