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Posted October 25, 2017 by Nicolette Chasse
Russia Issues Draft CRS Guidance and Implementation Legislation

The Russian Duma has drafted preliminary legislation to comply with CRS through guidance notes and implementation notes.  The law underwent its first reading in the Duma on September 20, 2017.  The approximate date of the second reading is October 19, 2017.  It is currently expected that the law will enter into force on January 1, […]

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Posted October 25, 2017 by Nicolette Chasse
Hong Kong Releases CRS Legislation to Align Tax Code With CRS

Hong Kong's Inland Revenue Department released Amendment No. 5 Bill 2017 (Amendment Bill), which paves the way for Hong Kong's participation in the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (MCMAA), to align the Inland Revenue Ordnance (IRO) with the CRS promulgated by the OECD.  Key aspects of the Amendment Bill include language […]

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Posted October 25, 2017 by Nicolette Chasse
Singapore Releases IRAS CRS XML Schema Version 1.0, Guidance Notes

On October 13, 2017, Singapore released Version 1.0 of the XML Schema necessary to comply with CRS reporting requirements as well as Guidance Notes to accompany the Schema. The Guidance Notes largely follows the CRS User Guide Version 2.0 found in Annex 3 of the Common Reporting Standard, but provides more details on how information […]

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Posted October 25, 2017 by Nicolette Chasse
IRS Releases Reminder of Upcoming Deadline for FFI Registration for FATCA

The IRS recently published Notice 2017-174, which reminds all Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) that the due date for renewing agreements is October 24, 2017. The renewal process applies to all Participating FFIs not covered by an IGSA, reporting FFIs under a Model 2 IGA, and Reporting Model 1 FFIs with operating branches outside of Model […]

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Posted October 24, 2017 by Nicolette Chasse
IRS Releases Updated Version of Form 3921

The IRS recently published an updated version of Form 3921. The new form permits TIN truncation of a payee's TIN in the recipient copy. However, TINs may not be truncated when submitting the form to the IRS. In addition, Copies B, C, and D of Form 3921 have been made fillable on-line in the PDF […]

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Posted October 23, 2017 by Adam Rivera
Congress Discussing Bill That Would “Streamline and Modernize Employer Reporting Requirements”

Members of both the House and Senate are currently discussing the “Commonsense Reporting Act of 2017,” a bill that seeks to “streamline and modernize employer reporting requirements” under the Affordable Care Act. To accomplish this goal, the legislation would have the following ramifications: Permits employers to voluntarily report general information to the IRS prospectively to […]

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Posted October 23, 2017 by Nicolette Chasse
IRS Releases Form 945 and Instructions for 2017

The IRS released updated Form 945 and the Instructions to Form 945. While there are no substantive changes to the form, the Instructions establish new filing addresses for employers in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. For employers who are not making payments while filing, all filings should be mailed to:   Department of […]

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Posted October 23, 2017 by Adam Rivera
IRS Revises Form 8809, Makes Changes to Requesting an Additional Extension of Time

The IRS has released a revised version of Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns. There are some changes from the previous revision of the form, particularly regarding the process of requesting an extension of time for Form W-2 or for requesting an additional extension of time:   The instructions for […]

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Posted October 19, 2017 by Paul Ogawa
Iowa Announces Registration for Software Vendors, Releases Updated Electronic Reporting Specifications

Iowa recently announced software vendor registration is open for those who support electronic transmission of W-2 wage statements and/or 1099 Information Return file formats. Registration is now open for tax year 2017, and applicants must fill out and submit the e-File Vendor Registration Form by November 1, 2017. The Department of Revenue also released an updated version of […]

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Posted October 12, 2017 by Alex Samuel
Cook County, IL Repeals Sweetened Beverage Tax

The Cook County (Illinois) Board of Commissioners voted to repeal the recently enacted sweetened beverage tax. The tax will remain effective until December 1, 2017 after which retailers will no longer be required to collect the tax. The sweetened beverage tax consisted of a $0.01 tax on each ounce of sweetened beverage sold at retail […]

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Posted October 11, 2017 by Adam Rivera
Senator Introduces Bill to Repeal Individual Mandate for Health Insurance

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has introduced Senate Bill 1898, the “Repeal and Refund Act,” a bill that seeks to retroactively repeal the individual mandate for health insurance. Through this bill, Americans who paid penalties for not having insurance coverage would be refunded. Currently, Senate Bill 1898 is still in committee and has no cosponsors.

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Posted October 11, 2017 by Adam Rivera
Congress Discussing Bill That Alters Thresholds for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-K

The House of Representatives is currently discussing H.R.3717, the “Small Business Owners’ Tax Simplification Act of 2017.” The purported aim of the bill would be to avoid burdening small business owners and to improve compliance. The bill would seek to accomplish through changing the reporting thresholds of both Form 1099-MISC (something that hasn’t been done […]

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Posted October 11, 2017 by Adam Rivera
Bermuda Announces Phasing Out of CDOT Reporting Requirements

The Bermuda Ministry of Finance has confirmed reports that Bermuda will be phasing out of CDOT. The Bermuda Ministry of Finance currently has plans to move to a CRS-only reporting model as it begins to shift from its current CDOT IGA Model 2 status. This means that, from 2018 onward, there will no longer be an option […]

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Posted October 11, 2017 by Nicolette Chasse
Cyprus Extends Country-by-Country Reporting Submission Deadline for CRS

Cyprus recently announced that the submission deadline for country-by-country reporting for accounting years between January 1 2016 to October 20 2016 is extended until November 20, 2017.  Submission may be completed through the Cyprus's CRS reporting portal, Ariadni.   

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Posted October 9, 2017 by Sovos
IRS Releases 2017 Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B

The IRS has released the 2017 Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B. There are a couple of changes from their respective previous revisions: Changes to 2017 Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B New Instructions Paper returns filed with the IRS must be printed in landscape format Penalties have increased slightly this year For returns required […]

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Posted October 9, 2017 by Adam Rivera
IRS Releases 2017 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

The IRS has released the 2017 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. There are a couple of changes from their respective previous revisions: Changes to 2017 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C   Now there is no section 4980H transition relief available for 2017 The instructions have thus removed discussion of section 4980H transition relief, […]

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Posted October 9, 2017 by Adam Rivera
IRS Releases 2017 ACA Forms

The IRS has released its 2017 versions of Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B, and 1095-C. There were no changes to Form 1094-B. Form 1094-C had two changes: The removal of selection C, “Section 4980H Transition Relief,” from Line 22, and the removal of column (e) “Section 4980H Transition Relief Indicator” from Part III. There are no […]

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Posted October 9, 2017 by Sovos
Montana Updates Business Registration Form

Montana's Department of Revenue updated its Business Registration (“GenReg”) form. The updated form gives businesses the opportunity to register as a trust, if appropriate, as well as provides more expansive options for LLCs, so as to allow for more accurate information reporting.  The form also allows for online registration for W-2 and 1099 withholding, mineral […]

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