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According to Tax Court Memo 2010-261, a husband and wife purchased real estate, refurbished it and reported the sale on Form 4797. They contended the homes were purchased for use as rentals; however, over the three-year period at issue, none of the homes were rented. The IRS determined that...

In the Tax Court case of Trieu M. Le, et ux. v. Commissioner TC Summary Opinion 2010-94 the IRS took the position that the taxpayer was a casual gambler and should have deducted his losses up to his winnings on Schedule A.  The taxpayer took the...

Section 152(e) of the tax code specifies how to determine the dependent status of children of divorced parents. This code section states that the noncustodial parent can claim the dependency exemption for a child when the custodial parent signs a written declaration that the custodial parent will not claim such child...

Abusive tax shelters of every nature are what I call scum bag lawyer schemes.  It is difficult to specifically define abusive tax shelters because new ones are constantly emerging.  Essentially they are arrangements usually designed by 'promoters' to circumvent tax laws or evade taxes.  They...

Okay I got a new case for appeal consideration and am blasting out my thoughts as to why this one is not receiving further consideration.  In short it is not winnable. You need to be very diligent in your research and documentation to successfully deduct...

IRS Notice 2011-68 provides interim guidance on the federal income tax treatment of annuity and life insurance contracts with a qualified long-term care insurance (QLTC) feature. The guidelines address the application of certain changes to the federal income tax rules governing annuity and life insurance contracts as...

A friend of mine asked me to blog today about my experiences from a tax perspective with Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes. Both are for the most part perpetrated by clandestinely malcontent people that have inadvertently grown trustworthy, a "friend" or relative or fellow member of...

Generally you can deduct expenses paid for medical care for yourself, your spouse and your dependents to the extent the total expenses for the year exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income and you itemize your deductions (Schedule A). IRS Pub. 502, Medical and Dental Expense, has valuable...