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GASB issues lease accounting implementation guide
State and local governments received implementation guidance for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s lease accounting standard.
Underpayment penalty relief now automatic for eligible filers
Some taxpayers who paid 2018 underpayment penalties will receive refund checks because the penalties will be automatically waived for those who qualify, the IRS announced.
FASB proposes delays in 3 key effective dates
Private companies and certain other preparers would see delays in effective dates for accounting standards for leases, hedging, and credit losses under a proposal issued by FASB.
FinREC issues credit loss standard working drafts
Working drafts of accounting issues related to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s new credit losses standard were issued by the AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee.
Alimony tax gap swells to $3.2 billion, TIGTA finds
Discrepancies between the amount of alimony deducted by payers and reported as income by its recipients increased by 38% in six years, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported.
Report finds shift in accounting firm hiring
Almost one-third (31%) of new graduate hires in public accounting in 2018 were nonaccounting graduates, a new AICPA survey shows.
Rules proposed for classifying cloud and digital content transactions
The Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations to clarify how to classify transactions involving digital content and cloud computing.
Coalition launched to protect professional licensing
The AICPA and NASBA helped found a new coalition of advanced professions with the goal of educating policymakers and the public on the importance of professional licensing standards.
The benefits of a ‘decomposed’ approach to group audit planning
New research performed with the help of the AICPA’s Assurance Research Advisory Group has provided new insights on ways to improve quality in group audits.
IRS changes its third-party contact procedures
The IRS issued updated procedures for third-party contacts to reflect changes enacted in the recent Taxpayer First Act, requiring the IRS to notify taxpayers at least 45 days before it contacts a third party to determine or collect a tax.
Taxpayers may revoke or make late bonus depreciation elections
The IRS will permit taxpayers to change their bonus depreciation treatment for property acquired after Sept. 27, 2017, and placed in service during a tax year that includes Sept. 28, 2017.
FASB tackles difficult liabilities and equity topic
FASB addressed one of the most challenging areas of financial reporting with a proposal intended to help distinguish liabilities from equity.
FASB proposes clarifying interaction between 2 standards
FASB issued a proposal that would clarify the interaction between its standard on recognition and measurement of financial instruments and its standard on equity method investments.
IRS permits certain partnerships to file superseding partnership returns
The IRS is permitting certain partnerships that timely filed their tax returns for the 2018 tax year an extension of time to file superseding returns and Schedules K-1 for their partners.
IRS alerts virtual currency owners of nonfiling consequences
The IRS has begun sending what it calls “educational letters” to taxpayers it has identified as not reporting virtual currency transactions or reporting them incorrectly.

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Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

During the week of November 26, senior tax staff on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees doubted Republicans’ catch-all tax and IRS package’s chances of success. The IRS released guidance granting automatic consent to accounting method changes to comply with new Code Sec. 451(b), as added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

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Cryptocurrency Mining and Selling: When Do You Owe Tax?

Taxpayers who mine, sell or exchange cryptocurrency likely owe federal income tax because of those activities.  But have they reported that income or gain? After dramatic changes in value due to volatile digital currency markets in 2018, they may even have losses. Currently, the IRS has a campaign, actively auditing for failures to report income […]

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Draft Forms Explain How to Report Gain Deferred Due to QO Fund Investments

New instructions for IRS Form 8949, Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets, address gain that is deferred when an investment is made in a Qualified Opportunity Fund. If a taxpayer realizes gain on a sale of an asset, but invests that gain in a QO Fund within 6 months, the taxpayer may be able […]

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IRS Extends Filing Deadlines, Penalty Relief for Health Insurance Forms (Notice 2018-94)

Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 4, 2019, to provide individuals with Forms 1095-B, Health Coverage, or Forms 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. This is a 30-day extension from the original due date of January 31, 2019. Comment: The due dates for employers and insurers to […]

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IRS Simplifies, Streamlines Procedures for Changing Accounting Method to Comply with AFS Deadline for All Events Test (Rev. Proc. 2018-60)

The IRS will grant automatic consent to accounting method changes to comply with new Code Sec. 451(b), as added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97). In addition, some taxpayers may make the accounting method change on their tax returns, without filing a Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. These procedures […]

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Senate, House Tax Staffers Doubt Success of GOP’s Tax, IRS Package

Senior tax staff on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees seem to doubt Republicans’ catch-all tax and IRS package’s chances of success. Whether the roadblock will come down to time or votes, the package currently faces an uphill battle in the Senate. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., unveiled […]

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Proposed Regulations Address Foreign Tax Credit and Tax Cut and Jobs Act Changes (NPRM REG-105600-18; IR-2018-235)

Highly anticipated foreign tax credit regulations have been issued that provide guidance on the significant changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) to the foreign tax credit rules. The proposed regulations address: (1) the allocation and apportionment of the deductions underCode Sec. 861 through Code Sec. 865 and adjustments to the […]

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House GOP Catch-All Tax Package Likely Faces Uphill Battle in the Senate

House Republicans’ blazing, 297-page tax package of IRS reforms, tax extenders, disaster relief, retirement savings, and corrections to last year’s tax reform has received an icy reception from congressional Democrats. Although the ambitious and lengthy tax package contains several bipartisan proposals, Democrats appeared caught off guard by its release and have already begun voicing opposition. […]

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Republicans Seek to Pass 297-Page Tax, IRS Package During Lame-Duck Session

The House is expected to vote this week on a 297-page tax and IRS oversight package. Generally, the broad legislative package addresses year-end tax extenders, retirement savings, disaster relief, IRS reform, and technical corrections to last year’s tax reform legislation, among other things. Additionally, the package contains elements of Republicans’ “Tax Reform 2.0” package approved […]

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Electing Out of Interest Deduction Limit and Switching to ADS Is Not an Accounting Method Change

A taxpayer that elects out of the  business interest deduction limits won’t need to file an accounting method change when switching to the MACRS alternative depreciation system (ADS), according to the IRS. During recent informal remarks, the IRS said it plans to allow electing farmers and real estate businesses to make the required switch to […]

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