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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

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 6: Income Code

Information Reporting on Form 1042-S, A New Challenge for Accounts Payable – Part 6: Income Code

As is evident from the assignment of income codes in the two overview tables and the discussions about specific types of income in IRS Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities, Income Codes are used primarily to differentiate reduced rates of tax under income tax treaty provisions. This makes sense … Read More

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 11: What if the Payment Includes Both U.S. Source and Foreign Source Income?

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 11: What if the Payment Includes Both U.S. Source and Foreign Source Income?

If you know that the payment includes both U.S. source and foreign source income and you do not have a reasonable allocation of the U.S. source amount, you must treat the entire amount as U.S. source income. The recipient of the income can submit a U.S. tax return with an allocation of the income between … Read More

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 10: Do I Have to Withhold on Payments for Services Performed Abroad?

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 10: Do I Have to Withhold on Payments for Services Performed Abroad?

Compensation for services performed abroad is foreign source income. For audit purposes, the place where the services are performed should be indicated in the agreement with the individual. It is not sufficient that the location where the services performed is indicated on the invoice since this is considered by the IRS to be a self-serving … Read More

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 7: What if the Service Provider Wasn’t Authorized under the Immigration Rules to Provide the Services?

NRA Withholding and Reporting on Payments to Foreign Nationals – Part 7: What if the Service Provider Wasn’t Authorized under the Immigration Rules to Provide the Services?

You must apply the proper withholding and reporting rules based on tax residency status to payments to foreign national recipients regardless of whether the recipient was authorized to provide the services or not. It is the provision of services by an unauthorized individual that is a violation of the immigration laws. However, your organization’s payment to the … Read More

Trustee and Custodian Requirements to Issue Transfer Statements

Trustee and Custodian Requirements to Issue Transfer Statements

Transfer statements are required as a means of passing along adjusted basis information on tax lots of covered securities when these are transferred to a receiving custodian or broker. Transfer statements are also required to inform a receiving custodian or broker which items are uncovered securities; a transferred security is presumed to be a covered security unless … Read More