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The International Ethics Standards Board (IESBA) issued an exposure draft on a new ethics rule that would make CPA’s responsible for the work done for a client by someone the CPA referred the client to. The effect is the CPA could be held responsible for the work of an estate attorney he refers his clients to. There is no statute of limitations in this draft.
The AICPA is bound by agreement to make these rules part of their Code of Conduct when finalized. Since most state boards of public accountancy adopt the AICPA Code of Conduct this will impact you even if you are not an AICPA member.
This draft is currently inder review after receipt of many comment letters opposing it.
The Secure Act 2.0 made it possible to roll over unused 529 plan assets to a Roth IRA. Effective 2024 529 plan must be at least 15 years old Lifetime rollover limit $35,000 Roth must be in name of plan beneficiary last five year contributions not eligible Contribution limits are aggregated Trustee to trustee transfer required Beneficiary income limitations do not apply
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has come out with proposed rules regarding the reporting of beneficial ownership information (BOI) in response to the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 . These rules apply to domestic reporting companies which are defined as entities created under the laws of the United States or an Indian Tribe, as well as foreign reporting companies. (Reporting Companies).
There are 23 entities exempt from the Reporting Companies classification. These include banks, money transmitting businesses, RIA’s, investment companies, and large corporations. Large corporations are defined as corporations that employee more than 20 full time employees in the US, filed a tax return reporting more that $5 million in gross receipts in the previous year and have a physical office in the US.
Change in beneficial ownership must be reported within 30 days of the change. Beneficial owners include anyone who exercises substantial control over a Reporting Company or owns or controls at least 25% of such company. Failure to report is subject to a $10,000 fine and 2 years jail time.
As you can see this will impact most small businesses and will be a significant reporting burden which will ultimately fall to the CPA. The AICPA, NCCPAP, TACPA and many other organizations are working to minimize the impact of these proposed changes. The AICPA sent a letter to FinCEN on 2/4/22 with recommendations.
The final effective date has not been set. Presumably, the database FinCEN will use to capture the reports is not yet fully operational. It is not known if there will be data sharing between FinCEN and the IRS.
The IRS has just published brand new guidance on the exclusion of $10,200 of Unemployment Compensation.
If your modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than $150,000, the American Rescue Plan enacted on March 11, 2021, excludes from income up to $10,200 of unemployment compensation paid in 2020, which means you don’t have to pay tax on unemployment compensation of up to $10,200. If you are married, each spouse receiving unemployment compensation doesn’t have to pay tax on unemployment compensation of up to $10,200. Amounts over $10,200 for each individual are still taxable. If your modified AGI is $150,000 or more, you can’t exclude any unemployment compensation.
The IRS now allows taxpayers to view their Economic Impact Payment amounts online, if any, by using their online account. Online account is an online system that allows taxpayers to securely access their individual account information. Taxpayers can view:
The amount they owe, updated for the current calendar day
Their balance details by year
Their payment history and any scheduled or pending payments
Key information from their most recent tax return
Payment plan details, if they have one
Digital copies of select notices from the IRS, and
Their Economic Impact Payments (EIP 1 and EIP 2), if any
See payment plan options and request a plan via Online Payment Agreement, &
Access their tax records via Get Transcript. The amount of the Economic Impact Payment is needed when calculating the amount of the taxpayer’s Recovery Rebate Credit for 2020.
Warning. Taxpayers must first create an account with the IRS before accessing any information. Tax professionals are not allowed to access or create an account for their tax clients. The taxpayer must create his or her own account and is the only person allowed to access the information, even if the client provided their information to the tax professional to create or access an account, or consented to use their information to create or access the account. Unauthorized use of the online account system is prohibited and subject to criminal and civil penalties.
Rev. Proc. 2021-15 was just issued. It expands the definition of what expenses qualify under IRC Sec.62(a)(2)(D) (ii) for the maximum $250 above line deduction for teachers. Protective items that are, or will be, used by the teacher to aid in preventing the spread of Covid-19 are now qualified expenses. This includes but is not limited to: face masks, disinfectant, soap, gloves, tape, chalk, barriers, air purifiers, etc. The expenses must paid paid or incurred after 3/12/20.
Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) Filing Requirement for Virtual Currency: Virtual currency is a digital representation of value that functions as a unit of account, a store of value, or a medium of exchange. Some virtual currencies have an equivalent value in real currency or act as a substitute for real currency. Generally, a U.S. person who has a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, any foreign financial accounts, including bank, securities, or other types of financial accounts located in a foreign country, must file an FBAR with the FinCEN if the aggregate value of those foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year. Currently, the FBAR regulations do not define a foreign account holding virtual currency as a type of reportable account . However, FinCEN intends to propose to amend the regulations regarding FBARs to include virtual currency as a type of reportable account under 31 CFR 1010.350. FinCEN Notice 2020-2.
Thank you to NCCPAP and Bruce Oberfest, member of the Westchester/Rockland Chapter, for bringing this to our attention.