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Tax Incentives for Ethanol

Biofuels have been embraced by supporters from President George W. Bush to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Before 1930, the U.S. Treasury focused on shutting down small alcohol producers. After 1978, U.S. energy policy sought to encourage ethanol production to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Federal and state incentives have been credited with increasing ethanol…


Is a tax levy on your wages creating hardship?

A levy is a legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. Levies are different from liens. A lien is a claim used as security for the tax debt, while a levy actually takes the property to satisfy the tax debt. If you do not pay your taxes (or make arrangements to settle…


Unemployed Tax Ramifications

The loss of a job may create new tax issues. Severance pay and unemployment compensation are taxable. Payments for any accumulated vacation or sick time also are taxable. You should ensure that enough taxes are withheld from these payments or make estimated tax payments to avoid a big bill at tax time. Public assistance and…


IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice

IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice TAX CRIMES – GENERALIRM Voluntary Disclosure Practice (1) It is currently the practice of the IRS that a voluntary disclosure will be considered along with all other factors in the investigation in determining whether criminal prosecution will be recommended. This voluntary disclosure practice creates no substantive or procedural rights for…


Tax Preparer Standard of Conduct – realistic possibility vs. more likely than not

The Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 heightened the standards of conduct that must be met by tax preparers from ‘nonfrivolous’ to ‘reasonable’ basis for disclosed positions and from ‘realistic possibility of success on the merits (33%chance that a position would be sustained) to reasonable belief that the position would more likely…


IRS Statute of Limitations

Do Taxes Ever Expire? Many Americans believe that an IRS debt is a debt for life and that the tax collector can hound them to the grave. Thankfully, that is not the case and there are statutory time limits on the ability of the IRS to examine and collect taxes. Basically, IRS has 10 years…


Tax incentives for organ donations

Lisa Milot (Georgia) has published Find 45 Willamette L. Rev. 67′ target=_blank>The Case Against Tax Incentives for Organ Transfers, 45 Willamette L. Rev. 67 (2008). Here is the Conclusion: Upon initial consideration, providing tax incentives for organ donations might seem to reflect a sound legislative and ideological approach, consistent with the current tax code. In…