IRS Field Service Advice 20172801F: Gift Tax Returns

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IRS Field Service Advice (FSA) 20172801F provides a reminder that gift tax returns must be filed by taxpayers in order to start the statute of limitations. Generally, a gift that is adequately disclosed on a gift tax return or a schedule thereto will start a 3 year statute of limitations which the IRS has to contest the value of the gift. If the gift is not adequately disclosed, or if no gift tax return is filed, there is no statute of limitations and the gift may be subject to IRS audit indefinitely. If you have questions or need help in the preparation of a gift tax return, we can help. Contact us at 404-255-7400 or info@hoffmanestatelaw.com.

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IRS Tax Court Memo 2017-099: Katrina E. Taylor and Avery Taylor v. Commissioner

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The following Tax Court Memorandum decision underscores the importance of substantiating auto and travel expenses. The court noted that in Rogers v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-141, 108 T.C.M. (CCH) 39, 43. “Section 274(d) imposes relatively strict substantiation requirements for deductions claimed for (among other things) “listed property.” Under section 280F(d)(4) listed property includes any “passenger automobile.” No deduction is allowed under section 274(d) unless the taxpayer substantiates, by adequate records or by sufficient evidence corroborating her own statements, the amount, time and place, and business purpose for each expenditure. Sec. 1.274-5T(a), Sec. 1.274-5T(b), and Sec. 1.274-5T(c).”

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IRS News Release 2017-102: Electronic Payment of User Fees for Letter Rulings, Closing Agreements and Certain Other Rulings

business lawWASHINGTON — Beginning June 15, taxpayers requesting letter rulings, closing agreements and certain other rulings from the Internal Revenue Service will need to make user fee payments electronically using the federal government’s Pay.gov system.

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Another Reason to Have a Valid General Power of Attorney (GPOA)

douglas mcalpineMost married couples file their tax returns as Married Filing Jointly (MFJ) which is generally tax advantageous when compared to the other alternative which is Married Filing Separately (MFS).  It needs to be noted though, that filing jointly is an annual election by both spouses and cannot be used if one spouse does not agree to sign (a frequent issue during divorce proceedings).

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What Assets Pass Under My Will?

cassandra f. ceronThe foundation of most Georgia estate plans is a Will. Your Will is the legal document that dictates how your probate assets are distributed upon your death. But what are your probate assets? The easiest way to answer this question is to first define non-probate assets.

Non-probate assets are assets that pass outside of the probate estate to a named beneficiary (or beneficiaries) and independently of your Will. These are assets that pass by operation of law or under the terms of a contract.

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IRS Advance Release 2017-92: Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Joe Nagel Website PictureThe IRS recently highlighted a reminder that a tax credit is available for those who hire long term unemployed workers. There are 10 categories of qualified hires, including if the employee has been unemployed for 27 weeks and has taken unemployment for a portion of that time. Businesses should remember to take advantage of the credit when looking to hire qualified workers. For more information regarding this or any other business or tax related issue, please contact us at 404-255-7400 or info@hoffmanestatelaw.com.

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IRS Advance Release 2017-93: Startups Can Choose New Option for Claiming Research Credit

business lawA new option for small companies (less than $5 million in receipts) exists to apply up to $250k of research credit against payroll tax liabilities rather than income tax liability. For start ups the new option offers an opportunity to take credits that would otherwise be deferred if the company did not have taxable income to offset the credits.

For more information regarding this or any other small business legal concern please contact us at 404-255-7400 or info@hoffmanestatelaw.com.

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IRS Action On Decision 2017-4: Scott Singer Installations, Inc. v. Commissioner

Joe Nagel Website PictureThe IRS recently acquiesced in result only in the case of Scott Singer Installations v. CIR, TC Memo 2016-161. Mr. Singer had loaned his wholly owned corporation funds to stay afloat during hard times. The corporation made advances to Mr. Singer for payment of certain personal expenses. The taxpayer contended the advances for personal expenses were repayment of loans whlle the IRS argued they were compensation. The court found the payments were in fact loans because the taxpayer had acconted for them as such on his personal returns and it concluded there was a general expectation of repayment of amounts loaned. This case again shows the importance of documenting related party loans and properly accounting and reporting them. Loans should be documented, bear adequate interest, and collateralized. The IRS will only respect a loan as such if the taxpayer does as well.

For more information regarding this or any ther tax related concern please contact us at 404-255-7400 or info@hoffmanestatelaw.com.

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IRS Notice 2017-29: Disclosure Deadline Extended for Participants in Syndicated Conservation Easements

Doug Image CroppedThe IRS recently issued Notice 2017-29, which extends the deadline for participants in syndicated conservation easements to make their discosure (as required in Notice 2017-10),  from June 21, 2017 to October 2, 2017. Notably, it does not extend the May 2nd deadline for material advisors and participants under Treas. Reg. 1.6011-4(e)(1). If you have questions about the new IRS scrutiny on conservation easements and the listed transaction/tax shelter rules, we can help. For more information please contact us at 404-255-7400 or info@hoffmanestatelaw.com.

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IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-33: Bonus Depreciation

Joe Nagel Website PictureIn this document, the IRS provides guidance on recent changes to Section 179 expense and bonus depreciation. Importantly, the 179 expense is increased for inflation to $510,000 and bonus depreciation is 50% for 2017 but decreases to 40% in 2018 and 30% in 2019. The latter change obviously provides a tax advantage for businesses to place qualifying prorperty into service in 2017 rather than 2018.  For more information regarding this document or any other tax concern, please call us at 404-255-7400 or info@hoffmanestatelaw.com.

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