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Positive Future Changes for the W-8BEN

In last week’s EEI conference, Michael Danilack, Deputy Commissioner at the IRS, announced some positive changes for those having to collect and audit the W-8BEN. The term he used was “clearing the underbrush” which, in essence, means that the IRS is aware that they have been too strict on the validation rules of the W-8BEN in … Read More

Join Us at the Tax Information Reporting Forum

Join Us at the Tax Information Reporting Forum

Information Reporting (1099) is becoming more complicated and the risks relating to non-compliance or inaccurate reporting are high. The recent changes to FATCA, 1099 reporting, 1042 and 1042-S, foreign reporting and cost-basis reporting will affect your business, whether it’s a corporation, a bank, a trust department or a wealth management firm. Join us for a … Read More

Understanding FATCA – Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

Understanding FATCA – Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act on March 18, 2010. FATCA creates a new information reporting and withholding regime for payments made to certain Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and other foreign entities. FATCA is intended to increase transparency for the IRS with … Read More

Basis Reporting on Form 1099-B

Basis Reporting on Form 1099-B

Interim Guidance on Issues Relating to the Basis of Stock On June 22, 2011, the IRS issued Notice 2011-56.  The Notice provides guidance on some technical issues relating to the basis of stock subject to broker reporting under §6045, pending publication of superseding guidance. Notice 2011-56 contains interim guidance for cost basis reporting on … Read More

Proposed Jobs Act Includes Provision Delaying Implementation of Law Requiring 3% Withholding

Proposed Jobs Act Includes Provision Delaying Implementation of Law Requiring 3% Withholding

The President’s Jobs Act Includes a Provision to Delay Implementation of the Law Requiring 3% Withholding by Government Payers for Goods and Services   The American Jobs Act of 2011 proposed by the President includes a wide range of tax cuts, tax credits, state funding assistance, infrastructure and property rehabilitation projects – and tucked away near … Read More

IRS Document Requests Include Copies of Accounting Software Backup Files

IRS Document Requests Include Copies of Accounting Software Backup Files

Did you know that IRS requests for documents for examination are now routinely specifying backup copies of electronic accounting software records instead of paper books and records? The IRS Small Business/Self Employed (SB/SE) division (which is heavily involved in Form 1099 tax reporting and withholding, among other issues) published a set of FAQs last week … Read More