Trafficking under IRC § 280E

The Internal Revenue Code is a complex beast.  In the lunacy of it all I've been asked to define 'trafficking' as it relates to 26 USC § 280E - Expenditures in connection with the illegal sale of drugs which states as follows: "No

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Posted in Appeals & Audit Resolution, Asset Classification, Business Expense, Cash Transaction, COGS, IRS Mediation, Marijuana, Net Operating Loss, NOL, Tax Abuse, Tax Court, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Problems & Requests

Denver Colorado IRS Stakeholder Meeting Notes

Bessie Castro-Zepeda, Colorado Department of Revenue Tax Practitioners only helpline; M-F 8am - 430pm (303) 232-2419 Capital Gain Subtraction: For 2012 returns, the department will make every effort to verify required documentation was included in the filing of the return

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Centennial Anniversary of the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution is approcahing

Most anniversaries are celebrated with joy and jubilation.  But on February 3rd, 2013, I doubt that anyone will be celebrating this anniversary or should I say centennial - after all, it is the  100th anniversary of the 16th Amendment to

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Loving v. IRS deals blow to IRS Regulation of Tax Return Preparers

In Loving v. IRS the IRS’ authority to regulate commercial tax return preparers has been successfully challenged. United States District Court for the District of Columbia Judge James E. Boasberg granted Loving’s motion for summary judgment describing the IRS Rules as "Ultra Vires."

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The New Home Office Deduction Safe Harbor – IRS Rev. Proc. 2013-13

The Internal Revenue Service announced a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes. The new simplified option is available starting with the

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Tax-Free Transfers to Charity in January 2013 Can Still Count for 2012 For IRA Owners 70½ or Older

Act now! According to the IRS IRA owners age 70½ or older have until Thursday, Jan. 31 2013 to make a direct transfer, or alternatively, if they received IRA distributions during December 2012, to contribute, in cash, part or all

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American Taxpayer Relief Act 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 makes permanent many otherwise expiring tax provisions. The following is my summary of what I believe to be relevant provisions: Ordinary income above a certain threshold is taxed at a higher rate. The

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Withholding Tax for Social Security Goes to 6.2% of Wages

Contrary to the manufactured 'news' dribbling out of the main stream media to sell advertising, last week the IRS published updated employer's withholding guidance clearly stating that employers are to now withhold Social Security tax at the rate of 6.2 percent of wages rather

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The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ and Your Tax Obligations

Our esteemed President has proven to me to be extraordinarily disingenuous with his statements about the middle class and their purported tax obligations as pretty much everyone's taxes will go up in 2013 as a direct result of the cumulative

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S Corp Late Filing Penalty Excused IRC 6699 Ensyc Technologies v. Commissioner

Considering the scope of the reasonable cause language to the Code Sec. 6699 penalty for late filing of an S corporation return, the Tax Court determined that the failure to timely file a 2008 2008 1120-S tax return was due to reasonable

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