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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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Your Guide to Posting Unclaimed Property Advertisements in New York

Not all states have the same requirements for completing an unclaimed property state report. The state of New York requires that certain companies publish unclaimed property information in newspapers in the form of advertisements. It is important to note the advertising does not replace the need to send due diligence letters. Both advertising and due […]

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Take 5 Minutes to Learn this Year’s Last Minute Tax Information Reporting Changes

Tax time is upon us, which means last minute IRS and state tax information reporting changes are keeping us on our toes. Take five minutes to learn what these changes are and what you need to do to protect your business from penalties. 1. California’s last-minute change On December 9th, the Franchise Tax Board posted […]

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3 Best Practices for Unclaimed Property Record Retention

Unclaimed property retention requirements vary based on each state’s rules and regulations. Depending upon the property type and state, record retention periods can take up to 10 years, not including the dormancy period. This means you could retain records for up to 20 years. To successfully keep track of all these records and avoid an […]

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Navigate California’s Unclaimed Property Reporting Cycle in 4 Simple Steps

It has been several years since California changed its unclaimed property reporting process, yet many holders are still unsure how to remain compliant. This is because California’s reporting cycle includes two different reports. Below are the steps to submitting those reports and remaining compliant in California: Step 1: Holder Notice Report The first report is […]

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IRS Sunsets Paper Filing for 1099s

Historically, the IRS required 1099 filers of 250 or more forms to file electronically (e-file). For businesses filing fewer than 250 forms, the IRS allowed paper filings. However, the 1099 reporting process will soon be almost completely electronic. The state of Oregon made a similar change in 2018, and the trend is about to go […]

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The Affordable Care Act is Alive and Kicking

Despite what you may have heard, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax reporting requirements are not dead. In fact, enforcement of the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions (ESRPs) under IRC 4980H is very much alive at the federal level. And states are enforcing the individual mandate. Federal Enforcement of ESRPs Many employers and other filers of […]

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Illinois Enacts Form 1099-K Reporting Requirements

For the first time in state history, the Illinois state legislature has enacted form 1099-K reporting requirements as part of the FY20 Budget Implementation Act.   This change is a new direct state reporting requirement for payers of income made to Illinois residents. For 2019 reporting, Illinois requires form 1099-K reporting to be submitted to them […]

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IRS Tax Gap Data Previews the Future of 10-series Reporting Requirements

A recent fact sheet released by the IRS shows the latest tax gap estimates and overall taxpayer compliance and demonstrates why the IRS is likely to strengthen its tax reporting enforcement policies. The findings are based on data from tax years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The purpose of this document is to let the public […]

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Crypto Exchange and Custodian Gemini Chooses Sovos as its Tax Reporting Solution Provider

Gemini, one of the world’s most trusted cryptocurrency exchanges and custodians, has selected Sovos, the largest private filer of 10-series tax forms, to automate Gemini’s 1099 forms and filings. Sovos will enable Gemini to eliminate potential errors and get automatic regulatory updates on the everchanging cryptocurrency compliance landscape.   The growing confusion related to crypto tax […]

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Unclaimed Property: “Good Escheat” Ingredients

Nice job on getting your fall filing done! You deserve a reward! Take the rest of the day off and make yourself a drink I like to call ‘Good Escheat.’ 1-part orange pop, 1-part lemonade, 1-part rainbow sherbet. Mix it together and enjoy! And remember, just as it takes multiple different items that alone might […]

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Withholding State Reporting Beyond an Organization’s Physical Presence

Introduction Tax information reporting and withholding at the state level is often a complex undertaking for organizations to manage. With 43 states now requiring income tax withholding and reporting, and each state having its own specific requirements, compliance can be a logistical nightmare. To add to the mounting complexities of state reporting, organizations need to […]

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States Crack Down on Unclaimed Property

Recently, a landmark ruling in New York shed light on a nationwide trend in the world of unclaimed property compliance. State governments across the U.S. and Canada are cracking down on businesses that fail to report their unclaimed property accurately and on time. And, as proven by the case in New York, no business, no […]

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Whose Responsibility Is It to Report Unclaimed Property?

Unclaimed property results from the everyday functions of a company’s operations. As state budget deficits continue to grow, companies should expect unclaimed property compliance and related audits to continue and possibly increase. So, who is responsible for handling the process of Unclaimed Property management and escheatment to the state and keeping their company compliant? Tax […]

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Cryptocurrency Exchanges Serious about 1099 Reporting Despite Incomplete IRS Guidance

Ron Quaranta is founder and chairman of Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, the world’s leading non-profit trade association promoting the comprehensive adoption of blockchain technology and crypto assets across global financial markets. He will speak at the GCS Intelligent Reporting conference in San Antonio later this month. Ron spoke with Sovos recently about cryptocurrency tax regulations […]

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Unclaimed Property Reporting: Well Begun Is Half Done!

If you have ever had a child wait until the night before an assignment is due to ask for help, or had a client push a deadline as far back as possible to start, you know the frustration of rushed and ineffective project completion. With your unclaimed property reporting process, you can reduce this last-minute […]

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Are You Considering Outsourcing Your Unclaimed Property Processes?

Managing an organization’s unclaimed property can be a full-time job. With the complexities of regulatory requirements, the numerous due diligence and dormancy tracking rules by property type and state, along with due diligence requirements, also varying by state, record retention needs in case of an audit, as well as reporting to multiple states, the process […]

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Unclaimed Property Penalties

“We have less than $1,000 to submit, we’ll just do it ourselves.” Does this thought process sound familiar? The thought is if it’s a small amount, it doesn’t matter nearly as much. It’s totally understandable for one to think along these lines. Unfortunately, the states may disagree with you. Regardless of the dollar amount or […]

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