Tax Highlighter

As leading tax experts, the team at Abdo wants to ensure you stay up to date on ever-changing tax laws, regulations, and news. Check back daily for our Tax Highlighter blog posts.

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2023 Foreign housing cost exclusions released

The IRS has issued the 2023 foreign housing cost exclusions, allowing citizens living abroad to elect to exclude the foreign earned income and housing cost amount from gross income (with limitations).

Clean energy tax credits featured in the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) features several renewable energy and efficiency-related tax credits that may benefit homeowners and businesses in 2023.

Proposed assessment period for amended returns claiming ERC credits

The Treasury Department recently released its annual “Green Book,” which explains proposed items in President Biden’s 2024 budget, including proposals involving the employee retention credit (ERC).

Deadline approaches to begin receiving required minimum distributions

Did you or someone you know turn 72 in 2022? For most of these taxpayers, last day to begin receiving required minimum distribution (RMD) payments from traditional IRAs is approaching.

President Biden releases 2024 proposed budget

President Biden has released his 2024 proposed budget – check out some of the highlights we’re watching as it moves through initial review.

Affordable housing legislation on the docket to address housing crisis

Supporters of affordable housing are urging the Senate Finance Committee to advance tax policy that addresses the current housing crisis.

Bipartisan push to lift cap on federal SALT deductions

A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. House of Representatives has renewed its push to lift the $10,000 cap on deducting state and local taxes (SALT) from federal tax returns.

Service Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (SITCA) program proposed by the IRS

The IRS has issued a proposed revenue procedure that would establish the Service Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (SITCA) program for voluntary tip reporting.

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IRS Launches “Authenticated” Voice Bots

The next time you contact the IRS by phone, it’s likely that you’ll end up speaking to a voice bot. The IRS launched “authenticated” voice bots this year, and they’re now operating at 100% capacity.

Summertime Tax Topics

The IRS reminds taxpayers of some of the summer activities that may impact next year’s return.

An Update on the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act

The SECURE Act 2.0 bill has taken another step closer to becoming law. On June 22, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved its version of the bill, now dubbed the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act.

The Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

Leading electric automakers have asked Congressional leaders to give all electric car and light truck buyers a tax credit of up to $7,500, saying they believe “a sunset date set for a time when the EV market is more mature” makes good economic and environmental sense.

Talk of increasing the 2022 standard mileage rate

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have asked IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to increase the 2022 standard mileage rate used to deduct the cost of operating a vehicle for business purposes.

The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP)

Businesses that withhold taxes from employees and others but don’t pay them over to the IRS may face a penalty equal to 100% of the unpaid tax.

Tracking business income through third-party payors

If you receive business income payments through third-party payors, 2022 might be a game changer for your taxes.

Important Reminder: How the IRS Contacts Taxpayers

During this busy tax season, the IRS is reminding individuals how it will and, more importantly, won’t contact taxpayers.

Cryptocurrency vs. NFTs From a Tax Perspective

Cryptocurrency and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are far from interchangeable from a tax perspective. A lack of IRS guidance has left tax experts to speculate on the nuances of how various digital assets may be treated.

IRS Explains Taxability of Crowdfunding Income

Crowdfunding may be used to fund business ideas, help families pay medical bills or raise money for charity, but bear in mind that the income raised by crowdfunding may be taxable.

2022 Foreign Housing Cost Exclusions

The IRS issues the 2022 foreign housing cost exclusions. A U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien living abroad can elect to exclude the foreign earned income and housing cost amount from gross income (subject to limitations).

New Bill Signed Includes Aid for Ukraine

On March 11, President Biden signed a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill into law. The headline is that the bill includes $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine.