The Treasury Department and the IRS have released on IRS.gov the corrected draft final regulations under section 199A (section 199A final regulations) on the new qualified business income (QBI) deduction (section 199A deduction). These corrections include, among other edits, corrections to the definition and computation of excess section 743(b) basis adjustments for purposes of determining the unadjusted basis immediately after an acquisition of qualified property, as well as corrections to the description of an entity disregarded as separate from its owner for purposes of section 199A and §§1.199A-1 through 1.199A-6. The corrected draft has been submitted to the Federal Register for publication.
The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible. As the IRS resumes operations, there are some important pieces of information for taxpayers and tax professionals to keep in mind in several areas: Audits. For taxpayers and tax professionals with questions about examinations affected by the shutdown, we have Frequently Asked Questions. The IRS also had advice for taxpayers who had planned to send material to their IRS auditor but didn’t because of the government shutdown. The IRS recommended that If taxpayers have already assembled the requested material, they can immediately send the material to their auditor. “You may call your auditor to discuss any items on your document request if you need clarification,” said the IRS. “Your auditor will also be reaching out to you to re-establish contact in the next several business days. During this contact, your auditor will be able to answer questions you have and will address the time frame on when the requested information is due.” Collections. For taxpayers and tax professionals with collection issue affected by the shutdown, visit the Frequently Asked Questions. This section … Read More
Legislation to extend “extenders”, i.e. tax provisions with termination dates that are typically extended, has not been enacted. As we enter tax season, here is a listing of those extenders, that, as noted in a recent report by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), have not been extended to 2018. Many of these extender provisions would have been extended through the end of 2018 by the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 and the Taxpayer First Act of 2018 (H.R. 88). However, on December 10, 2018, that bill was revised so as to not include those extensions. On January 15, Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee stated that his goal is to guide extenders legislation to final enactment. However, he acknowledged that he does not have a specific plan and that no hearings on the subject have been scheduled. List of extenders that have not been extended to 2018. On January 19, the JCT released its annual report on the temporary individual, business, and energy tax extender provisions. This report contains a section that serves as a reminder of the extender provisions that expired at the end of 2017. The provisions can be fit into … Read More
The 2019 tax filing season started on Monday, January 28. That’s when the Internal Revenue Service started accepting and, more importantly, processing tax returns. Mark your calendars for this year’s key filing dates: January 28, 2019: Filing season 2019 begins. If a taxpayer filed early, either using Free File, tax software on their own or with the help of a paid tax preparer, the returns have been on hold and should now be sent and enter the IRS processing system. January 31, 2019: This is the deadline for employers to mail their workers the Forms W-2 and for 1099 forms to be issued with details of contract payments, investment income and retirement plan distributions. Today also is important if a taxpayer did not make their last 2018 tax year estimated tax payment by January 15. If they file the full tax return for the year by January 31 and pay any tax due with the filing, they will avoid any penalty for late payment of the last installment. This is a little less pressing this year, since the IRS has announced it’s granting some underpayment leeway due to confusion created by the changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. February 15, 2019: For financial institutions, this … Read More
IRS has announced that it successfully opened the 2019 tax-filing season on Monday, January 28, 2019, as planned. Projected timing of refund payments. IRS expects the first refunds to go out in the first week of February and many refunds to be paid by mid-to-late February like previous years. IRS expects to issue more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. However, it’s possible a tax return may require additional review and take longer. IRS’s Where’s My Refund has the most up to date information available about refunds. The tool is updated only once a day, so taxpayers don’t need to check more often. IRS also notes that refunds, by law, cannot be issued before February 15 for tax returns that claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). This applies to the entire refund—even the portion not associated with the EITC and ACTC. While IRS will process the EITC and ACTC returns when received, these refunds cannot be issued before February 15. Similar to last year, IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to actually be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on February 27, 2019, … Read More
Confused by some of the requirements for completing the Form 2848, Power of Attorney? Following is a checklist to properly complete the form (provided by Canopy) Evaluate the Client – Is a Power of Attorney necessary in this case? Before you dive in, make sure Form 2848 is the best option for the situation. Information Authorization Forms: Form 4506-T – This form only gives you access to your client’s income tax transcripts. Sometimes that’s all the information you need. Form 8821 – This form gives you access to all of your client’s tax information, but does not authorize you to represent your client before the IRS. Form 2848 – This form gives you access to all of your client’s tax information as well as the ability to represent your client before the IRS. However, you should be aware that once you file Form 2848, you are expected to represent your client. If you do not meet the expectation of a rigorous defense on behalf of your client, you can be subject to a professional liability lawsuit. Fill out Form 2848 Section 1: Taxpayer Information Enter your client’s name, address, phone number, and SSN, ITIN, or EIN as appropriate. Section 2: … Read More