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FASB votes to delay effective dates for 3 major standards
Effective dates will be delayed for private companies and certain other entities for FASB’s standards on accounting for leases, credit losses, and hedging after a unanimous vote by FASB.
Opinion: FASB proposal jeopardizes health care entity financing
A FASB proposal could render obsolete a valuable financing option for health care entities known as variable-rate debt obligations (VRDOs).
Taxpayers may deduct casualty losses in prior years
The IRS finalized regulations permitting taxpayers to deduct disaster losses in the prior tax year and removed the related temporary regulations that were issued in 2016.
Sustainability assurance’s link to reporting quality
The steady growth in assurance of sustainability reports suggests that companies increasingly perceive that there are net benefits of having their sustainability reports assured.
IRS clarifies the tax treatment of cryptocurrency ‘hard forks’ and ‘airdrops’
The IRS ruled that a taxpayer does not have gross income as a result of a hard fork of a cryptocurrency if the taxpayer does not receive units of a new cryptocurrency, but does have gross income as a result of an airdrop of new cryptocurrency after a hard fork if the taxpayer receives units of the new cryptocurrency.
Critical audit matters: What firms are reporting
The first auditor’s reports containing the PCAOB’s newly required critical audit matters are available in public company annual reports.
CFC downward attributions get safe harbors
U.S. shareholders who own stock in foreign corporations were given a safe harbor by the IRS, making it easier for them to establish that they are not shareholders in a controlled foreign corporation, or CFC.
Children’s average allowance in 2019: $120 a month
An overwhelming 92% of American parents say it is very important that children understand how to effectively manage their money, according to a new poll conducted for the AICPA by The Harris Poll.
FASAB addresses multiple issues in omnibus amendments
A new accounting standard for federal government agencies eliminates the required stewardship information category and updates references to lease accounting.
IASB, GASB address interbank-offered rate phaseout
The IASB and GASB acted to help financial statement preparers with the phaseout of interbank-offered rates that are used as interest rate benchmarks.
AICPA seeks guidance on adjustments for conversions from S corp. to C corp.
In comments submitted to the IRS, the AICPA requested expeditious guidance concerning adjustments attributable to conversions from an S corporation to a C corporation.
SEC addresses IPOs, ETFs, and retail investor protections
The SEC issued new rules for testing the waters on IPOs and modernizing regulation of ETFs. It also proposed amendments to enhance protections for investors.
News quiz: Scanning the economy and CPA hiring
Reports on surveys gauged finance professionals’ thinking on the economy and the hiring and supply of accounting graduates. See how much you know (or catch up on the latest news) with this short quiz.
IRS issues 2019 to 2020 per-diem rates for traveling away from home
The IRS issued its annual notice specifying the special per-diem rates, including the transportation industry meal and incidental expenses rates, the rate for the incidental-expenses-only deduction, and the rates and list of high-cost localities for purposes of the high-low substantiation method.
Safe harbor allows QBI deduction for rental real estate businesses
The IRS issued a revenue procedure describing the requirements taxpayers have to meet to be a rental real estate business that qualifies for the safe harbor to be treated as a trade or business in order to qualify for the Sec. 199A qualified business income deduction.

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Wolters Kluwer Projects 2020 Tax Brackets and Other Amounts

Wolters Kluwer, Inc. has projected tax brackets and other inflation-adjusted amounts for the 2020 tax year. Highlights of projected 2020 amounts, including tax brackets for both ordinary income tax and capital gains tax, can be found at the following link. See Wolters Kluwer’s Projections for Inflation-Adjusted Tax Brackets and Other Amounts Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

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Self-Directed IRAs: Risks and Opportunities

Self-directed IRAs open up investment opportunities, but carry risks.  A wrong move can result in current taxation of IRA income, immediate taxation of all assets in the IRA, and a variety of penalties. Although the stakes are high, a self-directed IRA might be just the thing for the IRA owner with the time, energy and […]

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ACA “Cadillac” Tax Repeal

The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called “Cadillac” excise tax on high-cost employer insurance plans.  Unless the Senate takes up the repeal and passes it, the tax is set to kick in 2022. The Cadillac tax is not just a tax to raise revenue.  The tax will limit the […]

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Congress Returns to Work on Including Possible Tax Legislation

Congress returns from its summer recess on Monday, September 9 and it may address several pieces of outstanding tax legislation over the next month. The federal government must pass budget appropriations soon and many are hoping that a few tax bills can hitch a ride. Otherwise, the tax bills may not be addressed until the […]

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IRS Letters Warn Taxpayers to Report Past Virtual Currency Transactions

The IRS is sending letters this summer to more than 10,000 taxpayers who may have failed to properly report their virtual currency transactions. Taxpayers should take these letters “very seriously,” warns IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. Types of IRS Virtual Currency Letters The IRS letters come in three versions. Each version: explains why the IRS is […]

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Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Explores the Taxpayer First Act

The Taxpayer First Act legislation and its implications Enacted on July 1, 2019, the Taxpayer First Act is considered the most significant tax legislation focused on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reform since the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. The Act addresses a number of issues that have arisen in the last thirty years […]

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IRS Releases Draft 2019 Form 1040 with Fewer Schedules and New Form 1040-SR

The IRS released a new draft of Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, for the 2019 tax year that reduces the schedules in the 2018 version. The IRS also released a draft a new Form 1040-SR, U.S. Tax Return for Seniors, for taxpayers who are at least 65 years old. The new Form 1040 […]

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SECURE Act Would Eliminate Stretch IRAs

The SECURE Act as passed by the House of Representatives would replace the 5-year distribution rule for inherited IRAs with a 10-year rule. It would also eliminate “stretch IRAs.” If passed by the Senate, the changes would kick in for plan participants or IRA owners who die after 2019. Limited exceptions would apply for narrow […]

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Revised Draft Form W-4 Acknowledges Privacy Concerns, but Remains Complex

The IRS has revised  its controversial draft of the 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. When first released, the form faced controversy over: complexity; and privacy considerations. Old Form W-4 Relied on Withholding Allowances Until now, employees adjusted the amount of withholding from their paychecks by simply increasing or reducing the number of withholding […]

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Form 1099-NEC Revived for Separate Reporting of Nonemployee Compensation

Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, is expected to return in 2020 after a 38-year absence. Taxpayers will use the form to report certain payments currently reported  on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income. The IRS expects Form 1099-NEC to resolve some timing issues involved in submitting Form 1099-MISC. Reporting Nonemployee Compensation Taxpayers generally must use Form 1099-MISC to […]

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