Main Street Practitioner Blog

Tax and Accounting News for Practitioners from Main Street to Wall Street

  • The Financial Accounting Standards Board on August 3 issued a proposed Accounting Standard Update (ASU) intended to clarify and improve the scope and the accounting guidance for contributions received and made, primarily by not-for-profits. FASB requested comments on the proposed ASU by November 1, ...

  • The IRS has issued regulations updating the due dates and time extensions for filing certain tax returns and information returns to reflect recent laws. The changes are set out in final and temporary regulations (T.D. 9821) issued July 18 and will bring those dates into agreement with requirements ...

  • A House panel on June 29 approved a bill calling for an additional $149 million cut to the IRS budget. The proposal would also limit the agency's oversight of conservation easements, tax-exempt organizations, and estate taxes. The bill protects "the rights and privacy of taxpayers" and "ensures that ...

  • The IRS is now accepting renewal applications for the ITINs set to expire at the end of 2017. The agency urges taxpayers affected by changes to the ITIN program to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible to avoid the rush. In the second year of the renewal program, the IRS has made ...

  • The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of phishing emails purporting to be from a tax software education provider and seeking extensive amounts of sensitive preparer data. The email’s origin is unknown but likely issued by cybercriminals who could ...

  • The IRS has announced it will begin issuing new and renewal PTINS at no cost beginning today. The change follows the suspension of the PTIN program as a result of the June 1 court decision in Steele v. United States , where the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled the IRS can ...

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    PTIN Litigation

    On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to require the use of a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), but enjoined the IRS from charging a user fee for the issuance and renewal of PTINs. In accordance with ...

  • The Administration's budget proposal released on Tuesday, May 22, includes two provisions that may affect NSA members. In the section of the budget proposal related to reducing improper payments, there is a proposal to increase oversight of paid tax return preparers as well as a proposal to provide ...

  • Over 66 million people in the United States are currently receiving Social Security or SSI benefits, yet the Social Security system is one of the most complicated retirement plans in the world. Unfortunately, most clients on their own do not know how to maximize Social Security benefits, and Social ...

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    Nuts and Bolts of an IRS Audit

    There are various factors that may lead to an IRS audit (e.g., 1099 matching, high Discriminant Inventory Function (DIF) score, whistleblower, etc.). The easy answer to avoiding an IRS audit is to report all items on the return properly and file all forms timely.  Review all Forms 1099 that you receive ...