IRS has mixed results from ‘ghost employer’ enforcement efforts

The IRS had mixed success in its first efforts to find employers who evade taxes, doing better in its criminal pursuit than on the civil side, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a recent report.

Updated FAQs provide details on phase-in timing of BOI access

The FAQs from Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said access to beneficial ownership information will be phased in, beginning this spring with a pilot program for some federal agency users and concluding in spring 2025, when financial institutions with customer due-diligence requirements will be able to review BOI.

CFO optimism reaches 3-year high, new survey shows

More than one-third of CFOs are very optimistic about the economy, according to a quarterly survey by Grant Thornton, and most finance leaders project growth in net profits over the next 12 months.

AICPA letter to FinCEN supports small registered investment advisers

Proposed regulations could challenge small RIAs in particular to maintain compliance, according to an AICPA comment letter. The letter recommends that FinCEN reconsider how it determines who must report.

Despite moratorium, IRS gets 20,000 ERC claims weekly, Werfel says

IRS commissioner Danny Werfel told the Senate Finance Committee that a tax bill passed by the House in January would help the IRS combat fraud in employee retention credit claims.

More than 4 in 5 large companies still offer flexible work model

Research reveals that four years removed from the beginning of the pandemic, the majority of the largest companies in America feature a structured hybrid model. The most popular model? Three days per week in the office.

IRS grants limited waiver for underpayment of estimated corporate AMT

In light of the continuing challenges taxpayers are facing with the corporate alternative minimum tax, the IRS granted a waiver of the addition to tax for failure to pay estimated corporate AMT “in the interest of sound tax administration.”

Cautious optimism: CEOs confident in their businesses, the economy

Large-company CEOs in a KPMG survey are confident in the U.S. economy despite multiple risks. Also, the CEOs seem to be changing their thinking about a permanent return to in-office work, with more envisioning a hybrid model.

The win-win of effective well-being initiatives: 5 steps for leaders

Happy employees are productive employees, but simply offering well-being programs won’t get the job done. The key to success? A companywide commitment that delivers real results in the eyes of current and potential employees.

Dirty Dozen list ends with easements, digital assets, and more

The IRS winds up its annual list of 12 scams and schemes by covering two broad categories: bogus tax-avoidance strategies and schemes with an international element.

Proposed regs. issued for 1% excise tax on corporate stock repurchases

Two sets of proposed regulations issued by the IRS provide guidance on the implementation of the new excise tax and on rules for the procedure and administration applicable to the reporting and payment of the tax.

PCAOB proposals call for firms to disclose more about themselves

The proposals, open for public comment through June 7, cover 11 firm and engagement metrics as well as new annual and special reporting requirements in five key areas.

Two home energy rebates not includible in gross income, IRS says

The IRS said it will not include the rebates provided under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 in individual purchasers’ gross income or in the cost basis of the property purchased.

AICPA: BOI ruling confuses businesses; enforcement should be delayed

In a letter to the Treasury secretary and the FinCEN director, the AICPA called for enforcement of beneficial ownership information reporting regulations to be suspended until after lawsuits are settled.

Supreme Court to decide estate tax impact of life insurance in closely held businesses

This term, the Supreme Court will answer the questions regarding the estate tax treatment of life insurance proceeds received by a closely held business and its shareholder redemption obligations. It heard oral arguments last week.