Monthly Archives: June 2012

Supreme Court Expands Congressional Tax Power

Tax relief for people who buy certain things? — sure (like real property).  A tax imposed on people who buy certain items? — sure (like cigarettes).  But a tax imposed on people who do not buying something?  That’s definitely new!  Apparently penalizing citizens for … 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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Your 2012 and 2013 Federal Tax Returns Are At Risk!

Today, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson reported to Congress the issues that the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will focus on during the upcoming fiscal year. Olson, expressed particular concern, among other issues, about the taxpayer impact of expired and expiring … Continue reading

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It’s All Star Election Season – Vote Early and Often…. With Your Validation Code

It’s almost July…. This means that it’s time to get the BBQ ready, buy some fireworks, and get your votes in for the MLB All Star Game. Although I’m an experienced tax attorney, I’m not THAT old… but old enough … 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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Lien Subordination

A Federal Tax Lien (FTL) is the government’s legal claim against a taxpayer’s real and personal property that arises by operation of law (automatically) when a taxpayer incurs a tax debt and fails to pay.  The taxpayer, other creditors, credit reporting entities, and … Continue reading

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The Soda Tax

It doesn’t rank all that high on our list of tax problems.  Maybe you don’t even know you’re paying it.  But at least 35 states already impose taxes on sugar-sweetened sodas.  Soda is believed to be one of the reasons we’re so fat … Continue reading

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IRS Needs Facelift; Should Taxpayers Have to Foot the Bill?

You already know about the IRS and their search for the ideal marketing firm to help improve their image.  The top PR firms in the nation are salivating over the $15 million contract that is currently on the table.  But … Continue reading

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DEA and IRS Team up in Medical Pot Asset Seizure

It was not your average bank levy. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service collaborated to seize the bank account of El Camino Wellness Center this week. The government was after more than $800,000 that had been deposited … Continue reading

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