Tax & Accounting Blog

New rules for Roth account conversions in retirement plans

New rules for Roth account conversions in retirement plans

The new American Taxpayer Relief Act, signed by the President on January 2, includes a change for Roth individual retirement accounts in employer plans.  The Act provides that, effective for transfers made after December 31, 2012, in taxable years ending after December 31, 2012, a broader range of amounts in employer-sponsored tax-deferred retirement plans may … Read More

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North Carolina Requires New NC-4P Withholding Documentation for Pension and IRA Distributions

Due to changes in North Carolina income tax law, recipients of pension or annuity payments must complete and provide to their payer a new Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments, Form NC-4P, in order to withhold the correct amount of North Carolina income tax for pension payment periods beginning on or after January 1, … Read More

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 8 – Exempt Individuals

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 8 – Exempt Individuals

Exempt Individuals are exempt from counting U.S. days for purposes of determining substantial presence in the U.S., nothing more. They are not exempt from tax because of their status as Exempt Individuals, although such Exempt Individuals are frequently exempt from income tax under a Code or tax treaty provision. To avoid this confusion, the IRS … Read More

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 7 – Substantial Presence Test

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 7 – Substantial Presence Test

Foreign nationals who are not green card holders (also called nonimmigrants) who are substantially present in the U.S. over a period of years are also resident aliens. Nonimmigrants are substantially present if their countable U.S. days (including partial days) over three calendar years equal or exceed 183 days based on a formula. The 183-day formula … Read More

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 6 – Green Card Test

Foreign Nationals: Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien and Why It Matters: Part 6 – Green Card Test

Foreign nationals who are green card holders are residents for income tax purposes unless they have never actually been physically present in the U.S. in that status. Green card holders are resident aliens from their first day of physical presence in the U.S. in that status or earlier if they became resident aliens under the … Read More