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Except for tax protestors, no one wants to fight with the Internal Revenue Service. That's why there's such a mystique about avoiding an audit. While what-triggers-an-audit theories abound, there are some basic things you can do to reduce your chances of being picked for an...

Taxpayers who take energy saving steps this year may get bigger tax savings next year. The Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit, a tax credit for making energy efficient improvements to homes has been increased as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Seven...

For the year 2010, the personal exemption amount is $3,650 for yourself, your spouse and each dependent you are eligible to claim. This amount is unchanged from the 2009 amount. However there's one significant change for 2010. Unlike previous years, personal exemptions will not be...

In its simplest form, bartering is the trading of one product or service for another, usually with no exchange of cash. With the economy in its present state, the IRS has seen an increase in bartering exchanges. As a result, the IRS created a web...

Revenue Procedure In Rev. Proc. 2009-51, IRS sets forth procedures for employers to opt in to filing Form 944 (Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return) and for employers previously notified to file Form 944 to opt out and file Forms 941 (Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return)...

Billions of dollars in tax credits are being provided to Individual Taxpayer Identification Number filers without adequate verification of eligibility, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The Internal Revenue Service provides ITINs to individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security number...

The IRS is setting up a special unit that will take a more skeptical look at the various strategies used by the wealthy to reduce their tax burden (see Shulman Has ‘Some Sympathy’ for CPA Concerns). That includes trusts, real estate investments, royalty and licensing...

The IRS has released a new tax form, Schedule L, Standard Deduction for Certain Filers (2 pages including instructions, pdf) for use with 2009 tax returns. Taxpayers may need to use this form if they are claiming various additions to their standard deduction, such as...

Sec. 172(a) allows taxpayers to deduct against a tax year's income those net operating losses both carried over to the tax year from previous tax years and carried back from later tax years. An NOL basically is the excess of allowed deductions over gross income....

Sec. 183 denies loss deductions beyond income earned from activities in which the taxpayer does not intend to make a profit. These deductions are typically referred to as "hobby losses." Generally, an activity is presumed to be carried on for-profit if it makes a profit...