Employees and Contractors: The Cost of Proper Classification

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.

IRS to Increase Audits of Wealthy Taxpayers

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.

Red Flags That Can Trigger an IRS Business Audit

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?

IRS Expands Mandate to Increase Electronic Tax Filing

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.

Payroll Tax Compliance: What Employers Need to Know

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.

Appealing an IRS Decision

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.

Understanding IRS Letters and Notices

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.

James Pickett Discusses IRS Notices in Construction Executive

In an article published recently in Construction Executive and its CE Weekly newsletter, James Pickett explains what taxpayers should do when dealing with various IRS notices. Pickett emphasizes that taxpayers and their representatives should carefully reach each piece of mail that the IRS sends and to never ignore correspondence.

James Pickett Shares Tips for Preparing for an IRS Tax Audit in CPA Practice Advisor

James Pickett shares tips for preparing for an IRS Tax Audit in a recent article published by CPA Practice Advisor. The article outlines the process for advising clients who have received an IRS audit notice as 1 in 160 individual taxpayers are audited and approximately 1 in 12 for returns reporting more than $5 million in gross income.

What to Expect During an IRS Audit

There is a letter for you.  The return address looks ominous – as the first line reads:  Internal Revenue Service.  You opened it.  Your worst fears were confirmed.  It is the dreaded notice that your individual income tax return is under audit or, to put it in the language used by the IRS, “your return has been selected for examination.” 

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