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Government Update: 2016_10

Government Update: 2016_10


October 2016


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IRS Launches New Sharing Economy Resource Center on, Provides Tips for Emerging Business Area

  • The IRS launched a new web page designed to help taxpayers involved in the sharing economy quickly locate the resources they need to help them meet their tax obligations.
  • The sharing economy has changed how people commute, travel, rent vacation places and perform many other activities.
  • Also referred to as the on-demand, gig or access economy, sharing economies allow individuals and groups to utilize technology advancements to arrange transactions to generate revenue from assets they possess — such as cars and homes — or services they provide — such as household chores or technology services.


New Procedure Helps People Making IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers

  • The IRS has provided a self-certification procedure designed to help recipients of retirement plan distributions who inadvertently miss the 60-day time limit for properly rolling these amounts into another retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement.


Check out the IRS Tax Calendar for Businesses and Self-Employed

  • View due dates and actions for each month
  • Filter by monthly depositor, semiweekly depositor, excise, or general event types
  • Have reminders sent to your email inbox one or two weeks in advance of when a form or payment is due
  • Subscribe using Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010 or Mac iCal. Subscribing adds calendar data to your calendar program.
  • View the Tax Calendar on your smartphone or tablet


Tax Effects of Divorce or Separation

  • If you are divorcing or recently divorced, taxes may be the last thing on your mind. However, these events can have a big impact on your wallet. Alimony and a name or address change are just a few items you may need to consider.


The Customer Satisfaction Surveys page provides a listing of current and recent IRS sponsored customer satisfaction surveys and IRS taxpayer compliance burden surveys.

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►ACA for Applicable Large Employers

Understanding the Terms Affordable and Minimum Value Coverage

  • In general, under the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act, an applicable large employer may either offer affordable minimum essential coverage that provides minimum value to its full-time employees and their dependents or potentially owe an employer shared responsibility payment to the IRS.
  • Refer to the article for information to help you understand affordable coverage and minimum value coverage.



The “Annual Notification of FTD Deposit Requirements” may be mailed to you soon:



Secure Access: How to Register for Certain Online Self-Help Tools

  • To better protect taxpayers, the IRS recently upgraded its identity verification process for certain online self-help tools. The purpose is to prevent taxpayer impersonations and account takeovers by identity thieves. Because the Secure Access Authentication platform is more rigorous, it helps if you prepare to register in advance.
  • Currently, the Secure Access Authentication process applies to the Get Transcript Online and Get an IP PIN tools.
  • Read the article to find out what new users need to get started.

Recent Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts



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Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) help IRS examiners during audits by providing insight into issues and accounting methods unique to specific industries. While ATGs are designed to provide guidance for IRS employees, they’re also useful to small business owners and tax professionals who prepare returns.

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