The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently reported that small businesses and merchants who make use of platforms like Uber or Etsy are not properly reporting their income. This accusation is supported by discrepancies that were found between numbers filed on Form 1099-K and individual tax returns. These discrepancies are likely to trigger audits to dig into the issue.
Entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to expand their businesses. Some attempts are successful and yield results. Others are what are best referred to as learning opportunities. In some cases, the two can overlap. One example involves expanding a business into another state.
The United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released a report finding “billions of dollars of employment taxes are uncollected.” As a result, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is focusing in on businesses that have allegedly unreported and underreported their employment taxes.
Getting a new job is an exciting prospect. For some, this requires moving to a new area and potentially selling an old home. These are big life changes that often come with a number of questions, some of the more common follow.
Winning big at a casino is cause to celebrate. But, before celebrations get too out of hand, be sure to keep in mind that a chunk of those winnings will go to Uncle Sam. A failure to pay these taxes can result in an audit, which could lead to penalties and fees that may exceed the winnings.
Entrepreneurs are go getters. These business men and women have that extra grit that’s needed not just to get ahead in the business world, but to forge their own path. As such, these canny business experts are always looking for new ways to maximize their bottom line. One news source that is dedicated to this group, Entrepreneur, recently published a piece with some advice on how to mitigate costs and maximize a business’ bottom line.
Business expenses are deductible. That’s the general rule in the U.S. tax code. However, not every expense is always 100 percent deductible, and where exceptions exist there can be room for disagreement.
If you have questions about immigration to the United States, you go to USCIS.gov, the official website for the Citizenship and Immigration Services. They have a Frequently Asked Questions area you can turn to and hopefully get straight answers to specific questions. The same goes for most of the major departments.
It's hard to know how large the so-called gig economy is and how fast it is growing. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says current data sheds some light on the subject, but the agency admits it's unreliable because it's so old. One report by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, credited by some as the most trustworthy, says the number of workers in the gig economy has grown by about 27 percent in the past 20 years. But who really knows?
What is silly? What is frivolous? To call the sky yellow on a clear day surely fits the bill. Someone might try to make an argument for yellow skies, but most people will write it off as nonsense. At best, it might be dismissed as that person's opinion.