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Gig Economy and Other Worker Classification May Differ for Federal and California Purposes

Nearly a year ago, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion that most "gig economy" workers are properly classified as independent contractors.

IRS 2019 Annual Report - Putting Taxpayers First

The IRS issued its 2019 Report with an opening message that, "Our people are the strength of the IRS and we want to do more!" The report provides insight into the extent of the IRS' efforts in helping people throughout the country, and plans to increase efforts in 2020, including implementing provisions in the Taxpayer First Act and the Business Modernization plan.

IRS Warns Risks of Identity Theft to Business Owners

We are used to the IRS advising individuals of how to protect against identity theft, but now businesses are a target of the same threat. As a result, the IRS has increased efforts in cybersecurity to protect the latest targets on business owners. It is crucial that business owners also take action to protect their electronic client and financial data. To read the IRS' recent bulletin, please click here

IRS Announces 2020 Annual Inflation Adjustments For Over 60 Tax Provisions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced changes to tax rate schedules and certain tax provisions to adjust for inflation in tax year 2020. The standard deduction for taxpayers who are married filing jointly will increase to $24,800; for taxpayers who are single or married filing separately, the deduction will increase to $12,400; and for taxpayers who are heads of households, the deduction will increase to $18,650. The Alternative Minimum Tax exemption amount for tax year 2020 will increase to $72,900 and begin to phase out at $518,400 (for married couples filing jointly, these amounts increase to $113,400 and $1,036,800, respectively).

IRS Issues Guidance on Taxation of Virtual Currency Blockchain Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance for taxpayers who transact in virtual currency. Revenue Ruling 2019-24 (available here) addresses when distributions of new currency following a soft or hard fork will be a taxable event to the holder of the currency. The IRS also expanded its FAQ page on virtual currency transactions (here).

New IRS Data Estimates Federal Tax Gap At $441 Billion

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released new estimates for tax years 2011, 2012, and 2013, revealing a relatively steady tax gap of about 84 percent since 2008 between the true federal tax liability and the amount of tax that was paid on time. For the period 2011 through 2013, this translated to approximately $441 billion per year.

IRS Collects All-Time High in Enforcement Revenue in FY 2018

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released its final report on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) compliance trends through FY 2018, during which time period U.S. taxpayers filed over 152 million individual and 11.4 million business income tax returns and forms. The IRS collected over $3.4 trillion in revenue, with an all-time high of $59.4 billion in enforcement revenue.

Former U.S. Citizens May Qualify for Federal Tax Relief under New Procedures

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced the "Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens," which will allow certain individuals to come into compliance with their U.S. tax and filing obligations. The procedures apply to individuals who are former U.S. citizens or who intend to relinquish citizenship, have not filed U.S. tax returns as citizens or residents, owe a limited amount of back taxes, and have net assets under $2 million. There is also a willfulness component to consider.

IRS Criminal Investigators Should Be More Involved in Enforcement Against Identity Theft, Says TIGTA

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released a report finding that the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS') Criminal Investigation team (CI) should increase its involvement in the enforcement against identity theft issues. From FY 2013 to FYY 2017, there was a 75-percent decrease in the number of CI-initiated identity theft investigations; overall, there was a 43-percent decline in these types of investigations over the same period. In addition, many taxpayer requests for identity theft investigations were not entered into the CI referral system process.

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