Michael Chittenden practices in the areas of tax and employee benefits with a focus on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), information reporting (e.g., Forms 1095, 1096, 1098, 1099, W-2, 1042, and 1042-S) and withholding, payroll taxes, and fringe benefits. Mr. Chittenden advises companies on their obligations under FATCA and assists in the development of comprehensive FATCA and Chapter 3 (nonresident alien reporting and withholding) compliance programs.
Mr. Chittenden advises large employers on their employment tax obligations, including the special FICA and FUTA rules for nonqualified deferred compensation, the successor employer rules, the voluntary correction of employment tax mistakes, and the abatement of late deposit and information reporting penalties. In addition, he has also advised large insurance companies and employers on the Affordable Care Act reporting requirements in Sections 6055 and 6056, and advised clients on the application of section 6050W (Form 1099-K reporting), including its application to third-party payment networks.
Mr. Chittenden counsels clients on mobile workforce issues including state income tax withholding for mobile employees and expatriate and inpatriate taxation and reporting.
Mr. Chittenden is a frequent commentator on information withholding, payroll taxes, and fringe benefits and regularly gives presentations on the compliance burdens for companies.
In a much anticipated decision, the U.S. Tax Court ruled yesterday that “the business premises of the employer” can include an off-premises facility leased by the employer when its employees are on the road. The decision in Jacobs v. Commissioner addressed whether the employer (in this case, the professional hockey team, the Boston Bruins) was … Continue Reading
Yesterday, the IRS added three new FAQs to its list of frequently asked questions on compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The questions address the need for withholding agents to obtain foreign TINs or dates of birth for nonresident alien or foreign entity on beneficial owner withholding certificates, e.g., Forms W-8BEN and … Continue Reading
Last night, Republican leadership released a manager’s amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would delay the repeal of the additional Medicare tax (AMT) of 0.9% imposed on certain high-income individuals from 2017 until 2023. The move is an effort to shore up Republican support for the bill in advance of an expected … Continue Reading
Facing likely defeat, Republicans have pulled the American Health Care Act, which would have made numerous changes to the information reporting provisions and employment tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would have also created a new information reporting requirement by adding Section 6050X to the Code. The House was scheduled … Continue Reading
In an IRS Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum released on January 13, the IRS concluded that it should not enter into closing agreements with employers who failed to subject amounts of nonqualified deferred compensation to FICA taxes under the special timing rule in Section 3121(v)(2)(A). In the past, some employers have been able to obtain a … Continue Reading
On Friday, December 30, 2016, the IRS and Treasury Department released over 600 pages of new final, temporary and proposed regulations under Chapter 4 (FATCA), Chapter 3, and Chapter 61 (see earlier coverage). The four packages finalize the temporary regulations issued in 2014 and make additional changes based on comments received by the IRS. One … Continue Reading
The IRS today released Notice 2017-09 providing guidance on the de minimis safe harbor for errors in amounts reported on information returns. The safe harbor was added to Sections 6721 and 6722 by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). Under the statute, filers are not subject to penalties under either … Continue Reading
Earlier this month, the IRS announced in interim guidance that it would amend Section 20.1.7 of the Internal Revenue Manual to provide a methodology for the calculation of intentional disregard penalties under Section 6721 for filers who fail to file information returns electronically when required. In general, filers of more than 250 information returns are … Continue Reading
During a state visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore and the United States announced they were negotiating a reciprocal Model 1 IGA. The countries had previously entered into a nonreciprocal Model 1 IGA in 2014 that went into effect on March 28, 2015. Unless Congress enacts legislation providing for greater collection of information … Continue Reading
On July 29, the IRS issued proposed regulations under Section 6055 that seek to clarify a number of issues raised by commenters in response to the original proposed regulations under Section 6055 and Notice 2015-68. Filers may rely on the proposed regulations for calendar years ending after December 31, 2013, making them applicable at the option of … Continue Reading
As college graduates struggle under the weight of larger student loan burdens, some employers have begun to offer student loan repayment benefits intended to help employees repay their loans. In May, House Ways and Means Committee member Robert Dold (R-IL) introduced legislation that would, among other changes, amend Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code … Continue Reading
In its Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information Returns (AIR) Working Group Meeting on June 14, the IRS discussed several outstanding issues related to ACA reporting under Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 6055 generally requires providers of minimum essential coverage to report health coverage. Section 6056 generally requires applicable large employers … Continue Reading
John Sweeney, Branch 8 Chief in the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel International, said on June 2 that proposed and temporary regulations limiting refunds and credits claimed by nonresident alien individuals and foreign corporations for taxes withheld under Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 of the Code will be released soon. According to Sweeney, who … Continue Reading
On May 27, the IRS updated the technical FAQs for the International Data Exchange Service (IDES) used by foreign financial institutions (FFIs) and other organizations to file information returns required by the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Among other changes, the IRS provided a work-around for direct-reporting non-financial foreign entities (direct reporting NFFEs) that must register … Continue Reading
The IRS announced that some taxpayers may have been erroneously assessed failure to deposit penalties after an IRS system error failed to account for the April 15, 2016, holiday in Washington, D.C. The holiday moved the deadline for payroll tax deposit to April 18, 2016. However, some taxpayers who timely deposited payroll taxes by the … Continue Reading
The IRS released a modified private letter ruling superseding a ruling issued in late 2015 under Section 6050W. That ruling had determined that the party requesting the ruling was a third-party settlement organization. The new ruling does not change the conclusion, but removes one rationale upon which the earlier ruling had based its determination. In … Continue Reading
Yesterday, Treasury and the IRS released final and temporary regulations under Section 7701 meant to clarify issues related to the employment of owners of disregarded entities. In 2009, the IRS issues regulations that required disregarded entities be treated as a corporation for purposes of employment taxes including federal income tax withholding and Federal Insurance Contribution Act … Continue Reading