News for Your Week Ahead: July 22, 2021

We’re excited to announce a new member benefit: MSATP members can now access Talking With TaxSpeaker, a tax expert Q&A video service, at a discounted rate! 

Subscribers will have access to 15-20 minute video segments in which TaxSpeaker’s experts answer hot topic tax-related questions. Subscribers will also be able to submit any of their questions so they can be answered in the next Talking With TaxSpeaker episode!

This discounted subscription is only available to MSATP members for $162* — that’s 20% off the original price! Click the button below to register for the service now.

Want to learn more about the subscription? Bob Jennings joined us on MSATP TV this week to discuss what members can expect when subscribing.

Watch on YouTube.

*If you are a current Talking With TaxSpeaker subscriber through TaxSpeaker, you must call (812) 288-1513 and cancel your current subscription. Then, sign up for the MSATP discounted subscription using our website, or call (800) 922-9672. You must be an MSATP member to enjoy this member benefit. To become an MSATP member please click here.

Coming Up: On Tuesday, July 27 at 10 a.m., Connie Hess of USB Payment Processing joins us to tell us about their new Merchant as Service cashflow management program that can help you and your clients. On Wednesday, July 28 at 10 a.m., Jonathan Rivlin will join us to tell us about his upcoming class, Firm of the Future on October 21. To register for the seminar, please click here.

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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Our Second Vice President Donya Oneto recently encountered an issue with a client regarding a fraudulent unemployment claim. The state provided the following statement and advice which she was kind enough to pass onto you

There has been no breach in our Unemployment System. Fraudsters are using identities and personal identifiable information stolen from prior data breaches that have taken place such as (EQUIFAX, TARGET, Office of Personnel Management) to file fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Claims. We are also working in conjunction with the Office of the Inspector General to investigate these fraudulent claims.

In an attempt to protect yourself from any future fraud attacks:

  • Request your free credit reports via www.annualcreditreport.com and review them for other fraudulent activities.
  • Notify all three credit bureaus that you have been a victim of identity theft: Experian, Equifax, and Transunion.
  • File a police report with the local authorities.
  • You may file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at:ftc.gov/complaint.
  • You may file a complaint with the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF).

Updated IRS Correction Principles and Changes to VCP Outlined in EPCRS Revenue Procedure 2021-30

The IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) permits any plan sponsor of a retirement plan (including SEP and SIMPLE IRA plans) to correct plan failures. EPCRS offers three correction programs:

  • Self-Correction Program (SCP) – Correct certain plan failures without contacting the IRS or paying a user fee
  • Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) – Correct failures not eligible for SCP and to get the approval of the IRS that the failures were properly corrected
  • Audit CAP – Resolve failures discovered during an IRS audit that can’t be corrected using SCP

For more information, click here.

A Tip for Teachers: Some Educator Expenses may be Tax Deductible | Tax Tip 2021-104

The educator expense deduction allows eligible teachers and administrators to deduct part of the cost of technology, supplies, and training from their taxes. They can only claim this deduction for expenses that were not reimbursed by their employer, a grant, or other source.

Who is an eligible educator:

The taxpayer must be a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal, or aide. They must also work at least 900 hours a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education as determined under state law.

 For more information, click here.

Security Summit Partners Urge Tax Pros to Use Multi-Factor Authentication; Critical Step to Boost Protection Against Data Theft | IR-2021-155

With security incidents on the rise, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry urged tax professionals and taxpayers to use a special feature – multi-factor authentication – available on tax software products to help protect against identity and data theft.

The Security Summit partners kicked off the annual 2021 “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself” summer campaign aimed at tax professionals. This year’s theme is “Boost Security Immunity: Fighting Against Identity Theft” to urge tax professionals to step up their efforts to protect client data amid the pandemic and its aftermath.

Multi-factor authentication, also known as two-factor authentication, provides more security. It allows the tax professional or taxpayer to use another feature such as a security code sent to a mobile device, a pin number, or a fingerprint in addition to the username and password. A thief may steal usernames and passwords but cannot access accounts without the additional multifactor feature.

For more information, please click here.