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Congress passes targeted tax bills, stop-gap spending measure

As lawmakers prepared to recess for November elections, they also passed several tax-related bills in September. The bills addressed IRS operations, deductions, and more. At the same time, House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown, including the IRS, after the end of the current...
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FAQ: What is the 80/50 rule for van pooling?

Federal tax law allows taxpayers to exclude from income “qualified transportation fringe benefits.” Included in this category of benefits are van pools  There are three types of van pools for federal tax purposes: Employer-operated van pool. In an employer-operated van pool, the employer either purchases or leases vans to enable...
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A first look at 2017 inflation-adjusted tax amounts now available

An early glimpse at the income tax picture for 2017 is now available. The new information includes estimated ranges for each 2017 tax bracket as well as projections for a growing number of inflation-sensitive tax figures, such as the tax rate brackets, personal exemption and the standard deduction. Projections –...
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September 2016 tax compliance calendar

As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important federal tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of September 2016. September 2 Employers. Semi-weekly depositors must deposit employment taxes...
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IRS responds to expanding sharing economy with new resources

The IRS launched new online resources for service providers and participants in the sharing economy. Advances in telecommunications have fueled the growth of the sharing economy. More and more consumers are connecting with service providers for shared car services, apartments and rooms for short-term rentals, and some employment opportunities. Tax...
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How do I? Opt-in to the new partnership audit rules

The IRS has issued temporary regulations (T.D. 9780) that explain how a partnership can opt in to the new partnership audit regime that was enacted in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA). As enacted, the new audit rules will apply to partnership returns filed for tax years beginning after...
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FAQ: What are the new IRS procedures for Individual Tax Identification Numbers?

The IRS announced in August new procedures for renewing an unused or expired Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). The new procedures are scheduled to take effect later this year and will impact 2016 federal individual income tax returns filed in 2017. PATH Act changes ITINs are used by individuals who...
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