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Lessons-learned TIGTA report points to changes in 2017 filing season

Lessons-learned TIGTA report points to changes in 2017 filing season The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), in its recently released final report for the 2016 filing season, highlighted the IRS’s response to what was good and what was bad about its performance. It signals what the IRS is doing during the 2017 filing […]

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FAQ: Are some tax return deadlines changing in 2017?

FAQ: Are some tax return deadlines changing in 2017? The Surface Transportation Act of 2015: Tax Provisions (enacted on Jul. 31, 2015) provided for major changes in certain tax return deadlines. To allow for a transition period for taxpayers adjust to the new due dates, the new filing deadlines carried a delayed effective date: for […]

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Major tax changes expected under Trump Administration

Major tax changes expected under Trump Administration One month after the presidential election, taxpayers are learning more about President-elect Donald Trump’s tax proposals for his administration. Although exact details, including legislative language, are likely months away, taxpayers have a snapshot of the president-elect’s tax proposals for individuals and businesses. Note. At the time this article […]

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FAQ: How is virtual currency taxed?

FAQ: How is virtual currency taxed? Virtual currency – often referred to as ‘bitcoin” — is a mystery for many people but an everyday currency for others. As virtual currency grows in popularity, questions arise about its taxation. The IRS treats virtual currency as property and not as currency. This means that general tax principles […]

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How do I? Figure the child care credit

How do I? Figure the child care credit Child care can undoubtedly prove to be a costly expense for any taxpayer. In some instances, taxpayers must weigh whether the cost of child care is a deterrent to returning, or, in some cases, entering the workforce. Although the IRS may not be able to control market […]

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December 2016 tax compliance calendar

December 2016 tax compliance calendar As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important federal tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of December 2016.  December 2 Employers. Semi-weekly depositors must deposit employment […]

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Congress returns for year-end tax legislation push

Congress returns for year-end tax legislation push Year-end 2016 is expected to bring a rush of tax-related legislation in Congress. Lawmakers will be up against a December 31 deadline to renew some expiring tax incentives and possibly pass new tax breaks for individuals and businesses. The year may end with what is often called a […]

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A first look at 2017 inflation-adjusted tax amounts now available

A first look at 2017 inflation-adjusted tax amounts now available An early glimpse at the income tax picture for 2017 is now available. The new information includes estimated ranges for each 2017 tax bracket as well as projections for a growing number of inflation-sensitive tax figures, such as the tax rate brackets, personal exemption and […]

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Crowdfunding: a new resource with developing tax rules

Crowdfunding: a new resource with developing tax rules IRS Chief Counsel recently examined the tax treatment of crowdfunding activities in a new information letter (Information Letter 2016-36). Crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon, used by an individual or entity to raise funds through small individual contributions from a large number of people. The guidance notes […]

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