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๐†๐€๐Œ๐„๐‘๐’โ€™ ๐•๐ˆ๐‘๐“๐”๐€๐‹ ๐‚๐”๐‘๐‘๐„๐๐‚๐˜ ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐€๐—-๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐๐Ž๐– (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

IRS guidance on the treatment of virtual currency has come out in dribs and drabs. One drib is the IRSโ€™s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. This page originally included references to the gamersโ€™ virtual currency in Robolox and V-bucks in the very popular Fortnite as items subject to tax rules.

After some critical questioning, the references to Robolox and V-bucks have disappeared from the IRSโ€™s FAQ page. But that may not really settle the question.

A recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report dealing with virtual currency noted that guidance (the IRS FAQs page) is not authoritative because it was not published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB). The IRS has stated that only guidance published in the IRB is the IRS’s authoritative interpretation of the law.

SO, although the appearance of Robolox and V-bucks on the IRSโ€™s FAQ page wasnโ€™t authoritative its deletion may not be either. It doesnโ€™t rule out some future authoritative change if necessary given how clever criminals (and kids) can be.

See the GAO Report at https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-188

See the IRS FAQs page at https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/virtual-currencies

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐ˆ๐‘๐’ ๐‚๐‘๐˜๐๐“๐Ž ๐†๐”๐ˆ๐ƒ๐€๐๐‚๐„-๐’๐Ž๐Œ๐„ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐† (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The IRS has issued tax guidance on virtual currency in a number of formats. Not all of it is binding on taxpayers. This was noted in a recent General Accounting Office (GAO) study that also suggested more guidance to help taxpayers comply with tax rules.

In short, the IRS is subject to specific rules and procedures for making rules enforceable against taxpayers. And the IRS failed to comply with these rules and procedures in certain areas.

The GAO report notes the IRS’s virtual currency guidance, issued in 2014 and 2019, addresses some questions taxpayers and practitioners have raised. For example, it states that virtual currency is treated as property for tax purposes and that using virtual currency can produce taxable capital gains.

However, part of the 2019 guidance (the IRS FAQs page) is not authoritative because it was not published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB). IRS has stated that only guidance published in the IRB is IRS’s authoritative interpretation of the law. IRS did not make clear to taxpayers that this part of the guidance is not authoritative and is subject to change.

See https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-188

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐€๐๐‹๐„ ๐€๐‚๐‚๐Ž๐”๐๐“๐’ ๐‡๐„๐‹๐ ๐“๐‡๐Ž๐’๐„ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐’๐€๐๐ˆ๐‹๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’ (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

ABLE accounts are designed to help people with disabilities and their families save and pay for disability-related expenses. Though contributions are not deductible, distributions, including earnings, are tax-free to the designated beneficiary if used to pay qualified disability expenses.

These expenses can include housing, education, transportation, health, prevention and wellness, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services and other disability-related expenses.

For more info, see https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-reminds-those-with-disabilities-of-new-able-account-benefits

AND an IRS video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7dO63wVCd8

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐ˆ๐‘๐’ ๐–๐„๐๐ˆ๐๐€๐‘-๐”๐๐ƒ๐„๐‘๐’๐“๐€๐๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐† ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ˆ๐† ๐„๐‚๐Ž๐๐Ž๐Œ๐˜ (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The IRS will host a webinar on the gig, or โ€œsharingโ€ economy on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET. The free 60-minute webinar is open to all, and will cover the following:

โ€ข What is the Gig Economy?
โ€ข How does a gig worker know if they are an employee or self-employed?
โ€ข Business expenses and recordkeeping for gig workers
โ€ข Rules for home rentals
โ€ข Tax payment options for gig workers

Register at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/32995

Submit questions to email cl.sl.web.conference.team@irs.gov

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐–๐Ž๐‘๐Š ๐Ž๐๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐”๐๐ˆ๐“๐˜ ๐“๐€๐— ๐‚๐‘๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐“ ๐„๐—๐“๐„๐๐ƒ๐„๐ƒ (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ“/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

An employer must obtain certification that an individual is a member of the targeted group, before the employer may claim the credit. An eligible employer must file Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit, with their respective state workforce agency within 28 days after the eligible worker begins work.

Employers should contact their individual state workforce agency with any specific processing questions for Forms 8850.

The credit is limited to the amount of the business income tax liability or social security tax owed.

See, https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/work-opportunity-tax-credit

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐•๐ˆ๐‘๐“๐”๐€๐‹ ๐‚๐”๐‘๐‘๐„๐๐‚๐˜ ๐๐”๐„๐’๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ƒ๐„๐“๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐๐† ๐‚๐‘๐ˆ๐Œ๐ˆ๐๐€๐‹ ๐€๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐•๐ˆ๐“๐˜ (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ‘/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

The 2019 Form 1040, Schedule 1, Additional Income and Adjustments to Income, inquires about Virtual Currency transactions. On the top of the page below the Name Section, the following question appears:

โ€œ๐ด๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” 2019, ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘‘ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘๐‘’๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’, ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘™, ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘, ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘“๐‘–๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘๐‘ฆ?โ€ ๐‘Œ๐ธ๐‘† ๐‘๐‘‚

Initial speculation that this question would be used to identify criminal activity has been confirmed by a senior member of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Answers will be compared to information accumulated from other sources and action taken.

๐๐„๐–๐€๐‘๐„. Both taxpayers and tax professionals must exercise caution with their answers and support for their answers to avoid audits, ethics violations and heavy penalties.

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐๐‡๐ˆ๐’๐‡๐ˆ๐๐† ๐„๐Œ๐€๐ˆ๐‹๐’ (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

Phishing emails involving payroll direct deposit and wire transfer scams are targeting businesses and professionals.

These emails generally impersonate a company employee, often an executive, and are sent to payroll or human resources personnel. The email from the “employee” asks the payroll or human resource staff to change his or her direct deposit for payroll purposes. The “employee” provides a new bank account and routing number, but it is actually controlled by the thief. This scam is usually discovered pretty quickly, but not before the victim has lost one or two payroll deposits.

See IRS video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm8TAU_ErEE&feature=youtu.be

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐๐„๐– ๐‰๐„๐‘๐’๐„๐˜โ€™๐’ ๐๐„๐– ๐„๐Œ๐๐‹๐Ž๐˜๐Œ๐„๐๐“ ๐‚๐‹๐€๐’๐’๐ˆ๐…๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐‹๐€๐–๐’ (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

In response to a July 2019 Task Force on Employee Misclassification Report detailing the social costs and burdens of misclassification, New Jersey recently enacted five new laws to deal with this problem.

Misclassification of an employee or an independent contractor impacts a business for tax purposes and employment law purposes. If an audit changes the tax or employment law status of an individual, the employer can suffer catch-up tax payments, fines, penalties, as well as other sanctions.

The five laws are:

โ€ข A5838-permits the NJ Department of Labor (NJDOL) to issue stop work orders for labor law violations,

โ€ข A5839-permits the NJDOL to assess penalties in addition to those provided in any other relevant laws,

โ€ข A5840-provides for joint and several liability for tax law misclassifications violations for owners, management and officers,

โ€ข A5843-provides for private legal action for retaliation, criminal sanctions and fines, and placing posters on the new laws in the work place (effective April 1, 2020), and

โ€ข S4228-provides that tax information can be disclosed to the NJDOL for investigations.

See https://www.nj.gov/labor/lwdhome/press/2020/20200120_missclass.shtml

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐†๐‡๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐“๐€๐— ๐‘๐„๐“๐”๐‘๐ ๐๐‘๐„๐๐€๐‘๐„๐‘๐’-๐๐„ ๐€๐…๐‘๐€๐ˆ๐ƒ! (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

Paid tax return preparers must have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN. And they must sign the return and include their PTIN.

But โ€˜ghostโ€™ preparers do not sign the return. Instead, they print the return and tell the taxpayer to sign and mail it to the IRS. Or, for e-filed returns, they prepare but refuse to digitally sign it as the paid preparer.

BEWARE! These dishonest and unscrupulous ghost tax return preparers look to make a fast buck by promising a big refund or charging fees based on a percentage of the refund. These scammers hurt honest taxpayers who are simply trying to do the right thing and file a legitimate tax return.

See https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-dont-be-victim-to-ghost-tax-return-preparers

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ

๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐…๐„๐ƒ๐„๐‘๐€๐‹ & ๐’๐“๐€๐“๐„ ๐“๐€๐— ๐‘๐„๐“๐”๐‘๐๐’ (๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ)

Many taxpayers can do both their federal and state tax returns for free online through Free File offered either by the IRS or by some states.

Generally, for 2020, taxpayers whose prior-year adjusted gross income was $69,000 or less can use IRS Free File.

The following states also have Free File program-Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia, plus the District of Columbia.

For more info, see https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/2769791

๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐–๐–.๐“๐‰๐‚๐€๐‘๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐‹-๐‹๐€๐–.๐‚๐Ž๐Œ