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IRS closed – technical difficulties or government shutdown?

Because our elected representatives can’t do their job, the government has shutdown. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not immune from the shutdown … but you are still responsible to make payments and meet IRS deadlines. Curious as to how … Continue reading

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Be Charitable Today … Tax Relief in April

Get your check in the mail today! Charitable contributions are deductible in the year made, make you feel good immediately, and may give you some IRS Tax Relief in April. Therefore, donations paid by check still count for tax 2012 as long … Continue reading

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Happy Veterans Day

Technically Sunday was Veterans Day, but most of us have today off, including the IRS. I paid my first visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs website today and here are some of the things I found: VA has guanteed … Continue reading

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Colorado Can’t Tax Pot Sales Without Voter Approval

On November 6th, Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment (Amendment 64) legalizing recreational marijuana.  Over 54 percent of voters were in favor of the constitutional amendment, but it would be interesting to know how many of those people are “non-smokers.”  … Continue reading

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IRS Will Have to Get Creative in Enforcement of Obamacare

According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Obamacare will result in the most expansive set of tax law changes this nation has seen in 20 years.  But from a collections standpoint, is it anything more than a bunch … Continue reading

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IRS Still Not Giving Proper Notice of Liens

Three years ago the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recommended that the IRS change its practices regarding tax lien notices, and from the looks of this year’s lien notice audit, it does not appear that the IRS has … Continue reading

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IRS Promises to Start Showing Whistleblowers Some Love

The IRS appreciates getting tips that help them catch people who seek tax relief illegally, but they haven’t done a very good job of showing it over the years.  The relationship between the IRS and whistleblowers has been strained, to … Continue reading

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AMA Supports Soda Tax, On One Condition

While there is no silver bullet that will alone reverse the meteoric rise of obesity, there are many things we can do to fight this epidemic and improve the health of our nation.  Improved consumer education on the adverse health … Continue reading

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Pasties Won’t be Taxed in Britain

Believe me, it’s not what you think.  In the United States pasties are a warm weather clothing(ish) item worn by some women.  But in England it is a popular food eaten by the common folk.  Picture a cross between a … Continue reading

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TIGTA Recommendations Need More Teeth

It would seem that TIGTA’s “recommendations” to the IRS have fallen on deaf ears at times.  Perhaps TIGTA needs to be given greater authority so it can lay down some consequences for non-compliance.  Taxpayers face stinging consequences like the bank … Continue reading

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