Episode 30: IRS Comments on Inflation Reduction Act, Take Caution with VITA; New EV Credit Details

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Episode 30: IRS Comments on Inflation Reduction Act, Take Caution with VITA; New EV Credit Details

00:00 Intro
01:47 Caveats
04:00 The IRS comments on the passage of funding under the Inflation Reduction Act
11:11 A Reminder about Unclaimed Property Report and the new tax return questions about them
12:11 AICPA issues a letter to the IRS asking for help on new forms K-1 & K-2….road map for auditors.
14:52 Be Very Careful having your tax return done by a VITA volunteer. Long history of errors.
19:32 Ed Zollars CPA very detailed analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act
20:19 Cars must have 80% US assembly to qualify for EV credit.

Links:
IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-statement-by-irs-commissioner-chuck-rettig-on-the-inflation-reduction-act

Escheatment: https://sco.ca.gov/upd_msg.html

AICPA Urges IRS to Provide Additional Guidance on Schedule K-2 and K-3 Reporting:

TAS assists victims of VITA Site Preparer Fraud

Ed Zollars Podcast on the Inflation Reduction Act:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/2022-08-14-highlights-of-the-inflation-reduction-act-of-2022/id1114311870?i=1000576058930

EV Vehicle Credits:

A complete guide to the new EV tax credit

About The Show:
Hello and welcome. This is Ron Cohen. I’m a tax partner with the firm of Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP and we’re located in beautiful downtown Fremont, California. I appreciate you signing in to listen to my self-indulgent, and sometimes narcissistic comments about the tax system.

No Reliance:
Take no reliance on anything you hear on this podcast. This is mostly for entertainment and education. In order to get an opinion from me or my firm you have to sign an engagement letter and give us all of the facts. After we do some research about your situation we’ll come back and formally give you an opinion. And only then can you use that advice for purposes of entering into any transaction or filing a tax return.

Plagiarism is Okay!
Everything in the tax rules is from the Internal Revenue Code, its regulations, court cases, and various internal memorandums by the Internal Revenue Service. Lots of lawyers and CPAs write very good articles that we will often attach in the show notes. They are trying to show how smart they are to the public so everyone copies from everyone else, and I certainly want to give them credit. We’re not writing any novels, nor creating deep or original thoughts here.

No Politics
We try to stay out of general politics, however tax law is developed through legislation in Congress and anything that’s legislative has its own political ups and downs. And I feel free to comment on that.

How I Help:
Our firm does around 1400 tax returns for various people. The demographics range from little grandmothers all the way up to high tech executives and multinational corporations. We also specialize in family office services for wealthy groups with far flung entities and we also help those groups with things such as bill paying and taking care of their day-to-day financial operations

No Cheerleader for the Tax System:
Our tax system is intrusive, an invasion of privacy and it’s tedious. You need to look at a 12 step flowchart to figure out in some cases whether you can take your mortgage interest deduction. It is part of the technocratic Administrative State that has built up in this country since World War Two, and I don’t like it.

Other countries have simplified the tax system in many ways, despite this we always try to get an A+ (not an A-, or a B, or a C) in our work and make sure it is accurate. Well prepared tax returns rarely get audited, and the best tax audit, is the one that never comes!

Please let us know if there are specific topics you’d like to hear about in future episodes.

Ron Cohen, CPA
Partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP
Email: rcohen@groco.com
510.797.8661

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