The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) was passed as a part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law on December 20, 2019. The SECURE Act makes important changes to the requirements for retirement plan funding and distributions, as well as modifying other tax provisions including the kiddie tax rules. While most of the SECURE Act’s provisions expand opportunities for individuals to increase their savings, the legislation includes one change that will require some taxpayers to update their estate plans.
The federal government spending package titled the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 and signed into law on December 20, 2019, averted a government shutdown that would have begun on December 19 and funds the government through September 30, 2020. The Act also includes various tax provisions. The tax legislation, which was the product of intense negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House, extends through 2020 some of the tax incentives for individuals and businesses, known as extenders, that had already expired or that were due to expire at the end of 2019.
Tax compliance controversies can involve proposed tax assessments, tax collection or other IRS actions. While many taxpayers believe that the first decision in an IRS tax compliance matter is final, almost all decisions are subject to review by the IRS Independent Office of Appeals.
Bennett Thrasher Tax Partner Ben Miller recently spoke at a seminar at K&Y on transfer pricing. During the presentation, Miller shared the common mistakes made by multinational companies when pricing intercompany transactions and offered insight and simple steps companies can take to confirm their transfer pricing is appropriate and how to build an audit defense file.
On May 31, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) issued a proposed approach to addressing challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy (the “Program of Work”). If it reaches consensus, the Program of Work could change “how taxing rights on income generated from cross-border activities in the digital age should be allocated among countries.”
This webinar discusses recent legislative, regulatory and administrative updates that affect companies claiming Georgia entertainment tax credits. Join Peter Stathopoulos, head of Bennett Thrasher’s Entertainment Practice, for a discussion.
In an article for Total Retail published on August 19, 2019, Peter Stathopoulos discusses California’s recent enactment of sales tax legislation aimed at remote sellers and marketplace facilitators following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which ruled that states can require businesses without a physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales tax from their transactions.
It is important for taxpayers to carefully read each piece of mail that the IRS sends them. In the past, the IRS would often initiate contact with a taxpayer via a phone call. Due to numerous telephone scams, including some involving the impersonation of IRS employees, the IRS now initiates all contact by mail.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected businesses and employees in any number of ways, and parking expenses were no exception. Before the close of 2018, the IRS issued highly anticipated guidance that will help determine the amount of qualified parking expenses that are subject to disallowance or inclusion in income.
In an article published recently in Bloomberg Tax’s Tax Management Real Estate Journal, Trey Webb discusses the latest round of regulations from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on qualified opportunity zones, which were first introduced in Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed in December 2017.
In a recent article for Industry Today, James Pickett discusses the most common types of penalties issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year. Of the 40 million penalties issued in 2017, 26 million involved three common penalties: delinquency (failure-to-file), failure-to-pay and failure-to-deposit employment taxes.
In an article for Construction Executive published on May 19, 2019, Scott Hazy shared an analysis of the 2019 Georgia Construction Outlook Survey and the business considerations of busy Georgia contractors when facing the top challenge of attracting and retaining talent in the hot market given the number of revenue increases and project backlog in recent years.