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Federal Agencies Need to Pay Their Taxes, TIGTA Finds

October 20, 2012

TIGTA  issued it’s report on September 27, 2012, entitled “Federal Agencies Need to Pay Their Taxes,” which might come as a surprise to you. Federal agencies owe approximately $14 million in unpaid taxes. While Federal agencies are exempt from paying Federal income taxes, they are not exempt from meeting their employment tax deposits and related […]

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On Crowdfunding and Other Threats

October 16, 2012

Editor’s Note:  a great article appeared in the WS Journal entitled “On Crowfunding and Other Threats.”  While the title did not grab me, the first few lines of the story did – -“Attention, investors: Congress has a deal for you!  Thanks to the JOBS Act of 2012, you soon will have new ways to drop […]

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National Taxpayer Advocate Identifies Challenges and Issues for Upcoming Year in Mid-Year Report to Congress

July 13, 2012

Editor’s Note:  below is the announcement from IRS regarding the National Taxpayer Advocate’s report to Congress.  I will be separately blogging two areas contained in the Report, namely,  (1) “TAS Will Continue to Advocate that the IRS Modify the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program so that People Who Made Honest Mistakes Can Correct them Without Fear […]

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Case Alert: Maryland Business Owner Sentenced for Failing to Pay Employment Taxes

July 1, 2012

Editor’s Note:  we have previously written about the dangers of business owners not paying their employment taxes.  The penalties range from personal liability for the payroll taxes under the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty, to criminal indictment and conviction.  In the case below, Richard Stewart pled guilty pursuant to a written plea agreement (statement of facts) […]

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IRS Seeks Help to Reduce Taxpayer Burden

June 8, 2012

Editor’s Note:  the IRS announced that is it seeking taxpayer assistance in reducing the burdens to Taxpayers.  What is Taxpayer Burden? Taxpayer Burden is defined as the time and money taxpayers spend to comply with their federal tax obligations. An example could be the average time and expense required to complete and file a tax […]

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Is it Safe? Dodgers under Criminal Investigation, or is it the McCourts? Or Both?

May 31, 2012

In an article published in the L.A. Times by Bill Shaikin May 30, 2012, entitled “McCourt management of Dodgers under grand jury investigation” it appears that the grand jury inquiry started early last year and appears to be focused on the accounting and propriety of Dodgers spending, per the article, reproduced below.  The last sentence […]

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Surprise, Surprise Surprise: IRS Announces More Flexible Offer-in-Compromise Terms to Help a Greater Number of Struggling Taxpayers Make a Fresh Start

May 27, 2012

Editor’s Note:  the following is the IRS Announcement regarding the new and more flexible Offer-in-Compromise to help a greater number of struggling taxpayers make a fresh start.  Stay tuned for the analysis. IR-2012-53, May 21, 2012 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today announced another expansion of its “Fresh Start” initiative by offering more flexible […]

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“Houston, we have a problem” – – IRS Backlog Has Stalled Responses to Offers in Compromise

May 16, 2012

Editor’s Note:  On the heels of the proposed legislation banning taxpayers from travel, as I blogged in “Legislation Alert:  A touch of agony – – U.S. Passport denied and revoked if you owe more than $50,000 to IRS,” the IRS has been criticized as lagging behind in their Offer in Compromise program.  As I mentioned […]

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IRS Tips and advice to Taxpayers don’t go far enough when responding to IRS letters and notices

May 11, 2012

Editor’s Note:  below is the IRS tip entitled “Eight Facts to Know if You Receive an IRS Letter or Notice.”  I would add a few more tips as well:  (1). make certain that whatever correspondence you send in response is sent via certified mail, return receipt requested from the U.S. Post Office as proof of […]

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Tax Tip: Ten Things to Know about Free IRS Volunteer Tax Help

April 1, 2012

Ten Things to Know about Free IRS Volunteer Tax Help Millions of taxpayers qualify for free tax preparation assistance from IRS-sponsored community-based, volunteer programs. Here are 10 things the IRS wants you to know about these volunteer programs. 1.  The IRS sponsors both the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the […]

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