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040ez 7. 040ez   Ship Passenger Tax Table of Contents A tax of $3 per passenger is imposed on certain ship voyages, as explained later under Taxable situations. 040ez The tax is imposed only once for each passenger, either at the time of first embarkation or disembarkation in the United States. 040ez The person providing the voyage (the operator of the vessel) is liable for the tax. 040ez Voyage. 040ez   A voyage is the vessel's journey that includes the outward and homeward trips or passages. 040ez The voyage starts when the vessel begins to load passengers and continues until the vessel has completed at least one outward and one homeward passage. 040ez The tax may be imposed even if a passenger does not make both an outward and a homeward passage as long as the voyage begins or ends in the United States. 040ez Passenger. 040ez   A passenger is an individual carried on the vessel other than the Master or a crew member or other individual engaged in the business of the vessel or its owners. 040ez Example 1. 040ez John Smith works as a guest lecturer. 040ez The cruise line hired him for the benefit of the passengers. 040ez Therefore, he is engaged in the business of the vessel and is not a passenger. 040ez Example 2. 040ez Marian Green is a travel agent. 040ez She is taking the cruise as a promotional trip to determine if she wants to offer it to her clients. 040ez She is a passenger. 040ez Taxable situations. 040ez   There are two taxable situations. 040ez The first situation involves voyages on commercial passenger vessels extending over one or more nights. 040ez A voyage extends over one or more nights if it extends for more than 24 hours. 040ez A passenger vessel is any vessel with stateroom or berth accommodations for more than 16 passengers. 040ez   The second situation involves voyages on a commercial vessel transporting passengers engaged in gambling on the vessel beyond the territorial waters of the United States. 040ez Territorial waters of the United States are those waters within the international boundary line between the United States and any contiguous foreign country or within 3 nautical miles (3. 040ez 45 statute miles) from low tide on the coastline. 040ez If passengers participate as players in any policy game or other lottery, or any other game of chance for money or other thing of value that the owner or operator of the vessel (or their employee, agent, or franchisee) conducts, sponsors, or operates, the voyage is subject to the ship passenger tax. 040ez The tax applies regardless of the duration of the voyage. 040ez A casual, friendly game of chance with other passengers that is not conducted, sponsored, or operated by the owner or operator is not gambling for determining if the voyage is subject to the ship passenger tax. 040ez Exemptions. 040ez   The tax does not apply when a vessel is on a voyage of less than 12 hours between 2 points in the United States or if a vessel is owned or operated by a state or local government. 040ez Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Highlights from the IRS Report

FS-2013-7, June 2013 

The report released by Principal Deputy Commissioner Danny Werfel reflects a number of important findings, aggressive actions and next steps to help the IRS make improvements. Highlights of the three major areas covered in “Charting a Path Forward at the IRS: Initial Assessment and Plan of Action” include:

Accountability. This covers the steps being taken to ensure accountability for the mismanagement described in last month’s Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report:

  • The report found significant management and judgment failures occurred, as outlined in the TIGTA report. These contributed to the inappropriate treatment of taxpayers applying for tax- exempt status. 

  • The IRS is identifying the individuals within the IRS who are responsible for the mismanagement identified in the TIGTA report, evaluating their role and determining the appropriate consequences for each individual.

  • We have installed new leadership at all five levels of the senior executive managerial chain that had responsibility over the activities identified in the TIGTA report.

  • The IRS is digging deeper into the facts to determine if there are instances of wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct beyond the mismanagement identified in the original TIGTA report.  By extending our review beyond the scope of the original audit, we are ensuring a more comprehensive understanding of the facts and circumstances that led to these events.

  • In addition, the IRS has empaneled an Accountability Review Board to provide recommendations within 60 days (and later as needed) on any additional personnel actions that should be taken.

Fixing the Problems with the Review of Applications for Tax-Exempt Status. This part covers several process improvements underway to ensure that taxpayers are treated appropriately and effectively in the review of applications for tax-exempt status:   

  • Suspended the use of any “be-on-the-lookout,” or BOLO, lists in the application process for tax-exempt status.

  • Started development of new guidance materials to allow IRS staff to operate without BOLO lists and under the reformed, more efficient process.

  • Initiated an end-to-end overhaul of the business processes by which applications for tax-exempt status are fulfilled.

  • Added technical and programmatic experts from across the IRS to assist the Exempt Organizations staff with the review of applications for tax- exempt status.

  • Created a new voluntary process to help certain taxpayers who have been in our priority application backlog for more than 120 days to gain fast-track approval to operate as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt entity. This self-certification process allows them a streamlined path to tax-exempt status if they agree they will operate within limits and thresholds of political and social welfare activities. These groups have the option of obtaining an approval if they self-certify that less than 40 percent of their expenditures and volunteer time will go toward political campaign intervention activities and that at least 60 percent of their expenditures and volunteer time will go toward social welfare activities. 

  • Created a new “Advocacy Application Review Committee” to provide expertise from other parts of the IRS to review screening and determination decisions inside the Exempt Organizations area.

  • Started the process to create a new check-and-balance mechanism, where IRS criteria and screening procedures will be reviewed on a systemic basis and report any material risks of inappropriate criteria immediately to the IRS Commissioner, the IRS Oversight Board, and the relevant tax committees of Congress.

  • Worked with the Department of the Treasury regarding the need for greater clarity for certain terms relevant for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, with a commitment for inclusion in the next Treasury Priority Guidance Plan.

  • Continued to make substantial progress on all TIGTA recommendations from their May report on Exempt Organizations.

Review of IRS Operations and Risks. The report identifies a series of actions to ensure taxpayers that selection criteria across the IRS are appropriate and that taxpayers are aware of how they can seek assistance if they have concerns about the IRS. The report further outlines steps underway to ensure that critical program or operational risks within the IRS are identified early, raised to the right decision-makers and shared timely with key stakeholders:

  • Although there is no current evidence that selection criteria in other IRS business unit is inappropriate, the nature of the problems identified in the tax-exempt application process warrants a review of certain process controls within the IRS.  The IRS will initiate a comprehensive, agency-wide review of compliance selection criteria.  Results will be shared with the Department of the Treasury, the IRS Oversight Board, and the Chairpersons of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

  • The IRS has been very successful in mission execution across its very broad portfolio for many years, collecting 92 percent of government receipts of about $2.5 trillion in FY 2012.  At the same time, the Service is challenged by many of the same concerns affecting other large organizations, both public and private sector, including budgetary concerns, human capital concerns, and overall programmatic execution concerns. The report outlines initial areas where challenges exist and actions are needed to position the IRS to successfully fulfill its mission.

  • The report calls for establishing an Enterprise Risk Management Program to provide a common framework for capturing, reporting and addressing risk areas across the IRS.  This will improve timeliness in bringing information to the attention of the Commissioner and other IRS leaders as well as stakeholders to help prevent future instances of inappropriate treatment or mismanagement.

  • Initiate additional internal and external education and outreach about the role of the National Taxpayer Advocate, an independent voice inside the IRS, in assisting taxpayers in resolving problems with the IRS. 

  • Establish routine reporting on IRS operational risks with Congress and the IRS Oversight Board.


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040ez Publication 544 - Additional Material Table of Contents Tax Publications for Business TaxpayersSee How To Get Tax Help for a variety of ways to get publications, including by computer, phone, and mail. 040ez General Guides 1 Your Rights as a Taxpayer 17 Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals) 334 Tax Guide for Small Business (For Individuals Who Use Schedule C or C-EZ) 509 Tax Calendars 910 IRS Guide to Free Tax Services Employer's Guides 15 (Circular E), Employer's Tax Guide 15-A Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits 51 (Circular A), Agricultural Employer's Tax Guide 80 (Circular SS), Federal Tax Guide For Employers in the U. 040ez S. 040ez Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 926 Household Employer's Tax Guide Specialized Publications 225 Farmer's Tax Guide 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 505 Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax 510 Excise Taxes (Including Fuel Tax Credits and Refunds) 515 Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities 517 Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers 527 Residential Rental Property 534 Depreciating Property Placed in Service Before 1987 535 Business Expenses 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 537 Installment Sales 538 Accounting Periods and Methods 541 Partnerships 542 Corporations 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 551 Basis of Assets 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund 560 Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans) 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property 583 Starting a Business and Keeping Records 587 Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers) 594 What You Should Know About The IRS Collection Process 595 Capital Construction Fund for Commercial Fishermen 597 Information on the United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty 598 Tax on Unrelated Business Income of Exempt Organizations 686 Certification for Reduced Tax Rates in Tax Treaty Countries 901 U. 040ez S. 040ez Tax Treaties 908 Bankruptcy Tax Guide 925 Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules 946 How To Depreciate Property 947 Practice Before the IRS and Power of Attorney 1544 Reporting Cash Payments of Over $10,000 (Received in a Trade or Business) 1546 Taxpayer Advocate Service - Your Voice at the IRS Spanish Language Publications 1SP Derechos del Contribuyente 179 (Circular PR), Guía Contributiva Federal Para Patronos Puertorriqueños 579SP Cómo Preparar la Declaración de Impuesto Federal 594SP Qué es lo Debemos Saber Sobre El Proceso de Cobro del IRS 850 English-Spanish Glossary of Words and Phrases Used in Publications Issued by the Internal Revenue Service 1544SP Informe de Pagos en Efectivo en Exceso de $10,000 (Recibidos en una Ocupación o Negocio) Commonly Used Tax FormsSee How To Get Tax Help for a variety of ways to get forms, including by computer, phone, and mail. 040ez Form Number and Form Title W-2 Wage and Tax Statement W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate 940 Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return 941 Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return 944 Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return 1040 U. 040ez S. 040ez Individual Income Tax Return Sch. 040ez A & B Itemized Deductions & Interest and Ordinary Dividends Sch. 040ez C Profit or Loss From Business Sch. 040ez C-EZ Net Profit From Business Sch. 040ez D Capital Gains and Losses Sch. 040ez E Supplemental Income and Loss Sch. 040ez F Profit or Loss From Farming Sch. 040ez H Household Employment Taxes Sch. 040ez J Income Averaging for Farmers and Fishermen Sch. 040ez R Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled Sch. 040ez SE Self-Employment Tax 1040-ES Estimated Tax for Individuals 1040X Amended U. 040ez S. 040ez Individual Income Tax Return 1065 U. 040ez S. 040ez Return of Partnership Income Sch. 040ez D Capital Gains and Losses Sch. 040ez K-1 Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. 040ez 1120 U. 040ez S. 040ez Corporation Income Tax Return Sch. 040ez D Capital Gains and Losses 1120S U. 040ez S. 040ez Income Tax Return for an S Corporation Sch. 040ez D Capital Gains and Losses and Built-In Gains Sch. 040ez K-1 Shareholder's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. 040ez 2106 Employee Business Expenses 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses 2210 Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 2441 Child and Dependent Care Expenses 2848 Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative 3800 General Business Credit 3903 Moving Expenses 4562 Depreciation and Amortization 4797 Sales of Business Property 4868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. 040ez S. 040ez Individual Income Tax Return 5329 Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts 6252 Installment Sale Income 7004 Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions 8300 Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business 8582 Passive Activity Loss Limitations 8606 Nondeductible IRAs 8822 Change of Address 8829 Expenses for Business Use of Your Home 8949 Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications