Tax & Accounting Blog

QIs Have No Choice with Regard to FATCA

QIs Have No Choice with Regard to FATCA

In last week’s EEI conference, it was announced that Qualified Intermediaries (QIs) will have no choice but to register to become a Participating Foreign Financial Institution (PFFI). This announcement came as quite a shock to some of the QIs that attended the Washington event, who assumed that they have the choice of becoming a non-participating … Read More

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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

IRS Adds a Box to Report Merchant Control Code (MCC) Numbers on Form 1099-K

IRS Adds a Box to Report Merchant Control Code (MCC) Numbers on Form 1099-K

The IRS has published a new version of the 2011 Form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third Party Network Payments. What’s New? The IRS has designated Box 3 of the 1099-K for reporting the Merchant Control Code (MCC) number assigned to the recipient.  The MCC is a code number, which a payment card association assigns to Merchant/Payees that accept its … 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

Understanding FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act)

Understanding FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act)

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) imposes an additional 30% withholding tax on certain U.S. source payments made to “foreign financial institutions” (“FFIs”) and “non-financial foreign entities” (“NFFEs”) that refuse to disclose information to the IRS about U.S. investors, even if those investors hold only non-U.S. assets. Due diligence requirements for identifying new and … Read More