Monthly Archives: September 2011

Multiple-filers and the Martinsburg Monster

Before the IRS went into full automation mode and before the IRS used computers in any meaningful way, there were the “multiple-filers.” This was the illegal practice of filing false returns (with phony names, wages, and social security numbers) claiming … Continue reading

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FTB Live Chat

Starting today the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is expanding its Live Chat program to business entity questions. Live Chat is a web-based communication application that was first launched about 6 months ago and is open to both taxpayers and practitioners. It is … Continue reading

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Realignment of California Prison System

Beginning in October, some criminals who would have normally been placed in California state prisons will be redirected to their individual county facilities. This is being done in an effort to combat the severe overcrowding problem in state prisons without simply letting … Continue reading

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IRS Audit Issue Going to Supreme Court

If the IRS is thinking about auditing you, they currently have 3 years from the date your return is filed to decide. It’s called the Assessment Statute Expiration Date (ASED). There is an exception: in cases where the taxpayer omits … Continue reading

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A Tax Even the Wealthy Can’t Pay

Greek parliament approved the new controversial property tax Tuesday evening. The hope is that this will increase the country’s chances of obtaining further bail-out money, precisely 8 billion euros, and keep the country solvent. However, the government has to be willing … Continue reading

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The Postage Stamp Controversy

The United States Postal Service has always honored great men and women by putting their faces on postage stamps. But nobody ever really aspired for that honor because it has also always signified that you were, well . . . … Continue reading

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IRS is no Help with Avoiding Fees

Usually the 16-year-old behind the counter at your favorite fast food establishment isn’t trying to up-sell you and get you to order the more expensive burger on the menu. They don’t care; they’re getting paid by the hour. In fact, … Continue reading

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IRS Fresh Start Webinar

The IRS webinar detailing their Fresh Start Initiative, which originally aired on August 31, 2011,  has been posted to the IRS video portal for all to see.  The Fresh Start Initiative is a tax reliefprogram designed to help taxpayers who are struggling … Continue reading

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IRS Customer Service Audit

The two things you can be sure of in life are, as the saying goes, death and taxes.  As for the taxes, they are apparently unavoidable on many different levels.  If it’s not the payment of taxes, it’s the waiting … Continue reading

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Free Tax Prep: You Get What You Pay For

A total of 3.1 million individual income tax returns were prepared for elderly, disabled, and low-income taxpayers at Volunteer Program sites in FY 2010. IRS Volunteer Programs include  the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly Programs. These programs … Continue reading

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