Tax Alerts

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 a range of compliance issues associated with Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Prior to the Inflation Reduction Act, more than a decade of budget cuts prevented IRS from keeping pace with the increasingly complicated set of tools that the wealthiest taxpayers may use to hide their income and evade paying their share.“The IRS is now taking swift and aggressive action to close this gap,” Werfel said.

ESOPs can be complex arrangements; they are retirement plans that allow employees to own stock in their employer’s company. The IRS announced that it will continue to undertake enforcement strategies to ensure compliance with tax law requirements by employers sponsoring an ESOP. “This means spotting aggressive tax claims as they emerge and warning taxpayers. Businesses and individual taxpayers should seek advice from an independent and trusted tax professional instead of promoters focused on marketing questionable transactions that could lead to bigger trouble.”IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said. The IRS has already identified numerous valuation issues with employee stock and prohibited allocation of shares to disqualified persons among other issues in its current compliance efforts.

The IRS encouraged the public to report individuals who promote improper and abusive tax schemes as well as tax return preparers who deliberately prepare improper returns. To report an abusive tax scheme or a tax return preparer, people can mail or fax a completed Form 14242, Report Suspected Abusive Tax Promotions or Preparers, and any supporting materials to the IRS Lead Development Center in the Office of Promoter Investigations. Alternatively, taxpayers and tax practitioners may send the information to the IRS Whistleblower Office for a possible monetary reward.

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

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

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

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

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

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