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Do you provide company owned autos to your employees? Whether as "perks" or as necessary tools to get the work done, employee personal use of the vehicle has tax implications for them and for you.


As 2021 comes to an end, it is time to gather the data needed for year-end business reporting requirements.  We have attached information relating to the reporting requirements for Form 1099.  


The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) under IRC Sec. 3134 was enacted by Section 9651 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) that provides a credit for qualified wages. The IRS has issued further guidance on the ERC, amplifying guidance provided in Notices 2021-20 and 2021-23. Changes include, among other things, (1) making the credit available to eligible employers that pay qualified wages after 6/30/21 and before 1/1/22, (2) expanding the definition of eligible employer to include "recovery startup businesses," (3) modifying the definition of qualified wages for "severely financial distressed employers," and (4) providing that the ERC does not apply to qualified wages taken into account as payroll costs in connection with a shuttered venue grant. Also, guidance is provided on several miscellaneous issues with respect to the ERC for both 2020 and 2021. News Release IR-2021-165 and Notice 2021-49.


Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo was out promoting the positives of the Inflation Reduction Act in an apparent effort to counteract the messaging from Republicans who are working to abolish the law as well as to replace the IRS with a national sales tax.


The IRS has issued the luxury car depreciation limits for business vehicles placed in service in 2023 and the lease inclusion amounts for business vehicles first leased in 2023.


IRS has reminded eligible workers from low and moderate income groups to make qualifying retirement contributions and get the Saver’s Credit on their 2022 tax return. Taxpayers have until the due date for filing their 2022 return, that is April 18, 2023, to set up a new IRA or add money to an existing IRA for 2022. 


The IRS and Treasury have announced have released a list of clean vehicles that meet the requirements to claim the new clean vehicle tax credit, along with FAQs to help consumers better understand how to access the various tax incentives for the purchase of new and used electric vehicles available beginning January 1, 2023.


The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued guidance pertaining to the new credit for qualified commercial clean vehicles, established by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 ( P.L. 117-169). Notice 2023-9 establishes a safe harbor regarding the incremental cost of certain qualified commercial clean vehicles placed in service in calendar year 2023.


The IRS announced a delay in reporting thresholds for third-party settlement organizations (TSPOs). As a result of this delay, third-party settlement organizations will not be required to report tax year 2022 transactions on a Form 1099-K to the IRS or the payee for the lower, $600 threshold amount enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ( P.L. 117-2).


The IRS has notified taxpayers of the applicable reference standard required to be used to determine the amount of the energy efficient commercial building (EECB) property deduction allowed under Code Sec. 179D as amended by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) ( P.L. 117-169). 


The Treasury Department and the IRS have provided guidance announcing that they intend to issue proposed regulations to address the application of the new one-percent corporate stock repurchase excise tax under Code Sec. 4501, which was added by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 ( P.L. 117-169).


With the transition of leadership from Democrats to Republicans in the House of Representatives comes new rules that legislators must adhere to, and they could have implications on tax policy.


Despite a significant number of challenges faced by taxpayers in 2022, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins has reason to be more optimistic for 2023.

"We have begun to see the light at the end of the tunnel," Collins wrote in the 2022 annual NTA report to Congress, released on January 11, 2023. "I’m just not sure how much further we have to travel before we see sunlight."


Shortly after resuming operations post-government shutdown, the IRS told taxpayers that the start of the 2014 filing season will be delayed by one to two weeks. The delay will largely impact taxpayers who want to file their 2013 returns early in the filing season. At the same time, the White House clarified on social media that no penalty under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate would be imposed during the enrollment period for obtaining coverage through an ACA Marketplace.


Despite the 16-day government shutdown in October, a number of important developments took place impacting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, especially for individuals and businesses. The Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) was temporarily delayed, Congress took a closer look at income verification for the Code Sec. 36B premium assistance tax credit, and held a hearing on the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate. Individuals trying to enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov also experienced some technical problems in October.


The arrival of year end presents special opportunities for most taxpayers to take steps in lowering their tax liability. The tax law imposes tax liability based upon a "tax year." For most individuals and small business, their tax year is the same as the calendar year. As 2013 year end gets closer, most taxpayers have a more accurate picture of what their tax liability will be in 2013 than at any other time during the current year. However, if you don't like what you see, you have until year end to make improvements before your tax liability for 2013 is permanently set in stone.


Code Sec. 179 allows taxpayers to expense the cost of qualified property instead of capitalizing the cost and recovering it over a period of years. The provision is designed to help small business. For the period 2010-2013, taxpayers can write off up to $500,000 of the costs of qualified property placed in service during the year. The $500,000 cap is reduced dollar-for-dollar to the extent that the cost of qualified property placed in service during the year exceeds $2 million. The amount claimed cannot exceed the income from the taxpayer's trade or business for the year. Any amount disallowed can be carried over to a future year.


A child with earned income above a certain level is generally required to file a separate tax return as a single taxpayer. However, a child with a certain amount of unearned income (from investments, including dividends, interest, and capital gains) may find that this income becomes subject to tax at his or her parent's highest marginal tax rate. This is referred to as the "kiddie tax," and it is designed to prevent parents from transferring income-producing investments to their children, who would generally be taxed at a lower rate.


Despite the passage of the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 - which its supporters argued would bring greater certainty to tax planning - many taxpayers have questions about the tax rates on qualified dividends and capital gains.


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