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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a Small Entity Compliance Guide to assist the small business community in complying with the beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting rule.  Starting in 2024, many entities created in or registered to do business in the United States are required to report information about their beneficial owners—the individuals who ultimately own or control a company—to FinCEN.  The Guide is intended to help businesses determine if they are required to report their beneficial ownership information to FinCEN.  

By Jeff Stimpson April 01, 2024

Four years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation division has investigated 1,644 tax and money laundering cases related to fraud around pandemic relief programs worth potentially $8.9 billion.

By Michael Cohn April 15, 2024

The Internal Revenue Service reported stronger performance on Monday, April 15, as it concluded this year's tax filing season, saying it had answered 1 million more phone calls from taxpayers and helped 170,000 people in person compared to last year.

By Jeff Stimpson January 10, 2024

The Internal Revenue Service has substantially improved taxpayer services and has good plans for improvement, but it continues to struggle with such problems as paper processing, response times for tax professionals, and ID theft and the Employee Retention Credit conundrum, according to the 2023 Annual Report to Congress from National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins.

"Overall, the magnitude of successes exceeded the areas of weakness in 2023, and most metrics showed significant improvement from the depths of the [COVID-19] pandemic," Collins writes in the report's preface. The report adds that the IRS virtually eliminated its backlog of unprocessed original [1040s] and substantially improved telephone service."

Still, problems remain.

To our business clients.


By Michael Cohn October 10, 2023

Even though the effective date of the new beneficial ownership rules under the Corporate Transparency Act is less than 90 days away, most businesses are either unaware of the reporting obligations they face or uncertain how they will comply.

A survey released Tuesday by Wolters Kluwer polled 669 U.S.-based companies, along with 328 law firms and accounting firms, about their general awareness of and readiness for complying with the CTA's new beneficial ownership rule. While the rule will apply to approximately half (51%) of the firms that participated in the survey, about three-quarters (74%) of those companies for which the CTA rule will be applicable indicated they only became aware of the rule by having taken the survey. Many respondents who are aware of the CTA were unsure (41%) whether the beneficial ownership rule, as implemented by FinCEN, would apply to them, despite their company's reporting status and revenue size.

By   Michael Cohn October 10, 2023

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department released guidance on how buyers of electric vehicles can transfer their tax credits to automobile dealers and get advance payments that effectively lower the cost.

Under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, buyers of electric vehicles can opt to transfer their new clean vehicle credit of up to $7,500 and their previously owned clean vehicle credit of up to $4,000 to a car dealer starting Jan. 1, 2024. In effect, that will reduce the vehicle's purchase price by giving consumers an upfront down payment on their vehicle at the point of sale, as opposed to needing to wait to claim the credit on their tax return the following year. Only vehicles purchased under the consumer clean vehicle credits are eligible for the tax benefit. 

Every year, Americans donate billions of dollars to charity. Many donations are in cash. Others take the form of clothing and household items. With all this money involved, it's inevitable that some abuses occur. Current tax law cracks down on abuses by requiring that all donations of clothing and household items be in "good used condition or better."

The following information should serve to remind you of how to calculate the value of the personal use of business-owned cars for W-2 purposes and how to withhold taxes on it:

With certain key exceptions, employers must pay nonunion, non-exempt employees (who are not working an alternative workweek schedule) at least time and one-half pay for: *Hours worked in excess of eight hours in one day, *Hours worked in excess of 40 hours in one workweek, and *The first eight hours worked on the seventh day of work in a given workweek.

All businesses are required to report independent contractors, to whom they will be issuing a 1099-MISC form, to the California Employment Development Department. The information provided will be forwarded to state and local child support agencies to help in their efforts to locate parents who are delinquent in their child support obligations.

California's state-run college saving program, Golden State Scholarshare Trust allows parents and others to put aside tax-deferred money for college.

The IRS announced that final regulations related to required minimum distributions (RMDs) under Code Sec. 401(a)(9) will apply no earlier than the 2025 distribution calendar year. In addition, the IRS has provided transition relief for 2024 for certain distributions made to designated beneficiaries under the 10-year rule. The transition relief extends similar relief granted in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Probably one of the more difficult decisions you will have to make as a consumer is whether to buy or lease your auto. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of buying vs. leasing a new car or truck before you get to the car dealership can ease the decision-making process and may alleviate unpleasant surprises later.