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The IRS Has Cryptocurrency on Its Radar

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by James Brown CPA jbrown@jbrowncpa.com

Ridgewood NJ, If you own cryptocurrency, you need to know that the IRS has owners of cryptocurrency in its sights because many cryptocurrency owners are not reporting or paying taxes on their cryptocurrency transactions. In fact, the IRS is so focused on this issue that it recently issued warning letters to over 10,000 taxpayers it suspects might have an under-reporting problem.

About Cryptocurrency – If you are unfamiliar with the term cryptocurrency, the short definition is a form of digital money that is not controlled by any central authority. The first cryptocurrency created was Bitcoin, back in 2009. Since then, over 4,000 other cryptocurrencies have been created. Cryptocurrency can be digitally traded between users and can be purchased for, or exchanged into, U.S. dollars, euros, and other real or virtual currencies.

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New Jersey Society of CPAs Reminds Taxpayers to Check Tax Withholding Amid Pending IRS W-4 Form Changes

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Ridgewood NJ,  The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) reminds taxpayers to review their current federal income tax withholding from their paychecks, particularly as the IRS is issuing a new Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4). The IRS issued a draft 2020 Form W-4 in May and expects to issue a final version in November.

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Governor Murphy’s lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service is a waste of state resources and taxpayer money

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio criticized Governor Murphy’s lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, claiming it is a waste of state resources and taxpayer money.

“The Murphy Administration is lawsuit happy,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The Governor should not be using New Jersey taxpayer dollars to play politics. Rather than fighting with the federal government, I urge Governor Murphy to focus on genuine and immediate tax solutions that we have the power as state lawmakers to advance.”

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NJ Governor and Attorney General Launch another Ludacris Lawsuit Against the IRS

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SOUTH ORANGE NJ, Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal embark once again on a fool’s errand,. In a press release Wednesday and claiming ,”Acting to protect state taxpayers from the Trump Administration’s repeated efforts to unfairly target them, Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced that New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Treasury Department.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the lawsuit seeks to strike down a new IRS rule that would prevent New Jersey residents from obtaining a full federal charitable deduction whenever they contribute to local governments and other qualifying institutions and receive tax credits in return.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) : We told you that the IRS Wouldn’t Fall for Your SALT Workaround Scheme

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Trenton NJ, In response to the news that the IRS has denied attempts by New Jersey and New York to circumvent the federal cap on SALT deductions, Senator Joe Pennacchio chastised Democrats for wasting taxpayer time and resources on a workaround that never had any chance of succeeding.

On Tuesday, the IRS issued final regulations prohibiting governments from doling out tax credits in exchange for charitable contributions – effectively negating the legislation advanced in the spring of 2018, despite the objections of legislators such as Senator Pennacchio, who warned that the IRS would take action.

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IRS waives penalty for many whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short in 2018

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Washington DC,  The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year.

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Shutdown or Not It’s Still Tax Time

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Ridgewood NJ, Many New Jersey residents are familiar the SALT deduction limitation and its negative effect on over taxes New Jersey Residents .There are many other changes in 2018 tax reform that will affect almost everyone. Always consult a CPA to address your particular tax situation .

According to Wealth management expert George Mentz ,the biggest changes for this years filings include:

  1. Larger standard deductions for married couples of $24,000.
  2. Personal exemptions are eliminated and there is no need to file for these.
  3. A new 37% top tax bracket for high earners. The Obama taxes will remain including the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax and the 0.9% medical surtax on high earners.
  4. Estate tax exemption is boosted to $11.2 million for an individual and $22.4 million for a married couple.
  5. Child tax credit is increased to $2,000 per qualifying child.
  6. State and local tax deduction or SALT tax deduction limited to $10,000.
  7. Mortgage interest deductions can only be taken on mortgage debt up to $750,000, down from $1 million. This applies to mortgages taken out after Dec. 15, 2017. Interest on home equity debt can no longer be deducted.
  8. For charitable deductions, taxpayers can deduct donations of as much as 60% of their income, up from a 50% cap.
  9. For rules on retirement contributions, deductions, and deduction phase-outs, please consultant a professional or use updated software.
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IRS Confirms Tax Filing Season to Begin January 28

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WASHINGTON DC, Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.
 
“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.
 
Congress directed the payment of all tax refunds through a permanent, indefinite appropriation (31 U.S.C. 1324), and the IRS has consistently been of the view that it has authority to pay refunds despite a lapse in annual appropriations. Although in 2011 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed the IRS not to pay refunds during a lapse, OMB has reviewed the relevant law at Treasury’s request and concluded that IRS may pay tax refunds during a lapse.

The IRS will be recalling a significant portion of its workforce, currently furloughed as part of the government shutdown, to work. Additional details for the IRS filing season will be included in an updated FY2019 Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan to be released publicly in the coming days.
 
“IRS employees have been hard at work over the past year to implement the biggest tax law changes the nation has seen in more than 30 years,” said Rettig.
 
As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins. For taxpayers who usually file early in the year and have all of the needed documentation, there is no need to wait to file. They should file when they are ready to submit a complete and accurate tax return.
 
The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers. Because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on April 15 in Maine and Massachusetts and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16 in the District of Columbia, taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17, 2019 to file their returns.
 
Software companies and tax professionals will be accepting and preparing tax returns before Jan. 28 and then will submit the returns when the IRS systems open later this month. The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically to minimize errors and for faster refunds.

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Morgan Stanley Forecasts that Tax Refunds in 2019 will be about 26% Greater than 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Taxes will be lower for most people this year because of the GOP’s tax bill passed last December. According to Morgan Stanley, Americans have been overwithholding significantly, and the investment bank forecasts that refunds in 2019 will be about 26% greater than 2018. In raw dollars, this is $62 billion more than last year’s $235 billion in refunds that were issued this year, as of April.

According to Morgan Stanley Americans have not adjusted their tax withholdings and still withhold too much on their payroll taxes.All the extra money in Americans’ pockets will likely boost savings accounts and the sales of big-ticket items next February and March, Morgan Stanley says.In 2018, according to survey numbers cited by Morgan Stanley, 65% of consumers planned to save their refunds, 35% said they’d pay down debt, and just 5% said they’d make a major purchase .

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Jersey Shore Star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced today to eight months in prison for Tax Evasion

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Newark NJ,  Television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced today to eight months in prison and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, to 24 months in prison for violating federal tax laws, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, District of New Jersey; Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division; and IRS Special Agent in Charge John R. Tafur announced.

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