IRS Subgroup Recommends that IRS Treat Indian Tribal Governments Like States

  |  July 5, 2018

In recommendations released on June 7, 2018, The Indian Tribal Government (ITG) subgroup of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT)* issued support for an amendment affecting Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 6103.  The change would allow the IRS and Tribal Governments to enter into taxpayer information sharing agreements in the same way as the IRS does with federal, state, and municipal governments. Read more. Read More

Tribal Leaders, Your Feedback is Critical on Proposed Department of Interior Reorganization

  |  June 21, 2018

On March 13, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13781, calling on Federal agencies to examine ways they could reorganize to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. In response, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke announced his vision to divide the United States into 13 regions and centralize authority for different parts of Interior within those boundaries. The regions would be defined by watersheds and geographic basins, rather than individual states and the current boundaries that now guide Interior’s operations.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regions and functions will be included in this potential reorganization. Read more. Read More

Tax Scammers Don’t Take a Summer Vacation, IRS Warns

  |  June 18, 2018

Many taxpayers recently filed their taxes and may be waiting for a response from the IRS. Because of this, summertime tends to be a period when phishing emails and telephone scams continue to pop up around the country. Scammers try to get people to disclose personal information such as Social Security numbers, account information, PINs and passwords. 

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New FAF Working Group to Address Financial Reporting for Tribal Governments

  |  June 7, 2018

The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) is forming a new and landmark tribal-government working group to address financial reporting issues that have long plagued tribal governments. Existing financial-reporting frameworks and audit opinions do not recognize the unique nature of tribes and their commercial enterprises under their status as sovereign Nations as recognized by the federal government. Read more. Read More

IRS Provides Information on Changes to Moving, Mileage and Vehicle Depreciation Expenses

  |  June 1, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service published information May 25 on changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that affect deductions for unreimbursed employee expenses, move-related vehicle expenses, and standard mileage rates and travel expenses.

Before the TCJA was passed last December, the IRS issued a business standard mileage rate in Notice 2018-03. The mileage rate set for use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck was 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, 18 cents per mile driven for medical purposes or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. The TCJA then suspended miscellaneous itemized deductions, so the following effects are noted for these vehicle-related categories. Read more. Read More

638 Healthcare Transitions: Keys to Success

  |  May 31, 2018

Understanding the 638 transition process is one thing – but what’s it really like to go through one? Here’s your chance to find out.

In a complimentary one-hour webinar, REDW’s 638 transition team and Michael Bird, Former Chairman of the Kewa Pueblo Health Corporation at Kewa Pueblo, will discuss the experience of working together to take control of tribal healthcare. Michael led his community through a successful transition in 2011.

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Planning for Charitable Donations After the New Tax Law

  |  May 9, 2018

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed both the standard deduction and itemized deductions for taxpayers. This shift potentially affects not-for-profit organizations, as taxpayer contributions may no longer reduce their personal income taxes. What can charitable organizations do to offset the potential negative impact on donations? Read more. Read More

Oral Argument Held in the Supreme Court of the United States in South Dakota v. Wayfair

  |  May 1, 2018

On April 17, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al. South Dakota is challenging, and attempting to have overturned, the physical presence nexus standard for the collection of sales and use taxes that was re-affirmed 26 years ago in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. While many believed the Court would never have accepted South Dakota v. Wayfair if it didn’t intend to overrule Quill, the questions from the highly engaged Justices could suggest a different outcome (one that will be anxiously anticipated, and possibly issued this summer). Read more. Read More

Ransomware on the Rise in Government Agencies

  |  April 24, 2018

There’s a serious wake-up call gaining notice within the offices and agencies responsible for protecting our public infrastructures. Cybercriminals are embedding ransomware in government email addresses in a “phish” for staffers who will unsuspectingly download their malware. Once unlocked, the malware encrypts the agency’s data and can disrupt the operations of whatever office it enters.

A March 2018 ransomware attack on the City of Atlanta shut down the operation of multiple city offices, locking out access to services and interrupting court cases and arrest warrants. Read more. Read More