Monthly Archives: January 2013

IRS Not Concerned About Likes & Followers

The IRS is still intent on growing its social media presence.  Yesterday it unveiled a Tumblr account, even though it has actually been quietly sitting around for about six months.  I’m not sure why the IRS waited until now to formally introduce … Continue reading

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Offer in Compromise: Don’t File Just Because You Can

A tax attorney hears all kinds of stories about errors committed by tax preparers or injustices perpetrated by the IRS.  People often ask me (sometimes jokingly) “Can I sue them?”  My answer is usually, “No, you don’t have a cause of action;” … Continue reading

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“Where’s My Refund?” v. 2.0

Even with all the shenanigans this year* the IRS decided to upgrade the “

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Court Shoots Down IRS Return Preparer Certification Program

If you follow current events in the world of tax relief and tax preparation, you probably heard about the federal district court decision permanently enjoining the IRS from enforcing its 2011 tax return preparer regulations.  The U.S. District Court for the … Continue reading

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2012 Tax Changes, Part II

Here are a couple more changes following up to yesterday’s blog entry: Earned Income Tax Credit Changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) make the credit more available, and valuable in tax year 2012 than it was in tax … Continue reading

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2012 Tax Changes

I was recently asked what changes are looming for this year’s taxes. Seems like a simple enough question, right?  But the question wasn’t about 2013; they were asking me about tax year 2012 and any changes they should be aware of compared … Continue reading

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Extension for Farmers & Fishermen

This year the IRS was not ready to begin receiving and processing 2012 tax returns when they normally do so.  In fact, they’re still not ready.  The IRS has been making last minute changes stemming from the American Taxpayer Relief … Continue reading

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TIGTA Reports on Refund Fraud by Prisoners

One of the chronic problems at the IRS is they keep issuing refunds to criminals.  Refund fraud (a criminal form of tax relief) is a widespread issue reaching all the way into our country’s prisons.  Most people would probably be shocked to know … Continue reading

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Business Use of the Home: New Option for 2013

Many self-employed taxpayers work from home.  But not all of them can deduct expenses for the “business use of their home.”  The tax worksheet (Form 8829) may be only one page long, but it’s 43 lines of mind-numbing detail (at least for one more year) that you … Continue reading

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Tax Protestors: Keep your Distance

Tax protestors typically turn to a handful of “canned” arguments regarding the government’s lack of authority to levee taxes.  These arguments are typically not very successful.  When tax protestors refuse to pay taxes based on these flawed legal positions, they are typically hit … Continue reading

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