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New penalties for certain abusive tax shelters. Underpayments of tax due to an undisclosed foreign financial asset are now subject to a 40% penalty. Underpayments due to a transaction lacking economic substance are now subject to a 20% penalty but may be subject to a 40% penalty in some cases. See Accuracy-related penalties in chapter 2.
Nontaxable trades of life insurance contracts. You will no longer be taxed for certain trades involving life insurance contracts. See Insurance Policies and Annuities under Nontaxable Trades in chapter 4.
1256 contracts. A section 1256 contract no longer includes certain swaps. See Exceptions under Section 1256 Contract in chapter 4 for more information.
Changes in penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction. Penalties for failure to disclose a reportable transaction on a tax return changed in 2010. See Penalty for failure to disclose a reportable transaction in chapter 2.
U.S. property acquired from a foreign person. If you acquire a U.S. real property interest from a foreign person or firm, you may have to withhold income tax on the amount you pay for the property (including cash, the fair market value of other property, and any assumed liability). Domestic or foreign corporations, partnerships, trusts, and estates may also have to withhold on certain distributions and other transactions involving U.S. real property interests. If you fail to withhold, you may be held liable for the tax, penalties that apply, and interest. For more information, see Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities.
Foreign source income. If you are a U.S. citizen with investment income from sources outside the United States (foreign income), you must report that income on your tax return unless it is exempt by U.S. law. This is true whether you reside inside or outside the United States and whether or not you receive a Form 1099 from the foreign payer.
Employee stock options. If you received an option to buy or sell stock or other property as payment for your services, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for the special tax rules that apply.
Sale of DC Zone assets. Investments in District of Columbia Enterprise Zone (DC Zone) assets acquired after 1997 and before 2012 and held more than 5 years will qualify for a special tax benefit. If you sell or trade a DC Zone asset at a gain, you may be able to exclude the qualified capital gain from your gross income. This exclusion applies to an interest in, or property of, certain businesses operating in the District of Columbia. For more information about the exclusion, see the Schedule D (Form 1040) instructions. For more information about DC Zone assets, see section 1400B of the Internal Revenue Code.
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This publication provides information on the tax treatment of investment income and expenses. It includes information on the tax treatment of investment income and expenses for individual shareholders of mutual funds or other regulated investment companies, such as money market funds. It explains what investment income is taxable and what investment expenses are deductible. It explains when and how to show these items on your tax return. It also explains how to determine and report gains and losses on the disposition of investment property and provides information on property trades and tax shelters.
Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business.
Publication 571, Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans.
Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income.
Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).
Publication 721, Tax Guide to U.S. Civil Service Retirement Benefits.
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