IRS practice and procedure

AICPA: 2019 Form W-4 needs to be simplified

The AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee sent a letter to the IRS, urging the Service to simplify the proposed draft 2019 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.

First Circuit allows DISC dividends paid to Roth IRAs

The IRS suffers its second defeat when the First Circuit, agreeing with the Sixth Circuit, denies application of the substance-over-form doctrine to recharacterize DISC commissions and dividends as excess Roth contributions.

Form 1040 to be shorter but with more schedules

The IRS is working on a draft version of the 2018 Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, that reduces the size of the form to two half-pages in length and eliminates more than 50 lines.

Draft 2019 Form W-4 and instructions posted

The IRS released a draft Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, and its instructions, for individual taxpayers to use to determine their income tax withholding for 2019.

How to treat virtual currency

Due diligence begins with one question you should be asking every client, according to Annette Nellen, CPA, CGMA, Esq.

IRS pursuing self-employment taxes from LLC members

IRS court victories asserting that LLC members should pay self-employment taxes on distributive shares of LLC income should give practitioners pause before claiming this income is exempt from those taxes.

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Tackling TCJA changes this tax season

Return preparers must be ready for how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has modified many common features of individual and business returns.