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 provides that frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other items posted on www.IRS.gov, that have not…

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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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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 through Fast Track Settlement and other programs. These mediation programs are designed to help you…

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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 timely return. Contact me directly for more specifics as you see fit. If you received…

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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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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 rare circumstances, Counsel will refer cases docketed in Tax Court to Appeals for settlement consideration.…

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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 really hurt a LOT of good people legitimately on SSI Disability that happen to have…

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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 directs the release of a Tax Lien after a liability becomes fully paid or legally unenforceable.…

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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 by a taxpayer who in all regards was a good, honest, hard working, caring, person…

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