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Who’s a Form 1099-K Filer and Who’s Not?

Who’s a Form 1099-K Filer and Who’s Not?

This IRS Letter Ruling Adds to Our Understanding IRS Letter Ruling 201201001 illustrates that the structure of a business that manages prescription drug benefit plans puts it outside the purview of I.R.C. Section 6050W information reporting (Form 1099-K). The conclusion was based on the fact that the business serves plan sponsors on the one hand and makes … 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

Form 1042-S: IRS Alerts Payers to the Correct Use of Codes for Unknown Recipient and Unknown Country

Form 1042-S: IRS Alerts Payers to the Correct Use of Codes for Unknown Recipient and Unknown Country

A perennial problem in Form 1042-S reporting, noted by the IRS in the current edition of Publication 1187, is misreporting which results from the payer not making correct use of Unknown Recipient (recipient code 20) and Unknown Country (country code UC). UC is used as a country code only when you conclude you have paid an … Read More

New IRS Form to Report Foreign Assets

New IRS Form to Report Foreign Assets

The IRS recently released a draft of new Form 8938 that requires taxpayers to report on certain foreign financial assets for tax year 2011. This reporting is part of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), which strives to improve compliance of U.S. taxpayers who have offshore assets. This new IRS filing requirement does not replace the taxpayer’s … Read More

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Why the Nature of Income Paid to Foreign Vendors Matters

U.S. organizations making payments to vendors must determine whether the vendor is a U.S. person or a non-U.S. person because only payments to U.S. persons (actual or presumed) are covered by Form 1099 rules and procedures. The term, U.S. persons, includes U.S. citizens, resident aliens (based on I.R.C. Section 7701(b), the tax residency rules) and … Read More

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Residency for Treaty Purposes: Corporations

The United States has income tax treaties with over 60 countries for the purpose of avoiding double taxation. The Residency Article of an applicable income tax treaty sets forth rules for determining which entities and individuals (collectively, persons) are residents of a country for purposes of the treaty. As the IRS expands its compliance enforcement with … Read More