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Postings on www.IRS.gov are NOT Necessarily Legal Authority

Who can taxpayers trust anymore?  Add to the list of items our federal government employee's posts on www.IRS.gov including answers to frequently asked questions. IRS's Small Business/Self Employed Division (SB/SE) has issued a memorandum to its Field Examination Area Directors that

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Posted in IRS Audit, IRS Enforcement, IRS Examination

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

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Posted in IRS Appeal, IRS Audit, IRS Audit Technique Guide for the Entertainment Industry, IRS Centralized Insolvency, IRS Collections, IRS Criminal Enforcement, IRS Enforcement, IRS Examination, IRS Form 1040 Schedule C, IRS Levy, IRS Lien, IRS Master File, IRS Mediation, IRS Notice, IRS Penalties, IRS Penalty and Interest Abatement, IRS Research, IRS Rev. Proc, IRS Transcript

IRS Form 1099-misc Due Date Approaching – Facts and Misconceptions

As many of us who hang our own shingle are painfully aware, IRS Form 1099-misc is due NEXT WEEK. YIKES! I'm still shaking off the holidays. The failure to timely file this 'informational return' has gone up this year. So

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Posted in 1099, Informational Return, IRS Enforcement

What to do WHEN you disagree with the IRS

The IRS Office of Appeals offers taxpayers an opportunity to resolve their tax disputes without going to court. Appeals is an independent function within the IRS that provides an impartial review of your tax dispute. Appeals also offers mediation services

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Posted in IRS Appeal, IRS Audit, IRS Collections, IRS Enforcement, IRS Examination, IRS Mediation

Why You Should File Past Due Tax Returns NOW

Regardless of whether or not you are able to pay your tax liability in full, you should file all tax returns that are due. To do so, file your past due return the same way that you would file a

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Posted in IRS Collections, IRS Enforcement, IRS Mediation, IRS Penalties, Non-filed Tax Returns, Penalty, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax planning, Tax Problems & Requests, Taxpayer Advocate

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

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Posted in DIY, Enrolled Agent, IRS Collections, IRS Criminal Enforcement, IRS Enforcement, IRS Examination, IRS Mediation, IRS Penalties, IRS Penalty and Interest Abatement, ITIN, Licensed Tax Professional, PATH Act 2015, Paying Taxes, Penalty, Tax Abuse, Tax Court, Tax Credit, Tax Fraud, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax planning, Tax Preparer, Tax Problems & Requests

Situations by which Docketed U.S. Tax Court Cases may be sent to Appeals for Settlement Consideration

In Notice 2015-72 the IRS proposes to update Rev. Proc. 87-24 regarding situations by which docketed U.S. Tax Court cases may be sent to Appeals for settlement consideration. This proposal: Intends to ensure that docketed cases are handled consistently nationwide. Clarifies that, except in

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Posted in Appeals & Audit Resolution, IRS Appeal, IRS Enforcement, Tax Court, Tax Relief, United States Treasury

Disability portion of SSA benefits (SSDI) will be removed from the FPLP 15% Levy for Past Due Tax Assessments

This is really confusing folks! On the one hand those of us who follow closely generally tend to believe that there is a LOT of rampant fraud in SSI Disability benefits practices these days but this news is going to

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Posted in Disability, IRS Enforcement, IRS Levy, Social Security, SSI

Releasing a Federal Tax Lien from the IRS – A Step by Step Guide

Fortunately I graduated from providing this service for hire preferring to refer all tax collection work to a handful of trusted friends and advisers consciously choosing (bless their hearts) to focus solely on Section 6325(a) of the Internal Revenue Code that

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Posted in IRS Collections, IRS Enforcement, IRS Levy, IRS Lien

Marijuana Dispensary Income Tax Guidance Update: IRS Memo 201504011

As many of you know who follow my tax musings via this blog, I recently led a team of people that shepherded a Marijuana Dispensary through the IRS Examination and Appeals functions. The dispensary in question was owned and operated

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Posted in Amortization, Business Expense, Cash Transaction, Disallowed Expenses, IRS Appeal, IRS Audit, IRS Enforcement, IRS Examination, Marijuana
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