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Question: Sam, age 15, came into your office to have his taxes prepared. He has wages of $6,500, interest income of $1,500, and dividend income of $5,500. He is claimed as a dependent by his parents, however his parents have not filed their return yet...

Meir Katz (J.D. 2010, Georgetown) has posted The Economics of § 170: A Case for the Charitable Deduction of Parochial School Tuition on SSRN. It is fascinating. Here is the abstract: That payments for parochial school tuition are not deductible under § 170 is a foregone conclusion...

'Audit reconsideration' requests the IRS to reconsider action it has taken with the taxpayer by allowing the taxpayer to present information that may not have been available to the IRS previously. This procedure is used when an assessment has been made due to an audit...

Taxpayers who need to get copies of Colorado tax forms (including electronically filed returns) and canceled checks submitted to the Department of Revenue must use the “Request for Copies” form DR 5714 available on the Colorado Taxation Web site through this link: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1239161361364&ssbinary=true NOTE: In an effort...

IRC Sec. 6343(a)(1) provides that, if under regulations prescribed by the secretary, the secretary has determined that a levy is creating an economic hardship due to the financial condition of the taxpayer, the secretary must release all or a part of the taxpayer’s property or...

ROBS - Rollover (of tax deferred or retirement $$) as Business Start ups - arrangements were created to secure available funds held in tax-deferred savings (usually under a prior employer’s plan) for an aspiring entrepreneur without incurring resultant tax liabilities that would ordinarily apply to...

There is still time left to take advantage of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, a credit that will help many parents and college students offset the cost of college. This tax credit is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is...

As part of the IRS's continuing efforts to require greater disclosure of tax positions and strategies on returns, it recently released new, mandatory disclosure rules for grouping passive activities. Rev. Proc. 2010-13 for the first time mandates that passive-activity groupings and regrouping, as required under...

Charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations to be deductible. You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization and most will be able to tell you. Charitable contributions are deductible only if you itemize deductions using Form 1040, Schedule A. You generally...

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