Suspension of Automated Notices

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According to Accounting Today, the IRS will suspend more than a dozen automated letters it sends out to taxpayers, including collection notices, balance due notices and unfiled tax return notices, until it catches up on its backlog of unprocessed returns. Questions: Why is it doing this? A coalition of tax professionals was instrument in promoting… Read more »

ID.me

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The IRS has implemented a new verification process for taxpayers who want to access their online tax accounts and self-help tools that includes taking a selfie and submitting a photo of their driver’s license or passport to the third-party service, ID.me. Questions: Why are they requiring this new authentication procedure? True or False: Selfies from… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Scamdemic

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According to the Department of Justice, three family members were arrested in New York for misrepresenting employee payroll figures to receive COVID-19 loan funds for a chain of family-owned nail salons. Questions: According to the report, how was the payroll misrepresented by this family? What federal organizations were involve in the identification of these fraudsters?… Read more »

AICPA fires back!

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The AICPA takes issue with Charles Rettig, IRS Commissioner, for penalizing taxpayers and businesses when the IRS is failing to process returns on time. Questions: Who is the Congressional member who entered the AICPA letter into the Congressional Record, regarding this issue? What is the aggregate backlog of mail at the IRS? Why isn’t the… Read more »

The Last Big Push

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According to the Washington Post, the IRS is pushing to finish distributing payments to people who have yet to receive relief funds authorized earlier this year. Questions: What is the act that provides for these stimulus checks? What is the deadline that the IRS set for people to use the non-filers tool? What is the… Read more »