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NTA Blog: IRS Administration of the Section 965 Transition Tax Contravenes Congressional Intent and Imposes Unintended Burden on Taxpayers

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. When Congress passes legislation as comprehensive and technical as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), drafting and implementation glitches inevitably arise. This week...

NTA Blog: IRS Continues to Close Taxpayer Assistance Centers, Despite Taxpayer Advocate Service and Congressional Concerns

Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. For many years I have reported on the state of service at IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs), formerly known colloquially as walk-in sites. In my previous blog, ...

New Tax Reform Changes Website Explains What Is Changing and What Is Not

Thu, Aug 09, 2018

You may know that Congress approved major tax reform in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on Dec. 22, 2017. The IRS is currently working on implementing this complex tax legislation that will affect both individuals and businesses. In light of the extensive list of items under the TCJA, particularly those affecting individuals, the Taxpayer Advocate Service has created the Tax Reform Changes ...

NTA Blog: Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Wed, Aug 01, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. It gives me great pleasure to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program. As part of the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring ...

NTA Blog: Tax Administration on the Twentieth Anniversary of RRA 98

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Twenty years ago this week, the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 was enacted. This landmark legislation created significant taxpayer rights – including...

Veterans May Claim Refund on Disability Severance Payments

Fri, Jul 20, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service is advising certain veterans who received disability severance payments after Jan. 17, 1991, and included that payment as income, that they should file an IRS Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to claim a credit or refund of the overpayment attributable to the disability severance payment. This is a result of the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairn...

NTA Blog: The National Taxpayer Advocate Responds to Private Debt Collectors’ Contentions

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Last week, I returned from vacation to read a press release from a newly formed organization consisting of private debt collection (PDC) agencies working IRS account...

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Celebrate 20 Years of Taxpayer Service

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

July 22, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC). Low Income Taxpayer Clinics were enacted by Congress on July 22, 1998, as part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. The LITC program today consists of 134 clinics in 48 states and the District of Columbia. From 2012 to 2016, LITCs: represented more than 52,400 low income taxpayers with IRS controversies...

3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights Videos Now Available

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Didn’t make it to the 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights? Catch up on what you missed and enhance your knowledge of taxpayer rights on a global scale. Videos are now available from each panel discussion and presentation conducted during the 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights. Experience conversations held among international tax leaders in their fields throughout...

NTA Blog: Overall the Filing Season at Taxpayer Assistance Centers Ran Smoothly, But Room for Improvement Remains

Wed, Jul 11, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. In my most recent Annual Report to Congress, I focused on Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) as one of the Most Serious Problems facing taxpayers. My concerns about ...

Tax-News.com: US Urged To Trim Tax Form W-4

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

The American Institute of CPAs has urged the Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury Department to simplify the draft 2019 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, and the accompanying instructions, to reduce administrative burdens on taxpayers....

Tax-News.com: IMF Urges US To Hike Indirect Taxes

Fri, Jul 06, 2018

The International Monetary Fund has recommended that the United States raise indirect taxes to boost revenues, to offset the cost of recent tax cuts and spending increases....

Tax-News.com: IRS Announces Plans To Simplify Personal Income Tax Return

Mon, Jul 09, 2018

The US Internal Revenue Service has announced plans to streamline the personal income tax return for the 2019 tax filing season, to reflect changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act....

Tax-News.com: Wolters Kluwer Tax Expert Weighs In On Landmark Wayfair Ruling

Fri, Jun 29, 2018

The decision by the US Supreme Court to drop the physical presence requirement for states to impose sales tax will have an "incredible impact" on states' tax regimes and revenues, according to Mark Friedlich, Senior Director of Tax and Accounting, North America, Wolters Kluwer....

Tax-News.com: US Supreme Court Permits States To Tax Remote Sales

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

In a landmark decision on June 21, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned existing case law by ruling that a state can collect sales tax on remote sales even when the vendor does not have a physical presence in the state....

Tax-News.com: Mauritius's FATCA Filing Deadline July 31

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The Mauritius Revenue Authority on June 11, 2018, warned those financial institutions required to report information on the accounts of US persons under the US Financial Account Tax Compliance Act that declarations are required by July 31, 2018....

Tax-News.com: DeFazio Tables US Anti-Profit Shifting Bill

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

US congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has introduced legislation designed to amend the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act so that incentives for US corporations to shift income and production overseas are reduced....

Tax-News.com: TCJA Encourages Firms To Shift Profits Offshore, Says ITEP

Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Aspects of the tax reform legislation in the United States continue to provide an incentive for companies to shift profits offshore by providing more favorable tax treatment to foreign income than domestic profits, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy has said....

Tax-News.com: Canada Told To Sharpen Corporate Tax Competitiveness

Tue, Jun 12, 2018

The IMF has said that the recent changes to the US tax system could make Canada a less attractive destination for investment. ...

Tax-News.com: AICPA Urges IRS To Augment Virtual Currency Guidance

Mon, Jun 04, 2018

The American Institute of CPAs has urged the Internal Revenue Service to supplement its guidance on the tax treatment of virtual currency transactions with answers to a set of frequently asked questions....