Colorado Year End Tax Update: Focus on USE TAX – 50 Points of Light

It is that time of year again where we work ourselves into a tizzy finishing off the year “strong” and simultaneously enduring another holiday season whilst purportedly planning for a new year. YIKES! With internet sales exploding it is a good idea to review each transaction you make to know if sales tax is being…


LLC Income is INDEED Subject to Self Employment Tax: IRS Chief Counsel Advice 201436049

In 1997, the IRS issued proposed regulations governing when the distributive share of partnership income for Limited Liability Company (LLC) members was to be included in self-employment income. It basically advised that an LLC member would be treated as a limited partner — and thus the distributive share would NOT be self-employment income– unless the…


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…


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…


Situations that would not qualify for IRS Fast Track Mediation

  1. Issues for which there is no legal precedent

  2. Issues where the courts have rendered opposing or differing decisions in different jurisdictions

  3. Industry Specialization Program issues

  4. An issue for which you filed a request for competent authority assistance

  5. Service Center penalty appeals cases

  6. Service Center Offer in Compromise cases

  7. Collection Appeals Program cases

  8. Automated Collection System cases

  9. Constitutional issues

IRS Fast Track Mediation: Small Businesses + Self Employed

The IRS released Announcement 2011-05 creating opportunity for small business and self-employed taxpayers to use the Fast Track Settlement process to resolve disputes within the IRS’s Small Business/Self Employed (SB/SE) units of the IRS in certain locations including Chicago, Ill.; Houston, Texas; St. Paul, Minn.; Philadelphia, Pa.; central New Jersey, and San Diego, Laguna Niguel, and…