IRS – Transfer Pricing crack down

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said the agency would focus more of its efforts on closely scrutinizing transfer pricing arrangements that allow U.S. companies to avoid taxes on income earned abroad, as well as conduct joint audits with tax authorities in other countries. Shulman said the IRS is establishing a Transfer Pricing Practice within its Large…

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Bartering – Some tax tips

In today’s economy, small-business owners sometimes look to the oldest form of commerce — the exchange of goods and services, or bartering. The Internal Revenue Service wants to remind small-business owners that bartering transactions generally have associated tax reporting, accounting and record-keeping responsibilities. Bartering is the trading of one product or service for another. Usually…

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Tips for Year End Donations

WASHINGTON — Individuals and businesses making contributions to charity should keep in mind several important tax law provisions that have taken effect in recent years. Some of these changes include the following: Special Charitable Contributions for Certain IRA Owners This provision, currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2009, offers older owners of individual…

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New Tax Court Ruling on Deducting Cost of an MBA

The Tax Court yesterday allowed a nurse to deduct the cost of an M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix. Singleton-Clarke v. Commissioner, T.C. Summ. Op. 2009-182 (Dec. 2, 2009) (citations omitted): Petitioner began taking courses at the University of Phoenix in March 2005, graduating in April 2008 with an MBA/HCM. She chose the University…

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IRS 2010 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2010 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2010, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 50 cents per…

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1st Time Home Buyer Credit Facts

If you are in the market for a new home, you may still be able to claim the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. Congress recently passed The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act Of 2009, extending the First-Time Homebuyer Credit and expanding who qualifies. Here are the top 10 things the IRS wants you to know about…

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IRS mandated new security, privacy, and Business Standards

The IRS has mandated six (6) new security, privacy, and business standards to better serve taxpayers and protect their information collected, processed and stored by Online Providers of individual income tax returns. Individual income tax returns generally refer to the 1040 family of returns. Refer to the IRS Publication 3112, IRS e-file Application and Participation,…

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Projected Revenue from Marijuana Tax

There has been much commentary on the revenue that could be raised by legalizing and taxing marijuana: American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Potential Tax Revenue From a Regulated Marijuana Market: A Meaningful Revenue Source Business Week, Legalize Marijuana for Tax Revenue Christian Science Monitor, A Marijuana Tax as the Next New Revenue Stream? Slate:…

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5 year N.O.L. carry back expands

Large and midsized companies can now take advantage of expanded net operating loss carryback rules to use the losses they incurred during the economic downturn to reduce their income from prior tax years. The Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009, which President Obama signed earlier this month, allows midsized and large businesses to…

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