Author Archives: Wetenkamp

Direct Deposit Refund Rule: New for 2015

Nowadays almost everybody files their Federal Tax Returns electronically.  The IRS has encouraged e-filing for many years now.  It’s a win-win because the IRS can process electronic returns very rapidly and the filer is happy to avoid the delay and … Continue reading

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I’m Becoming a TAS Fanboy

I know I’ve said some harsh (maybe even disparaging) comments about the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) in the past.  My comments have usually been related to the “quasi independent” nature of this service and how they seem to be nothing … Continue reading

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IRS and the Plain Writing Act

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently audited the IRS’ compliance with the Plain Writing Act of 2010.  The Plain Writing Act is not what you think.  It doesn’t restrict descriptive writing by novelists and it doesn’t proscribe … Continue reading

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IRS: The Raiders of Government Agencies

Usually when people are dressed in black surrounding a hole in a solemn ceremony, its a funeral.  But Tony Sparano, the interim head coach of the 0-4 Oakland Raiders, gathered the team for a special symbolic football burial this week.  … Continue reading

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IRS Audits and Public Perception

We know there is at least some rhyme or reason to who gets selected for an IRS audit.  If we knew all the criteria, we could position ourselves to avoid audits 100% of the time, but, for obvious reasons, the … Continue reading

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IRS Achieved Record Collections Despite Reduced Staff

Everybody thought that the IRS would be incapable of collecting as much tax revenue as years past with a reduced work force.  The loudest voices crying for a bigger tax collection budget came from within the IRS and from the … Continue reading

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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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