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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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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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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TAS – The Decline and Fall of a Once Great Department Inside the IRS

Last week I read that the Taxpayer Advocate Service’s (TAS) case load has been growing substantially and this once great department inside the IRS does not have the resources to continue to handle its current inventory levels without adversely impacting its ability to provide effective service. As a result, IRS memorandum TAS-13-0913-009 was produced to reissue guidance…

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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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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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IRS Master File Codes 6209-8A

The first thing that I always do when investigating a tax dispute is pull the transcripts from the IRS for review. They can be really hard to read if you don’t understand the Transaction Codes referenced. Transaction Codes are defined in IRS Document 6209 – Section 8A. This is a valuable resource in understanding how…

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