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IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Cell Phones

On September 14, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance designed to clarify the tax treatment of employer-provided cell phones. The guidance relates to Section 2043 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, Pub.L.No. 111-240 (enacted last fall) that removed cell phones from the definition of listed property, a category under tax law that […]

Investing in Gold and Other Precious Metals: Tax Pitfalls

With the price of commodities sky-rocketing in the past decade, many individuals have made substantial gains by directly investing in physical gold and other precious metals, especially in popular investment vehicles such as gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s). However, there may be a downside for unsuspecting investors when it comes to paying taxes on those […]

US-Canada Tax Treaty: Beware of Income Exemption Traps

Are you a US taxpayer earning income in Canada? Do you rely upon the US-Canada tax treaty (officially known as, The Convention with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital, U.S.-Can., Sept. 26, 1980, T.I.A.S. No. 11,087) exemptions to claim deductions or limit reporting of income for US tax purposes? If so, then you […]

Eligibility for Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

As discussed in an earlier article, I already explained the essence of a new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (“VCSP”) announced by the IRS earlier this week. I then explored the application process. In this essay, I would like to explore the general eligibility requirements for the VCSP. Generally, the VCSP is available for to many […]