Taxes

Here we are again. Just a day away from another tax deadline. If you haven’t filed yet, you have until midnight Monday, May 17th, to file. Here are some last-minute tips. You can still reduce your tax bill If you’ve been waiting to file because you know you will owe money, you still have a chance
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Today’s column addresses questions about how spousal benefits are calculated after early retirement benefits when the record holder delays until 70, whether spousal benefits are 50% of age 70 benefits and when survivor’s benefits may become available to surviving spouses. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president
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In Illinois, under current law, hair dressers need a license but tax preparers do not. The Biden administration plans to change that and give the IRS authority to regulate all paid tax preparers. Tax preparers, which include Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs), Enrolled Agents (EAs), and unregistered tax preparers, have access to highly confidential information, including
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As the saying goes, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”  That seems to be the case with section 602(c)(2)(A) of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law by President Biden on March 11. The subsection prohibits states from using funds disbursed under the act to “directly or indirectly offset a reduction in
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New spending rules issued this week say that states and local governments can use their federal COVID-19 relief aid for hazard pay for essential workers. The allowance comes amid a brewing battle in California over grocery workers’ right to hazard pay. The inclusion is part of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s sweeping guidance on how
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The Internal Revenue Service is conducting an “ongoing, extensive investigation involving substantial IRS resources” into cryptocurrency holders. As part of that investigation, the IRS is serving “John Doe” summons on various cryptocurrency companies, seeking court orders to require cryptocurrency exchanges to turn over account holder’s names and other key identifying information. On May 5, 2021,
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Why is it hard to stop inflation? Because it creates so many winners. Down in Washington they’re printing money like ink is going out of style. Possible consequence: People spend the money, bidding up the prices of cars, lumber and semiconductors. We might get high inflation, high being something more than the target rate of
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Jonathan Curry of Tax Notes recaps the tax provisions of President Biden’s American Families Plan and discusses with Dean Zerbe of Alliantgroup LP the finer details and its likelihood of passing Congress.  This post has been edited for length and clarity. David Stewart: Welcome to the podcast. I’m David Stewart, editor in chief of Tax Notes Today International. This week:
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Today’s column addresses questions about whether Social Security spousal benefits might be available before their spouse takes their retirement benefits, why spousal benefits were terminated after filing for retirement benefits and how to determine when to file for maximum benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president
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Some Americans may be eligible to receive another cash stimulus from their state or local government, according to new spending rules released by the U.S. Department of Treasury on Monday. The rules outlined long-anticipated guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The bill includes $350 billion in direct,
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Now that we know the Biden administration’s ideal rate for a global minimum corporate tax — 21% — it’s a bit easier to look at what that rate might mean, particularly for developing countries. At the high end, one estimate has pegged the potential global gains in unrecovered taxes at over $500 billion annually. In a recent
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The Department of Justice issued a news release to strike terror in the hearts of anyone attempting to execute cryptocurrency tax shenanigans. The federal court for the Northern District of California entered an order authorizing a John Does summons on Payward Venture Inc and Subsidiaries d/b/a Kraken. The IRS wants to look at the records of
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Today’s column addresses questions about divorcing and remarrying after 60 to allow survivor’s benefits from a previous marriage, temporarily avoiding the deeming provision even if you were born after 1/1/1954 and how Social Security uses earnings histories to calculate benefit amounts. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and
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It may be time to get a professional haircut and take your working clothes to the dry cleaner (while being sure they fit over any “pandemic pudge” you may have gained.) Although companies will allow more home-based work than before the pandemic, there’s evidence that office work is on the way back, and could be
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Senate procedures, particularly those for budget reconciliation, mold the tax laws that are created or altered in that process in critical ways. Most recently, the reconciliation process prompted revision of the monthly distribution plans for the child tax credit, resulting in its being changed — at least statutorily — from a monthly benefit into a periodic
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The first round of aid for state and local governments is set to go out next week, but with no guidance yet on the spending rules, leaders are becoming increasingly frustrated. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included $350 billion in direct aid to states and localities and the law requires the U.S. Department of
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 The House Ways & Means Committee is once again tinkering with the law that requires retirees to take minimum distributions from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and 401(k)s. Each time, Congress eases the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules at great cost to the federal government. Yet the beneficiaries would overwhelmingly be wealthy retirees and their
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Today’s column addresses questions about potential effects of retiring from work four years before filing for a retirement benefit, filing for retirement benefits before spousal benefits and transferring conserved benefits to a capable beneficiary. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc, which
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In the latest episode of Tax Notes Talk, enrolled agents Eva Rosenberg and Jeffrey Schneider share their experiences on communicating with the IRS during the coronavirus pandemic and how the agency can improve.  The post has been edited for length and clarity. William Hoffman: Welcome, Eva, and welcome, Jeffrey. Today, we’re talking about how tax professionals are dealing with
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