Tax

Broadened definition of Sec. 152 dependents

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 greatly increased the availability of the child tax credit. Find out the definition of dependent for those purposes and for taking advantage of “surviving spouse” status.

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EIN applicants now limited to holders of SSNs and ITINs ... Pro sports trades get safe harbor ... More prop. regs. issued on opportunity zone funds

Supreme Court holds North Carolina cannot tax trust

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision holding that North Carolina’s attempt to tax a trust based solely on the residence of a beneficiary violates the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Virtual currency not FBAR reportable (at least for now)

The AICPA Virtual Currency Task Force reached out to Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to help practitioners answer the question of whether virtual currency (or cryptocurrency) must be reported on FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

What tax firms need to know now about technology

Artificial intelligence and robots get a lot of attention, but automation and cloud computing-enabled outsourcing are the technology-related terms that should be top of mind for tax practices, according to a session at AICPA ENGAGE 2019 in Las Vegas.

Changes coming to tax transcript availability

To fight identity theft, starting June 28 the IRS will no longer fax transcripts to taxpayers, tax professionals, and other third parties. And in July it will stop providing an option for mailing transcripts to third parties.

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A closer look at threats to CPA licensure

Legislation in states around the country could put CPA licensure in danger. This episode examines what practitioners need to know to help ensure the profession is protected.