Tax & Accounting Blog

Trustee and Custodian Requirements to Issue Transfer Statements

Trustee and Custodian Requirements to Issue Transfer Statements

Transfer statements are required as a means of passing along adjusted basis information on tax lots of covered securities when these are transferred to a receiving custodian or broker. Transfer statements are also required to inform a receiving custodian or broker which items are uncovered securities; a transferred security is presumed to be a covered security unless … Read More

Kentucky Offers Tax Amnesty, Cutting Interest in Half and Waiving Penalties

Kentucky Offers Tax Amnesty, Cutting Interest in Half and Waiving Penalties

The new Kentucky Tax Amnesty Act authorizes a tax amnesty program, which will be run by the state Department of Revenue for a period of no less than 60 days and no more than 120 days beginning on a date yet to be set in the fiscal year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. … Read More

IRS Delays Effective Date for Reporting Basis on Sales of Debt Instruments and Options

IRS Delays Effective Date for Reporting Basis on Sales of Debt Instruments and Options

The IRS announced on May 2, 2012 that it intends to delay the effective date for reporting basis on sales of debt instruments and options. The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 requires brokers to report the basis on sales of certain securities. The Act applies to stock acquired on or after January 1, 2011, mutual fund shares … Read More

New Cost Basis Rules May Be Lost on Many

New Cost Basis Rules May Be Lost on Many

With taxpayers in the throes of planning their 2011 income tax returns, now’s a good time to remind filers not to overlook new cost basis reporting rules governing securities sales. In the past, they had the option of specifying which shares they sold when computing their cost basis. But as of 2011, taxpayers’ account custodians … Read More

Welcome back Excel – we missed you!

Welcome back Excel – we missed you!

A Closer Look at What Controls Your Excel Add-in Provides and What it Doesn’t The day has finally come when tax technology professionals have great reasons to recommend the use of spreadsheets for tax processes.  The growing array of new Excel Add-in tools, responding to many of the historical risks related to spreadsheets, are giving … Read More

The New Realities of Tax Risk Management

The New Realities of Tax Risk Management

The Tax Council Policy Institute (TCPI) tax risk conference that I attended on February 15 and 16 in Washington, DC brought together experts and stakeholders from across the industry. Over 280 professionals from corporate tax, trade, risk,and treasury groups met with tax lawyers, accounting firms, and revenue agencies to discuss policy and practice aroundcorporate tax … Read More