NSTP Summer Webinars – Get ‘Em While It’s HOT!

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Summer Webinars: Get 'Em While it's HOT!!

NSTP Summer Webinars – Get ’em while it’s HOT! Enjoy premier tax education while relaxing in your air-conditioned home, by the pool, or in a cafe. M. The Tax Professional’s Guide to Understanding the Importance of the Substantiating of Business Expense Deductions, 2 CE July 11, 2019, 10:00 pm-12:15 pm PT Instructor: Paul La Monaca, CPA, MST This course reviews the importance of understanding allowable deductions on the tax returns. The courts and IRS are strict regarding the substantiation of expenditures and we offer a look at some of the issues facing the taxpayer and the tax professional and ways to improve being successful under audit. To register or for more course details, please visit the NSTP website. EE. Federal Income Tax Benefits Pertaining to Education, 3 CE July 16, 2019, 10 am-1:15 pm PT Instructor: Paul La Monaca, CPA, MST This course reviews and updates the Tax Professional on the value of understanding the Federal Income Tax benefits related to investing in §529 Qualified Tuition Programs and §530 Coverdell Plans and the benefits of deferral on the growth of the investment in those programs as well as the exclusion from gross income when the distribution from those funds is used … Read More

Napa Valley Special Topics Workshop 2019

NSTPNapa Valley, California, National Society of Tax Professionals (NSTP), Tax Professionals

Napa Valley Special Topics Workshops

2019 Special Topics Workshop – Napa Valley, CA July 15 – 17, 2019 Join us in the legendary, enchanting Napa Valley which is home to award-winning wineries and gourmet food. Arrange your travel plans to arrive early and spend time with your peers on a bus wine tour at 10 am on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Napa Valley Special Topics Course Name Date CPE Instructor Register Now! §199A Safe Harbor for Rental Real Estate Activities July 15 2 CPE Paul La Monaca, CPA, MST Register Now! Form 1040 Issues After the Enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act July 15 4 CPE Paul La Monaca, CPA, MST Register Now! Focusing on Sole Proprietorships and the Impact of §199A QBI Issues July 16 5 CPE Paul La Monaca, CPA, MST Register Now! Taxes and the Cannabis Industry July 17 4 CPE Nina Tross, MBA, EA Register Now! Click here for more information or to register. NEW HOTEL LOCATION: Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley, CA Enjoy the resort-like setting of Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley. Experience our stylish lobby, restaurant, meeting/event space, and atrium while exploring our seven acres of landscaped grounds. The idyllic surroundings of our Napa Valley … Read More

NSTP Summer Webinars – Get ‘Em While It’s HOT!

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NSTP Summer Webinars

NSTP Summer Webinars – Get ’em while it’s HOT! Enjoy premier tax education while relaxing in your air-conditioned home, by the pool, or in a cafe. R. Introduction to Estate, Gift and Trust Tax Planning Issues, 2 CE July 2, 2019, 10 am-12 pm PT Instructor: Paul La Monaca, CPA, MST This course will provide the Tax Professional with an in depth understanding of issues facing clients who are concerned about transferring assets during their lifetime and at the time of death. It will discuss the concept of the unified transfer tax for Estates and Gifts and the importance of taking inventory of their assets, liabilities and responsibilities for proper identification of each. The cause will not be a preparation of the Form 706 since most taxpayers will not be subject to the tax because of the high threshold for filing the returns but will educate the tax professional as to the importance a good estate plan. It will introduce the participants to the tools available to assist the taxpayer in having a good lifetime estate plan. To register or for more course details, please visit the NSTP website. G. Ethics for the Tax Professional and Circular 230 Issues, 2 CE … Read More

2020 Form W-4 Draft has been Issued by IRS and Treasury

NSTPInternal Revenue Service (IRS), W-4 form

2020 Draft of Form W-4 Issued

The first draft of 2020 Form W-4 has been issued and is now available for viewing and comments You can view the IRS’ early proposed design here. Comments about the 2020 Form W-4 draft are welcome and must be submitted by July 1, 2019. The agency can’t respond individually to all comments due to the large volume expected, but we do appreciate the feedback and will consider all comments received. Submit all comments to: WI.W4.Comments@IRS.gov. The IRS cannot respond to all comments due to the high volume we receive. “The new draft Form W-4 reflects important feedback from the payroll community and others in the tax community,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “The primary goals of the new design are to provide simplicity, accuracy and privacy for employees while minimizing burden for employers and payroll processors.” A near-final draft is expected to be released mid-to-late July. The summer release will give employers and payroll processors what they need to make system updates before the final form is released in November. The W-4 Instructions for employees are a part of this release and a separate set of instructions for employers will be available soon. The new W-4 form will better incorporate … Read More

Closing Your Tax Office for the Year?

NSTPInternal Revenue Service (IRS), Tax Professionals

Closing your Tax Office for the Year?

Closing Your Tax Office for the Year? If you are planning to close your tax office for the year, here are some reminders: Update your IRS e-file Application to allow the IRS to communicate with you and prevent your Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) from being inactivated. Verify and if needed, update your firm’s Principals, Responsible Officials, addresses and telephone numbers. Keep all Forms 8879 and acknowledgment reports for three years. Keep copies of all clients’ tax returns until the end of the calendar year as the electronic return originator (ERO). Check your EFIN status page to verify the number of returns you filed matches the number of returns received by the IRS. While your office is closed, it is a good practice to periodically verify your EFIN is not being used by anyone else. This information can be found through your E-Services account. If you are planning to permanently close your tax office, here are some reminders: The easiest way to notify the IRS of the closing is to use the “Close Office” feature on your IRS e-file Application. Providers may not sell or transfer EFINs, other identification numbers, or passwords when selling, transferring or otherwise discontinuing an IRS … Read More

GAO Releases Report on IRS Cybersecurity Oversight

NSTPInternal Revenue Service (IRS), Security

GAO Releases Report on IRS Cybersecurity Oversight

GAO Releases Report on IRS Cybersecurity Oversight The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, produced for the IRS, regarding safety concerns over third-party tools used to file taxes, as well as a series of recommendations. It is estimated that 90% of people use commercial software, like TurboTax, free file options like CreditKarma, or paid preparers to file their taxes. In the event of a cybersecurity event involving any of these platforms (or tax and accounting professionals) an individual's personal information could be accessed and stolen. In the report highlights, the GAO summarizes the concern: "IRS seeks to help safeguard electronic tax return filing for various types of third-party providers through requirements under its Authorized e-file Provider program. However, IRS's efforts do not provide assurance that taxpayers' information is being adequately protected." Federal law requires that the IRS protect the integrity and confidentiality of a taxpayer's information within its databases. However, the IRS does not currently have a consistent set of security requirements for software, preparer, or online, return preparation, that requires the same protections. GAO's report, Taxpayer Information: IRS Needs to Improve Oversight of Third-Party Cybersecurity Practices addresses the issue in greater depth and proposes steps that the IRS … Read More