The IRS has announced it will be automatically waiving penalties for over 400,000 taxpayers. The waived penalties apply to those who have already filed their 2018 taxes, but did not file a waiver seeking forgiveness for the under-payment penalty.
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The IRS has unveiled the new, redesigned Form W-4 for the tax year 2020. This new form eliminates many of the complex tables used in previous versions and includes many enhancements from the earlier draft version.
The Ohio Department of Taxation announced they have begun a new process for registering new pass-through entities (PTE.) In the past, the department’s old computer system registered and created accounts for new PTEs upon the filing of their first return. One challenge with this process was that many PTEs made estimated payments prior to filing their first return.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has unanimously approved a proposed delay of the effective date to implement new lease accounting standards as defined in ASU 2016-02.
The IRS has begun sending letters to more than 10,000 cryptocurrency holders with a warning that they may have violated federal tax law.
The letters state those who have profited from the trade or use of cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin) may be subject to a variety of taxes including capital gains.
The Ohio House and Senate passed two different - and conflicting - budget bills prior to the June 30th deadline. A major point of contention between the bills was the treatment of Ohio’s Business Income Deduction (BID).
One of the challenges when providing for loved ones with special needs is to do so in a way that they do not lose their eligibility for governmental assistance such Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. Recipients can lose eligibility for these programs if their assets exceed a certain level. One of the ways around this is to create a trust.
The IRS announced that the Modernized e-File (MeF) will be unavailable for brief periods during July and August during scheduled system upgrades. The outages will occur as follows:
National Taxpayer Advocate (NAS) Nina Olson, who is scheduled to retire on July 31st, 2019, addressed Congress for the 37th and presumably last time in her role. Olson, who has held the role of NAS for 18 years, addressed Congress to review the 2019 tax season and the state of the IRS.
Under a new provision created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), for the tax years 2018 and 2019 you may qualify for a tax credit if you set up or amend a paid-family leave program. Under Section 45S of the Internal Revenue Code, employers that voluntarily offer qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave annually under a written policy, may claim the credit.