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Tax-News.com: OECD States Tapped VAT, CIT To Achieve Record Revenues In 2017

Fri, Dec 07, 2018

Last year, the tax burden in OECD countries reached its highest level recorded, at 34.2 percent of gross domestic product, up 20 basis points on 2016, largely due to increasing taxes on personal consumption and companies. ...

Tax-News.com: OECD Reports Progress On Harmful Tax Regimes Work

Fri, Nov 23, 2018

Releasing a progress update, the OECD said international efforts to curb harmful tax practices and prevent the misuse of preferential tax regimes are having a tangible impact worldwide....

Tax-News.com: FASB Issues New Standard For Variable Interest Entities

Fri, Nov 02, 2018

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on October 31 issued Accounting Standards Update 2018-17, intended to reduce the cost and complexity of financial reporting associated with consolidation of variable interest entities (VIEs), for which consolidation is not based on a majority of voting rights....

Tax-News.com: Estonia Tops Tax Foundation's Tax Competitiveness Index

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

Estonia has topped the Tax Foundation's International Tax Competitiveness Index for the fifth successive year, being deemed to have the "best tax code in the OECD."...

Tax-News.com: Global CPA Body Calls For International Digital Tax Solution

Mon, Oct 29, 2018

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants has issued a policy paper calling for a multilateral approach to solving the tax challenges posed by the digital economy. ...

Tax-News.com: US Transition Tax Guidance Available

Fri, Oct 12, 2018

On October 10, 2018, the United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register notifying taxpayers of the availability of additional guidance regarding the transition tax under Section 965....

Tax-News.com: US Urged To Trim Tax Form W-4

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

The American Institute of CPAs has urged the Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury Department to simplify the draft 2019 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, and the accompanying instructions, to reduce administrative burdens on taxpayers....

Tax-News.com: IMF Urges US To Hike Indirect Taxes

Fri, Jul 06, 2018

The International Monetary Fund has recommended that the United States raise indirect taxes to boost revenues, to offset the cost of recent tax cuts and spending increases....

Tax-News.com: IRS Announces Plans To Simplify Personal Income Tax Return

Mon, Jul 09, 2018

The US Internal Revenue Service has announced plans to streamline the personal income tax return for the 2019 tax filing season, to reflect changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act....

Tax-News.com: Wolters Kluwer Tax Expert Weighs In On Landmark Wayfair Ruling

Fri, Jun 29, 2018

The decision by the US Supreme Court to drop the physical presence requirement for states to impose sales tax will have an "incredible impact" on states' tax regimes and revenues, according to Mark Friedlich, Senior Director of Tax and Accounting, North America, Wolters Kluwer....

Taxpayer Advocate Service Feed

TAS Tax Tip: Families - Gear-up now for changes that will affect your 2018 return

Tue, Dec 11, 2018

It’s the holidays and is anyone really thinking about taxes? We hope you are, because there are certain things you will need to know now, and some you may need to act upon before the end of the calendar year. For individuals, The Taxpayer Advocate Service’s Tax Reform Changes website, in both English and Spanish, has information for you about what is changing and what is not for the...

NTA Blog: IRS Fraud Detection - A Process That is Challenging for Taxpayers to Navigate with an Outdated Case Management System Resulting in Significant Delays of Legitimate Refunds Part 1

Thu, Dec 06, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. As we approach the filing season, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss an issue that affects many taxpayer returns, namely the IRS processes for identifying ...

Know how getting married changes your tax situation

Tue, Dec 04, 2018

When you get married, your tax situation changes. Your marital status as of Dec. 31 determines your tax filing options for the entire year. If you’re married at year-end, you have two filing status choices: filing jointly with your new spouse, Married Filing Jointly, or filing separate from your spouse, Married Filing Separately Most married couples file jointly because it is simpler an...

NTA Blog: As the IRS Redesigns Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, Stakeholders Raise Important Questions

Thu, Nov 29, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. The IRS is redesigning Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. The changes to this form will affect nearly every employee and employer, potenti...

NTA Blog: Thanksgiving

Wed, Nov 21, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. So that our staff can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, we are taking a break this week from posting our blog. We want to wish each and every o...

NTA Blog: Veterans Face Challenges in Claiming Refunds for Taxes Improperly Withheld from Disability Severance Pay

Fri, Nov 16, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. With having celebrated Veteran’s Day this week, it is worth reflecting on the continuing challenges military taxpayers face. Background In December 2016, lawma...

Success Story: Taxpayer Advocate Service’s persistence reduces tax debt

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy. Sometimes taxpayers contact TAS for help with one issue and, in resolving that issue, multiple issues arise – some of them quite c...

NTA Blog: When Evaluating its Pilot Program on the Participation of Counsel and Compliance in Conferences, Appeals Should be Transparent and Should Consider Both Objective and Subjective Data

Wed, Nov 07, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Over the years, I have expressed significant concern with the continuing erosion of taxpayers’ right to appeal an IRS decision in an independent forum. (IRC &s...

The 2018 Nationwide Tax Forums a Success for TAS

Fri, Nov 02, 2018

Each year, the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. The 2018 Tax Forums featured the latest information from the IRS, news about tax law changes, a chance to meet with software vendors, and the opportunity to attend seminars presented by IRS and TAS employees in addition to memb...

NTA Blog: Now is the Perfect Time for the IRS to Make Improvements to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program

Wed, Oct 31, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. For years, I’ve been writing about the problems with how the IRS runs the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program.  ITINs are required fo...

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