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Archive for May, 2016

New exam process for large businesses

IRS prepares new exam process for large businesses in challenging audit environment

corporateStarting May 1, 2016, the IRS will utilize a new exam process in its Large Business and International (LB&I) Division. The exam process is the outgrowth of a multi-year review and revamp of the division’s approach to issue-focused examinations. At the same time, a new analysis by a public interest group reports a decline in overall business audits. (more…)

IRS, Treasury issue additional guidance to combat inversions

The Obama administration continued to take action to combat corporate inversions by issuing two sets of regulations that target inversions and earnings stripping. An inversion results in a U.S. parent corporation of a multinational group being replaced by a foreign parent corporation. The government previously issued guidance in 2014 and 2015 on inversions. At the same time, the government said that Congress needs to enact legislation as part of a more comprehensive strategy on inversions. (more…)

IRS unveils cash payment option at participating 7-Eleven stores

convenience_storeThe IRS announced that taxpayers now have the option to pay their income taxes in cash. The IRS has partnered with ACI Worldwide’s and the PayNearMe Company to allow individuals to make cash payments at participating 7-Eleven stores. This option provides a new way for people who can only pay their taxes in cash without having to travel to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. (more…)

IRS updates WOTC Form 8850, Instructions for PATH Act; provides June 30 extension

The IRS has updated Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), and its Instructions, to reflect the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). An employer must obtain certification that an individual is a member of a targeted group before the employer may claim the WOTC, the IRS explained. The WOTC rewards employers who hire individuals from certain targeted groups with a tax credit. Employers use Form 8850 to pre-screen and to make a written request to a designated local agency to certify an individual as a member of a targeted group. (more…)

2016 inflation-adjusted vehicle depreciation dollar limits

vanThe IRS has released the inflation-adjusted limitations on depreciation deductions for business-use passenger automobiles, light trucks, and vans first placed in service during calendar year 2016. Where bonus depreciation is allowed, the first-year depreciation limit is $8,000 higher than the general non-bonus depreciation limits. (more…)

2016 auto and truck maximum FMVs for cents-per-mile

IRS issues 2016 auto and truck maximum FMVs for cents-per-mile/fleet-average valuation

The IRS has issued the maximum fair market value (FMV) amounts that trigger certain valuation rule for employers calculating fringe benefit income from employer-provided automobiles, trucks, and vans first made available for personal use in 2016 (Notice 2016-12). (more…)

FAQ: Are contributions to foreign charities tax-deductible?

Hungry children in refugee camp, distribution of humanitarian fo

Social media has helped to make our world smaller and when natural disasters and tragedies occur we want to help with contributions of money and/or other types of aid. At home, countless charitable organizations are providing all types of help and generally, your contributions to U.S. charities are tax-deductible. Contributions to foreign charities generally are not tax-deductible; however, special rules apply to charitable organizations in Canada, Israel and Mexico. (more…)