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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

Breaking State and Local Tax Developments from the Past Year

Breaking State and Local Tax Developments from the Past Year

A prolonged economic slump, political challenges at the state and federal level and long-term structural budget issues continued to impact states in 2011. While the big picture seemed to stay about the same, significant changes in many of the states really did come about this year, inspired by governors and legislatures empowered to make some … Read More

Danish Chocolate Tax

Danish Chocolate Tax

If a proposed tax on chocolate is passed by the Danish Parliament you can expect to pay a lot more for a chocolate bar or cake in Denmark next year. The Chocolate Tax which is expected to pass this week and go into effect on January 1st would levy an extra six Danish Kroner ($1.05) on every … 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