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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Odujinrin v. IRS Commissioner Reinforces the Significance of Engaging a Reputable Enrolled Agent

In Wole Odujinrin v. IRS Commissioner the petitioner, a hematology oncologist who represented himself, did not have adequate substantiation to support his petition and was not entitled to claim a net operating loss. He was also liable for an accuracy-related penalty under IRC 6662 – the expensive kick in the shorts. This petitioner moronically showed up with little…

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US v. Clarke SCOTUS Decision Favors Taxpayers

The SCOTUS clarified the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States v. Clarke Et. Al. that… “a taxpayer has a right to conduct an examination of IRS Officials regarding their reasons for issuing a summons when (s)he points to specific facts or circumstances plausibly raising an inference of bad faith.” JUSTICE KAGAN delivered the opinion of the Court as follows.…

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Decoding the IRS – Document 6209

Understanding what you are up against with the IRS can be frustrating on many levels. When it comes to the terminology they throw around, especially acronyms, what you will find is that even seasoned veterans quite often pull out specialty reference manuals or what I often refer to as code books.  This post is intended…

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IRS Bills, Penalties and Interest Charges

Many people have been reaching out to me to learn specifically about what they are up against for failing to hit the tax deadline of April 15th. To help those of you in this situation I’ve highlighted below what I believe to be the top 10 most valid points in regards to IRS bills, penalties…

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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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Understanding Your Odds with IRS Audit Technique Guides

Many taxpayers fear that aggressive deductions wave flags in front of IRS auditors and quite often I am asked what the chances are of being audited as if my opinion is some sort of a benchmark. The fact of the matter is that every tax return electronically filed is subject to some form of matching protocol,…

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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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