Backup Withholding: Know the Story

Backup withholding may seem like a small thing, but it can become a pain. Read more to learn about how to prevent it from happening to you.

When you open a new account, make an investment or begin to receive payments reportable on Form 1099, you must provide your taxpayer identification number (often your Social Security number). For certain types of payments, you need to provide your taxpayer identification number in writing, certifying under penalties of perjury that it's correct.

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Cryptotrader saves $471,000 on Taxes

How a Crypto Client  Saved $471,000!

It is a very common story I hear. An individual has huge gains trading crypto-to-crypto in 2017. In Spring 2018, he asks his accountant if he has to report the trading on his return. The accountant is clueless. The investor knows his return is not being done right.

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Can I Deduct a Lost Crypto Wallet?

I just talked to a client who had keep over $50,000 in Bitcoins safe on a private wallet. The private wallet is locked with special password. He thought he remembered the password.

He typed in it three times. Each time, he was told it was wrong. Then it permanently locked up never to be opened again. His Bitcoins are now in a cyber wasteland never to be used again. A tragic story, but not uncommon.

Can the loss be taken on the tax return?

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GAO agrees FBAR and Form 8938 are too burdensome for expats.

The Government Accounting Office released a study to Congress acknowledgding that the FBAR and Form 8938 reporting requirements are confusing and burdensome for Americans living abroad.

A 2010 law requires Americans and foreign banks to report more information to IRS about Americans' foreign assets. Implementing the law, however, has raised some concerns.

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Avoiding the IRS crackdown

All American crypto traders should know that the IRS is gearing up for large compliance campaign (read crackdown) on crypto traders.[1]

The IRS commission said in November 2018, "You think the IRS doesn't know [who the cryptotraders are]? The IRS will have more information about them than you can possibly imagine."[2]

Clinton Donnelly has written a book to show traders how to protect themselves. He is an Enrolled Agent with a law degree experienced in defending taxpayers from the IRS at examinations, audits, and appeals.

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Key Guidance on Sec. 199 A Deductions

The new QBI deduction, created by the 2017 tax reform law, allows many owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations, trusts, or estates to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified business income. Eligible taxpayers can also deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified real estate investment trust (REIT) dividends and publicly traded partnership income.

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