Tax & Accounting Blog

IRS discontinues tiered audit issue rankings

IRS discontinues tiered audit issue rankings

Since 2006, the IRS has used Tiered Issue rankings to set priorities for tax examinations and enforcement in tax areas that it believed posed the highest challenges in compliance or the abuse of tax law.  Now, however, the tiered issue process is being replaced with what the IRS Large Business and International division is calling … Read More

Federal per diem expense allowance updates effective October 1, 2012

Federal per diem expense allowance updates effective October 1, 2012

The federal per diem expense allowance rates for 2013, effective beginning October 1, have been issued in GSA Bulletin 13-01.  The standard lodging per diem rate of $77 will continue to remain in effect for the period of federal fiscal year 2013, October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.  The meals and incidental expense (M&I) … Read More

IRS Issues New Guidance on Trust and Estate Administration Costs Subject to the 2% Floor

IRS Issues New Guidance on Trust and Estate Administration Costs Subject to the 2% Floor

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Knight v. Com., the IRS has withdrawn previously issued proposed regs and, consistent with that decision, provided new guidance on which costs incurred by estates and non-grantor trusts are subject to the Code Sec. 67(a)’s 2% floor for miscellaneous itemized deductions. In accord with the Knight decision, … Read More

California Tax Board Offers a Step-by-Step Chart for Nonresident and Backup Withholding

California Tax Board Offers a Step-by-Step Chart for Nonresident and Backup Withholding

If you’re making vendor payments for a California business location, you need to watch out for payments that are subject to the State of California’s 7% withholding requirements. The California Franchise Tax Board has just issued a new chart, which they hope will make the process easier to understand. The new two-page chart is posted on the … Read More

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 10: Exemption Codes

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 10: Exemption Codes

Exemption Codes indicate the reason that taxes were not withheld on the gross income being reported. Exemption Codes typically used for payments to foreign vendors are 00, 01, 02, 03, and 04. Code 00 in the Exemption Code field indicates the gross income was subject to NRA withholding. Exemption Code 00 is also used to … Read More

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 8: Compensation for Service Fees Income Codes

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 8: Compensation for Service Fees Income Codes

IRS Publication 515, Table 2, Compensation for Personal Services Performed in United States Exempt from Withholding and U.S. Income Tax Under Income Tax Treaties, assigns Income Codes to the categories of income described in the table and describes the various limitations that apply to each type of income. All of the following Income Codes … Read More