Happenings Inside the IRS Under the New Administration

Last week in Denver, Colorado the IRS quietly paraded out some of their race horses to share what is happening under the new administration. With Steven Mnuchin‘s most recent confirmation as Treasury Secretary and Commissioner Koskinen’s days numbered, a sense of being rudderless was anticipated. Knowing that a hiring freeze and location consolidation are adversely impacting…

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Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 – A Summary

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) summarized by my friend Shirley Callahan EA. Some highlights include: Everyone will appreciate the permanency of the enhanced Educator Expenses, the Sales Tax deduction, and the R&D Credit. Section 179 is made permanent at $500,000 phasing out at $2 million … and will now be indexed for…

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Denver IRS Practitioner Meeting July 2014 – A Summary Review with Excellent References for FBAR and FinCEN Matters

Meeting Summary as produced by IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Deborah Rodgers Nancy Carver, IRS Local Area Counsel Counsel continues to assist in training employees on partnership audits, and TEFRA. Counsel is also assisting in the investigations of promoters. Virtual currency is on the radar for Internal Revenue Service. Controlling ID Theft is a task that…

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Top 8 Free US Tax Research Sites

The best free US tax research sites in my opinion are: 1. For actually referencing the US Tax Code – Cornell University Law School as they seem to do the best job with updates and maintenance and at the end of the day the only thing you can seem to rely on is the actual…

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IRS Released “Get Transcript” Application for Real Time Downloading of Information on Your Tax Account

Any individual taxpayer can view, print or download their own transcripts on-line in Real-Time using a computer or Smart Phone. You simply go to www.IRS.gov and enter  GET TRANSCRIPT in the site search bar, OR … Click here –> http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript#! This is a giant leap forward for working with the IRS. Once in their system a…

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IRS Stakeholder Liaison Meeting – Denver

The following is a summary of the IRS’ most recent Stakeholder Liaison Meeting in Denver Colorado as prepared by Ann Burton, IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison.  It is jam packed with procedural information and status updates from line managers and group leaders of the various IRS operational functions including Collections, Examinations, Appeals, Tax Court etc.  A…

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Colorado Disaster Relief from the IRS – Publication 2194

If you have been impacted by a disaster in your area like many of my friends most recently here in Colorado due to flooding as defined by FEMA and identified by our President causing you to be unable to meet your tax obligations the IRS may be able to assist you with payment and filing extensions,…

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IRS Office of Appeals Handling Of Collection Due Process Cases – STILL INADEQUATE!

If you have ever been a victim of IRS lien or levy action you know first hand that it can be unilaterally devastating on many levels and take literally years if not decades to financially overcome. To add insult to injury it gets all the more complicated when the IRS action is taken before you’ve…

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Tax Audit Musings

If you chose to represent yourself in an IRS Examination realize the IRS Revenue Agent (RA) or Tax Compliance Officer (TCO) assigned your file is trained very thoroughly to advocate on behalf of the US Government. One method used quite often is to create a (false) sense of security in the personal interview setting or even…

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Notes From the July IRS Stakeholder Liaison Meeting

The following is a compilation of the presentations given at the last IRS Stakeholder liaison meeting as prepared by IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Debra Rodgers complete with some very pointed questions and answers. Please pay particular attention to Nancy Carver’s remarks concerning implementation of DOMA when it comes to filing status for income tax reporting…

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