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IRS Sports Industry Campaign: Sport Teams and Owners Targeted

On January 16, 2024, the IRS Large Business and International division announced a new compliance campaign: the IRS Sports Industry Campaign.  While the announcement is recent and certain details are not yet available, let’s discuss the general direction of this IRS new compliance tax enforcement effort.

IRS Sports Industry Campaign: Background Information

In the mid-2010s, after extensive tax planning, the IRS decided to restructure LB&I in a way that would focus the division on issue-based examinations and compliance campaign processes. The idea was to let LB&I itself decide which compliance issues presented the most risk and required a response in the form of one or multiple treatment streams to achieve compliance objectives. The IRS came to the conclusion that this was the most efficient approach that assured the best use of IRS knowledge and appropriately deployed the right resources to address specific noncompliance issues.

The first thirteen campaigns were announced by LB&I on January 13, 2017. Then, the IRS added eleven campaigns on November 3, 2017, five campaigns on March 13, 2018, six campaigns on May 21, 2018, five campaigns on July 2, 2018, five campaigns on September 10, 2018, five campaigns on October 30, 2018, and so on.  The IRS Sports Industry campaign is the latest one to be announced at the time of this writing.

IRS Sports Industry Campaign: What Does the IRS Say?

The IRS stated that it will conduct its Sports Industry Losses campaign to identify partnerships within the sports industry that report significant tax losses in order to determine whether the income and deductions driving the losses are reported in compliance with the applicable sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

IRS Sports Industry Campaign: Main Target

It is clear from the announcement that the IRS now decided to target sports teams for the losses that they are reporting.  It is indeed true — in the industry renowned for its high profits, the reporting of losses may look suspicious.  

However, when one looks at the fact that it is sports-related partnerships who report much of the losses, it becomes clear that the IRS is really after the beneficial owners of these partnerships.  Who are their owners? Ultra high-net-worth individuals, who are at the center of the IRS newly-funded (by the Inflation Reduction Act) effort to bridge the so-called “tax gap”.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Professional Tax Help

If you have been contacted by the IRS as part of this campaign, contact Sherayzen Law Office for professional help. We have helped hundreds of US taxpayers around the world with their US tax compliance issues, and we can help you!

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June 17 Connecticut Deadline Tax Relief | US Tax Lawyer & Attorney

On January 22, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service announced tax relief for individuals and businesses in parts of Connecticut affected by severe storms, flooding and a potential dam breach that began on January 10, 2024.  These taxpayers now have until June 17, 2024, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

June 17 Connecticut Deadline: Areas Affected by Tax Relief

The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently, this includes New London County, including the Mohegan Tribal Nation and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Individuals and households that reside or have a business in these localities qualify for tax relief.  The same relief will be available to any other Connecticut localities added later to the disaster area. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. These taxpayers do not need to contact the agency to get this relief.

It is possible an affected taxpayer may not have an IRS address of record located in the disaster area, for example, because they moved to the disaster area after filing their return. In these kinds of unique circumstances, the affected taxpayer could receive a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS for the postponement period. The taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

June 17 Connecticut Deadline:  Deadlines Affected

The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred from January 10, 2024, through June 17, 2024 (“postponement period”). As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until June 17, 2024, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period.

This means, for example, that the June 17, 2024, deadline will now apply to:

  • Individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024.
  • 2023 contributions to IRAs and health savings accounts for eligible taxpayers.
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments normally due on January 16 and April 15, 2024.
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on January 31 and April 30, 2024.
  • Calendar-year partnership and S corporation returns normally due on March 15, 2024.
  • Calendar-year corporation and fiduciary returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024.
  • Calendar-year tax-exempt organization returns normally due on May 15, 2024.
  • In addition, penalties for failing to make payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after January 10, 2024, and before Jan. 25, 2024, will be abated as long as the deposits are made by January 25, 2024.

The IRS disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for relief during the postponement period.

In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

June 17 Connecticut Deadline: Additional Tax Relief

Individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred or the return for the prior year. Taxpayers have extra time – up to six months after the due date of the taxpayer’s federal income tax return for the disaster year (without regard to any extension of time to file) – to make the election.  Be sure to write the FEMA declaration number – 3604-EM − on any return claiming a loss.

Qualified disaster relief payments are generally excluded from gross income. In general, this means that affected taxpayers can exclude from their gross income amounts received from a government agency for reasonable and necessary personal, family, living or funeral expenses, as well as for the repair or rehabilitation of their home, or for the repair or replacement of its contents.

Sherayzen Law Office continues to monitor the situation concerning IRS tax reliefs for natural disasters and other events.

Plano Foreign Trust Attorney | International Tax Lawyer Texas

If you live in Plano, Texas, and you are an owner or a beneficiary of a foreign trust, you need to secure the help of a Plano Foreign Trust Attorney to properly comply with US international tax laws.

You should consider retaining Sherayzen Law Office as your Plano Foreign Trust Attorney. Sherayzen Law Office is a leading US international tax firm concerning US tax compliance of US beneficiaries and owners of a foreign trust. Our experience covers US taxpayers with a beneficiary and/or ownership interest in most of the countries that allow for the creation of a trust, including such important jurisdictions as: Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Cook Islands, India, Japan, Jersey, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the United Kingdom and others. We also have an experience dealing with trusts organized in the United States that are treated as foreign trusts and, vice versa, trusts organized outside of the United States but treated as US trusts.

Plano Foreign Trust Attorney: Foreign Trust Annual US Tax Compliance

Sherayzen Law Office is an experienced US international tax law firm that helps its clients to stay in full compliance with the US international tax reporting requirements concerning foreign trusts, including Forms 35203520-A49708938 and FBAR. This applies to both, US beneficiaries and US owners (including US grantors, US trustees and deemed US owners) of a foreign trust.

Plano Foreign Trust Attorney: Foreign Trust Offshore Voluntary Disclosure

Sherayzen Law Office also helps its clients to remedy past noncompliance with respect to reporting of their beneficiary and/or ownership interests in a foreign trust as well as income from a foreign trust.  The primary legal vehicle for remedying such past tax noncompliance is an offshore voluntary disclosure.

Since 2005, Sherayzen Law Office has developed a profound expertise in all forms of offshore voluntary disclosures, including: Streamlined Domestic Offshore ProceduresStreamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures, Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures and Reasonable Cause voluntary disclosure (also known as “Noisy Disclosures” or “Statutory Disclosures”).   Due to its unique expertise, our firm is able to handle both, the legal and the accounting sides of an offshore voluntary disclosure; i.e. we prepare all of the legal documents and tax forms for you within one firm.

Plano Foreign Trust Attorney: Foreign Trust Tax Planning

Sherayzen Law Office assists its clients with all aspects of US tax planning concerning foreign trusts.  Foreign trust tax planning can be very complex and involve multiple tax jurisdictions, but it remains one of the most effective tools to ethically and legally reduce your current income tax compliance burden.

Plano Foreign Trust Attorney:  Challenging IRS Classification and IRS Penalties

Sherayzen Law Office represents its clients before the IRS with respect to challenging IRS classification of a foreign trust as well as high IRS penalties imposed for prior tax noncompliance concerning foreign trusts.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Professional Help With Your US International Tax Compliance Concerning Your Beneficiary or Ownership Interest in a Foreign Trust

Timing is highly important in cases involving a foreign trust. Hence, if you have a beneficiary or ownership interest in a foreign trust, you contact us in order to maximize the positive impact of our involvement.

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First Quarter 2024 IRS Interest Rates on Overpayment & Underpayment of Tax

On November 17, 2023, the IRS announced that the First Quarter 2024 IRS interest rates on overpayment and underpayment of tax will not change from the Fourth Quarter of 2023.

This means that, the First Quarter 2024 IRS interest rates will be as follows:

  • eight (8) percent for overpayments (seven (7) percent in the case of a corporation);
  • eight (8) percent for underpayments;
  • ten (10) percent for large corporate underpayments; and
  • five and a half (5.5) of a percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000.

Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) §6621 establishes the IRS interest rates on overpayments and underpayments of tax. Under §6621(a)(1), the overpayment rate is the sum of the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points for individuals and 2 percentage points in cases of a corporation. There is an exception to this rule: with respect to a corporate overpayment of tax exceeding $10,000 for a taxable period of time, the rate is the sum of the federal short-term rate plus one-half of a percentage point.

Under §6621(a)(2), the underpayment rate is the sum of the federal short-term rate plus 3 percentage points. Again, there is an exception for a large corporate underpayment: in such cases, §6621(c) requires the underpayment rate to be the sum of the relevant federal short-term rate plus 5 percentage points. The readers should see §6621(c) and §301.6621-3 of the Regulations on Procedure and Administration for the definition of a large corporate underpayment and for the rules for determining the applicable date.

Pursuant to the IRC §6621(b)(1), the First Quarter 2024 IRS interest rates were computed based on federal short-term rates for October 2023 to take effect on November 1, 2023, based on daily compounding.

It is important to note that the First Quarter 2024 IRS interest rates are relevant for a great variety of purposes. Let’s highlight three of its most important uses. First, these rates will determine the interest a taxpayer will get on any IRS refunds.

Second ,the rates will also be used to establish the interest to be added to any additional US tax liability on amended or audited tax returns. This also applies to the tax returns that were amended pursuant to Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures and Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures.

Finally, the First Quarter 2024 IRS interest rates will be used to calculate PFIC interest on any relevant §1291 PFIC tax. This PFIC interest will be reported on the relevant Form 8621 and ultimately Form 1040.

We at Sherayzen Law Office constantly deal with the IRS interest rates on overpayments and underpayments of tax. This is why we closely follow any changes in these IRS interest rates, including the First Quarter 2024 IRS interest rates.

2024 IRS Standard Mileage Rates | IRS Tax Lawyer & Attorney

Beginning January 1, 2024, the IRS changed the optional standard mileage for the calculation of deductible costs of operating an automobile (sedans, vans, pickups and panel trucks) for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Let’s discuss in more detail these new 2024 IRS Standard Mileage Rates.

2024 IRS Standard Mileage Rates for Business Usage

For the tax year 2024, the business-use cost of operating a vehicle will be 67 cents per mile. This is 1.5 cents higher than in 2023. The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.

As in previous years, a taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle.

2024 IRS Standard Mileage Rates for Medical and Moving Purposes

For the tax year 2024, the medical and moving cost of operating a vehicle will be 21 cents per mile. This is lower by one cent from 2023. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

2024 IRS Standard Mileage Rates for Charitable Purposes

For the tax year 2024, the costs of operating a vehicle in the service of charitable organizations will be 14 cents per mile. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

2024 IRS Standard Mileage Rates vs. Actual Costs vs. Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions

It is important to note that under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, taxpayers can no longer claim a miscellaneous itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee travel expenses. With the exception of active duty members of Armed Forces, taxpayers also cannot claim a deduction for moving expenses. Notice-2019-02.

However, taxpayers are not forced to use the standard mileage rates; rather, this is optional. Sherayzen Law Office advises taxpayers that they have the option of calculating the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. If the actual-cost method is chosen, then all of the actual expenses associated with the business use of a vehicle can be used: lease payments, maintenance and repairs, tires, gasoline (including all taxes), oil, insurance, et cetera.

IRS Notice 2024-08

IRS Notice 2024-08, posted on IRS.gov, contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan. In addition, for employer-provided vehicles, the Notice provides the maximum fair market value of automobiles first made available to employees for personal use in calendar year 2024 for which employers may use the fleet-average valuation rule in § 1.61-21(d)(5)(v) or the vehicle cents-per-mile valuation rule in § 1.61-21(e).