Tax Alerts

IRS Emphasizes Importance of Choosing a Trusted Tax Professional for Secure and Confidential Tax Preparation, IR-2024-31

The IRS has underscored the vital importance of selecting a tax professional carefully to safeguard personal and financial information. Taxpayers bear legal responsibility for their income tax return accuracy, regardless of the preparer. The IRS has provided a Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications and a dedicated IRS.gov page to guide individuals in Choosing a Tax Professional including selecting someone affiliated with a recognized national tax association. Also, the IRS has warned against unscrupulous tax return preparers, highlighting red flags such as the absence of a signature on the tax return. The IRS has advised taxpayers to avoid such unethical practices and select a tax professional with a valid Preparer Tax Identification Numberfor added security.

The IRS has requested taxpayers to:

  • seek a preparer available year-round;
  • review the preparer’s history;
  • inquire about service fees, avoiding those tied to a percentage of the refund or suggesting direct deposit into their accounts;
  • choose an authorized IRS e-file provider;
  • provide records and receipts, good preparers ask to see these documents and do not hire a preparer e-filing using a pay stub instead of a Form W-2;
  • understand the preparer’s credentials and qualifications;
  • never sign a blank or incomplete return; and
  • thoroughly review the tax return before signing it.

Finally, taxpayers are expected to report preparer misconduct to the IRS by utilizing Form 14157, Complaint: Tax Return Preparer. In cases where taxpayers suspect a preparer filed or altered their tax return without consent, they should file Form 14157-A, Tax Return Preparer Fraud or Misconduct Affidavit.

FL - Solid mineral tax rates for 2024 announced

Florida has released the severance tax rates on the production of heavy minerals and other solid minerals for 2024. From […]

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FL - Solid mineral tax rates for 2024 announced

IRS Provides Waiver for Taxpayers Failing to Meet Foreign Earned Income Requirements, Rev. Proc. 2024-17

The IRS has provided a waiver for any individual who failed to meet the foreign earned income or deduction eligibility requirements of Code Sec. 911(d)(1) because adverse conditions in a foreign country […]

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IRS Provides Waiver for Taxpayers Failing to Meet Foreign Earned Income Requirements, Rev. Proc. 2024-17

IRS Provides Guidance on Replacement of Certain Lead Service Lines, Announcement 2024-10

The IRS has announced the federal income tax treatment of certain lead service line replacement programs for residential property owners. It is required by the federal and many […]

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IRS Provides Guidance on Replacement of Certain Lead Service Lines, Announcement 2024-10

IRS Releases Guidance on Form 1099-K, FS-2024-7; IR-2024-5

The IRS has released guidance to help taxpayers understand what to do with Form 1099-K. Responding to feedback from taxpayers, tax professionals and payment processors, […]

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IRS Releases Guidance on Form 1099-K, FS-2024-7; IR-2024-5

ERC Compliance Efforts Top $1 Billion in Six Months, IR-2024-78

The IRS announced that compliance efforts around erroneous Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims have topped more than $1 billion within six months. “We are encouraged by the results so far of […]

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ERC Compliance Efforts Top $1 Billion in Six Months, IR-2024-78

Treasury Department's AI-Powered Fraud Detection Yields $375 Million Recovery

The Treasury Department‘s Office of Payment Integrity (OPI) deployed Artificial Intelligence(AI)-based fraud detection at the onset of Fiscal Year 2023, resulting in the recovery of over $375 million. […]

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Treasury Department's AI-Powered Fraud Detection Yields $375 Million Recovery

FL - Senate approves IRC conformity changes

The Florida Senate approved a tax bill that changes the corporate income tax IRC conformity tie-in date. H.B. 7073, as […]

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FL - Senate approves IRC conformity changes

FL - House passes bill that modifies IRC conformity date

Florida House of Representatives passed a bill with a provision that modifies the IRC conformity tie-in date for determining corporate […]

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FL - House passes bill that modifies IRC conformity date

FinCEN Issues Guidance on Inflation Adjustments to Civil Monetary Penalties

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance on inflation adjustments to its civil monetary penalties as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (the Act), as amended. This rule […]

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FinCEN Issues Guidance on Inflation Adjustments to Civil Monetary Penalties

FL - IRC conformity update, disability employment credit proposed

Legislation introduced in the Florida House of Representatives proposes to: update the IRC conformity tie-in date for determining corporate income […]

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FL - IRC conformity update, disability employment credit proposed