Exceptions to the requirement that a U.S. Federal Income Tax Return Accompany an ITIN Application – IRS Form W-7

You can indeed claim an exception to the requirement to submit an original U.S. Federal income tax return with IRS Form W-7 – ITIN Application, all you need is substantiated proof of your claim. So what are the exceptions allowing for the ITIN application without a tax return and how do you substantiate your claim? Exception 1.…

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What is an ITIN? T.D. 8671, 1996-1 C.B.314

In 1996, the U.S. Treasury Department issued T.D. 8671, 1996-1 C.B.314 introducing the ITIN – Individual Taxpayer Identification Number – requiring people foreign to the USA to use a unique identification number on their United States federal income tax returns. These regulations were intended to address concerns by the IRS and elected officials that without a unique…

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US Taxpayer Identification Number; Attn London, Paris, & Frankfurt: IRS Form W-7

IRS assistance is ‘advertised’ as being available to help you prepare your IRS Form W-7. If like the majority of the other people on this planet you haven’t found the instructions worth their salt the IRS advises that you call 1-800-829-1040. BAHOOT! As my old instructor would belch. Today as back then procedure hasn’t changed much. My guess…

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Worthless Partnership Interests & Intangible Assets

We each value our limited time on this planet in our present life forms differently based on what “things” are “worth” to us. If you really believe you “need” some “thing” you might find yourself going to the end of the Earth and back to get it. Today’s post attempts to summarily address the tax implications…

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Defining Small Employer with Regards to Offering Health Insurance

Many business owners of all sizes have been posting to this blog lately with concerns about offering minimum essential health insurance coverage for their employees. It is indeed a complex topic full of both pitfalls and opportunities. When you drill down into the nuances of what it really means to be a small employer in these regards it quite…

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Richard S. Leyh et ux. v. Commissioner – Contemporaneous Log Detailing Rental Property Activity Permissible in Defining Real Estate Professional for Income Tax Purposes

Richard S. Leyh et ux. v. Commissioner (T.C. Summ. Op. 2015-27) details a case in which a taxpayer could revise her contemporaneous log of daily rental property activity and qualify as a real estate professional for income tax reporting purposes. When the IRS audited the taxpayer’s 2010 return, the log totaled 632.5 hours spent in…

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