Author Archives: Wetenkamp

IRS Voluntary Classification Settlement Program is Broken

Sometimes employers misclassify their workers as independent contractors (self-employed) when, in fact, they are employees.  And when I say “sometimes” I mean millions of times.  It is very common.  I’m sure some of them do it unknowingly, but I am … Continue reading

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Audit Resistant Partnerships on the Rise

The IRS generally can include returns filed within the last three years in a tax audit.  There are exceptions, but the IRS normally does not go back further than three years.  What you may not know is that the IRS … Continue reading

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IA Eligibility Requirements

Who is eligible to pay back taxes to the California Franchise Tax Board via an installment agreement?  It can be a little complicated. It’s difficult not to compare FTB and IRS collection tactics.  Both almost always first demand/request payment in … Continue reading

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OPR: The Standard-Bearer for Integrity?

We know the IRS has a habit of making outrageously stupid decisions from time to time.  But moral decay over the past few decades is swiftly converting into a full-blown moral nosedive.   The debacle this week in the Office of … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone on Taxes

I read a lot of tax-related articles and they come from a variety of sources, but it is not every day that I find one in Rolling Stone.  I have to say that the article entitled “The Biggest Tax Scam … Continue reading

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Manteca Tax Cheat Files Lien Against IRS Commissioner

There was a story I saw in the Modesto Bee recently about a Manteca woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding the IRS out of about $313,000.  It is not really your typical refund fraud case in the sense that the … Continue reading

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IRS Phone Scam Complaints top 90,000

The IRS has long warned taxpayers to be on the look-out for deceptive phone calls from criminals posing as IRS agents.  These scams were once thought to target the elderly, those within specific socioeconomic groups, or those who recently immigrated … Continue reading

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Valley Braces for Hidden Gas Tax

There is something ominous coming our way in January 2015; something that has been called a “hidden gas tax.”  Those are three horrifying words.  Most consumers would agree that fuel is taxed enough already and fuel prices are certainly high … Continue reading

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IRS Doesn’t Hire 20-year-olds Because They’re Used to Stuff that Works

One of the most hilarious things for IT people is to hear non-IT people try to talk about computers and technology.  By no stretch of the imagination am I an IT person, but I do see the humor in that … Continue reading

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