Author Archives: Wetenkamp

Lost Lerner Emails May Still Turn Up

Over the past several weeks, top IRS officials have maintained the position that the Lois Lerner emails were destroyed and cannot be recovered.  But recent testimony to Congress suggests otherwise.  Just as everyone on earth suspected, the emails may still … Continue reading

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Mexican Artists Pay Taxes in Paintings

The Mexican government has figured out a way to dramatically simplify the payment of taxes, at least for one segment of society: artists.  Mexican artists who elect to participate in the program must donate good quality works of art to … Continue reading

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What’s the Point of IRS Letter 2645C?

My all-time favorite and most ambiguous IRS letter is the 2645C.  The Internal Revenue Manual refers to them as “interim letters” (IRM 4.19.23), which is a nice label given to a letter that is simply saying the IRS has received … Continue reading

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IRS Worker Suspended for Violation of Hatch Act

You know the statistic about what percentage of your life is spent sleeping?  Does it shock you just a little bit and make you want to sleep less?  That’s the way I feel when I think about what percentage of … Continue reading

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OIC Fees: It Matters How you Pay

A question came up recently about whether or not a taxpayer must submit his or her Offer in Compromise fees in the form of a cashier’s check or money order as opposed to a personal check. Just a little background first.  When filing … Continue reading

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IRS Role Model Dies at Age 94

I’m going to warn you: if you are prone to crying during movies like Forrest Gump or Old Yeller, you may want to skip this blog post.  If you don’t believe me, read on.  Read all the links too and … Continue reading

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IRS Small Biz Webinar

For me, Small Business Week sort of came and went this year with little notice.  In fact, I just now got around to watching the IRS webinar that came out on May 15th called “Avoiding the Biggest Tax Mistakes.”  The … Continue reading

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IRS Claims Lerner’s Emails are Unrecoverable

The IRS scandal involving the disparate treatment by the IRS of certain tax exempt organizations (or their applications for tax exempt status) still has life.  The government committees responsible for investigating the IRS “targeting scandal,” as it has come to … Continue reading

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Will the IRS Take Your Home?

The likelihood of the IRS resorting to collection of taxes through asset seizure — probably the most severe tax collection method — can only accurately be determined on a case-by-case basis*.  Certainly the IRS has authority to seize and sell assets … Continue reading

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Will the IRS Bring Back Private Debt Collections?

Somebody has sneaked some terrible legislation into a provision of the EXPIRE Act which, if approved, would require the IRS to hire outside private debt collection (PDC) firms to collect past due taxes.  If this sounds familiar it is because … Continue reading

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