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As we have been discussing in recent blog posts, the Treasury Department released its Fiscal Year 2024 General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals, commonly called the “Green Book,” on March 9, 2023. This year’s Green Book includes a proposal that both employers and employees are likely to embrace: an enhanced tax credit
Continue Reading Administration Proposes Increased Childcare Tax Credit for Employers

On March 9, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the Greenbook (formally known as the General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals), to explain the revenue proposals included in Administration’s budget.  One proposal in the Administration’s budget would increase the additional Medicare tax rate by 1.2 percentage points for high-income taxpayers.  

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Continue Reading Treasury Greenbook Includes Proposal to Raise the Additional Medicare Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers

Last week, the Treasury Department released the “Green Book,” formally known as the General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals.  For the second year in a row, the Green Book addresses the treatment of “on-demand” pay arrangements also known as “daily pay” or “earned wage access programs.”  These arrangements permit employees to access
Continue Reading Treasury Reiterates Position on “On-Demand” Pay

On March 7, 2023, the IRS issued a renewed warning to employers considering an Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”) claim.  While many businesses with legitimate ERC claims have already made them, a cadre of consulting firms have come forward to, in the words of the IRS, “push[] ineligible people to file” claims.
Continue Reading IRS Repeats Cautions Regarding Aggressive Claims for Employee Retention Credit

On February 28, 2023, the Supreme Court decided Bittner v. United States—a rare Supreme Court foray into Financial Crimes Enforcement Network or FinCEN reporting of foreign bank and financial accounts under the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”).  The BSA is codified under Title 31 (Money and Finance) of the United States Code rather than Title
Continue Reading Supreme Court Limits Penalties for Nonwillful FBAR Failures in Bittner Decision