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Free h&r block military 2. Free h&r block military   Tax Shelters and Other Reportable Transactions Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Abusive Tax SheltersRules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Investor Reporting Penalties Whether To Invest Introduction Investments that yield tax benefits are sometimes called “tax shelters. Free h&r block military ” In some cases, Congress has concluded that the loss of revenue is an acceptable side effect of special tax provisions designed to encourage taxpayers to make certain types of investments. Free h&r block military In many cases, however, losses from tax shelters produce little or no benefit to society, or the tax benefits are exaggerated beyond those intended. Free h&r block military Those cases are called “abusive tax shelters. 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Free h&r block military Abusive Tax Shelters Abusive tax shelters are marketing schemes involving artificial transactions with little or no economic reality. Free h&r block military They often make use of unrealistic allocations, inflated appraisals, losses in connection with nonrecourse loans, mismatching of income and deductions, financing techniques that do not conform to standard commercial business practices, or mischaracterization of the substance of the transaction. Free h&r block military Despite appearances to the contrary, the taxpayer generally risks little. Free h&r block military Abusive tax shelters commonly involve package deals designed from the start to generate losses, deductions, or credits that will be far more than present or future investment. Free h&r block military Or, they may promise investors from the start that future inflated appraisals will enable them, for example, to reap charitable contribution deductions based on those appraisals. Free h&r block military (But see the appraisal requirements discussed under Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters , later. Free h&r block military ) They are commonly marketed in terms of the ratio of tax deductions allegedly available to each dollar invested. Free h&r block military This ratio (or “write-off”) is frequently said to be several times greater than one-to-one. Free h&r block military Because there are many abusive tax shelters, it is not possible to list all the factors you should consider in determining whether an offering is an abusive tax shelter. Free h&r block military However, you should ask the following questions, which might provide a clue to the abusive nature of the plan. Free h&r block military Do the tax benefits far outweigh the economic benefits? Is this a transaction you would seriously consider, apart from the tax benefits, if you hoped to make a profit? Do shelter assets really exist and, if so, are they insured for less than their purchase price? Is there a nontax justification for the way profits and losses are allocated to partners? Do the facts and supporting documents make economic sense? In that connection, are there sales and resales of the tax shelter property at ever increasing prices? Does the investment plan involve a gimmick, device, or sham to hide the economic reality of the transaction? Does the promoter offer to backdate documents after the close of the year? Are you instructed to backdate checks covering your investment? Is your debt a real debt or are you assured by the promoter that you will never have to pay it? Does this transaction involve laundering United States source income through foreign corporations incorporated in a tax haven and owned by United States shareholders? Rules To Curb Abusive Tax Shelters Congress has enacted a series of income tax laws designed to halt the growth of abusive tax shelters. Free h&r block military These provisions include the following. 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Free h&r block military If they do not have the number at that time, they must provide it within 60 days from the date the number is mailed to them. Free h&r block military For information on penalties for failure to disclose and failure to maintain lists, see Internal Revenue Code sections 6707, 6707A, and 6708. Free h&r block military Requirement to maintain list. Free h&r block military   Material advisors must maintain a list of persons to whom they provide material aid, assistance, or advice on any reportable transaction. Free h&r block military The list must be available for inspection by the IRS, and the information required to be included on the list generally must be kept for 7 years. Free h&r block military See Regulations section 301. Free h&r block military 6112-1 for more information (including what information is required to be included on the list). Free h&r block military Confidentiality privilege. Free h&r block military   The confidentiality privilege between you and a federally authorized tax practitioner does not apply to written communications made after October 21, 2004, regarding the promotion of your direct or indirect participation in any tax shelter. Free h&r block military Appraisal requirement for donated property. Free h&r block military   If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for an item or group of similar items of donated property, you generally must get a qualified appraisal from a qualified appraiser and complete and attach section B of Form 8283 to your return. Free h&r block military If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for the donated property, you generally must attach the qualified appraisal to your return. Free h&r block military If you file electronically, see Form 8453, U. Free h&r block military S. Free h&r block military Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and its instructions. 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Free h&r block military This rule applies to reportable transactions entered into in tax years beginning after October 22, 2004. Free h&r block military Authority for Disallowance of Tax Benefits The IRS has published guidance concluding that the claimed tax benefits of various abusive tax shelters should be disallowed. Free h&r block military The guidance is the conclusion of the IRS on how the law is applied to a particular set of facts. Free h&r block military Guidance is published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin for taxpayers' information and also for use by IRS officials. Free h&r block military So, if your return is examined and an abusive tax shelter is identified and challenged, published guidance dealing with that type of shelter, which disallows certain claimed tax shelter benefits, could serve as the basis for the examining official's challenge of the tax benefits you claimed. 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Free h&r block military Under certain circumstances, a transaction must be disclosed within 90 days of the transaction being identified as a listed transaction or a transaction of interest (discussed later). Free h&r block military In addition, for the first year Form 8886 is attached to your return, you must send a copy of the form to: Internal Revenue Service OTSA Mail Stop 4915 1973 North Rulon White Blvd. Free h&r block military  Ogden, UT 84404 If you file your return electronically, the copy sent to OTSA must show exactly the same information, word for word, provided with the electronically filed return and it must be provided on the official IRS Form 8886 or an exact copy of the form. Free h&r block military If you use a computer-generated or substitute Form 8886, it must be an exact copy of the official IRS form. Free h&r block military If you fail to file Form 8886 as required or fail to include any required information on the form, you may have to pay a penalty. 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Free h&r block military   A listed transaction is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions the IRS has determined to be a tax-avoidance transaction. Free h&r block military These transactions have been identified in notices, regulations, and other published guidance issued by the IRS. Free h&r block military For a list of existing guidance, see Notice 2009-59 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2009-31, available at www. Free h&r block military irs. Free h&r block military gov/irb/2009-31_IRB/ar07. Free h&r block military html. Free h&r block military Confidential transaction. Free h&r block military   A confidential transaction is offered to you under conditions of confidentiality and for which you have paid an advisor a minimum fee. 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Free h&r block military For information on other exceptions, see Revenue Procedure 2004-66 in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2004-50, as modified and superseded by Revenue Procedure 2013-11, (or future published guidance) available at www. Free h&r block military irs. Free h&r block military gov/irb/2004-50_IRB/ar11. Free h&r block military html. Free h&r block military Transaction of interest. Free h&r block military   A transaction of interest is a transaction entered into after November 1, 2006, that is the same as, or substantially similar to, one of the types of transactions that the IRS has identified by notice, regulation, or other form of published guidance as a transaction of interest. Free h&r block military The IRS has identified the following transactions of interest. Free h&r block military “Toggling” grantor trusts as described in Notice 2007-73, 2007-36 I. Free h&r block military R. Free h&r block military B. Free h&r block military 545, available at www. 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Free h&r block military S. Free h&r block military taxpayer owning controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) that hold stock of a lower-tier CFC through a domestic partnership to avoid reporting income as described in Notice 2009-7, 2009-3 I. Free h&r block military R. Free h&r block military B. Free h&r block military 312, available at www. Free h&r block military irs. Free h&r block military gov/irb/2009-03_IRB/ar10. Free h&r block military html. Free h&r block military   For updates to this list, go to www. Free h&r block military irs. Free h&r block military gov/Businesses/Corporations/Abusive-Tax-Shelters-and-Transactions. Free h&r block military Penalties Investing in an abusive tax shelter may lead to substantial expenses. Free h&r block military First, the promoter generally charges a substantial fee. 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Free h&r block military   The penalty for negligence or disregard of rules or regulations is imposed only on the part of the underpayment due to negligence or disregard of rules or regulations. Free h&r block military The penalty will not be charged if you can show you had reasonable cause for understating your tax and that you acted in good faith. Free h&r block military    Negligence includes any failure to make a reasonable attempt to comply with the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Free h&r block military It also includes any failure to keep adequate books and records. Free h&r block military A return position that has a reasonable basis is not negligence. Free h&r block military   Disregard includes any careless, reckless, or intentional disregard of rules or regulations. Free h&r block military   The penalty for disregard of rules and regulations can be avoided if all the following are true. Free h&r block military You keep adequate books and records. 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Free h&r block military The term “rebate” generally means a decrease in the tax shown on your original return as the result of your filing an amended return or claim for refund. Free h&r block military   For items other than tax shelters, you can file Form 8275 or Form 8275-R to disclose items that could cause a substantial understatement of income tax. Free h&r block military In that way, you can avoid the substantial understatement penalty if you have a reasonable basis for your position on the tax issue. Free h&r block military Disclosure of the tax shelter item on a tax return does not reduce the amount of the understatement. Free h&r block military   Also, the understatement penalty will not be imposed if you can show there was reasonable cause for the underpayment caused by the understatement and that you acted in good faith. Free h&r block military An important factor in establishing reasonable cause and good faith will be the extent of your effort to determine your proper tax liability under the law. Free h&r block military Substantial valuation misstatement. Free h&r block military   In general, you are liable for a 20% penalty for a substantial valuation misstatement if all the following are true. Free h&r block military The value or adjusted basis of any property claimed on the return is 150% or more of the correct amount. Free h&r block military You underpaid your tax by more than $5,000 because of the misstatement. Free h&r block military You cannot establish that you had reasonable cause for the underpayment and that you acted in good faith. Free h&r block military   You may be assessed a penalty of 40% for a gross valuation misstatement. Free h&r block military If you misstate the value or the adjusted basis of property by 200% or more of the amount determined to be correct, you will be assessed a penalty of 40%, instead of 20%, of the amount you underpaid because of the gross valuation misstatement. Free h&r block military The penalty rate is also 40% if the property's correct value or adjusted basis is zero. Free h&r block military Transaction lacking economic substance. Free h&r block military   The economic substance doctrine only applies to an individual that entered into a transaction in connection with a trade or business or an activity engaged in for the production of income. Free h&r block military For transactions entered into after March 30, 2010, a transaction has economic substance for you as an individual taxpayer only if: The transaction changes your economic position in a meaningful way (apart from federal income tax effects), or You have a substantial purpose (apart from federal income tax effects) for entering into the transaction. Free h&r block military   For purposes of determining whether economic substance exists, a transaction's profit potential will only be taken into account if the present value of the reasonably expected pre-tax profit from the transaction is substantial compared to the present value of the expected net tax benefits that would be allowed if the transaction were respected. 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Phishing Scams

“Phishing” is the use of fraudulent e-mail designed to steal identities as well as vital personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account PINs, and passwords. Phishing e-mails often ask you to verify this type of information.

Scammers also go “SMishing,” or phishing using text messages, by asking you to verify or confirm sensitive information. Legitimate companies never ask for your password or account number via e-mail. Protect yourself:

  • Call the company directly to determine if the email is trustworthy
  • Forward the email to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in emails
  • Contact the company directly. Do not use contact information provided on a web site connected to the request; instead, use contact information from account statements that you already have.
  • Don’t reply to the email, even if it threatens to disable your account.

Beware: Cash Top-Up Scams

Cash top-up cards can be a convenient way to transfer money to other accounts. They are not designed to be used directly with retailers or online merchants; rather they are used to reload money on accounts that you control, such as your debit card.
Unfortunately, scammers know the ease and convenience of using these cards. They persuade you to share your top-up card number directly with them instead of using a wire or escrow service. However, if you send the top-up number you’ll be left without the merchandise you were promised or your money. To protect yourself from these scams:

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Beware of “shoulder surfers.” Be suspicious of anyone lurking around an ATM or watching over your shoulder while you use your card. Some thieves even put a device over the card slot of an ATM to read the magnetic strip and record your PIN; this is known as “skimming”. If you suspect criminal activity, walk away and use a different ATM.

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