The line between a gift and income in the eyes of taxpayers is not always clear. A recent case, Felton v. Commissioner, provides an example. In this case, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) argues a taxpayer’s claimed gift was actually income. As such, it would be subject to a higher tax rate.
As we enter tax season, it is good to keep in mind some common red flags that can trigger an audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Things that can increase the risk of an audit include:
Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer superstar from Portugal, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of tax evasion. Ronaldo entered a Madrid court this past Tuesday and plead guilty, agreeing to pay a fine of $21.6 million dollars for his alleged tax fraud crimes.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has agreed to hear a case that questions whether the due process clause prohibits states from taxing trusts based on the trust beneficiaries’ in-state residency. It is important to note this case addresses the taxation of the trust income itself, not distributions. In most cases, it is legal for a state to require the payment of taxes on distributions made to a resident of the state.
The United States is currently entering the third week of a partial government shutdown. As the shutdown continues without an apparent end in sight, taxpayers are likely voicing concerns about how the shutdown will impact their taxes.
The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision last year that will change the future of online shopping. The decision, Wayfair v. South Dakota, resulted in the ability of states to tax online purchases. Previously, a state would need to establish that the online business had a physical presence within the state in order to charge a state sales tax on an online transaction.