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Constitutional Amendment Would Require Supermajority For Tax Hikes

Provided by CCHThe House on June 12 plans to vote on an amendment to the Constitution that would require a supermajority in Congress to change tax laws or significantly increase government spending. The Tax Limitation Constitutional Amendment (HJRes 96) was introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, on June 6.
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June is Wedding Season, IRS Sends Best Wishes

"June brides" have plenty to think about before their wedding - the facilities, the caterer, the musicians, the flowers, and completing a new SS-5 form with the Social Security Administration.During this wedding season, the IRS wishes to remind soon-to-be-married taxpayers of a couple of things they really should be adding to their final wedding planning checklist to ensure a smooth transition with the tax man later.So if you are getting married this summer, or know someone who is, be sure to remind them to:Use the Correct Name. Taxpayers must provide correct names and
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IRS Web Site Wins National Award

If you've been impressed with the new look of the Internal Revenue Service's Web site at www.irs.gov, you're not alone. The site, which has received more than 2 billion hits since last October, will receive the Pioneer Award from e-Gov later this month. The Pioneer Award recognizes innovative approaches to improving products and services.The e-Gov exposition is being held in Washington D.C. on June 24 through 27, and the event will feature a best-practice briefing and an information kiosk hosted by the IRS.
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'Tax Talk Today' Focuses on Benefits of The Research Tax Credit

June 11, 2002 Webcast New changes to the increasingly popular research and development tax credit will be the focus of a June 11th Tax Talk Today Webcast, "New Research Credit Regs: DON’T MISS OUT" airing from 2-3 pm ET at www.TaxTalkToday.TV Register FREE Today!The recent changes, proposed by the Treasury Department in December 2001, will make it easier for businesses to qualify for research and development tax credits.
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SEC Forum To Probe Problems of Small Businesses

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be held on September 26 and 27, 2002 in Arlington, Virginia. The Forum is a way for small business owners and their representatives to communicate their views and needs to senior government officials. Items slated for discussion include issues in the areas of taxation and securities regulation.
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NY Indictment Shines Spotlight on Sales Tax Avoidance

New York prosecutors have been investigating the sales tax treatment on fine art sold to the former chief executive officer (CEO) of Tyco International Ltd. The former CEO pled not guilty to a 12-count indictment on June 5, 2002, and this has helped shine a spotlight on the techniques often used to avoid sales tax on pricey but easily portable products.
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IRS Unveils New TEAMs to Turbocharge Its Aging TAMs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been looking for ways to speed up its aging system for issuing Taxpayer Advice Memoranda (TAMs). Chief Counsel B. John Williams, Jr. thinks the Service has found the right answer in TEAMs (Technical Expedited Advice Memoranda).The purpose of the TAM program is to publish binding guidance for specific taxpayer situations. But the Service hasn't been issuing many TAMs in recent years, mostly because practitioners complain it takes too long. A typical TAM can take 90 to 120 days or more to issue.
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Mickey Mouse Meets the Tax Man

Walt Disney Co. is undergoing an audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While IRS audits of large companies are not unusual, this one stands out because Disney has chosen to highlight the audit in its recent quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Disney has indicated that a resolution of the dispute may involve Disney making additional payments to the IRS, however the company has vowed to defend itself and insists that it handled taxes legitimately in the years affected by the audit.
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IRS Launches Test of Online Taxpayer Service

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched an online taxpayer service that will ultimately save taxpayers and IRS agents the time and frustration that accompanies long waits in telephone queues.Taxpayers can check the status of their refunds online and receive information about when a refund was mailed or what type of problem is causing a delay.
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Department of Justice Attempts to Thwart Tax Evasion

The U.S. Department has filed documents in Federal District court in Tampa in an attempt to gain an injunction against tax fraud monger Douglas P. Rosile Sr. of Venice, FL, who has been accused of peddling tax scams. Tax scams take many shapes, and since Congress passed the I.R.S.
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IRS Extends Tax Breaks From Net Operating Losses

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is extending the time period for claiming tax breaks made available in March 2002 to individuals and businesses with net operating losses in tax years ending in 2001 or 2002. Because of the timing of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002, many taxpayers filed their tax returns before this new law was passed and have not yet filed for refunds. Some may have been unaware that they could carry their losses back for five years, instead of the two year maximum allowed under prior law.
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Guide to Using The IRS' New Taxpayer Advocate Service

The IRS' new Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), which replaced the former IRS-run program known as Program Resolution, has caused some confusion and misunderstanding among practitioners since it was launched two years ago. TaxTalkToday.tv, a live monthly Webcast sponsored in part by the IRS, ran a seminar this week intended top help educate practitioners on how and when to use the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Practitioners may view an archived copy of the seminar for free.Panelist Henry O.
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IRS Readies Tax Break for Hybrid Car Buyers

Original purchasers of one of the new hybrid gas-electric automobiles now entering the market will qualify for a tax break. The amount of the break is being determined now by the Internal Revenue Service under a process spelled out in recently-issued Revenue Procedure 2002-42.One manufacturer, Toyota, claims 90% of the world market for hybrid vehicles. It says it sold 1,834 Prius models in the U.S. during April 2002. But another manufacturer, Honda, was first to market.
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House Votes 'Yea' on Marriage Penalty Acceleration

The House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to support an acceleration of the elimination of the marriage penalty from the standard deduction.With a vote of 409-1 - only Representative Alan Mollohan (D-WV) voted against the measure - the House voted to begin eliminating the marriage penalty in 2003 instead of 2005 as originally scheduled.
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Federal Income Tax Tips for the Class of 2002

Students graduating this year will find the tax laws ease some of their post-graduation expenses. Here is a run-down published by CNNMoney of laws likely to affect the class of 2002:Student loans. You can get a higher starting salary and still qualify to write off up to $2,500 in interest paid on college loans this year.
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Treasury Takes Aim at 'Unpatriotic' Tax-Dodgers

On May 17, 2002, the Treasury Department released a preliminary report on the growing number of U.S. companies that have announced plans to reincorporate outside the country, e.g., in Bermuda, through a paper parent company.
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IRS Wants to Collect Payroll Tax on Stock Options

The IRS is about to make history if it is successful with its plan to make incentive stock options (ISOs) and employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) vulnerable to Social Security, Medicare, and other payroll taxes.
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IRS Report Card: Grades Are Improving

Three years ago, the watchdog Federal Performance Project gave the Internal Revenue Service a passing - but not stellar - grade of a "C" average. On May 15, 2002, the Project announced that the IRS' grade has improved to a "B minus."The Federal Performance Project, which provides an independent management assessment of federal agencies, is a collaboration between Government Executive magazine and George Washington University’s public administration department.
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New Deadline for IRS Form 1042-S Approaches

Earlier this spring The Internal Revenue Service announced that for this year only it is extending the due date of Form 1042-S, Foreign Person's U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding, from March 15 to May 15. All forms 1042-S formerly due on March 15, 2002 are due May 15, 2002.
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Accounting Firms Face Penalties Under Tax-Shelter Bill

Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley, senior members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced tough new tax legislation known as the "Tax Shelter Transparency Act" that would impose penalties on promoters of tax shelters, mainly law and accounting firms.Types of Tax SheltersThe legislation separates transactions into three types: reportable listed transactions, reportable avoidance transactions and a catch-all category for other transactions.Reportable listed transacti

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