Tax Updates Mid July

ETAAC Submits Report to Congress

The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) has released its annual report to Congress, featuring recommendations focused on budget support for the IRS and e-filing enhancements. Their recommendations include providing the IRS with multi-year funding; removing impediments to e-filing with appropriate security features, consent, and acknowledgements; promoting the use of identity protection PIN through a national campaign; and working with states and software providers to improve Payroll and Information Returns. The full report can be accessed at the link.

IRS Nationwide Tax Forum Impending

The IRS Nationwide Tax Forum begins July 19, and the last day of full-access registration is July 14. The virtual event is being held over a five-week period ending August 18. Webinars will be livestreamed, and exhibitors from the Virtual Expo available for interaction during certain hours, with most content available 24 hours a day. Focus groups on a variety of subjects are available, and Forum attendance qualifies as continuing education credits for qualified professionals.

Time For a Paycheck Checkup?

With half the year behind us, it may be a good time for those earning a paycheck to do a “paycheck checkup” to avoid any disappointing tax-time surprises. Taxes are withheld from each paycheck and sent directly to the IRS, with the goal of having all taxes paid by the end of the year. To make sure your employer is withholding the proper amount of tax from your paycheck, employees may use the IRS’ convenient Withholding Estimator. To use the tool, you will need the most recent paystub from all jobs (and those of your spouse, if you file jointly), other income from side jobs or self-employment, and your most recent tax return. With this information, you may instruct your employer to increase or decrease your tax withholding and hopefully come out even at tax time.