Tax & Accounting Blog

Who’s a Form 1099-K Filer and Who’s Not?

Who’s a Form 1099-K Filer and Who’s Not?

This IRS Letter Ruling Adds to Our Understanding IRS Letter Ruling 201201001 illustrates that the structure of a business that manages prescription drug benefit plans puts it outside the purview of I.R.C. Section 6050W information reporting (Form 1099-K). The conclusion was based on the fact that the business serves plan sponsors on the one hand and makes … Read More

$385 Billion in Unpaid Federal Tax Falls into the Tax Gap, New IRS Study Reports

$385 Billion in Unpaid Federal Tax Falls into the Tax Gap, New IRS Study Reports

The IRS has released a new set of tax gap estimates for tax year 2006 (the most recent year for which these figures are available). The tax gap is defined as the amount of tax liability faced by taxpayers that is not paid on time. Much of the tax gap amount is never paid, largely due … Read More

New IRS Form to Report Foreign Assets

New IRS Form to Report Foreign Assets

The IRS recently released a draft of new Form 8938 that requires taxpayers to report on certain foreign financial assets for tax year 2011. This reporting is part of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), which strives to improve compliance of U.S. taxpayers who have offshore assets. This new IRS filing requirement does not replace the taxpayer’s … Read More

Oregon Requires Form 1099-MISC and 1099-R Reporting this Year

Oregon Requires Form 1099-MISC and 1099-R Reporting this Year

This has been a very busy year in Form 1099 reporting, but when you are planning your 1099 preparation timeline for payments made in 2011, remember that tax laws in Oregon have changed. After many years of not requiring 1099 reporting, Oregon now has rules for reporting Forms 1099-MISC, 1099-R, 1099-G and W-2G directly to the … Read More

Understanding FATCA  – Part 2 of 3

Understanding FATCA – Part 2 of 3

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is intended to increase transparency for the IRS with respect to US persons that may be investing and earning US income through non-US institutions.  It is clear that the new FATCA reporting and withholding regime will impact not only processes and procedures designed to mitigate risk and ensure … Read More

Government Entities: One Step Closer to Repeal of the Law that Requires 3% Withholding on Vendor Payments

Government Entities: One Step Closer to Repeal of the Law that Requires 3% Withholding on Vendor Payments

The United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 674 to repeal the 3% withholding requirement that is currently scheduled to begin in 2013 for vendor payments made by federal, state and local governments and their agencies and instrumentalities.  The Senate action puts us one step closer to repeal of the 3% withholding … Read More