Amazon Threatens to End California Associates Program Over Tax Plan »
Amazon.com confirmed in a letter released by California State Board of Equalization member George Runner (R) March 1 that it would end its relationship with more than 10,000 “associates” in California if lawmakers enact any of four pending bills requiring online retailers to collect use taxes on sales to California customers.
Senate Hearing Mulls Tax Code Reforms Amid Uncertainty Over Path »
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said it is too early to discuss what tax reform might look like but asked witnesses at a March 1 committee hearing to prioritize trouble spots in the Internal Revenue Code, possibly signaling that lawmakers might avoid a comprehensive overhaul in favor of a piecemeal approach.
IRS Has Contingency Plans, But Shutdown Seen Unlikely »
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service “plan for contingencies,” but a government shutdown is not anticipated, a Treasury spokeswoman told BNA Feb. 28.
Tax Professionals Back Portability Provisions in Obama Estate Tax Plan »
Language in President Obama's recent budget proposal making permanent a law allowing a spouse to transfer his or her estate tax exemption to a surviving spouse will simplify planning, but what taxpayers really need is underlying estate tax permanence, attorneys said in recent interviews.
Shulman, Olson Differ Over ‘Fresh Start' for Taxpayers From Lien Changes »
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman Feb. 24 announced several tax initiatives aimed at giving taxpayers a “fresh start” and helping them meet their tax obligations.
New Health Care Entities to Take Both Taxable, Exempt Form »
Nonprofit organizations will be at the center of some of the new entities created by the 2010 health care reform law, but it is not yet clear whether they will be exempt or non-exempt, Treasury Department official Ruth Madrigal said Feb. 23.
IRS Offers Penalty Relief to Issuers for Reporting Organizational Actions »
The Internal Revenue Service Feb. 22 offered transitional penalty relief for stock issuers who miss the deadline for filing a return reflecting “organizational actions” that affect the basis of the stock or for making such a return publicly available under tax code Section 6045B.
Filers Will Have 90 Days After Carryover Basis Final Form 8939 is Public »
The final Form 8939 for determining basis for property acquired from a decedent's estate will be posted 90 days before it is required to be filed, a Feb. 16 Internal Revenue Service document said, thereby easing concerns from estate tax practitioners that they would not be able to file the form on time.
House Ready to Debate Repealing 1099 Rules After Committee Approval »
The House will debate repealing new Form 1099 information reporting requirements at some point in March, possibly as early as the week of Feb. 28, House Republican staffers said Feb. 17.
Treasury Working to Build Consensus Prior to Offering Tax Reform Plan »
The administration is working to build consensus on corporate tax reform with the goal of laying out a plan that would maximize the ability of Congress to actually pass something, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Feb. 16 at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
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