With the rapid growth of technology and changing standards in building out a digital global economy, domestic laws surrounding new forms of convertible currency can be almost as dynamic as its value in the markets themselves. It is important for investors and any other applicable parties who may be interacting with these new forms of currency in the virtual economy to understand tax laws involved with these new systems of money and how it all translates to the paperwork at tax time.
The volatile virtual currency bitcoin, which trackers like CoinDesk show can sometimes have spikes in price of hundreds of dollars in a matter of weeks, peaked at a value over $1,000 in early January 2017. This is a dramatic contrast to the virtual currency’s humble beginnings several years ago. Small amounts purchased at its inception in 2009 are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This revolutionary new form of currency has become perhaps surprisingly widespread and useful. Unfortunately, in doing so it also became a concern for taxpayers, and particularly for those individuals or entities who may now owe taxes on past virtual transactions.
During the holiday season, it's pretty common to see businesses give their employees a gift as a way of saying thank you for all that you do. The bonus here is that in return, the IRS will deduct the cost of these gifts from taxes. Before you go shop crazy, though, it's wise to look into the limits of this business gifts tax deductable. There are certain limits to what you can and can't deduct.
In this article, we're going to take a look at how the system works in order to figure out what you can and can't do when it comes to holiday gift price deductions. Let's get started by taking a look at the general rules.
The General Rules
The IRS will allow your business to deduct up to $25 for business gifts that you give to one person per year. There's no limit opn how many people you can get gifts for, just as long as the total per person is $25. That means that if you give someone a $50 present, you can only expect a $25 deduction.
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FBAR means Foreign Bank Account Report. It is a report showing financial information of foreign bank accounts in form of a FinCen Form 114.
Who Should File a FBAR:
US citizens or Non-citizens with green cards;
Persons who own or control foreign accounts;
Persons whose foreign accounts are worth over $10,000 in the past year
What Accounts are Disclosed in a FBAR?
Bank, financial instruments, securities
Mutual funds where the one holding the account is entitled to a share of the funds
Foreign annuities and life insurance with cash surrender value
Foreign online gambling accounts
The Essence of an Attorney When Filing an FBAR: Self Incrimination and Attorney Client Privilege
Everyone has the right to protect themselves from self-incrimination. You are not required to talk to the police or authorities like DOT, IRS, or DOJ. Even though you do not accept to be interrogated or questioned by authorities, it does not mean that you are guilty. If the IRS or any other authority intends to talk to you directly, you should have an FBAR attorney present. Anything you say can be easily used to your disadvantage.
Even if your attorney knows all the facts about your condition, your lawyer... read article
Many people are wondering what effect a Donald Trump administration may have on their taxes. It is important to note that every plan that a president proposes has to go through congress, and that process alone can often greatly affect any legislation. However, if this plan is approved by congress in it's entirety, then many people would be able to save a lot of money on taxes. In fact, experts are stating that this proposed tax cut will be the largest one since Ronald Reagan, the sustainability of such large tax cuts however remains a matter of debate.
People who make between $48,000 and $83,000 per year will save about $1,000 on their taxes per year. Those who are making over $3.7 million, which are considered to be in the top 0.1 percent, will save $1 million per year. Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, is a man who has studied Trump's proposed plan in detail. Gleckman stated that the proposed tax plan will affect many people who may have been against Trump during the election.
Howard Wagner, managing director at Crowe National Tax Services, stated... read article
If you owe back taxes, the IRS has the authority to do any number of unpleasant things such as seizing your bank accounts, personal assets, future federal and state income tax refunds, and anything else that has value and thus could be sold to pay off your tax debt.
Most people who have found themselves faced with this situation have negotiated an IRS Installment Agreement under which the back taxes will be paid in monthly installments. As long as the monthly payments are made, the IRS will agree to forego any further collection efforts.
Any tax attorney will tell you that the best way to avoid further troubles with the IRS is to, of course, make your installment payments on time and in accordance with the conditions specified in your agreement. There will be times, however, when unforeseen circumstances will make it difficult for you to make your payment. The IRS is aware that you might have such a problem, and even has policies that it will follow to help you through these rough times.
For whatever reason, or reasons, if you should breach the terms of your agreement with the IRS then that agency will exercise its right to declare the installment... read article
Bert Martinez is a wildly successful and highly sought after marketing and business strategist. He is CEO of Bert Martinez Communications (BMC), hosts a weekly radio show on business and money matters, is a best-selling author, is in high demand as a public speaker and the list goes on and on. He and his business are worth millions today.
Three years into being an entrepreneur, Martinez nearly lost it all due to irresponsibility with his payroll taxes.
The year was 1999 and Martinez' business was booming. He had an office space, several full-time employees and 8 big accounts secured for the year. He'd recorded exponential financial growth from one year to the next since he started his business. This particular year, despite how well everything looked on paper, he had cash flow problems due to untimely payments from his clients. Martinez decided that he would skip out on payroll taxes and pay up once his clients paid him. In actuality, once all of the money came in that was owed to him, he had more than enough to pay his employees salaries, his payroll taxes, his business expenses and still turn a significant profit. He... read article
The IRS is not an agency of which most people speak favorably. They are a source of fear and anxiety for many. The tax problems that people face, for the most part, are avoidable and cause unnecessary stress in their lives by avoiding them.
My name is Mary E. King and I am more than just a tax lawyer who has a solution and plan for your tax problems, but I am here to help, counsel and educate you on how to better handle your taxes in the future.
I began my journey in 1988 at the University of Florida where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree. In 1990, I studied at Babcock Graduate School of Management (at Wake Forest University) where I earned a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance. Finally, in 1993 I graduated from Stetson University's College of Law and began my career as an attorney.
While tax defense representation has been the majority of my focus, I am well versed in all aspects of tax law. The services of my law office can be broken down into 3 main areas of tax strategy.
1. IRS Tax problems.
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If you have assets in an offshore bank account, you more than likely know the name Bradley Birkenfield. Once a banker for the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), Birkenfield cooperated with the IRS and the US government giving them information for approximately 19,000 clients and assets totaling $19 billion US dollars. Birkenfield served 40 months in a federal prison for his involvement in helping his clients evade taxes.
When released from prison, he was compensated $104 million dollars for being the first person to officially expose Swiss bank accounts for what the IRS suspects they may be - a haven for tax evaders.
As a direct result of Birkenfield's cooperation, the IRS developed a program to entice taxpayers with offshore accounts to willfully come forward without fear of criminal prosecution and potential imprisonment for tax evasion. That program is called the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP).
Since the program's inception, the IRS has made adjustments and changes to what it offers. In fact, it's not even certain how long this program will be an option. Not to mention that the IRS' power, authority and access to taxpayer information increases by the day. They almost constantly gain new ways to gather... read article
Procrastination is a way of life for many people. For some, it's the mundane and simple annoyances that are avoided. It's washing their dirty car. It's sorting through and condensing their email inbox that's overflowing. Or maybe it's not annoying at all and it's something like catching up on their favorite tv show. For others, it tends to be more substantial of an avoidance and one that can radically change their lives.
I'm talking about procrastinating with taxes.
There is no avoiding the IRS. It's impossible. Whether you embrace this idea sooner rather than later is completely up to you. If the IRS is on your list of things to procrastinate, my advice to you is to take them off immediately.
Here are 5 ways the IRS can ruin your life if you procrastinate filing and/or paying your taxes.
1) Direct financial penalties.
First of all, penalties with the IRS are "stackable" which means one does not void the other one out. If you filed late, you get a penalty. After you file, if you pay late, you get a penalty on top of that. So on and... read article
The IRS and U.S. Justice Department, now more than ever, due to a the combined efforts of willful witnesses, whistleblowers, and data from the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA, are able to track down offshore accounts. Offshore account holders have been warned that they either disclose now or face severe consequences. Banks all over the world now want to know if account holders are in compliance with the IRS. It is easier to be discovered by the IRS. The list of accounts that are facing costly penalties has expanded considerably. As of 2016, with the help of these offshore account programs,the IRS has collected over $8 billion in taxes and penalties.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for offshore account holders to go unnoticed from the IRS. Under FACTA, the U.S. and partnering territories now have an complicated web of intergovernmental agreements (IGAs). The IRS now has an updated and expanded list of foreign banks with a cost-prohibitive 50% penalty (formerly 27.5%) with the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP).
Since 2009, the OVDP has offered offshore account holders with undisclosed income, the opportunity to get up-to-date with their taxes and other pertinent tax information. The OVDP encourages taxpayers to cooperate... read article