IRS requires Venmo, PayPal and Zelle to report transactions.

As a result of the AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (a COVID related relief bill passed in March of 2021), these popular payment apps must report all transactions from accounts with over $600 commercial transactions in a year to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). However, despite other sources claiming that the IRS is taxing these transactions, the reporting requirement simply provides the IRS with information that can be used to enforce existing rules (i.e., the requirement that taxpayers provide 1099s to individuals or businesses where the taxpayer paid over $600 in the taxable year).

In response to this new requirement, taxpayers should take care to correctly tag transactions, if possible, in their payment app. This is especially important when dealing with personal transactions on these platforms, as failure to do so could cause the transactions to be reported to the IRS as business related transactions.

While the impact of the new reporting will be minimal, it is causing disproportional concern to taxpayers because of inaccurate or misleading articles on the internet.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other legal or tax related issue, contact WEGNER LAW PLLC today at (239) 449-9200 or by email at cwegner@wegnerlawfirm.com.

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.

 

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.

IRS Announces Additional Audit Focus

The IRS announced that it its Large Business and International division will continue to look at international tax compliance in taxpayer audits. This is no big surprise as the division has named cross-border taxation as an issue of primary concern each year for almost the past decade.

As such, this announcement serves as a reminder that the IRS is serious about enforcing the international tax laws and that ignorance of the rules will not protect you or your company from a costly audit and, possibly, penalties.

Call or email Chris Wegner today for more information.

Ninth Circuit holds IRS can be sued for emotional distress

The Ninth Circuit held that a couple from Oregon could pursue claims of emotional distress against the IRS unlawfully sent them collection notices after they had filed for bankruptcy. The court determined that the couple suffered emotional distress as a result of the IRS’s conduct and that the government has waived its immunity to such damages.

The court sent the case back to district court for trial.