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June 2022

IRS Urges Business Owners to Take Advantage of Tax Benefits for 2022, IR-2022-100; IR-2022-101; IR-2022-103; IR-2022-104

During the National Small Business Week, May 1 to 7, the IRS highlighted tax benefits and resources tied to the theme for this year’s celebration: ” Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship.”.The IRS urged business taxpayers to take advantage of tax benefits for 2022, make estimated tax payments electronically, e-file payroll tax returns, and check out the Work Opportunity Credit.

The IRS urged […]

FinCEN Behind on Anti-Money Laundering Act Implementation

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is behind but making progress on implementing the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (which includes the Corporate Transparency Act), FinCEN Acting Director Himamauli Das told Congress.

According to written testimony provided to the House Committee on Financial Services prior to an April 28, 2022, hearing, Das noted that “timely and effective implementation of the AML Act, which includes the CTA, […]

Taxpayers Urged to Create Emergency Preparedness Plans for Surviving Natural Disasters, IR-2022-102

The IRS has reminded taxpayers to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters. The Service has designated the month of May to include National Hurricane Preparedness Week and National Wildfire Awareness Month. Further, the IRS has advised taxpayers to:

secure key documents such as tax returns, birth certificates, deeds, titles and insurance policies inside waterproof containers in a […]

Yellen Call For U.S., EU Leadership On Corporate Minimum Tax

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is calling on the United States and the European Union to get the global corporate minimum tax into law in their respective territories.

The “EU and the United States must show leadership by expeditiously implementing the global minimum tax in our domestic laws,” Yellen told attendees May 17, 2022, at the Brussels Economic Forum, according to her prepared remarks […]

Staffing Shortages Hampering IRS Processing Current And Backlog Returns–Treasury IG

The Internal Revenue Service continues to struggle with issues related to staff shortages, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said.

In a May 2, 2022, interim report on the 2022 filing season, the IG stated that “significant staffing shortages continue to hamper the IRS’s efforts to address backlog inventories and continue to affect the IRS’s ability to ensure that current year tax returns […]

IRS Destroys Documents Amid Backlog as IG Calls For More E-Filing

A recent report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration primarily focused on the need for the Internal Revenue Service to expand its electronic filing capabilities also noted that the agency has destroyed some 30 million paper-filed documents in 2021.

“The continued inability to process backlogs of paper-filed tax returns contributed to management’s decision to destroy an estimated 30 million […]

IRS Independent Office of Appeals Working to Reduce Cycle Times

WASHINGTON–The Internal Revenue Service’s Independent Office Of Appeals has seen its cycle times for handling appeals cases stretch to more than year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the office is working to get it back to pre-pandemic levels.

Speaking May 13, 2022, at the American Bar Association’s May Tax Meeting, office Chief Andy Keyso provided an update on where the agency […]

IRS Needs Better Online Tools for Taxpayers–NTA Collins

The Internal Revenue Service is not providing taxpayers with sufficient tools to manage their accounts online, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said.

In an April 28, 2022, blog post, Collins stated that despite progress in the development of its online account application, “the IRS has yet to develop and adopt a one-stop solution for online and digital offerings that combine communications and interaction […]

Seven-Time Rochester Top Workplaces Recipient Provides Straight Answers, Trusted Solutions

ROCHESTER, NY (MAY 26, 2022) – Ask any CPA what they’ve been up to lately, and the unanimous answer is, “took some much needed R&R and am back at it!” Even though the April 18 tax deadline has passed, the team at Flaherty Salmin CPAs is still busy taking care of their corporate, affordable housing/community development, and personal clients’ needs.

Although […]

IRS Issues Guidance on Cash Payments Made by Employers Under Leave-Based Donation Programs Regarding Ukraine, Notice 2022-28

The IRS issued guidance on the federal income and employment tax treatment of cash payments made by employers under leave-based donation programs to aid victims of the further Russian invasion of Ukraine. Employer leave-based donation payments made by an employer before January 1, 2023, to Code Sec. 170(c) organizations to aid said victims (qualified payments) will not be treated as gross income, […]

May 2022

IRS’ Rettig Reiterates Backlog, Hiring Progress Before Senate Finance Committee

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig remained positive that the agency will be able to return to a normal backlog of unprocessed returns and other mail correspondence by the end of the year and noted progress on hiring more people to help clear the backlog.

“With respect to our current 2022 filing season, we are off to a healthy start in […]

IRS Dispels Common Tax Refund Myths, IR-2022-80

The IRS addressed the following common myths about tax refunds:

Myth 1: Calling the IRS or visiting an IRS office speeds up a refund. The best way to check the status of a refund is online through the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. Taxpayers can also call the automated refund hotline at 800-829-1954.Myth 2: Taxpayers need to wait for their 2020 return to […]

IRS Provides Reasons Why Some Tax Refunds Filed Electronically Take Longer than 21 Days, IR-2022-65

The IRS has informed taxpayers that the agency issues most refunds in less than 21 days for taxpayers who filed electronically and chose direct deposit. However, some refunds may take longer. The IRS listed several factors that can affect the timing of a refund after the agency receives a return. A manual review may be necessary when a return has […]

IRS Provides Information About 2022 Educator Deduction Increase, IR-2022-70

The IRS reminded educators that they will be able to deduct up to $300 of out-of-pocket classroom expenses when they file their federal income tax return for tax year 2022. This is the first time the annual limit has increased since 2002. For tax years 2002 through 2021, the limit was $250 per year. The limit will rise in $50 […]

Letters Going Out to Taxpayers Missing Qualified Opportunity Fund Information, IR-2022-79

Taxpayers who may need to take additional actions related to Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) should begin receiving letters from the IRS in April. Taxpayers who attached Form 8996, Qualified Opportunity Fund, to their return may receive Letter 6501, Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) Investment Standard. This letter lets them know that information needed to support the annual certification of investment standard […]

IRS to Send Notices to Help Payers Correct Backup Withholding Errors, IR-2022-87

The IRS informed taxpayers that it will send Notices CP2100 and CP2100A notices to financial institutions, businesses, or payers who filed certain types of information returns that do not match IRS records, beginning mid-April 2022. These information returns include:

Form 1099-B, Proceeds from Broker and Barter Exchange TransactionsForm 1099-DIV, Dividends and DistributionsForm 1099-G, Certain Government PaymentsForm 1099-INT, Interest IncomeForm 1099-K, Payment […]

Government Employees Who Receive Returns or Return Information Subject to Disclosure Restrictions, Rev. Rul. 2022-7

The IRS has issued a guidance stating that government employees who receive returns or return information pursuant to disclosures under Code Sect. 6103(c), are subject to the disclosure restrictions, like all designees who receive returns or return information pursuant to taxpayer consent. Further, government employees who receive returns or return information pursuant to disclosures under Code Sec. 6103(k)(6) or (e), other than Code Sec. 6103(e)(1)(D)(iii) (relating […]

Eligibility Requirements Waived for Individuals in Certain Countries Claiming Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, Rev. Proc. 2022-18

The IRS has provided a waiver for any individual who failed to meet the foreign earned income or deduction eligibility requirements of Code Sec. 911(d)(1) because adverse conditions in a foreign country precluded the individual from meeting the requirements for the 2021 tax year. Qualified individuals may exempt from taxation their foreign earned income and housing cost amounts.

Relief Provided

The countries for which […]

GAO: IRS Faced Multiple Challenges During 2021 Tax Filing Season, GAO Report: Tax Filing—2021 Performance Underscores Need for IRS to Address Persistent Challenges (GAO-22-104938)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on IRS’ performance during the 2021 tax filing season. The report assessed IRS’ performance during the 2021 filing season on: (1) processing individual and business income tax returns; and (2) providing customer service to taxpayers. GAO analyzed IRS documents and data on filing season performance, refund interest payments, hiring and employee […]

Filing Deadline for Petition to Review CDP Determination Nonjurisdictional, Eligible for Equitable Tolling, P.C. Boechler, SCt, 2022-1 USTC ¶50,142

The Supreme Court reversed and remanded a Court of Appeals decision and held that Code Sec. 6330(d)(1)’s 30-day time limit to file a petition for review of a collection due process (CDP) determination is an ordinary, nonjurisdictional deadline subject to equitable tolling in appropriate cases. The taxpayer had requested and received a CDP hearing before the IRS’s Independent Office of Appeals […]

Tax Gap Closer to $1 Trillion – IRS Commissioner Rettig

The gap between taxes owed and taxes collected by the Internal Revenue Service could be approaching $1 trillion, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Government Operations Subcommittee as he advocated for more funding for the agency.

During an April 21, 2022, hearing of the subcommittee, Rettig noted updated tax gap figures for the three-year period […]

April 2022

Taxpayers Reminded to Report Gig Economy Income, Virtual Currency Transactions, and Foreign Source Income and Assets

The IRS has reminded taxpayers of reporting and potential tax obligations from working in the gig economy, making virtual currency transactions, earning foreign-source income, or holding certain foreign assets. The information available on IRS.gov and instructions on Form 1040 can help taxpayers in understanding and meeting these requirements. Generally, income earned from the gig economy is taxable and must be […]

2021 Earned Income Tax Credit FAQs Issued

The IRS has issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the 2021 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to educate eligible taxpayers on how to properly claim the EITC when they prepare their 2021 tax returns. The EITC helps low-to-moderate-income workers and families as a credit to either reduce the taxes owed or an added payment to increase a tax refund. The […]

Estimated Tax Underpayment Penalty Waived for Certain Farmers, Fishermen

The IRS has provided a waiver of the penalty (referred to as addition to tax) under Code Sec. 6654 for the underpayment of estimated income tax by qualifying farmers and fishermen. Under Code Sec. 6654(i)(1), a qualifying farmer or fisherman has only one required installment payment (instead of four quarterly payments) due on January 15 of the year following the tax year if […]

2022 Luxury Auto Depreciation Caps and Lease Inclusion Amounts Issued

The IRS has issued the luxury car depreciation limits for business vehicles placed in service in 2022 and the lease inclusion amounts for business vehicles first leased in 2022.

Luxury Passenger Car Depreciation Caps

The luxury car depreciation caps for a passenger car placed in service in 2022 limit annual depreciation deductions to:

$11,200 for the first year without bonus depreciation$19,200 for the […]

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