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Taxpayers Reminded to Report Gig Economy Income, Virtual Currency Transactions, and Foreign Source Income and Assets

The IRS has reminded taxpayers of reporting and potential tax obligations from working in the gig economy, making virtual currency transactions, earning foreign-source income, or holding certain foreign assets. The information available on IRS.gov and instructions on Form 1040 can help taxpayers in understanding and meeting these requirements. Generally, income earned from the gig economy is taxable and must be reported to the IRS. The gig economy is the activity where people earn income providing on-demand work, services or goods. Taxpayers must report income from the gig economy on a tax return even if the income is:

The IRS reminded taxpayers that there is a question at the top of Form 1040 and Form 1040-SR asking about virtual currency transactions. All taxpayers must check the box indicating either “yes” or “no”. The IRS provided a list of some of the transactions involving virtual currency. If an individual disposed of any virtual currency that was held as a capital asset through a sale, exchange, or transfer, they should check “yes”. They should use Form 8949, Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets, to determine their capital gain or loss and report it. If they received any virtual currency as compensation for services or disposed of any virtual currency they held for sale to customers in a trade or business, they must report the income as they would report other income of the same type. Further, the IRS reminded U.S. citizens and resident aliens to report unearned income from sources outside the U.S. unless exempt by law or a tax treaty. They must also report earned income from foreign sources. An income tax filing requirement generally applies even if a taxpayer qualifies for tax benefits, including the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion or the Foreign Tax Credit, which substantially reduce or eliminate U.S. tax liability. A taxpayer is allowed an automatic two-month extension to June 15 if both their home and abode are outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Even if allowed an extension, a taxpayer will have to pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of April 18, 2022. Those serving in the military outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico on the regular due date of their tax return also qualify for the extension to June 15.

Additionally, the IRS reminded taxpayers that federal law requires U.S. citizens and resident aliens to report their worldwide income, including income from foreign trusts and foreign bank and other financial accounts. In most cases, affected taxpayers need to complete and attach Schedule B, Form 1040, to their tax returns. Part III of Schedule B requires citizens to report the country in which each foreign account is located. In addition, certain taxpayers may also have to complete and attach to their return Form 8938, Statement of Foreign Financial Assets. Generally, U.S. citizens, resident aliens and certain nonresident aliens must report specified foreign financial assets on this form if the aggregate value of those assets exceeds certain thresholds. Finally, taxpayers with an interest in, or signature or other authority over foreign financial accounts whose aggregate value exceeded $10,000 at any time during 2020, must file electronically with the Treasury Department a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). The IRS encouraged taxpayers with foreign assets to check if this filing requirement applies to them. The deadline for filing the annual FBAR is the same as that of Form 1040. FinCEN grants filers who missed the original deadline an automatic extension until October 15, 2022, to file the FBAR. There is no need to request this extension.

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IRS Warns About ESOP Compliance Issues, IR-2023-144

As part of ensuring high income taxpayers pay what they owe, the IRS warned businesses and tax professionals to be alert to […]

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Rates Used in Computing Special Use Value Issued, Rev. Rul. 2023-15

The 2023 interest rates to be used in computing the special use value of farm real property for which an election is made under Code Sec. 2032A were issued by the IRS. In the […]

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Contractors Reminded of Expanded New Energy Efficient Homes Tax Credit, IR-2023-142

The IRS has reminded eligible contractors who build or substantially reconstruct qualified new energy efficient homes that they might qualify for a tax credit […]

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IRS Reminds Educators About Expense Deductions in 2023, IR-2023-150

The IRS has reminded eligible educators that they will be able to deduct out of pocket classroom expenses upto $300 while filing their federal income tax returns next year. […]

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Taxpayers Reminded of Identity Protection PINs' Importance, IR-2023-134

The IRS has reminded taxpayers about the IRS Identity Protection PIN opt in program to help protect people against tax-related identity theft. “The Identity Protection (IP) PIN is […]

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FL - Guidance provided on 2023 tax holiday for tools used by skilled trade workers

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FL - Highlands County tourist development tax rate hike announced

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IRS Reminds Employers of New Electronic Filing Requirements for Forms W-2, W-2c

The IRS has reminded employers that the new lower threshold for required electronic filing of information returns applies to tax year 2023 Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, because they […]

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