Monday, June 17, 2019
WHAT’S THE BUZZ, TELL ME WHAT’S A HAPPENNIN’?
The BUZZ is a day early this week. As you read this, I am on an escorted motor coach trip to New Hampshire with the Hawley Women’s Club.
* The final word is out on the feeble attempts by some states to work around the state and local tax deduction, aka SALT, limitation, according to “IR-2019-109: Final Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits” -
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations that require taxpayers to reduce their charitable contribution deductions by the amount of any state or local tax credits they receive or expect to receive in return.”
As explained in the article “IRS Stops NJ's Attempts To Bypass Trump Tax Law” from PATCH.COM -
“The IRS effectively nullified New Jersey legislation passed last year that allowed municipalities to establish charitable funds where taxpayers can donate in return for a property tax credit.”
I knew this scam by NJ and other states would not work.
* The TURBO TAX BLOG celebrated National Children’s Day with “Here’s What Having a Child Means For Your Taxes”.
A word of warning about this post - it gives very bad advice at the end –
“Don’t worry about knowing these tax rules.”
You should know these rules if they apply to your situation. Even if you use a tax professional, the more you know the better prepared you will be to give your tax pro all the information needed to properly and correctly prepare your returns and the quicker your returns will be completed. And if you attempt to use a box to self-prepare your returns remember “garbage-in, garbage out”. If you don’t know the correct information to enter on the software you will not get a correct return.
* ACCOUNTING TODAY talks about the IRS “Comprehensive Taxpayer Attitude Survey” in “What taxpayers really think“ -
“The Attitude Survey offers some interesting understandings on how taxpayers view the IRS and fellow taxpayers. It provides many findings about taxpayer needs and preferences – and what taxpayers value.”
One of the “takeaways” from this survey –
“As taxes get more complex, the more the tax pro is needed.”
* Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles. In a truly rare event these days, considering the obstructionist position of despicable Senate Majority Leader McConnell, a bill has actually passed both the House and the Senate!
THE HILL reports “Senate passes bipartisan IRS modernization bill”.
The Taxpayer First Act “contains a host of provisions designed to modernize the IRS, in areas such as customer service, taxpayer rights during the enforcement process, information technology, identity theft protection and electronic systems.
For example, there are provisions to exempt low-income people from the IRS's private debt collection program, establish an independent appeals office, and provide identity theft victims with a single point of contact at the IRS.”
If only New Jersey would pass a bill to make the NJ Division of Taxation act more ethically toward NJ taxpayers.
* A final reminder for tax pros to check out and share my free newsletter THE TAX PROFESSIONAL. And everyone should check out the latest post at TRUMP MUST GO.
THE LAST WORD
Very important -
Republicans with intelligence and a conscience - there must be some still out there - need to work aggressively to encourage and support primary challenges to Trump and his hypocritical supporters and defenders.