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Per Diem Expense Rates for Travel Reimbursement Now Published Only Online, IRS Publication 1542 Eliminated

The official source for the federal government per diem rates allowable for expense reimbursement in business travel away from home within the continental United States (CONUS) is the online information on the U.S. General Services Administration webpage  http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21287. On this webpage, you can also find links to the Department of Defense per diem rates … Read More

Form 8938 Guidance Issued

Form 8938 Guidance Issued

In December 2011, the IRS released the new Form 8938 used to report specified foreign financial assets. The form was released in response to the temporary regulations issued for IRC 6038D, as part of the larger crackdown on taxpayers with under reported foreign assets. The new form is filed with the taxpayer’s individual return if their specified … Read More

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

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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

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New Details on FATCA Registration Process Released

The IRS’ June 20 FATCA Newsletter released new details on the FATCA registration process. The online system being built hopes to make foreign financial institution (FFI) registration as painless as possible. Some of the key details included in the newsletter are: FFIs will register through an online system Each FFI must designate a FATCA representative (referred to … 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