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On June 14 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the Final and Proposed Regulations

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The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2019-13, which provides a safe harbor method for determining

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a provision that denies businesses deductions related to qualified transportation fringe benefits. This includes qualified parking provided to employees by an employer.

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The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 made the research and development tax credit permanent, and presented a new savings opportunity to businesses with $50 million or less in gross receipts by allowing these entities to offset the R&D credit against the alternative minimum tax. The changes even allow certain small businesses under $5 million in gross receipts to offset the R&D tax credit against payroll taxes.

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Due to the major changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is recommending that all taxpayers perform a “paycheck checkup” on their current withholdings. The IRS provides a withholding calculator application on their website to determine proper withholding amounts.

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With the 2018 tax deadline rapidly approaching, taxpayers will face fraudulent attempts by scam artists using the April 15 deadline as a way to gain financial and personal information. These attempts are made through a wide range of elaborate schemes via a number of tactics - especially phone scams.

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In 2018, the federal tax withholding tables changed because of lower individual tax rates in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As a result, individuals received larger paychecks because of the lower rates. A downfall of this was individuals potentially not withholding enough taxes to cover their tax bill in April and being subject to underpayment penalties.

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As tax season rages on, cyber criminals are targeting taxpayers with new scams. After a 60 percent jump in so-called phishing scams in 2018, the IRS is warning us to be extra vigilant this year. Hackers are using the advancements in technology to target taxpayers year-round but tax season is prime phishing season.

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The IRS is requiring certain verification of identities during phone calls in an attempt to prevent tax fraud. Taxpayers and tax professionals must have the required verification in order for the IRS to answer questions regarding certain tax items. By law, the IRS telephone assistors will only speak with the taxpayer or the taxpayer's legally designated representative.

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With the government shutdown over and the IRS reopened, what can be expected? Currently, the IRS has an estimated five million unanswered inquires that took place during the shutdown. Additionally, it is estimated that they have already received several million tax returns since the filing season started on January 28.

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