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Bahrain Published Competent Authority Arrangement

Bahrain has recently published the Competent Authority Arrangement between itself and the United States for the purposes of FATCA reporting.  The agreement is required by the Inter-Governmental Agreement between the two states to facilitate FATCA reporting.

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Cayman Islands Extends AEOI Reporting Deadline to August 31

The Cayman Islands’ Department for International Tax Cooperation has recently announced a “final extension” for reporting under the FATCA and CRS regimes in a “AEOI News & Updates” release. Reporting under both systems will now be due August 31, 2017. Reporting entities must register with the Department by July 31, 2017 to ensure they meet […]

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IRS Updates Instructions for Form W-8BEN to Conform with New Regulations

The IRS has updated the instructions for Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Individuals). There are a number of changes from the previous revision: Some minor updates made to Form W-8BEN to conform with Form W-8BEN-E. Instructions have been updated to reflect temporary and final […]

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Senate Passes Motion to Proceed on Health Care

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a motion to proceed on health care by a vote of 51-50 with Vice President Pence casting the tying vote. This was only a procedural vote and not any sort of repeal or replace vote. As a result of this motion passing, the Senate can begin to debate on the […]

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Introduces Bill with Potential to Affect ACA Reporting

A House Appropriations subcommittee has introduced H.R. 3280 – a draft of which was released during the July 4th Recess. This appropriations bill provides funding for government and financial services – including the IRS – for the upcoming fiscal year. As part of the IRS funding, it includes a provision that could impact the reporting […]

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Senate Republicans Maintain Employer Reporting Provisions in BCRA v2.0

July 17, 2017 — Employer information reporting remains intact under both Senate ACA replacement bills currently in play: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released the Senate’s second iteration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act which, as written, would maintain employer information reporting obligations under Internal Revenue Code §§ 6055 and 6056. Changes to minimum essential […]

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Revised BCRA Maintains Employer Reporting Provisions

As written, revised Better Care Reconciliation Act will not operate to eliminate either of the reporting requirements on 1094/1095 series forms. The Senate’s second draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act would maintain employer information reporting obligations under Internal Revenue Code §§ 6055 and 6056. Changes to minimum essential coverage provisions may give rise to a potential modification of […]

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In-House Compliance Can’t Keep Up with the PATH Act

The IRS is stepping up reporting scrutiny, specifically focusing on tax credits. There’s no more relevant example than the 1099 reporting changes that heightened error exposure for reporting organizations during the 2016 tax season. Tax information reporting requirements are becoming more complex, with changing deadlines, enhanced tracking and stiffer penalties for non-compliance. This leaves financial […]

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Illinois Releases New Tax Tables and Withholding Allowance Certificate

Illinois’s Department of Revenue has lately released new tax tables and a new withholding allowance certificate in conjunction with it an increase in the state’s tax rate.  Effective July 1, 2017, the income tax rate in Illinois is 4.95%, increased from 3.75%. Booklet IL-700-T, “Illinois Withholding Tax Tables,” has been updated effective July 1, 2017.  […]

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The New Strategic Role of Indirect Tax Professionals to Master Compliance

Tax compliance has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years. As governments go digital, loopholes are closing and reporting timelines are shrinking from weeks to milliseconds. The old way of doing things isn’t enough for the new world of rapid-response compliance. But these new challenges can also foster new opportunities. Businesses are taking a […]

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OECD Secretary General Issues Report on CRS for G20 Leaders

At last week’s G20 summit, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría reported to world leaders that the past year has seen progress on multiple fronts in the fight against tax avoidance and evasion – thanks in large part to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The official report explores the key areas of progress, including the movement […]

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Idaho Publishes Revised Guide to Income Tax Withholding

The Idaho State Tax Commission has issued a revised Guide to Income Tax Withholding. The revision is a routine update of the tables for withholding computation methods for 2017. These tables are periodically adjusted for inflation. Although these figures are effective for 2017, withholding agents are not required to adjust the withholding amounts for the months of January […]

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Belgium Delays CRS Reporting Deadline for 2017

Belgium recently announced it will extend the deadline for CRS reporting this year.  Reporting was originally due at the end of June, but Belgium has delayed reporting until the end of July.  This delay is only for CRS and does not affect FATCA reporting which was due at the end of June.  The announcement of […]

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Virginia Issues Revised eForms W-2 – 1099 Guide

Virginia Tax has published a revision of its eForms W-2 – 1099 Guide, which filers should utilize in order to ensure accurate and complete online submissions. The Business iFile system allows the use of eForms, which is a free, secure online service that allows employers and payers to electronically file forms W-2, 1099-R, and 1099-MISC directly […]

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IRS Releases ACA Business Rules and Schemas for 2017

The IRS has released ACA Information Returns (AIR) Schemas, Business Rules and Crosswalks for Tax Year 2017. The business rules, schemas and crosswalks are for Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B, and 1095-C. There are a number of changes from last year’s with many of the changes coming in the form of name changes for certain data […]

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Cook County Suspends Collection of Sweetened Beverage Tax

Cook County Illinois suspended collection of their recently enacted sweetened beverage tax after receiving a temporary restraining order from Cook County Circuit Court. The sweetened beverage tax consisted of a $0.01 tax on each ounce of sweetened beverage sold at retail effective July 1, 2017. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association and several grocers sued the […]

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New Mexico Publishes Interest Rates for Late Payment of Tax Due Through September 2017

New Mexico recently updated a published bulletin which details the effective interest rates for late payments on tax due. This bulletin lists the annual and daily percentage rates for the late payment of taxes due, along with a method for calculating daily interest during the applicable period. The annual rate of interest remains unchanged from […]

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Minnesota Moves Up Due Dates For Submitting W-2 and 1099 Information Returns

Minnesota’s Department of Revenue recently updated Minnesota Income Tax Withholding Instruction Booklet and Tax Tables as well as Fact Sheets 2 and 2a.  The Instruction Booklet provides general direction for withholding while Fact Sheets 2 and 2a provide more detailed instructions for submitting W-2 and 1099 information, respectively.  Most importantly, all three documents have advanced the […]

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