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Cost Basis Transfer Statements: Check These Required Elements for Inherited Securities

Cost Basis Transfer Statements: Check These Required Elements for Inherited Securities

The Final Regulations for basis reporting (TD 9504) established some very specific requirements for transfer statements in the case of inherited securities.  An initial transfer statement is required upon inheritance to indicate whether the inherited securities are covered securities under the cost basis rules. Then, all subsequent transfers of the inherited securities are required to … 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

Want Proof of Mailing to the IRS on Time?

Want Proof of Mailing to the IRS on Time?

Don’t Rely on USPS First Class, Priority Mail or Delivery Confirmation Service Did you know that the only ways to establish prima facie evidence of delivery of documents that have a filing deadline prescribed by the Internal Revenue laws are the delivery methods that are specifically authorized in the tax regulations for timely mailing as … Read More

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What Is a MOU in Relation to Electronic Forms W-8 and W-9?

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action. It is often used in cases where parties either do not imply a legal commitment or in situations where the parties cannot create … Read More

IRS Agrees to the Use of a Substitute W-8BEN for Internal Revenue Code Section 6050W

IRS Agrees to the Use of a Substitute W-8BEN for Internal Revenue Code Section 6050W

IRS Notice 2011-71 simplifies payee documentation rules for payments from an offshore payer settled to an offshore account and permits substitute forms in lieu of Form W-8BEN. Background of Section 6050W Section 6050W — added to the Code by the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110-289) — requires annual information returns … Read More