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IRS to Offer Alternative to Facial Recognition

After meeting resistance from citizens and Washington lawmakers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scrapped its plan to require taxpayers to use facial recognition software to log on to their IRS accounts. While uploading a “selfie” to the ID.me third-party facial recognition platform remains an option, going forward the IRS will be using Login.gov to identify …

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Where Is Your Employee Retention Credit Refund?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not hidden the fact that it is backlogged in processing millions of tax returns, including payroll tax returns. Among the reasons for the backup is an unexpectedly high volume of Employee Retention Credit (ERC) refund requests. This has left many businesses waiting longer than expected for their refund. As …

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How Does the New Massachusetts Entity-Level Excise Tax Work?

While the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered corporate tax rates and doubled the standard deduction, it also included a provision that limited annual itemized deductions for state and local taxes to $10,000. This cap on “SALT” deductions has prompted several states to introduce a “workaround” that allowed owners of pass-through businesses to offset …

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IRS to Require Facial Recognition for Online Payment

Starting this summer the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) taxpayers who go online to access their accounts or pay taxes will be required to submit to facial recognition as a security precaution. The IRS has contracted with a third-party facial recognition company called ID.me to provide the service. Enrollment with ID.me will require submission of a …

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Why You Should Keep IRS Letter 6419

Filing your tax return involves a lot of paperwork and documentation and keeping track of what is important can be a challenge. But it is essential that you hold on to one letter that you may receive from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this year. Letter 6419 is the official documentation containing the details you …

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Can You Claim a Recovery Rebate Credit on Your 2021 Taxes?

While most eligible people have already received their Economic Impact Payments from the federal government, not everybody got a stimulus check or did not receive the full Recovery Rebate amount. If you were eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and did not receive it, you may be able to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit to …

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IRS Backlog May Delay Returns

Be prepared to wait for your tax refund again this year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a statement warning that, due to office closures, staffing shortages, and multiple new tax initiatives and programs, the backlog that built up during the pandemic will likely lead to delays in processing tax returns again this year. …

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Mileage Deduction Rates Rise for 2022

With travel for business purposes rebounding as pandemic restrictions are eased, it is good to know that you will be able to deduct a little more for your automobile mileage in 2022. The standard mileage rate for 2022 will be 58.5 cents per mile, an increase of 2.5 cents per mile over the 2021 rate. …

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IRS Clarifies Rules on Excess Compensation Tax

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is an often-overlooked crackdown on seven-figure compensation amounts paid to the highest earners. Essentially, beginning in 2018, your not-for-profit organization could be charged a hefty excise tax if it pays more than $1 million to certain “covered” employees. The IRS issued final regulations in early 2021 that generally mirror …

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Virtual Year-End Planning Seminar 2021 Recording Access

During this seminar, we provided crucial information and discussions that will allow you to take control of your future and move forward with confidence. Gray, Gray & Gray Partners, Kelly Berardi, Derek Rawls, and Brad Carlson presented a Tax Update, discussing the impact of proposed tax changes. A panel of thought leaders also covered a range of …

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