On June 29, the Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 (TPE) was signed into law. The TPE mainly focuses on foreign competition and retraining domestic workers. But if you read the fine print, you'll see that it also includes important — but little-noticed — changes to the penalty regime for failing to file required information returns with the IRS and failing to furnish required statements to payees (recipients of payments).
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There have been several twists and turns this year relating to the "once-a-year rule" for IRA rollovers. In the latest move, the IRS has provided additional guidance in the wake of a controversial U.S. Tax Court decision applying the rule to all IRAs owned by an individual. Significantly, the IRS is providing taxpayers with greater flexibility in their year-end tax planning decisions.