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Taxpayers Should Brace for IRS Bottlenecks – Service Could Be Slowest Since 2001

Taxpayers Should Brace for IRS Bottlenecks – Service Could Be Slowest Since 2001

Taxpayers Should Brace for IRS Bottlenecks – Service Could Be Slowest Since 2001, Says Oversight Agency, as reported in the WS Journal. Taxpayers are facing the worst service from the Internal Revenue Service since at least 2001, with more than half of callers unlikely to get through to the agency and average hold times of 30 minutes […]

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GAO analyzes increasing number of large partnerships and IRS difficulties auditing them

GAO analyzes increasing number of large partnerships and IRS difficulties auditing them

Click here for the text of the General Accounting Office’s “Large Partnerships: Growing Population and Complexity Hinder Effective IRS Audits” (July 22, 2014). In testimony before a subcommittee of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affair committee, James R. White, of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has said that the number of large partnerships has […]

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Federal Agencies Need to Pay Their Taxes, TIGTA Finds

Federal Agencies Need to Pay Their Taxes, TIGTA Finds

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

On Crowdfunding and Other Threats

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

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

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

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

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

IRS Seeks Help to Reduce Taxpayer Burden

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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IRS Tax Tip 2012-22: New Tool Available on IRS Website to Help Taxpayers Who Have to Repay Their First-Time Homebuyer Credit

IRS Tax Tip 2012-22:  New Tool Available on IRS Website to Help Taxpayers Who Have to Repay Their First-Time Homebuyer Credit

The IRS has a tool to help people who have to repay their First-Time Homebuyer Credit. Reminder letters will no longer be mailed to taxpayers who have to repay the credit but you can now use an online lookup tool on the IRS website to check your repayment obligation. The following four tips will help […]

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Case Alert: Penalty Upheld for Estate Tax Return Filed Late by Sick Attorney – No Reasonable Cause Established

Case Alert:  Penalty Upheld for Estate Tax Return Filed Late by Sick Attorney – No Reasonable Cause Established

Editor’s Note: This is a tough case because more often than not, late filing and/or late payment penalties regarding Estate tax returns are met with disapproval at the IRS.  Indeed, the majority of the reported cases show the IRS victorious.  In the last few years, I’ve handled quite a few of these cases.  I’ve been retained […]

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Tax Return Preparers Beware: IRS Reminds Preparers and Providers of New Rules Regarding New Continuing Education Requirements

Tax Return Preparers Beware:  IRS Reminds Preparers and Providers of New Rules Regarding New Continuing Education Requirements

IRS Reminds Preparers and Providers of New Continuing Education Requirements WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded certain tax return preparers that they must complete 15 hours of continuing education (CE) annually beginning in 2012 and the programs must be taken from IRS-approved providers. Preparers can now find a list of IRS-approved providers on […]

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DOJ & IRS ALERT: Federal Court Orders Iowa Man and Eight Companies Who Owe Over $ 30 Million to Pay Employment Taxes

DOJ & IRS ALERT: Federal Court Orders Iowa Man and Eight Companies Who Owe Over $ 30 Million to Pay Employment Taxes

As reported by the Department of Justice, a federal court has ordered James Watts and eight corporations to begin paying employment taxes to the United States on a timely basis, the Justice Department announced today.   According to the government complaint in the case, Watts, of Bettendorf, Iowa, is the president of Watts Trucking Service, Inc., […]

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IRS Voluntary Disclosure – To Participate or Not Participate, That is the Question: Options for Taxpayers Contemplating the Program

IRS Voluntary Disclosure – To Participate or Not Participate, That is the Question:  Options for Taxpayers Contemplating the Program

The IRS recently announced the Third Wave or Round of Voluntary Disclosure, the so-called Tax Amnesty, regarding Foreign Unreported Income.  I have written about this announcement, as well as asking the question if the Third Wave or Round of Voluntary Disclosure will be “fair.”   This topic of Voluntary Disclosure, is also covered on my website […]

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Tax Tips: IRS Offers Eight Facts to Help Determine Your Correct Filing Status

Tax Tips:  IRS Offers Eight Facts to Help Determine Your Correct Filing Status

Eight Facts to Help Determine Your Correct Filing Status Determining your filing status is one of the first steps to filing your federal income tax return. There are five filing statuses: Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child. Your filing status is used to determine your […]

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Tax Tips: IRS Offers Advice: What to Do If You Are Missing a W-2

The IRS announced useful suggestions for taxpayers faced with missing W-2 Forms. You should receive an IRS Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from each of your employers.  Employers have until Jan. 31, 2012 to issue your 2011 Form W-2 earnings statement. If you haven’t received your W-2, follow these four steps: 1.  Contact your […]

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IRS News: Identity Theft Crackdown Sweeps Across the Nation; More than 200 Actions Taken in Past Week in 23 States

A “massive national law enforcement sweep” to crack down on individuals suspected of identity theft was conducted last week by IRS and the Justice Department, IRS announced on January 31, 2012. We previously blogged about Identity Theft and steps to take to avoid same in this article. In a related development, IRS auditors and investigators […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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