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Category: IRS

January 24, 2024

IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Nearly 5 Million Filers and Restarts Collection After Pandemic Pause

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced significant relief measures for some taxpayers facing penalties on their 2020 and 2021 tax returns. The relief addresses a mishap caused by COVID measures. 4.7 million individuals, businesses and tax-exempt organizations incurred late fees without receiving collection reminders. The IRS will provide $1 billion to settle these penalties or reimburse filers who have already paid their account. Those who qualified will be sent a letter some time this month, no action is needed to… Read more ›

December 27, 2023

The IRS Has Announced Increased Retirement Plan Benefits for 2024

With the 2024 tax year right around the corner, there’s good news coming from the IRS. According to a recent announcement from the tax agency (Notice 2023-75), there will be increases to retirement plan contributions next year due to inflation adjustments. Here’s a rundown of some of the changes: Contributions to 401(k) and 403(b) Plans. Taxpayers will be able to contribute up to $23,000 in 2024, up from $22,500 in 2023. The catch-up contribution amount for those age 50 and… Read more ›

November 15, 2023

New Upcoming Requirement for Businesses that Receive Large Amounts of Cash

Does your business receive large amounts of cash or cash equivalents? If so, you’re generally required to report these transactions to the IRS — and not just on your tax return. Beginning January 1, 2024, this reporting will have to be done electronically. Here are some answers to questions about the requirements and what’s changing. What Is Required? Each person who, in the course of operating a trade or business, receives more than $10,000 in cash in one transaction (or… Read more ›

November 8, 2023

IRS Offers a Withdrawal Option to Businesses That Claimed ERTC

Recent IRS warnings and announcements regarding the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) have raised some businesses’ concerns about the validity of their claims for this valuable, but complex, pandemic-related credit — and the potential consequences of an invalid claim. CBM has helped many clients file claims when they met the approved criteria requirements. However, we also recognize that many businesses not working with a reputable tax professional may have been misled by fraudulent parties into believing they were eligible to… Read more ›

October 31, 2023

Microsoft’s $29 Billion Tax Bill: The Lesson to Be Learned

On Wednesday October 11th, Microsoft announced it had received a $28.9 billion dollar bill for unpaid taxes between 2004 and 2013. The case shed light on the complexities and challenges of international taxation, and it serves as a cautionary tale for businesses looking to avoid similar tax penalties. Understanding Microsoft’s Tax Bill The $29 billion in unpaid taxes stemmed from an IRS audit into Microsoft’s 2004 to 2013 finances. The IRS investigation began after an unusually structured manufacturing facility in… Read more ›

September 25, 2023

IRS Delays the Rothification of Catch-Up Contributions and SECURE Act 2.0

In a surprising move, the IRS announced that the SECURE 2.0 rule, which stated that catch-up contributions for high earners must go into Roth accounts, will be delayed until 2026. Originally scheduled to start in 2024, the delay provides a window for employers’ retirement plans to comply with the law and employees to reap the tax benefits of current catch-up contributions. The rule requires employees aged 50 or above, who earned $145,000 or more the previous year, to direct their… Read more ›

August 17, 2023

Mid-year Tax Planning for Small Businesses and Owners

Summer isn’t just for barbeques and baseball. It’s also a good time to think about ways to cut your 2023 business tax bill. Here are four planning ideas for small business owners to consider, assuming there won’t be any changes to current federal tax laws at least through 2024. 1. Establish a Tax-Favored Retirement Plan If your business doesn’t already have a retirement plan, now might be the time to take the plunge. Current rules allow for significant annual deductible… Read more ›

July 19, 2023

Landlords: Vet Potential Tenants Carefully

  Before signing a lease with potential tenants you must screen them to help ensure they can pay the rent and are responsible. That will help minimize the chances of wasting time and money trying to evict them and make repairs to the property. First, you want to review their credit rating and their income. You can check income by requesting pay stubs, W2 forms or filing with the IRS a Form 4506, Request for a Copy of Tax Return,… Read more ›

July 17, 2023

3 Big Inventory Issues for Construction Companies

In the construction industry, supply-chain challenges are nothing new. They’ve just gotten much more media attention over the last few years. Increased globalization, a pandemic and geopolitical strife have all contributed to some notable slowdowns, though things have generally been better lately. One way that construction companies can mitigate supply-chain problems is to maintain their own inventories of various building materials, products and supplies. However, an inventory can also complicate tax planning. Here are three big issues to consider. 1…. Read more ›

July 17, 2023

Virtual Currency Lands in the IRS’s Crosshairs

While the value of virtual currency continues to fluctuate, the IRS’s interest in it has only increased. In 2021, for example, the agency launched Operation Hidden Treasure to root out taxpayers who don’t report income from cryptocurrency transactions on their federal income tax returns. Moreover, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, allocated $80 billion to the IRS, most of it designated for enforcement activities. However, the Fiscal Responsibility Act, enacted in May 2023, will claw back $21.39 billion of that amount by the end… Read more ›