Latest IRS Updates and News Releases

Announcements & Upcoming Events:

IRS Tax Reform Webinars for Practitioners & Industry

November 1 -- Tax Reform Basics for Small Business and Pass-Through Entities
3 p.m. Eastern: 2 p.m. Central; 1 p.m. Mountain; 12 noon Pacific; 11 a.m. Alaska; 9 a.m. Hawaii
Register: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/27821

Each session is 60-minutes, including Q & A.  Closed captioning is available for each session.

Continuing Education:
• All participants who qualify will receive a Certificate of Completion
• Tax Professionals will earn 1 CE Credit –  Category: Federal Tax Update
• Have enough Federal Tax Update credit? No worries…excess Federal Tax Update credit can be counted towards Federal Tax/Tax Related Matters instead.

For information on future Tax Reform Webinars visit the Upcoming Webinars page on IRS.gov. 
Questions about the webinars?  Email us at:  [email protected]

Small Business Administration Workshops
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person. Check the Events Calendar for a complete list.

Oct 15 – Your Business – Start Smart (Puyallup)
Oct 15 – Get Started (Spokane)
Oct 16 & 30 – Grow & Thrive (Seattle)
Oct 18 – How to Get Money for Your Small Business (Live Webinar)
Oct 22 -- Law & Tax Essentials (Puyallup)

Also check out the SBA Learning Center for a variety of free online courses, available anytime! 

SCORE Workshops
SCORE offers workshops designed to give you the skills necessary to start your own successful business.
Seattle: http://seattle.score.org/localworkshops
Oct 17 – SCORE & Paychex Present: HR 102 (Bellevue)
Oct 24 – Legal Basics
Oct 25 -- Quick! I Need a Business License
Oct 25 -- Health Insurance Coverage for Small Businesses
Nov 7, Dec 5 -- Starting a New Business
Nov 7 – Understanding Financial Statements
Nov 16 – Saving Taxes for Small Businesses

Spokane: http://scorespokane.org/workshops
Nov 7 -- How to Start a New Business

There are also several tax resources, including checklists, recorded webinars and more available here: https://seattle.score.org/content/tax-resources

SBDC Workshops
Check the Washington Small Business Development Center’s Training page, here: http://wsbdc.org/training/
Statewide training offerings, as well as links to the various SBDCs around the state that offer workshops. 
For example:
Green River - https://www.campusce.net/greenriver/category/category.aspx?C=184&S=195&sc=184
10/18   Introduction To HR (Kent)
10/24   Small Business Start-Up Orientation (Enumclaw)

 

IRS Updates & News Releases:
Did you know? One of the best ways to get information is by visiting the IRS Small Business Tax Center where you can learn everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to best navigate an audit.

Tax Reform - https://www.irs.gov/tax-reform

The Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/the-highlights-of-tax-reform-for-businesses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a few dozen tax law changes that affect businesses. Most of the changes in the new law take effect in 2018 and will affect tax returns filed in 2019. This fact sheet summarizes some of the changes for businesses and gives resources to help business owners find more details.

IRS to highlight tax reform changes affecting small businesses; Small business owners, self-employed should plan now for new changes
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-to-highlight-tax-reform-changes-affecting-small-businesses-small-business-owners-self-employed-should-plan-now-for-new-changes
With just a few months left in tax year 2018, the Internal Revenue Service urges small business owners to learn about how the new tax law changes may affect them. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, made tax law changes that will affect virtually every business and individual in 2018 and the years ahead. Among other things, the new law may change their tax rates and impact the quarterly estimated tax payments they are required to make during the year.

Business owners can refer to the Tax Reform Provisions that Affect Businesses page for updates and resources on these topics and other business-related changes. The IRS is highlighting these changes and more as part of its on-going initiative to help small businesses and self-employed individuals understand and meet their tax responsibilities. Pass-through businesses, small C-Corporations, Schedule C filers (independent contractors and gig economy workers) and farmers are all affected by the new law.

Business owners are encouraged to check the Tax Reform page for the latest guidance on the tax law provisions that may affect them. Partner groups are also encouraged to share this important information with their members.

New employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave available for 2018 and 2019
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/new-employer-tax-credit-for-paid-family-and-medical-leave-available-for-2018-and-2019
Eligible employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees may qualify for a new business credit for tax years 2018 and 2019. In addition, eligible employers who set up qualifying paid family leave programs or amend existing programs by Dec. 31, 2018, will be eligible to claim the employer credit for paid family and medical leave, retroactive to the beginning of the employer’s 2018 tax year, for qualifying leave already provided.

See Notice 2018-71 for detailed guidance on the new credit in a question and answer format.

IRS: 2018 employer reimbursements for employees’ 2017 moves are generally tax-free
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-2018-employer-reimbursements-for-employees-2017-moves-are-generally-tax-free
Employer payments or reimbursements in 2018 for employees’ moving expenses incurred prior to 2018 are excluded from the employee’s wages for income and employment tax purposes, the IRS announced.

For many business taxpayers, time is running out to elect out of new 100-percent depreciation deduction for 2017
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/for-many-business-taxpayers-time-is-running-out-to-elect-out-of-new-100-percent-depreciation-deduction-for-2017
Business taxpayers who placed qualifying property in service during 2017 but choose not to claim the new 100-percent depreciation deduction have a limited time to file the required election with the IRS. In general, individuals and calendar-year corporations must file the election with the IRS by Oct. 15, 2018. The new 100-percent deduction allows businesses to write off most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service. Because the deduction is retroactive and applies to qualifying property acquired and placed in service after Sept. 27, 2017, it may affect many 2017 tax returns. See IRS Fact Sheet 2018-09 for more details.

IRS issues guidance on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes on business expense deductions for meals, entertainment
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-issues-guidance-on-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-changes-on-business-expense-deductions-for-meals-entertainment
The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following law changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The 2017 TCJA eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. Taxpayers may continue to deduct 50 percent of the cost of business meals if the taxpayer (or an employee of the taxpayer) is present and the food or beverages are not considered lavish or extravagant. The meals may be provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant or similar business contact. Food and beverages that are provided during entertainment events will not be considered entertainment if purchased separately from the event.

Prior to 2018, a business could deduct up to 50 percent of entertainment expenses directly related to the active conduct of a trade or business or, if incurred immediately before or after a bona fide business discussion, associated with the active conduct of a trade or business.

The Department of the Treasury and the IRS expect to publish proposed regulations clarifying when business meal expenses are deductible and what constitutes entertainment. Until the proposed regulations are effective, taxpayers can rely on guidance in Notice 2018-76.

Other news releases:

IRS alerts taxpayers: Scammers scheming around Oct. 15 deadline; Here’s what to do
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-alerts-taxpayers-scammers-scheming-around-oct-15-deadline-heres-what-to-do
The IRS is reminding taxpayers to beware of criminals who continue using devious tactics to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting victims, especially as the fall season approaches.

Oct. 15 tax-filing extension deadline approaches for millions of taxpayers
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/oct-15-tax-filing-extension-deadline-approaches-for-millions-of-taxpayers
The Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers who requested the six-month filing extension to double check their tax returns and file on or before the mid-October deadline. IRS e-file and Free File are excellent filing options and are still available.

Tax Tips
https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-tax-tips
IRS resources can help small businesses better understand how tax reform affects their bottom line
New 100-percent depreciation deduction benefits business taxpayers
Heads up for taxpayers who requested an extension: The deadline is Oct. 15
Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock
Taxpayers who haven’t checked their withholding should use the Withholding Calculator ASAP
Here are facts to help taxpayers understand the different filing statuses
Tax preparers should look out for these signs that a criminal stole information