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IRS Postpones Information Reporting by Domestic Entities for Specified Foreign Financial Assets

On January 23, 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-10. The Notice postpones the date that domestic entities, including trusts, will be required to report their interests in specified foreign financial assets on Form 8938. Background Code § 6038D was enacted by section 511 of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (the … Read More

Regulations Require Updating of Employer Identification Numbers

Regulations Require Updating of Employer Identification Numbers

On May 3, 2013, the IRS issued final regulations that require any person assigned an employer identification number (EIN) to provide updated information to the IRS in the manner and frequency prescribed by forms, instructions, or other appropriate guidance.  These regulations affect persons with EINs and will enhance the IRS’s ability to maintain … Read More

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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 Releases Draft Form for Medicare Surtax on Net Investment Income

IRS Releases Draft Form for Medicare Surtax on Net Investment Income

On August 6, 2013, the IRS released a draft of 2013 Form 8960, Net Investment Income Tax – Individuals, Estates, and Trusts.  Taxpayers use the form to compute the 3.8% surtax on net investment income, added by the 2010 Health Care Act.  The IRS has not yet released instructions to the form. The IRS … Read More

New Canadian Withholding Tax Documentation Requirements

New Canadian Withholding Tax Documentation Requirements

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has changed its procedures for determining whether non-residents can claim a reduced rate of withholding tax under a tax treaty. Background Canada imposes a 25% withholding tax on certain types of Canadian source income paid to nonresidents of Canada.  Residents of countries with which Canada has a treaty may be … Read More

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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