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A Study Questions the True Benefit of Sales Tax Holidays

A Study Questions the True Benefit of Sales Tax Holidays

Sales tax holidays are normally viewed as a boom for retailers, but even industry advocates are conceding that this year’s tax holidays may be the toughest yet for small store owners. Some economists and tax policy experts agree that sales tax holidays do not significantly increase consumer purchasing. Instead, the highly-publicized events just mean customers postpone … Read More

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 5: Payments to Artists and Athletes Recipient Code

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 5: Payments to Artists and Athletes Recipient Code

The IRS Explanation of Codes includes footnote 2 which states that Recipient Code 09 (artist or athlete) should be used instead of Recipient Code 01 (Individual), Code 02 (Corporation), and Code 03 (Partnership) if the Income Code is 20. Income Code 20 is used for performance earnings of artists and athletes. These terms have been … Read More

A New Perspective on Global Transfer Pricing

A New Perspective on Global Transfer Pricing

Spotlight on Momentive Performance Materials It’s great to hear first-hand accounts of how other companies are handling their global transfer pricing process. In this video, John Palladino, International Tax Director at Momentive Performance Materials shares some transfer pricing best practices. Hear this inspiring story of how by taking their transfer pricing process in-house, the … Read More

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 7: Nonservice Income Codes

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 7: Nonservice Income Codes

IRS Publication 515, Table 1, Withholding Tax Rates on Income Other Than Personal Service Income Under Chapter 3, Internal Revenue Code, and Income Tax Treaties, assigns Income Codes to the categories of income described in the table for reduced rates of tax by treaty country.  Income Codes for some income not included in Table … Read More

Japan Ratifies First Sales-Tax Increase Since 1997

Japan Ratifies First Sales-Tax Increase Since 1997

On august 9th Japan’s opposition-controlled upper house ratified Prime Minister Noda’s  bill to raise the country’s sales tax for the first time in 15 years. Under this legislation the current 5% rate will be increased to 10% by 2015. The lower house passed the bill in June. A clause in the bill allows for implementation to be canceled … Read More