Unionization at Amazon?

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According to the Washington Post, workers at an Amazon warehouse in New York’s Staten Island have launched a union drive in an ambitious bid to organize one of the world’s largest employers. Questions: How many locations would have an employee vote to unionize at Amazon warehouses? During the coronavirus pandemic, by what percentage have Amazon’s… Read more »

Supply Chain Woes Spill over into Tax and Accounting

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According to Accounting Today, a new survey by Ernst & Young finds growing worries about transfer pricing among business leaders., as well as global tax changes. Questions: How many professionals were polled by the E&Y survey and what was the makeup of the group? What issues did respondents think are most likely to come under… Read more »

New IRS requirements on R&D Refund Claims

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According to Accounting Today, the IRS wants more detailed information about all the business components for which the research and development credit claims relate for each year and for each business component. Questions: What is the form that is required under this new direction? How long have companies been allowed to take this research and… Read more »

A New Way to Pay Less Tax (if you are rich).

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According to the New York Times, opportunity zones appear to be providing new ways for the wealthy to cut their tax bills rather than to the direct money to people who live in designated zones.  Questions Often, advertising combines opportunity zones tax breaks with other tax breaks. What are some of these? How many opportunity zones… Read more »

Have stolen money? London may be the place to put it!

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According to Nicholas Shaxson, the City of London is hiding the stolen money of the world. Questions: What is the name of the new data leak exposing financial dealings by more than 330 politicians and public officials from over 90 countries and territories? In your own words explain why the offshore financial ecosystem is so… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Site

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According to Accounting Today, the IRS failed to spot $20.6M in bogus nonresident tax refunds in 2018. Questions: How many returns did this account for? In a short paragraph, explain how this happened. In a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), what recommendations were made for the improvement of IRS identification… Read more »

A Valuable Mineral for Electric Vehicles

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As the first new large-scale lithium mine in the United States in more than a decade is preparing for blasting in Nevada, the project, known as Lithium Americas, is in the courts and has drawn protests from members of a Native American tribe, ranchers and environmental groups. Questions List the bullet point objections to the… Read more »

New York Audits of Remote Workers

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According to Accounting Today, the New York Tax and Finance Authority sent out thousand of notices since the filing season ending in May to individuals earning as little as $100,000 a year. What do these individuals have in common? They have claimed to have left the state during the COVID-19 pandemic and New York wants… Read more »

The Employee Retention Tax Credit for Employers

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According to Accounting Today, IRS and Treasury Department guidance was released for employers who paid qualified wages after June 30, 2021, and before Jan. 1, 2022, as part of the CARES Act. Questions: What was the objective of including employee retention credits (ERCs) as part of the CARES Act? During the COVID pandemic, what program… Read more »

What are NFTs and why should tax accountants care?

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According to Accounting Today, tax rules surrounding NFTs or nonfungible tokens are not clear. NFTs are basically digital assets whose data is stored in a blockchain, similar to cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Questions: What can NFTs digitally represent? Why are NFTs a kind of a goldmine for the IRS? What Internet sites specialize in… Read more »