Tax & Accounting Blog

IRS Releases Draft of Instructions for Form 1042 for 2014

On November 6, the IRS has released a draft of the new Instructions for Form 1042, Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Persons, for 2014. As the draft of the form itself, issued earlier this year without any instructions, showed, the IRS is making substantial changes in Form 1042 and expanding … Read More

FATCA Compliance Updated by IRS Notice 2013-69

IRS Notice 2013-69 provides new guidance for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) that sign an FFI agreement with the IRS for compliance under FATCA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). Notice 2013-69 also includes guidance for FFIs that are treated as reporting financial institutions under an applicable Model 2 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the United States … 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