Recent estimates by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicate that nearly $1 trillion in legally owed taxes go uncollected each year, making addressing this gap a major focus for both the IRS and Biden administration. In fact, it has been proposed by the current administration to increase the IRS’s budget by $80 billion over the next 10 years.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) have become increasingly more popular choices for both employers and individuals as they look to offset the rising costs of healthcare and insurance premiums. In fact, according to the 2020 Midyear Devenir HSA Research Report, the HSA market will approach 35 million accounts by the end of 2022, holding over $100 billion in assets.
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed and signed into law, requiring employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer minimum essential coverage to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees. If coverage isn’t offered or if the coverage offered isn’t affordable, the employer can face an IRS assessment known as an Employer Shared Responsibility Payment (ESRP).
Each year, the Internal Revenue Service assesses millions of tax penalties against individuals and businesses. If you have received an IRS penalty notice, you are not alone. In 2019, the IRS sent over 40 million penalty notices and assessed over 40 billion dollars in penalties. More than 60 percent of these penalty notices involved just two offenses: delinquency (failure-to-file) and failure-to-pay.
Today’s “gig economy” lends itself to temporary jobs, short-term contracts and flexible work arrangements between businesses and the professionals providing services. Since the beginning of the gig economy following the Great Recession, the number of contract workers has grown to more than one third of the total workforce in the U.S. With an increasingly remote labor force, this growth is expected to continually increase.
Under pressure to audit taxpayers across all income classes more equally, the IRS has been directed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ramp up audits of the wealthier taxpayers. The move is in response to growing pressure on the agency after increasing audits on lower-income taxpayers and decreasing audits of high-income individuals.
The possibility of an IRS audit haunts many businesses, but what factors contribute to that risk? For example, have business processes been implemented to sufficiently capture required documentation, such as withholdings and withholding taxes? Has the business been consistent with its accounting methods?
Although the major majority (92 percent) of tax returns are filed electronically, the IRS is seeking full conversion to e-filing. Two sections of The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (TFA) extend that mandate by requiring more businesses, partnerships and nonprofit organizations to e-file.
When thinking about tax obligations, companies and individuals often focus their attention on federal and state income taxes. However, it is important that companies not overlook their payroll tax obligations, as these can often be a trap for the unwary.
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.
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.
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.