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New W-9 (Rev. Dec 2011) Released

Over the past nine months, the IRS received multiple complaints about the recently released W-9 (Rev. Jan 2011). Criticism centered on the tax classification area, where the word, required, was added. This led filers to believe that the tax classification section was mandatory, where, in fact, it is not. Due to the high number of complaints, the IRS released a … Read More

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

Treasury Issues Final Rule on FBAR

Treasury Issues Final Rule on FBAR

On February 24, 2011, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a division of the U.S. Treasury Department, issued a final rule on Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs). The rule addresses the scope of persons that are required to file FBARs.  The rule specifies the types of accounts that are reportable and provides relief for … 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