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Treasury Department denies states’ SALT workaround attempts

Residents in high tax states like California, Connecticut and New York have voiced frustration over some provisions included within the new tax law. One specific provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA) that hit taxpayers who reside within these states hard was the state and local tax (SALT) limitation.

IRS makes claim on Aretha Franklin’s estate

Aretha Franklin’s estate is in the middle of a fight between multiple heirs and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The fight brings to mind the old saying: “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” When these two certainties collide, those who are left behind can find themselves expected to navigate quite a mess.

Online retailers will soon need to collect California sales taxes

On April 1, 2019, a new California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) rule will go into effect. It requires out-of-state online retailers who have annual California transactions of 200 or more or generate more than $100,000 in sales from Californians to collect and remit sales taxes.

Beware of bogus emails about tax transcripts: 3 safety tips

Scams involving attempts by fraudsters to improperly obtain personal or business data never go out of season. The latest reminder of this came shortly before Thanksgiving, when the IRS issued a warning about a spike in bogus emails containing the phrase “tax transcript” in the subject line.