IRS to use new tool in audits

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a Request for Proposal to software companies for specialized software to comb through social media and collect information on audit suspects. It is not clear when the new program will start; however, in the RFP, the IRS expressly stated that the software is to target those already under audit and not to sweep social media for potential audit targets.

Regardless, this is yet another reason businesses and individuals need to be careful with their official and personal posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

 

IRS turns to artificial intelligence to identify potential audits

The Internal Revenue Service is adding artificial intelligence (or “AI”) to the agency’s tool box for identifying potential audits or criminal tax evaders. The AI works by taking in all available information from past and present IRS audits and prosecutions to discover any pattern of factors that results in more changes at audit or convictions for tax fraud.

The AI will then apply any patterns when reviewing new tax returns and mark any that the computer thinks demonstrate increased likelihood of significant changes under audit or criminal conviction.

As voluntary compliance with US tax code is declining and the number of tax returns the IRS most process, expect the Service to turn to more and more advanced technology like AI in its fight to collect as much money as possible.

If you want advice on avoiding problems in the future or you under audit and need help now, contact P. Christopher Wegner at 239.449.9200 or cwegner@wegnerlawfirm.com.

 

New Business Owner Beware!

If you just formed a new business in Florida, you will start receiving all types of unsolicited mail. Some of the mail will look official and display names such as “Florida Corporation Register Inc.” or “Florida Annual Reports LLC.” These letters almost always start with some form of warning or call to action in big bold or red letters instructing you to do any of a number of things supposedly required to keep your new company open.

The letters will then include some sort of form asking for information and telling you to send check or money to an address in Tallahassee. Everything from the envelope to the print is made to appear official.

The problem, they are not official. Countless companies inundate new business owners with letters attempting to take money from an unsuspecting small business owner. Each company trying to take between $50 to $250 from the confused entrepreneur.

While some of these letters are very convincing, you may disregard any letters that you receive via the mail regarding a newly formed business. The State of Florida only contacts business regarding their state registration or annual report via email. Therefore, you can save a significant amount of frustration, uncertainty and money by throwing out any imposter asking for money via the postal service.

In addition, as we approach the new year and the limited liability companies, partnerships and corporations have to file their annual reports with the State of Florida, there is another scam business owners should know about. Almost everyone has seen a letter claiming the need to file corporate records with the state. The State of Florida does not require businesses to create or file any corporate or company minutes or other similar records.

Starting a new business can be scary and it is hard enough without con artist and scammers working hard to take advantage of you. Hopefully, this post will help Florida business owners avoid becoming prey to these scams.

If you are confused or concerned, you can always come to Wegner Law PLLC for help. Call 239.449.2900 or email cwegner@wegnerlawfirm.com for answers to all your questions.

How much should you expect to pay on taxes in 2019

While we are not yet out of 2018, it is about time to begin thinking about 2019 liabilities. (That said, there is still time to lower your 2018 taxes by deferring income and accelerating expenses, etc.).

Before we can design a tax strategy for you and your business, it may help to get an idea of what your rates could be:

2018 tax brackets and income ranges for single taxpayers

  • 10%: $0 to $9,525 of taxable income
  • 12%: $9,526 to $38,700
  • 22%: $38,701 to $82,500
  • 24%: $82,501 to $157,500
  • 32%: $157,501 to $200,000
  • 35%: $200,001 to $500,000
  • 37%: over $500,000
  • Standard deduction: $12,000

2018 tax brackets and income ranges for married taxpayers filing jointly and surviving spouses

  • 10%: $0 to $19,050 of taxable income
  • 12%: $19,051 to $77,400
  • 22%: $77,401 to $165,000
  • 24%: $165,001 to $315,000
  • 32%: $315,001 to $400,000
  • 35%: $400,001 to $600,000
  • 37%: over $600,000
  • Standard deduction: $24,000

2018 tax brackets and income ranges for taxpayers filing as head of household

  • 10%: $0 to $13,600 of taxable income
  • 12%: $13,601 to $51,800
  • 22%: $51,801 to $82,500
  • 24%: $82,501 to $157,500
  • 32%: $157,501 to $200,000
  • 35%: $200,001 to $500,000
  • 37%: over $500,000
  • Standard deduction: $18,000

Tax brackets and deductions from Business Insiderhttps://www.msn.com/en-us/money/taxes/how-the-new-gop-tax-law-will-affect-your-finances-next-year/ar-BBQ1vNi?ocid=spartanntp

Contact Wegner Law PLLC today to learn what we can do for you.