Key Provisions of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019

Tax identity theft is increasing. Tax reform in 2017 muddied the waters of compliance. Reaching someone at the IRS, when you need to, is burdensome. Thanks to the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, some of those issues are expected to improve. The bipartisan bill was signed into law on July 1, 2019 and contains some … Continued →

Tax Updates: Notice 2015-82

Increase in De Minimis Safe Harbor Limit for Taxpayers Without an Applicable Financial Statement Notice 2015-82 increases the de minimis safe harbor limit provided in § 1.263(a)-1(f)(1)(ii)(D) of the Income Tax Regulations for a taxpayer without an applicable financial statement (“AFS”) from $500 to $2,500. Notice 2015-82 will be published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2015-50 … Continued →

Is it a Hobby or is it a Business?

Here are some recent tax court rulings: Income Tax—Private Coaching Activity Is Not a Hobby: The taxpayer was an assistant track coach at Oregon State University, an athletic coach for Nike, and had long been involved with coaching and other activities connected to track and field. He began private coaching activities in addition to teaching and … Continued →