Harper Says No To Netflix Tax In Canada Even Though It Already Exists

No “Netflix tax” in Canada. That was the word from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper promised not to tax streaming services last week, saying, “I’m 100% against a Netflix tax — always have been, always will be.” He warned, however, that his opponents might do just that, claiming, “Some politicians want to tax digital … Read more

Cloud Tax Is The New Black: Chicago Tax Scheme Will Boost Costs For Services Like Netflix

My kids are huge fans of Netflix, as am I. I like being able to pick and choose which shows they will watch in advance and a girl can only take so many episodes of Disney’s “Jessie.” For those of you who don’t know about Netflix, it’s a service that allows you to stream videos online (you … Read more

IRS Announces New Steps To Protect Taxpayers From Identity Theft Tax Fraud

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen, leading tax partners and state tax administrators have announced new steps to protect taxpayers from identity theft tax fraud, including a new collaborative effort between public and private sectors to protect taxpayers and their tax returns. The announcement was made at a press conference held earlier today, just … Read more

IRS, TIGTA Talk Tech, Identity Theft & Security At Congressional Hearing

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen was back on the Hill this week, together with J. Russell George, The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), to testify before members of Congress. This time, both were asked about the unauthorized access to the “Get Transcript” application on the IRS web site. The hearing was … Read more

IRS Issues Statement On Unauthorized Access Of Taxpayer Transcripts

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a statement regarding the unauthorized access of taxpayer information using the “Get Transcript” application. Follows is the statement in full: The IRS announced today that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. … Read more

IRS Says Identity Thieves Accessed Tax Transcripts For More Than 100,000 Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that identity thieves have illegally accessed tax information for more than 100,000 taxpayers with unsuccessful attempts made on approximately 100,000 additional taxpayer accounts. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen delivered the news at a hastily arranged press conference this afternoon. The urgency, he indicated, was to alert taxpayers to the … Read more

Taxes From A To Z (2015): S Is For Scams

It’s my annual “Taxes from A to Z” series! Next up: S Is For Scams There have always been folks willing to take advantage of honest taxpayers but recently it feels like scams are all the rage. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is working to educate taxpayers about scams with the hope that the more … Read more

Paying Your Taxes In Bitcoin? Bill Would Make It Easy.

At tax time, you can generally settle your bill by cash (though not necessarily folded cash), check or credit card. A New Hampshire State Representative is hoping to add another way to pay: Bitcoin. A bill introduced earlier this year in New Hampshire, HR552, would require the state’s treasurer to “develop an implementation plan for … Read more