Tax & Accounting Blog

$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

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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

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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

Understanding FATCA  – Part 2 of 3

Understanding FATCA – Part 2 of 3

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is intended to increase transparency for the IRS with respect to US persons that may be investing and earning US income through non-US institutions.  It is clear that the new FATCA reporting and withholding regime will impact not only processes and procedures designed to mitigate risk and ensure … Read More

Government Entities: One Step Closer to Repeal of the Law that Requires 3% Withholding on Vendor Payments

Government Entities: One Step Closer to Repeal of the Law that Requires 3% Withholding on Vendor Payments

The United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 674 to repeal the 3% withholding requirement that is currently scheduled to begin in 2013 for vendor payments made by federal, state and local governments and their agencies and instrumentalities.  The Senate action puts us one step closer to repeal of the 3% withholding … Read More