Monday, August 1, 2016

FYI: IIRS News & Events from Stakeholder Liaison

Hello Everyone,

 

FYI:  Below is the latest edition of IRS News & Events from Stakeholder Liaison. 

 

Also, attached above is a flyer for the IRS & California Employment Department Basic Payroll Tax Webinar for the Construction Industry which is from 10:00 – 11:00 am.  No CE is being offered for this webinar.  (See above attached promotional flyer for additional information).

 

IRS News & Events from Stakeholder Liaison - Please share with your members and colleagues. Select the blue links to see the full article.



What to Watch: IRS videos:

Featured video: Summer Day Camp Expenses

 

Find out how you can get it tax credit for sending your kids to summer day camp


General News

 

IRS Statement on "Get an IP PIN" Tool

July 19, 2016 — The IRS today announced that the “Get an IP PIN” tool has returned to IRS.gov with a stronger authentication process to help protect taxpayers.

 

New requirement for Section 501(c)(4) organizations – Form 8976

New legislation enacted at the end of 2015 added Section 506 to the Internal Revenue Code. Section 506 requires an organization to notify the IRS of its intent to operate as a Section 501(c)(4) organization. The IRS has developed a new form – Form 8976 – that organizations should use to provide this notification

 

IRS Announces Additional Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Recipients

IR-2016-98, July 18, 2016 — The IRS today announced $385,678 in matching grants to nine additional recipients for development of qualified Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) in underserved areas around the country for the last six months of the 2016 grant year.

 

National Taxpayer Advocate Reviews Filing Season and Identifies Priority Areas and Challenges in Mid Year Report to Congress

IR-2016-97, July 7, 2016 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her statutorily mandated mid-year report to Congress that contains extended excerpts from her ongoing Public Forums on Taxpayer Needs and Preferences, presents a review of the 2016 filing season, and identifies the priority issues the TAS will address during the upcoming fiscal year.

 

Modernized e-File Assurance Testing System (ATS) 1040NR Early Look Scenarios for Tax Year 2016/Processing Year 2017

The IRS is developing the Form 1040NR for the Modernized e-File system for Tax Year 2016. Early look versions of the five ATS scenarios are available on Coming Soon to the MeF Program. The purpose is to provide the external customers with an opportunity to review and comment on the scenarios before the final posting.

 

IRS Posts New FATCA FAQ to General Compliance Area

The IRS has published a new FAQ regarding submission of Form 8809-I when an additional 90 Day Extension to file Form 8966 has been requested.

 

Sign Up for IRS Summertime Tax Tips

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Security

 

IRS, Partners Warn Tax Preparers of Data Theft Risks; Launch New Campaign to Increase Awareness

IR-2016-96, July 6, 2016 — Leaders from the IRS, state tax agencies and tax preparation community today warned tax preparers that increasingly they are targets of cybercriminals and should take appropriate steps to protect clients from data theft.

 

Tax Professionals: Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

FS-2016-23, July 2016 — The Security Summit, the partnership between the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax community formed to combat identity theft, recently announced it expanded its public awareness campaign on data security to include tax professionals.

 

IRS Takes Steps to Strengthen IVES Program; Works with Industry to Quickly Implement New Safeguards

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Affordable Care Act

What’s Trending

 

Health Care Tax Tips

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Technical Guidance

REG-109086-15 Premium Tax Credit Notice of Proposed Rulemaking VI

 

REG–147196–07 Deferred Compensation Plans of State and Local Governments and Tax- Exempt Entities

 

TD 9769 Removal of Allocation Rule for Disbursements from Designated Roth Accounts to Multiple Destinations

 

TD 9779 Property Transferred in Connection With the Performance of Services

 

TD 9774 Method of Accounting for Gains and Losses on Shares in Money Market Funds: Broker Returns with Respect to Sales of Shares in Money Market Funds

 

Revenue Procedure 2016-41 sets forth the procedure for an organization to notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), consistent with section 506 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), that it is operating as an organization described in section 501(c)(4) of the Code (a section 501(c)(4) organization).

 

Revenue Procedure 2016-40 provides two safe harbors in which the Service will not assert that a corporation lacks the requisite ‘control’ for purposes of section 355(a), when a corporation (D) acquires putative control of another corporation (C) through C’s issuance of stock, and C subsequently engages in a transaction that actually or effectively reverses the effect of the stock issuance.  The Revenue Procedure also removes the prohibition against issuing letter rulings on transactions involving such an acquisition of “control.” 

 

Revenue Procedure 2016-39 provides the procedures by which a taxpayer may obtain the automatic consent of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue (Commissioner) to change to or from the net asset value (NAV) method of accounting provided in § 1.446-7 of the Income Tax Regulations for gain or loss on shares in a money market fund (MMF).  This revenue procedure modifies Rev. Proc. 2016-29, 2016-21 I.R.B.

 

Revenue Procedure 2016-32 On July 1 the user fee to process the Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was decreased from $400 to $275. You must submit the fee through www.pay.gov when you file a 1023-EZ application. You can pay the fee directly from your bank account or by credit/debit card.

 

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Events

The 2016 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums - Continuing through September 15!

  • Participate in SB/SE Focus Groups: Here’s Your Opportunity to Improve IRS Programs!
    • ACA Information Returns
    • Federal Tax Deposit Alerts

 

Webinars for Tax Practitioners

 

California Practitioner Liaison Meetings and Seminars

 

Retirement Plans

 

Exempt Organizations - Online educational programs available anytime at www.stayexempt.irs.gov

 

Fed State & Local Governments

 

Webinars for Businesses

 

California Workshops for Small Business Owners

 

Please share these links with your small business clients. The workshops provide detailed instructional lessons that cover their tax filing, paying and operating requirements and responsibilities

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Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FYI: 2016 CSEA Federal Representation Workshops in Sacramento (July 27th)

Hello Everyone,

 

The California Society of Enrolled Agents is holding its annual Federal Representation workshops in Sacramento on July 27th, which include 8 hours of Continuing Education credit.  

 

New for this year is a webcast of the 8-hour workshop on July 27th where tax professionals can attend the workshop from the convenience of their home or office AND still earn the CE credit.  IRS employees from the Examination, Collection and Appeals divisions will discuss the processes and procedures of their functions relevant to taxpayer representation, and a CSEA representative will bring it all together from the tax professional’s point-of-view. 

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

IRS Video Portal
Follow us on Twitter, YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

FYI: IRS Stakeholder Liaison Western Area IMRS Monthly Call - Thursday, July 28th

Hello Everyone,

 

Hope all is well with you!

 

Friendly reminder that Keith Kershner, IMRS Working Group Member, will be hosting this Thursday’s  (7/28 IMRS Monthly call).

 

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IRS Stakeholder Liaison is having a brief Issue Management Resolution System (IMRS) Conference Call on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 8:30 am – 9:00 am (Pacific Time)

 

Purpose:  Share “hot issues” to help resolve systemic issues having to do with federal tax policies, practices and/or procedures.

Our goal is to reduce taxpayer burden and in turn hopefully increase voluntary compliance. Please join us to learn about the latest “hot issues” and discuss any new issues you may have. We look forward to hearing from you. See the attached flyer for additional information.  You can also contact Keith Kershner, IRS Stakeholder Liaison, for additional information: Keith.D.Kershner@irs.gov  (559) 513-5298. 

 

We hope you can join us for this brief and informative session!

 

 

 

Issue Management Resolution System (IMRS) Conference Call

 

Got Issues?

 

IRS Stakeholder Liaisons and IMRS Program Analysts are very interested in hearing from you!

 

Are you experiencing problems with IRS’ online payment agreement, Identity Theft issues, etc.?

We want to help resolve systemic issues having to do with federal tax related policies, practices and/or procedures.

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Topic:  Hot Issues – Open Discussion

                 

Date:  Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

Time:   8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

 

Note: If you are a 1st time participant, please join us 5 minutes early (at 8:25 a.m.) for a brief IMRS Introduction and Orientation.

 

To join the call:

 

Dial: 888-331-8226   Enter Access Code:  2838762

There will be no video for this call (audio conference call only)

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Note:  IMRS tracks and responds to significant national and local issues or concerns about IRS policies, practices and procedures.

Our goal is to reduce taxpayer burden and in turn increase voluntary compliance.

 

IMRS provides three reports to let you know of issues across the country:

·       Hot Issues contains IMRS issues and other current items of interest.

·       The IMRS Industry Issues Quarterly Report provides a quarterly summary of IMRS issues of particular interest to small businesses.

·       The IMRS Monthly Overview contains an update of issues opened and closed each month.

 

           

Please Join Us!

 

Please feel free to forward the invitation to your fellow practitioners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

IRS Video Portal
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Friday, July 22, 2016

FYI: The voluntary program for Professional Employer Organizations to become Certified is now Open.

Hello Everyone,

 

 

FYI:  The voluntary program for Professional Employer Organizations to become certified is now open.  A professional employer organization, sometimes referred to as an employee leasing company, is an organization that enters into an agreement with a client to perform some or all of the federal employment tax withholding, reporting, and payment functions related to workers performing services for the client. 

 

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 required the IRS to establish a voluntary certification program for Professional Employer Organizations. Since the law’s enactment, the IRS has worked steadily to identify and define the policy, procedural and information system changes necessary to meet the many complex requirements of the law.

 

To become and remain certified under the new program, PEOs must meet tax status, background, experience, business location, financial reporting, bonding and other requirements.

 

More information on the CPEO program is available on IRS.gov.

 

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

IRS Video Portal
Follow us on Twitter, YouTube

 

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FYI: IR-2016-96 & FS-2016-23: IRS, Partners Warn Tax Preparers of Data Theft Risks; Launch New Campaign to Increase Awareness

Hello Everyone,

 

I hope all is well with you!

 

Please see above attached IRS news release, “IRS, Partners warn Tax Preparers of Data Theft Risks; Launch New Campaign to Increase Awareness”, and IRS Fact Sheet, “Tax Professionals:  Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

 

Leaders from the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax preparation community today warned tax preparers that they increasingly are targets of cybercriminals and should take appropriate steps to protect clients from data theft  IRS also posted new information to help tax professionals get started with safeguards to protect clients’ data. It’s the first in a series of fact sheets and tips on security, scams and identity theft prevention measures aimed at tax professionals. The, ‘Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself’ campaign will run through the start of the 2017 filing season.

 

Please share this information with your practitioner organization members and professional colleagues, etc. (and if you do share this information, please let me know how you shared it.  We are trying to determine the most preferred and effective ways of getting this important information to the people that need this information).  Thank you!

 

 

 

Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #1000247447

Stakeholder Liaison Specialist

Communications Stakeholder Outreach

Work cell phone:  510-926-0175

Jennifer.Henrie-Brown@irs.gov

IRS Video Portal
Follow us on Twitter, YouTube