IRS Declares War on Millionaire Tax Dodgers

Some people use loopholes to get the most out of their income and it must be a wonderful solution. Yet, for wealthy Americans, this gap might not be available for much longer. Here’s more about this much-enjoyed trick that’s been making waves recently. 

No More Tax Tricks 

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Is it a trick, an advantage, a sleight of hand, perhaps? In any case, rich U.S. citizens enjoy more money using a nifty tax loophole. 

How Does the Loophole Work?

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While few people might have known about it, the tax gap works by falsely “inflating tax deductions” and declaring the same assets each year. 

Avoiding Tax “Legally?”

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Parties using the loophole may transfer their taxes to non-income-generating assets to avoid paying taxes. 

Inflating Tax Deductions 

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Pass-through businesses will “pass” losses and income to investors via their linked entities. In doing this, the taxpayer prevents paying taxes in their corporate capacity.

IRS Stepping In

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In a press release, the IRS said it would implement a multistage regulatory system to stop those inflating their tax returns. When in full swing, the initiative is said to generate more than $50 billion within 10 years of implementation. 

The Defence Is Up

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“I don’t think it’s tax evasion at all,” Robert Kovacev, a legal representative for some of the partnerships being audited by the IRS, said in an interview with the Washington Post. In the interview, he also mentions that the strategy is “a tax planning tool that follows what Congress said you can do.

Inflation Reduction Act

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President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act Law on 16 August 2022. The Act will help combat tax abuse by the parties involved, according to The White House.

One Year of Research and Investigation 

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Over a 12-month period, the IRS, along with the Treasury, has investigated irregularities in tax submissions by businesses and wealthy individuals. 

What Did The Investigation Reveal?

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Findings after the investigation revealed a discrepancy of dishonest transactions, which resulted in low tax eligibility for the amount of assets owned. 

Action To Stop the Problem 

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According to the IRS, regulations are put in place to stop dishonesty and “… ensure wealthy individuals, complex partnerships, and large corporations pay taxes owed.”  

How the New Regulations Would Work

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The Inflation Regulation Act is said to be comprised of three sections. These sections will strategically work together to prevent these tax manipulations from going forward.  

Notice of Intent Part 1

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The “Notice of Intent” is set to contain two sections. The first section is the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or NPRM, a set of rules for partnership basis shifting transactions.  

Notice of Intent Part 2

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The rules will help stop unethical transactions between partner parties and prevent benefits that come from the tactic. The second is to “prevent partnership base shifting amongst members of a consolidated group

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 

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The NPRM of the Act will require the taxpayer and their advisor to report any unlawful tax functions such as “partnership basis shifting.” The NPRM will help the IRS and provide additional information where viable. 

Revenue Ruling 

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The Revenue Ruling will support the IRS’s auditing of accounts present and future. 

The Wealthy Spend Millions Too

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The IRS said wealthy Americans using this loophole pay their lawyers and their accountants millions of dollars each year. With that, their legal and finance team creates a system in which they can use this tactic of manipulating the accounts, thus preventing tax penalties. 

Costing Billions 

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The IRS also commented that the “abusive transactions cost the Federal Government billions” annually. 

Passthrough Businesses Increased

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The IRS saw a pattern that pass-through businesses with $10 million in assets, went from 174,100 in 2010 to 297,400 in 2019. The audit rate, however, dropped from 3.10 in 210  to 0.1 in 2019. 

Rules With Guidelines 

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The Act will also include rules and guidelines that accountants and lawyers will abide by. Accountants and lawyers for these parties will be liable to report any unlawful tax manipulations as per the NPRM once the Act is fully instated. 

Fair for All Tax Payers

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Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen concluded her interview with a statement: “Thanks to resources from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, Treasury and the IRS have the tools to stop longstanding abuses.” The new act is said to help keep things fair among taxpayers.

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