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stamp audit partnership law cpa Jerry jonesNew Partnership Audit Procedures Will Have a Profound Impact

The biggest change to partnership tax audits since TEFRA is going to be effective soon.

By Todd Radde, CPA, J.D., LL.M.
October 6, 2016

On Nov. 2, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act), P.L. 114-74. The Act contained several significant changes to the procedural rules for federal income tax audits and the judicial process applicable to partnerships and other entities classified as partnerships for federal income tax purposes, such as limited liability companies. The changes are a departure from how partnerships have been treated for federal income tax purposes.

In the past, partnerships were treated as flowthrough entities and were not subject to federal income tax. Under the new rules, partnerships are still flowthrough entities, but any taxes due after an audit can be collected from the partnership, saving the IRS from pursuing individual partners. This change was achieved when the Act repealed the current federal audit procedures for partnerships enacted by the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) and replaced them with the following rules. The new rules will have a profound impact on existing and new partnerships.

IRS Reminds Extension Filers of the Oct. 17 Deadline

time for taxes message taxation due extension upMillions of taxpayers ask for an extra six months to file their taxes every year. If you are one of them, then you should know that Monday, Oct. 17 is the extension deadline in 2016. This is so because Oct. 15 falls on a Saturday. If you have not yet filed, here are some things to keep in mind about the extension deadline and your taxes:

  • Try IRS Free File or e-file. You can still e-file your tax return for free through IRS Free File. The program is available only on through Oct. 17. IRS e-file is easy, safe and the most accurate way to file your taxes.

  • Use Direct Deposit. If you are due a refund, the fastest way to get it is to combine direct deposit and e-file. Direct deposit has a proven track record; eight out of 10 taxpayers who get a refund choose it.

Tax Effects of Divorce or Separation

divorce-seperation-tax-effects-cpaIf 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. Here are some key tax tips to keep in mind:

  • Child Support. Child support payments are not deductible and if you received child support, it is not taxable.

  • Alimony Paid. You can deduct alimony paid to or for a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation decree, regardless of whether you itemize deductions. Voluntary payments made outside a divorce or separation decree are not deductible. You must enter your spouse's Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number on your Form 1040 when you file.

How Identity Theft Can Affect Your Taxes

identity-theft-irs-affect-taxTax-related identity theft normally occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Many people first find out about it when they do their taxes.

The IRS is working hard to stop identity theft with a strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. Here are nine key points:

  1. Taxes. Security. Together. The IRS, the states and the tax industry need your help. We can’t fight identity theft alone. The Taxes. Security. Together. awareness campaign is an effort to better inform you about the need to protect your personal, tax and financial data online and at home.

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