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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."


By Mark A. Luscombe

August 11, 2022 1:28 PM

On Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act by a party-line vote of 51 to 50, with Vice President Harris casting the deciding vote, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi promising that the House would pass it on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Following long-term negotiations between Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin, the two finally reached an agreement on a bill much reduced from the original Build Back Better legislation, and even then, last-minute changes were needed to win the vote of Senator Kyrsten Sinema and the support of the Senate parliamentarian to make sure in complied with the budget requirements to be passed with only a simple majority under budget reconciliation. 


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July 1 Change to 2022 Standard Mileage Rates


BONUSES- Just a reminder - holiday bonuses are subject to all payroll taxes.


So that the reporting for this fringe benefit is not so burdensome, the IRS allows employers to include the personal use of business-owned cars during November and December in the following year's W-2s. This means that W-2s for 2022 need to include the value of the personal use of the vehicles from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022 and that this value can be calculated now. Those clients using computerized payroll systems which prepare W-2s will have to inform the system of this fringe benefit value which needs to be included in payroll before the end of December.


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 has released the annual inflation adjustments for 2023 for the income tax rate tables, plus more than 60 other tax provisions. The IRS makes these cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) each year to reflect inflation.


The 2023 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that affect pension plan dollar limitations and other retirement-related provisions have been released by the IRS. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2022 because the increase in the cost-of-living index due to inflation met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. 


For 2023, the Social Security wage cap will be $160,200, and social security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase by 8.7 percent. These changes reflect cost-of-living adjustments to account for inflation.


The IRS has released the 2022-2023 special per diem rates. Taxpayers use the per diem rates to substantiate certain expenses incurred while traveling away from home. 


The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a final rule implementing the beneficial ownership information reporting provisions under the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which was enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 ( P.L. 116-283). The CTA amended the Bank Secrecy Act by adding a new provision on beneficial ownership reporting ( 31 USC §5336).


The IRS issued final regulations to strengthen implementation of the Affordable Care Act by fixing the “family glitch.” The rules amend eligibility for the premium tax credit (PTC) to allow family members of workers who are offered unaffordable family coverage to qualify for premium tax credits. The regulations also add a minimum value rule for family members of employees, based on the benefits provided to the family members. This guidance would affect taxpayers who enroll, or enroll a family member, in individual health insurance coverage through a Health Insurance Exchange (Exchange) and who may be allowed a Premium Tax Credit for the coverage.


A new revenue procedure provides taxpayer assistance procedures to allow S corporations and their shareholders to resolve frequently encountered issues without requesting a private letter ruling (PLR).


The IRS identified drought-stricken areas where tax relief is available to taxpayers that sold or exchanged livestock because of drought. The relief extends the deadlines for taxpayers to replace the livestock and avoid reporting gain on the sales. These extensions apply until the drought-stricken area has a drought-free year.


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden has indicated to the Internal Revenue Service what his expectations for the recently allocated funds from the Inflation Reduction Act are to be used for.


The American Institute of CPAs has posted comments on guidance recently issued by the Internal Revenue Service regarding the deductibility of payments by partnerships and S corporations for certain state and local taxes.


The IRS announced that is completing the processing on a key group of individual tax returns filed during 2021. Business paper returns filed in 2021 will follow shortly after. The Service began 2022 with a larger than usual inventory of paper tax returns and correspondence filed during 2021 due to the pandemic. The IRS will continue to work on the few remaining 2021 individual tax returns that have processing issues or require additional information from the taxpayer. As of June 10, the IRS had processed over 4.5 million individual paper tax returns received in 2021.


The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a petition for certiorari in the case of A. Bittner, CA-5, 2021-2 USTC ¶50,242 . In Bittner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that each failure to report a qualifying foreign account on the annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) constituted a separate reporting violation subject to penalty. This means that the penalty applies on a per-account basis, not a per-form basis. The Fifth Circuit disagreed with a Ninth Circuit panel that adopted a per-form interpretation ( J. Boyd, CA-9, 2021-1 USTC ¶50,112).


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.