News - John R. Dundon II, Enrolled Agent
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As I understand the Cohan rule under the IRS' Guidelines For Determining Noncompliance, taxpayers are allowed a deduction for an estimated amount of expenses when it is clear the taxpayer is entitled to a deduction but is unable to establish the exact amount of the deduction. Specifically the IRS...

Under §1221(a)(1), property held by a taxpayer primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business is excluded from the definition of a capital asset. Accordingly, if you by acreage to subdivide, develop and sell, the transaction would not meet the definition of a capital asset...

The IRS recognizes that many taxpayers are still struggling to pay their bills so the agency has been working to put in place common-sense changes to the Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) program to more closely reflect real-world situations. Generally an OIC is an agreement between a taxpayer and...

The First Time Home Buyer Credit (FTHBC) Account Look-up tool is now up and running on the IRS website. This tool provides information that helps taxpayers accurately report their FTHBC repayment obligations on their federal tax return. To access this tool, go to: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=252351,00.html Taxpayers need to...

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...

Tool and Equipment Plans generally require employees to provide their own tools. Some plans purport to receive tax-favored treatment as “accountable plans” under the definition of adjusted gross income in Internal Revenue Code § 62(c). If you are expected to use your own tools and equipment on...

It seems to me that a relatively significant problem for most Sub chapter S Corporations is accounting for the capital accounts of each and every single shareholder. The company must maintain reasonably detailed records of each shareholder's equity investments of cash and property, loans that...

This post is a quick overview of IRS Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses and IRS Publication 969 Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. You can deduct expenses primarily paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease, or treatment affecting any structure or function...

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