News - John R. Dundon II, Enrolled Agent
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This is an overview of actions the Appeals Officer takes during IRS Appeals consideration of an innocent spouse case. It references the IRS IRM 25.15.12.10.  The IRS Appeals Officer is to consider the facts and circumstances of the case and all pertinent information when making...

By completing IRS Form 8857 (Request for Innocent Spouse Relief) the innocent spouse is attesting he or she should not be held responsible for the other spouse’s liability. If approved, it does not eliminate the liability; it effectively transfers all of it to the spouse who created the liability. A...

IRS Form 8379 (Injured Spouse Allocation) helps calculate the allocation of income and tax liability to each spouse for the purpose of determining how much of an overpayment should be applied to a spouse’s liability and how much is refunded to the non-liable spouse. For tax purposes, a liability includes debts...

Only by considering all the facts and circumstances of each situation can you determine whether an expense was incurred in a “trade or business,”and whether it was an “ordinary and necessary” expense for that business, making it a deductible expense. Before you can determine whether expenses may be deducted,...

Questions Asked by the IRS in an Initial Interview Audit. The following is a sample set of questions the IRS uses when conducting an initial 'interview' Mandatory Statements/Questions by IRS: IRS Agent /Officer Name? Taxpayer Name? Audit Date/time? Do you have concerns regarding the audit process? ...

Payments received from your Individual Retirement Arrangement before you reach age 59 ½ are generally considered early or premature distributions. Early distributions must be reported to the IRS and are usually subject to an additional 10 percent tax.  Distributions you rollover to another IRA or...

Everything you own and use for personal or investment purposes is a capital asset including a home, household furnishings and stocks and bonds held in a personal account.  When a capital asset is sold, the difference between the amount you paid for the asset and...

The Adoption Tax Credit in 2010 was increased to $13,170 and made refundable for qualified expenses paid to adopt an eligible child by the Affordable Care Act.  Basically this means that as a parent who completed an adoption in 2010 you can get money back...

The IRS is making important changes to its lien filing practices that will lessen the negative impact on taxpayers. The changes include: Tax Lien Thresholds - The IRS will significantly increase the dollar thresholds when liens are generally filed. The new dollar amount is in keeping...

The bottom line is that if your estranged spouse or X spouse is inappropriately claiming your child as a dependent you may encounter problems with the IRS.  If you are the custodial parent one solution that seems to help is to file your taxes...

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