Tax


The IRS is offering to waive certain penalties if taxpayers that participated in illegal tax shelters disclose them and identify their promoters. The amnesty does not apply to taxpayers involved in fraud, crime, concealment of foreign financial accounts or reporting of personal expenses as deductible business expenses. ( http://ftp.fedworld.gov/pub/irs-news/ir01-121.pdf )

In an annual report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson recommends that legislators uniformly define the term “qualifying child” for tax purposes. Olson’s report also proposes reducing the alternative minimum tax’s effect on individuals. As in prior years, the report found the most serious problem taxpayers face is inadequate toll-free telephone access to IRS customer service. ( http://ftp.fedworld.gov/pub/irs-news/ir-02-02.pdf )

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What’s next for potential CPA licensure changes

A new model proposed by NASBA and the AICPA is designed with an eye on the future for newly licensed CPAs. The AICPA's Carl Mayes, CPA, provides background on the project and a look ahead to 2020.

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What RPA is and how it works

Robotic process automation is like an Excel macro that can work on multiple applications, says Danielle Supkis Cheek, CPA. RPA can complete routine, repetitive tasks such as data entry, freeing up employee time from lower-level chores.