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New Cost Basis Rules May Be Lost on Many

New Cost Basis Rules May Be Lost on Many

With taxpayers in the throes of planning their 2011 income tax returns, now’s a good time to remind filers not to overlook new cost basis reporting rules governing securities sales. In the past, they had the option of specifying which shares they sold when computing their cost basis. But as of 2011, taxpayers’ account custodians … Read More

$385 Billion in Unpaid Federal Tax Falls into the Tax Gap, New IRS Study Reports

$385 Billion in Unpaid Federal Tax Falls into the Tax Gap, New IRS Study Reports

The IRS has released a new set of tax gap estimates for tax year 2006 (the most recent year for which these figures are available). The tax gap is defined as the amount of tax liability faced by taxpayers that is not paid on time. Much of the tax gap amount is never paid, largely due … Read More

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When a Foreign Vendor Needs a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number

The IRS is in the process of enforcing compliance of long-standing rules requiring U.S. tax withholding on U.S.-source income payments to nonresident aliens and foreign entities (collectively, foreign persons). As a result, foreign vendors are being asked by their clients to provide them with a U.S. withholding certificate to document their foreign status for U.S. … Read More

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New W-9 (Rev. Dec 2011) Released

Over the past nine months, the IRS received multiple complaints about the recently released W-9 (Rev. Jan 2011). Criticism centered on the tax classification area, where the word, required, was added. This led filers to believe that the tax classification section was mandatory, where, in fact, it is not. Due to the high number of complaints, the IRS released a … Read More

QIs Have No Choice with Regard to FATCA

QIs Have No Choice with Regard to FATCA

In last week’s EEI conference, it was announced that Qualified Intermediaries (QIs) will have no choice but to register to become a Participating Foreign Financial Institution (PFFI). This announcement came as quite a shock to some of the QIs that attended the Washington event, who assumed that they have the choice of becoming a non-participating … Read More

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Positive Future Changes for the W-8BEN

In last week’s EEI conference, Michael Danilack, Deputy Commissioner at the IRS, announced some positive changes for those having to collect and audit the W-8BEN. The term he used was “clearing the underbrush” which, in essence, means that the IRS is aware that they have been too strict on the validation rules of the W-8BEN in … Read More