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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 to Stay Ahead of Unclaimed Property

Unclaimed property compliance is a year-round job. Preparations must be made monthly in order to stay compliant. Below are the top 5 ways you can stay ahead of your unclaimed property obligations, before they turn into penalties. 1. Review procedures and document them: A lack of good audit trails and procedure documentation is commonplace in […]

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The Danger of Unclaimed Property for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers build up patient credit balances from collecting more coinsurance, copays, and/or deductibles than they earn. Unfortunately, because the fees are unearned, the healthcare provider has inadvertently accepted fiduciary responsibility for the funds. In addition to having to safeguard the funds from potential loss, the healthcare provider is now facing penalties and interest from […]

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The Top 4 Benefits of a Cloud-based Unclaimed Property Solution

According to Forrester Research, 65 percent of North American enterprises relied on public cloud platforms in 2019. This is five times the percentage that used cloud platforms 6 years ago. Leading businesses are flocking to cloud solutions because of the numerous benefits they provide. Below are the top 4 benefits of using a cloud-based unclaimed […]

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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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Gig Economy & Referral Marketing Businesses: Take Advantage of Real-Time TIN Matching

Every 1099 form transmitted to the IRS has the potential to become a costly penalty. For organizations experiencing rapid growth, an influx of new contractors, distributors or service providers can be exciting, but fraught with risk as tax season approaches. Regardless of your business model and how you classify payments to your service providers, having […]

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Keep Your Company Safe from Audit Risk While Adapting to COVID-19

Tax compliance has always been a balancing act – directing available energy and resources on those activities and solutions that will do the most to keep your company safe from audit risk. While the challenges may differ (as resources may be less available to some businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic) the obligation of tax professionals […]

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Sports Cancellations Cost States Big Time

This year’s sports cancellations, including the NBA and March Madness, have left many states with far fewer tax dollars than expected. Since it was legalized by the Supreme Court in 2018, sports betting has been legalized by state governments across the country. Last year, nine states legalized sports betting. This brings the total number of […]

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International Tax Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the last several weeks, we have monitored many efforts by federal, state and local governments to provide relief to both businesses and individual taxpayers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As they relate to indirect tax (VAT/Sales Tax/GST), the measures enacted to-date have followed varying paths. Here are a few examples of the types of […]

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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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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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