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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting renewal applications for the Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2017. The agency urges taxpayers affected by changes to the ITIN program to submit their renewal applications as soon as possible to avoid the rush.

La propuesta del presidente Donald Trump FY 2018 Budget para el gobierno federal fue presentada el martes 23 de mayo de 2017. Uno de los cambios propuestos más significativo para muchos de nuestros miembros incluye la propuesta para autorizar al IRS para que supervise a todos los preparadores de impuestos. 

La propuesta del presupuesto pide que se le otorgue al IRS “autoridad estatutaria para incrementar la supervisión de los preparadores de impuestos por paga". La propuesta entraría en vigor en el momento de ser promulgada. El presupuesto dice que esto incrementará la “necesidad de la aplicación de las leyes después-de-los-hechos e incrementar el monto del redito que el IRS recauda”. Se calcula que la propuesta incrementará los réditos por $259 millones entre los años 2018-2027. Anteriormente, el IRS intentó regular a los preparadores de impuestos no registrados y su intento fue anulado por una corte federal en el 2013. 

President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget for the federal government was released on Tuesday May 23, 2017.  One of the most important proposed changes to many of our members includes a proposal to authorize the IRS to regulate all paid tax return preparers.

The budget proposal calls for giving the IRS “statutory authority to increase its oversight of paid tax return preparers.” The proposal would be effective upon enactment. The budget says this will decrease the “need for after-the-fact enforcement of tax laws and increase the amount of revenue that the IRS can collect.” Estimates are the proposal will increase revenue by $259 million in the years 2018–2027. An attempt by the IRS to regulate unenrolled tax return preparers was struck down by a federal court in 2013.

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WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of phishing email scams claiming to be from IRS e-Services and of schemes in general as the April 18 deadline nears.

Acting as the Security Summit, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned that this time of year is the high season for identity thieves scams to steal sensitive data from tax professionals. All tax preparers and their employees must be on guard against phishing activities.



HSAs are confusing as is, but in California they can be even more complex. The rules are different for the IRS and for the Franchise Tax Board. Let's take a look at how it works:


Health Savings Account (HSA) Contributions


Differences Between Federal and California Law


Contributions Federal law allows taxpayers a deduction for contributions to an HSA account. Contributions made on behalf of an eligible individual by an employer are excluded from W-2 wages. California does not conform to this provision.


What to do for California


Enter the amount from Schedule CA (540 or 540NR), column A, line 25, in column B, line 25. Enter the amount of any employer contribution from federal Form W-2, line 12, code W on Schedule CA (540 or 540NR), line 7, column C. 


Health Savings Account (HSA) Distributions


Differences Between Federal and California Law


Distributions that are not used for qualified medical expenses are includible in federal gross income. The amount taxable under federal law, less interest and dividend income previously taxed by California, is not taxable by California.


What to do for California  


Enter the required adjustment from Schedule CA, line 21f, column A, in line 21f, column B.



For more information, please see FTB Publication 1001 Page 10




Preparers are a special target for cybercriminals, a security expert told tax professionals during a recent webinar on cyber-security.

“You have to do what you have to do to protect your business,” host Jake Solis, co-CEO of the IT consultancy 1+1 Technology, said during the webinar, “Cyber Security Breach Prevention and Response,” which was presented by the Latino Tax Professionals Association.