According to news reports filtering out of Washington, the IRS will begin employing new technology this year that can track a taxpayer's online activities ranging from Facebook and Twitter posts to credit card and PayPal transactions.
Now the sequester is getting really serious! The IRS may shut down its offices completely for a few days surrounding several upcoming holidays in order to accommodate the federal government's budgetary needs.
Hiring is an expensive, time-consuming process – employers want to make sure they get it right the first time. For many employers, background checks represent a key tool in ensuring the people they hire are trustworthy and have the skills, experience, and education they claim to possess.
Just a few months ago in December, actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested on charges of failure to pay state income tax in New York relating to income from 2008, 2009, and 2010. The tax debt, with interest and penalties, came to around $350,000.
The IRS is often unable to process tax payments made in foreign currencies on a timely basis or at favorable exchange rates, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
Spring is a time of optimism, so it's a great time for accounting firms to look for fresh opportunities to grow the business. Lauren Prosser offers five ways accounting firms can "fertilize" existing efforts in order to jump-start business and grow deeper, stronger roots with clients.
A federal jury in Montgomery, Alabama, found James Timothy Turner, also known as Tim Turner, guilty of multiple tax crimes. He faces a potential maximum prison term of 164 years, a maximum potential fine of $2,350,000, and mandatory restitution.
A court ruling last week that upholds a decision to force online retailers to collect New York State sales tax may force a Supreme Court battle or action by Congress to allow states to claim tax revenues they've lost to online purchases.
Critics are calling for the IRS to clarify certain rules relating to the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income (NII) that kicks in this year. Proposed regulations were issued in December, but advocates of business owners and estates have asked the IRS to shed more light on several murky areas.
According to the AICPA's annual survey to determine Americans' top financial concerns and assess their financial well-being, taxpayers say they're likely to use their tax refund conservatively – to build up savings, pay for day-to-day household expenses, or put toward debt.
Even though any accounting auditor would tell you it seems like there are an awful lot of tax accountants out there, surely one-third of the country isn't made up of tax preparers, so it's rather startling news to learn that one-third of Americans like to do their taxes. Who knew?
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