Tax & Accounting Blog

IRS Releases Draft of Instructions for Form 1042 for 2014

On November 6, the IRS has released a draft of the new Instructions for Form 1042, Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Persons, for 2014. As the draft of the form itself, issued earlier this year without any instructions, showed, the IRS is making substantial changes in Form 1042 and expanding … Read More

FATCA Compliance Updated by IRS Notice 2013-69

IRS Notice 2013-69 provides new guidance for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) that sign an FFI agreement with the IRS for compliance under FATCA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). Notice 2013-69 also includes guidance for FFIs that are treated as reporting financial institutions under an applicable Model 2 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the United States … Read More


Why Nature of Income Paid to Foreign Vendors Matters Part 7 – Tax Treaty Exemptions from Withholding

A common withholding exemption is a claim under an applicable provision of an income tax treaty with the country of tax residence of the income’s beneficial owner. Such a claim must be made by the vendor on a valid Form W- 8BEN, or a Form 8233 in the case of treaty claims by individuals on … Read More


IRS to Analyze Tax Credit Bond Credit Stripping and Credit Claims

Nearly $5 billion in qualified tax credit bonds were issued in 2009 and 2010, resulting in millions of dollars of bond tax credits claimed each year. In a heavily redacted report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has reported on its analysis of corporate and individual returns with claims for bond tax credits. … Read More


U.S. District Court Rules that under ERISA and U.S. v. Windsor, Same-Sex Surviving Spouse Receives Death Benefit from Qualified Plan

On July 29, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an order that that a same-sex surviving spouse was entitled to receive the “surviving spouse” death benefit under an employer’s qualified employee benefit plan. The court found that the United States Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, declaring … Read More

Ask the Expert: Land Lease Payment Reporting on Form 1099-MISC

Ask the Expert: Land Lease Payment Reporting on Form 1099-MISC

Question: Our company is acquiring some vacant land on a long-term land lease. Does that require tax reporting on a Form 1099? Answer from Marianne Couch of COKALA Tax Information Reporting Services: It depends on what the payment is really for. If it is a straightforward lease with fewer than 30 years remaining on the … Read More