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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

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IRS to Analyze Tax Credit Bond Credit Stripping and Credit Claims

Nearly $5 billion in qualified tax credit bonds were issued in 2009 and 2010, resulting in millions of dollars of bond tax credits claimed each year. In a heavily redacted report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has reported on its analysis of corporate and individual returns with claims for bond tax credits. … Read More

Forms 1099-R for 2014 Has a New Distribution Code, and Form 5498 Expands with New Boxes 15a and 15b

Forms 1099-R for 2014 Has a New Distribution Code, and Form 5498 Expands with New Boxes 15a and 15b

The IRS has released a draft of Form 1099-R and the Instructions for Forms 1099-R and 5498 for distributions and contributions made in 2014 and reported in 2015. Both the 1099-R and 5498 have changes for 2014 to enable identification of non-cash distributions and Fair Market Values that must be determined where FMV is not … Read More