Federal Tax News for Individuals

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Read five headlines in Federal Tax News for Individuals.
1. Receiving Money from “Crowdfunding” May Come with a Tax Bill
2. Court Upholds the IRS Rejection of an Offer in Compromise
3. Beware of Various Tax-Related Scams
4. How the IRS Whistleblower Program Works
5. Is Your Hobby Actually a Business?

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The Inflation Reduction Act Includes Wide-Ranging Tax Provisions

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law shortly. The IRA includes significant provisions related to climate change, health care, and, of course, taxes. The IRA also addresses the federal budget deficit. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO),…

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CHIPS Act Poised to Boost U.S. Businesses

The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS Act) was recently passed by Congress as part of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. President Biden is expected to sign it into law shortly. Among other things, the $52 billion package provides generous tax incentives to increase domestic production of semiconductors, also…

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Federal Tax News for Businesses

1. Proposed Tax Credits for Chip Manufacturers Bipartisan support in Congress for a (limited) tax bill? It’s true! The pared-down CHIPS Act, which would provide tax credits for companies to invest in semiconductor manufacturing, has support from lawmakers in both parties. The $50 billion bill would provide a 25% tax credit for U.S. businesses that…

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New ACFE Study: Knowledge Is Power in the Fight Against Fraud

Every two years, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) publishes a study detailing the costs, schemes, perpetrators and victims of occupational fraud. “Occupational Fraud 2022: A Report to the Nations” was recently released. It covers more than 2,100 cases of white-collar crime, occurring in 133 countries. Consistent with the previous study, the 2022 report estimates…

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New Tax Reporting Requirements for Payment Apps in 2022 Could Affect You

If you run a business and accept payments through third-party networks such as Zelle, Venmo, Square or PayPal, you could be affected by new tax reporting requirements that take effect for 2022. They don’t alter your tax liability, but they could add to your recordkeeping burden, as well as the number of tax-related documents you…

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New Digital Asset Reporting Requirements Will be Imposed in Coming Years

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law on November 15, 2021. It includes new information reporting requirements that will generally apply to digital asset transactions starting in 2023. Cryptocurrency exchanges will be required to perform intermediary Form 1099 reporting for cryptocurrency transactions. Existing reporting rules If you have a stock brokerage…

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Federal Tax News for Businesses

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1. Court Limits Sole Proprietor’s Auto Expense Deductions Business owners can generally deduct the ordinary and necessary costs of doing business if they keep good records. To claim vehicle expenses, a contemporaneous log must be kept showing odometer readings, dates, business purpose of trips and miles driven. In one case, a personal trainer filed tax…

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Part of the ‘New Normal” May Be More Fraud

According to “The Next Normal: Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Fraud Landscape,” released by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) in September 2020, half of U.S. companies uncovered more fraud after the COVID-19 pandemic began than they experienced before. So if you’re now welcoming employees back in person or getting your business back to full…

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Construction Contractors: Fraud Prevention Starts With You

From equipment theft to padded time to cyberattacks, contractors are vulnerable to a variety of fraud schemes. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the median loss due to internal fraud is $200,000 for construction companies — significantly higher than the $125,000 for all industries. Many factors make businesses in the sector rife for…

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