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Recent court decisions and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel Memorandum (CCM) reinforce the need to keep accurate records and adequately disclose all charitable contributions as well as gifts made to others.

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The Internal Revenue Service has recently announced the launch of country-by-country (CbC) reporting pages on irs.gov which will provide background information on CbC reporting, frequently asked questions and other helpful resources, including a list of jurisdictions that have concluded competent authority arrangements with the United States.

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2018 inflation-adjusted figures for contributions to HSAs have been released by the IRS.

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A major change is on the horizon to how partnerships and LLCs are taxed and the relationships they have with their current and former partners. When the new audit regulations of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the BBA rules) take effect Jan. 1, 2018, it will be the first time ever in the history of audits that a tax could apply to a partnership or LLC.

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According to UHY partner Christopher Byrne, the Internal Revenue Code provides that, in general, income from the sale of personal property is sourced based on the residence of the seller. Therefore a sale of personal property by a US resident is sourced in the United States, while such property sold by a non-resident of the United States is treated, for US tax purposes as sold outside the US.

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Manufacturing companies that have equipment subject to the Michigan Essential Services Assessment (ESA) are required to certify through the Michigan Treasury Online website that the essential services tax liability is correct before the ESA can be paid.

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Inheriting an IRA means different things to different people. Everyone shares in the grief of a departed loved one, but the options available to those beneficiaries are very different. Spousal beneficiaries have options to treat the IRA as their own or can keep the account in the original owner's name. Non-spousal beneficiaries must keep the account in the original owner's name and are subject to different distribution rules that depend on the age of the original owner.

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Check out the latest SALT Alerts from Michigan and Nevada.

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If you are a recent widow or widower who thought you missed out on the opportunity for your spouse's estate to make a portability election or perhaps did not think you had a need when your loved one died, the IRS has given you another chance. Earlier this month, the IRS provided a way for the estate of a decedent who was married at the time of death to make a late portability election through recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-34.

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According to UHY partner Christopher Byrne, Internal Revenue Code § 121 provides taxpayers with an exclusion from gross income of up to $250,000 of gain on the sale of a taxpayer’s principal residence. A married couple filing a joint return may exclude up to $500,000. In order to qualify for the exclusion, the residence must have been the taxpayer’s principal residence for an aggregate of 2 years or more during the 5 year period leading up to the sale. The determination of a principal residence is a question of facts and circumstances.

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