8966 FATCA Software: Efiling a nil report?

May 16th, 2017 No comments

Nil means zero.  An 8966 nil report is when the financial institution or filer has no accounts.  The financial institution fills out Form 8966 identifying the reporting financial institution name, address, GIIN and that’s it.  Just this part is filled out: which is basic identifying information of the financial institution.  No account reports or pooled […]

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8966 Software: Can you efile our FATCA Report on your behalf?

May 9th, 2017 No comments

Yes.  We can efile new, corrected, void, amended and test files to IDES.  We will encrypt the payload file using our digital certificate and you should receive results in about 2-5 days. Just call sales at (480) 460-9311 to order this service or ask questions.

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How to find non-ascii characters in a file?

May 3rd, 2017 No comments

The IRS only likes ASCII characters.  ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. The first 128 characters are all the characters from your keyboard.  The lower and upper case letters, digits and extra characters like !@#$% and so on.  Examples of non-ascii characters are é, ö or ĉ and more.  Anything with an accent […]

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1099 Software: What if I efile the same record twice?

April 10th, 2017 No comments

Lets say you efiled a 1099-MISC form for a recipient and a money amount of $678 in Box 7 on Form 1099-MISC.  Now, lets say that recipient name/SSN and money amount was transmitted twice.  The IRS has 2 copies of that value in their system.  You have to submit a G-coded correction with the money […]

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ACA: How to code section 16 for employees who did not enroll in coverage

February 21st, 2017 No comments

The key to coding section 16 is understanding that it is directly related to the codes that reside in section 14 (Offer of coverage). If you use the code 1A in section 14 as your offer of coverage, you are reporting to the IRS that you are offering coverage that is affordable because it is […]

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ACA: How can I efile tax year 2015 data in tax year 2016?

February 20th, 2017 No comments

We are currently in tax year 2016. Many clients have approached us to efile tax year 2015 originals and corrections. This is more challenging then I originally expected but the process is easy in hindsight.  We called and emailed the IRS to attain the below steps and I have successfully efiled tax year 2015 data […]

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ACA Software: Can I delete a file which has been Accepted or Accepted With Errors?

February 20th, 2017 No comments

No, there is not a way at this time to delete accepted ACA transmissions.  You can efile a correction.

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Form 1098-T for 2016 : Student’s Taxpayer Identification Number

January 18th, 2017 No comments

Colleges and universities use IRS Form 1098-T to report amounts relating to qualified tuition and related expenses. The IRS imposes a penalty per record for incorrect or a missing taxpayer identification number for every tax form except IRS Form 1098-T. The new law reads: “No penalty shall be imposed under section 6721 or 6722 solely […]

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Social Security Number (SSN) Masking

January 6th, 2017 No comments

Social Security Number (SSN) masking is encouraged and one of the best ideas the IRS has come up with. Filers can replace the first 5 digits of a Taxpayer Identification Number or TIN with an X or *. An example would be ***-**-1234 or XXX-XX-1234 You can mask social security numbers (SSN), employer identification numbers […]

1099 Software: Other than the presentation of the number on the actual form mailed out, does the hyphenation of the TIN number matter when filing?

January 5th, 2017 No comments

Yes.  The TIN and TIN TYPE are efiled to the IRS.  If the TIN has 1-hyphen or dash, then its an EIN and that TIN TYPE is transmitted along with the TIN.  If the TIN has 2-hyphens, then the TYPE is SSN.  And if the TIN has no hyphens, the TIN TYPE is unknown.

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