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IRS Finds Common Errors in Forms 1099-R and 5498 for Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Accounts

IRS Finds Common Errors in Forms 1099-R and 5498 for Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Accounts

The IRS recently released the report of an SEP Plan Compliance Check project conducted by the Employee Plans Compliance Unit. The compliance check found numerous errors made by SEP plan sponsors and the financial institutions that file information returns to report SEP-IRA contribution information. As part of this project, the IRS contacted financial institutions and plan sponsors for … Read More

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 2: How Do I Know if My Organization Is a Withholding Agent?

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 2: How Do I Know if My Organization Is a Withholding Agent?

The IRS defines withholding agent very broadly. Every U.S. or foreign person who controls, holds custody of, receives, disposes of, or pays any item of income to a foreign person that is subject to NRA withholding is a withholding agent. A withholding agent includes (without limitation) individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts, associations or any other entity … Read More

New York Tax Leaders Help Each Other with Data Management Issues

New York Tax Leaders Help Each Other with Data Management Issues

Some of the topics discussed at last week’s tax data management roundtable discussion included growing global operations and the need for accuracy and speed in tax processes. The event featured 40 New York tax professionals from companies in the area and many in attendance expressed that multiple systems were a challenge, especially with systems that aren’t integrated. Data can be difficult to find when it’s located … Read More

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The Tax Gap – IRS Oversight Board’s Annual Report (June 2012)

The IRS Oversight Board issued its annual report to Congress for 2011 in June (posted June 5, 2012). The report notes that the estimated net tax gap grew nearly $100 billion from 2001 (when the gap was last estimated) to 2006. Of particular interest is the Board’s assessment of the tax gap and IRS’ efforts to … Read More

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 1

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 1

The federal withholding and reporting rules for payments for personal services made to foreign nationals depend on the recipient’s federal tax residency status – resident alien or nonresident alien. Compensation payments to resident aliens are subject to the same rules for withholding and reporting as are such payments to U.S.citizens. These payments are not subject … Read More