Employment Tax

Worker Reclassification: Degree of Control

The Groundhog Day movie from the 90’s starring Bill Murray portrays a news anchorman who lives the same day over and over again. He is stuck in a loop. Each day starts the same way. Bill tries to alter his conduct and he interacts with different people throughout the movie. The other characters act and […]

Employment Tax Tax

Does an Author Pay Self-Employment Tax on Royalties?

Taxpayers are free to structure payments for services rather than for something other than services. This can save self-employment taxes. But can a taxpayer carve out part of their service income by asserting that some part of the income is not from a business? The Slaughter v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-65, case addresses this in […]

Employment Tax IRS Penalties Tax Procedure Trust Fund Penalties

What if the IRS Violates the Law?

What happens if the IRS violates the law? Specifically, what if the IRS assesses a penalty and attempts to collect it without first issuing the proper notice to the taxpayer? The court addresses this in Romano-Murphy v. Commissioner, 152 T.C. 62, in the context of a trust fund recovery penalty. Facts & Procedural History The […]

Employment Tax International Tax Tax

LLC Cannot Use Crewman’s Exemption for Employment Taxes

Can a U.S. citizen who owns and operates a vessel outside of the U.S. avoid paying U.S. employment taxes for its crewmen by using a foreign legal entity? The court considered this issue in DAF Charters LLC v. Commissioner, 152 T.C. 14, for a single member LLC formed in the U.S. that was owned by […]

Employment Tax IRS Audits Recordkeeping Tax Procedure

Court Says Employer Entitled to Worker’s IRS Records

When the IRS determines that independent contractors are taxed as employees, it is up to the employer to show that the IRS determination is incorrect. One way to do this is to show that the workers paid tax even though the employer did not withhold the tax. In Mescalero Apache Tribe v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. […]

Business Tax Employment Tax Tax

Taxes & Limited Liability Companies

The Limited Liability Company or LLC is a legal entity formed with the state. Once formed, taxpayers have the ability to determine how the LLC is taxed for Federal income tax purposes. This presents a number of issues that have to be considered for LLC owners. Income Taxes & LLCs The IRS regards a single […]