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Employers: 3 things to know about the Employee Retention Credit

In response to the financial crisis caused by COVID-19, the newly enacted CARES Act has created a new payroll-related form of relief for employers. Coined The Employee Retention Credit, this relief measure allows eligible employers to obtain a refundable credit against the employer-only portion of social security taxes (or Railroad Retirement Tax Act taxes). 

As feds change tax deadlines, will states do the same?

Almost every year April 15 is known as the date when federal and state income tax filings are due. This rule is generally true, except for during 2020. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it is extending the deadline to both file and pay federal income taxes to July 15, 2020. The move is designed to help provide some relief to taxpayers as we navigate the current coronavirus pandemic.

Have You Received a 1099-K for Cryptocurrency Transactions?

Cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Coinbase and Uphold, have begun issuing Forms 1099-Ks, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, to customers. If you receive a 1099-K from a cryptocurrency exchange, then you can be assured that the IRS is fully aware of your reportable cryptocurrency transactions. This is because cryptocurrency exchanges are required to send 1099-Ks to: (1) customers during any tax year who had payments exceeding $20,000 and engaged in more than 200 transactions in the exchange, and (2) the IRS. Omitting 1099-K information from your tax return will automatically flag your return for underreporting and subject you to IRS penalties.

Updated IRS FAQs Require Appraisals for Charitable Donations of Virtual Currencies

In December of 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) added two new "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs) on its webpage regarding the responsibilities and reporting obligations for charitable organizations that received donations in the form of virtual currencies.1 One of these FAQs imposes an appraisal requirement for large donations of virtual currencies-increasing already existing concerns that such a requirement will discourage charitable giving.

Annual Report Indicates Overall Aggressive IRS Trend in Whistleblower Program

On January 6, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its Fiscal Year 2019 Whistleblower Report.[1] Although the report shows a decline in awards made as compared to last year, potential whistleblowers should note that the report clearly portrays an overall trend that the IRS is increasingly motivated in today's mandatory tax whistleblower program. An important takeaway for potential whistleblowers is the report's emphasis that the number one reason for IRS rejection of whistleblower submissions was due to submissions lacking in specificity-51% of total closures were due to allegations that were not specific, not credible, or speculative. In other words, whistleblowers should understand that their best chance of success is a skillfully drafted submission with specifics which are presented in the clearest way possible.

New Gig Economy Tax Center on IRS Website

The "Gig Economy"-independent workers paid for a task or project (i.e., a "gig")- isn't new, but it has grown exponentially over the last decade, especially with the help of smartphone-based technology. Companies like Uber, Airbnb or TaskRabbit have made it very attractive and easy for independent workers to receive payment for performing a specific gig. However, many of the companies providing the services and the individuals performing them don't fully understand their tax obligations in the gig economy.

New Year, new tax dates? Important dates for 2020.

Celebrations have finished. The new year is here. Now it is time to get back to business. One important consideration when transitioning back to work after the holiday season: tax dates. Due dates will vary depending on the tax form in question. This piece will focus on two of the more common forms, the individual tax return and estimated tax payments for small businesses.

IRS Posts FAQs Regarding Rental Real Estate in Context of QBI Deduction

On November 20, 2019, the IRS posted a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which includes much needed guidance regarding rental real estate in the context of the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §199A.1 A few of the particularly noteworthy FAQs include: (1) when rental real estate is treated as a trade or business; (2) when a rental real estate enterprise is eligible to rely upon the Revenue Procedure 2019-38 safe harbor; and (3) whether the income, gain, deduction and losses are from the rental QBI if the real estate is rented to a C corporation.

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