Regulatory Analysis

Get the latest updates in regulatory analysis news

Posted September 11, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
Alabama Publishes Interest Rate for Q4 2020

The Alabama Department of Revenue recently published its quarterly interest rates for the fourth quarter of 2020. Under Section 40-1-44 of the Code of Alabama 1975, this interest rate is used to calculate interest on underpayments and over payments (where applicable) of taxes due or payable. The interest rate for the fourth quarter of 2020 […]

Read More
Posted August 11, 2020 by Robert Beck
IRS Releases 2020 Publication 1586

The IRS recently released its 2020 Publication 1586 which details reasonable cause regulations and requirements for missing and incorrect Name/TINs. Several changes were made to the document for this tax year, the most notable of which are detailed below. Under the Reasonable Cause section, language has been added stating, “mitigating factors or events beyond the filer’s control […]

Read More
Posted July 21, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
IRS Releases Publication 1179 for TY 2020

The IRS recently released an updated version of Publication 1179 for tax year 2020. Publication 1179 provides general rules and specifications for printed substitute forms including Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and certain other information returns. The highlight of the changes to this publication involve the addition of Form 1099-NEC, which was resurrected for reporting […]

Read More
Posted July 14, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
IRS Publishes Guidance on Reporting Qualified Sick & Family Leave Wages

The IRS recently published Notice 2020-54, which details guidance for reporting qualified sick leave and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The FFCRA and the ensuing reporting guidance applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees who provide paid leave due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Further, […]

Read More
Posted July 14, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
IRS Releases Updated Publication 2108A

The IRS recently released an updated version of Publication 2108A, Online Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Program. This publication provides information and instructions relating to the IRS Online TIN matching program used by taxpayers to validate taxpayer identification numbers to avoid possible consequences like backup withholding and penalties. Publication 2108A remains largely the same as its […]

Read More
Posted July 14, 2020 by Robert Beck
IRS Releases Revised Instructions for Form 941 for Tax Year 2020

The IRS recently released revised instructions for Form 941 which is used by employers to report quarterly federal withholding. Several changes have been made to the instructions and form in response to COVID-19 and the passage of the CARES Act. As some of these changes were made prior to the end of the First Quarter […]

Read More
Posted July 14, 2020 by Jesse Rooney
IRS Releases Draft 2020 Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns

The IRS has released its draft Form 8809, “Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns,” for tax year 2020.  Form 8809 is an application for extension to file information returns with the IRS, it does not grant an extension to issue recipient copies.  References to box 7 of the 1099-MISC, which reported non-employee […]

Read More
Posted May 29, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
IRS Extends Due Date for Form 5498 Series to August 31

Through Notice 2020-35, the IRS further extended the due date for Form 5498 series records including Form 5498 (IRA Contribution Information), 5498-ESA (Coverdell ESA Contribution Information) and 5498-SA (HAS, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA Information). The due date for filing these forms with the IRS and furnishing these forms to recipients has been extended to […]

Read More
Posted May 21, 2020 by Robert Beck
SSA Releases 2020 W-2C Specifications

The SSA recently released its 2020 W-2C Specifications. There were no changes to the specifications though there were updates to the total amounts applicable to Social Security Wage Base, Social Security Withheld, and the Maximum Social Security Wage base for 2020. To view the full specifications release, click here.

Read More
Posted May 21, 2020 by Robert Beck
SSA Releases 2020 W-2 Specifications

The SSA recently released its 2020 W-2 Specifications. There were no changes to the specifications though there were updates to the total amounts applicable to Social Security Wage Base, Social Security Withheld, and the Maximum Social Security Wage base for 2020. To view the full specifications release, click here.

Read More
Posted May 14, 2020 by Robert Beck
Maryland Changes Reporting Obligations for Third-Party Settlement Organizations

The Maryland legislature recently passed the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020 (SB 192) which in part significantly changes the information return reporting obligations of third-party settlement organizations (TPSOs). SB 192 requires TPSOs who must issue Form 1099-K to report payments made to their payees if the amount of the reportable payment meets or […]

Read More
Posted May 1, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
Maryland Issues Extensions for Withholding Taxes, Provides Teleworking Guidance Update

The Maryland Comptroller’s Office recently issued a number of extensions for tax payments and reporting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including employer withholding tax. For payments and tax returns due between February 2020 and May 2020, these reports and payments will now be due on July 15, 2020. Separate reports must be filed for each […]

Read More
Posted April 22, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
Iowa Announces Small Business Relief Program for COVID-19

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced an Iowa Small Business Relief Program to assist the state’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program offers small businesses relief grants and tax deferral of sales and/or withholding taxes due along with waiver of penalty and interest for retail sales and/or withholding taxes due on or after […]

Read More
Posted April 22, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
California Issues Extensions for Tax Payments and Reporting due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) has issued extensions for reporting and payment of certain tax types, which include withholding tax. For non-resident/non-wage withholding payments and reporting for the first two pay periods, the new due date for reporting and payment is now July 15, 2020. The third pay […]

Read More
Posted April 22, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
New Mexico Issues Withholding Tax Extensions Due to COVID-19

New Mexico Taxation & Revenue recently published a bulletin describing withholding tax relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For withholding taxes due to be reported and paid between March 25, 2020 and July 25, 2020, taxpayers may report or pay without penalty no later than July 25, 2020. This includes those withholding payments and reports […]

Read More
Posted April 22, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
South Carolina Issues Extensions for Withholding Tax Returns and Payments Due

The South Carolina Department of Revenue recently issued extensions as tax relief in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tax returns and payments due between April 1, 2020 and June 1, 2020 will now be due on June 1, 2020. Regarding payments, penalties and interest will not be charged if the payments are made by June […]

Read More
Posted April 15, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
IRS Extends Due Date for 5498 Forms to July 15

Making the announcement through Notice 2020-23, the IRS has extended the due date for a number of taxpayer actions which include filing Forms 5498, 5498-QA, 5498-ESA, and 5498-SA. Citing to a list of taxpayer acts found in Revenue Procedure 2018-58, affected taxpayers are granted an extension of time relating to “time-sensitive acts” due to be […]

Read More
Posted April 9, 2020 by Paul Ogawa
Florida Enacts Bill Requiring 1099-K Filing

House Bill 7097 was recently passed by the Florida Legislature and approved by Governor DeSantis, paving the way for a new information return requirement in the state. Under Section 212.134 of the Bill, payment settlement entities and other third-party facilitators who handle payment card and third-party network transactions must file a 1099-K return with Florida […]

Read More