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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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Nominee for IRS Commissioner Vows to Restore Public Trust

President Obama’s choice for IRS Commissioner is John Koskinen, a man known for his talent in turning around large corporations on the brink of collapse.  He is known for his skills in “restoring public trust” after major disasters.  Isn’t it a little … Continue reading

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TIGTA Questions Tax Gap Stats

The most current “tax gap” figure is $450 billion — a little too nicely rounded, isn’t it? Seems like a wild guess, right? Every year Americans collectively owe hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes.  But the IRS is successful in collecting … Continue reading

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IRS Tax Cheat Poll

A recent IRS poll shows that 87% of American taxpayers believe it is NEVER ok to cheat on their income taxes. In my experience as a tax attorney, I can’t help but think this little statistic is overly-optimistic.  It is … Continue reading

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Newest Tax Gap Figures are Astounding

On Friday the IRS released its “tax gap” figures for tax year 2006. The previous measurement was five years earlier in 2001. The tax gap is the difference between what taxpayers should be paying and what is actually paid.  And … Continue reading

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