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2021 Instructions for Form 1042-S

On February 23, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took a significant step forward by releasing the highly anticipated 2021 Instructions for Form 1042-S. This document serves as a crucial guide for taxpayers, tax professionals, and businesses alike, providing detailed insights and directions on how to accurately complete Form 1042-S, which is used to report income paid to foreign persons, including non-resident aliens, foreign partnerships, foreign corporations, foreign estates, and foreign trusts.

These instructions, meticulously crafted by the IRS, offer invaluable clarity on the complex nuances of tax reporting obligations concerning foreign income, withholding requirements, and compliance procedures. For individuals and entities navigating the intricate landscape of international taxation, accessing and comprehending these updated instructions is indispensable. To delve deeper into the specifics of these newly issued guidelines, we encourage you to follow the provided link for a comprehensive review of the 2021 Instructions for Form 1042-S, ensuring adherence to regulatory standards and fostering accurate and compliant tax reporting practices.

Updates include:

• Chapter 3 Exemption Code 02. This code is now for income “Exempt under IRC.” A new footnote 7 clarifies that exemption code 02 should be used only if no other specific chapter 3 exemption code applies.

• Chapter 3 Exemption Code 24. This new code is for income that is “Exempt under Section 892.”

• Requests for extensions of time to provide statements to recipients. An extension of time to furnish the statements is now a fax-only submission. Do not send a submission by mail. Letters should be faxed to: Internal Revenue Service Technical Services Operation, Attn: Extension of Time Coordinator: Fax: 877-477- 0572 (International Fax: 304-579-4105). The letter must include the withholding agent’s name, TIN, address, type of return, a statement that the extension request is for providing statements to recipients, the reason for delay, and the signature of the payer or authorized agent.

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Form 1042-S

This document contains general information only and is not a substitute for accounting, tax, or any other professional advice or services. The information provided is considered accurate at the time of publishing and will not be updated with new regulation requirements.

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