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February 17, 2010    
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Editor's Note
Preparers of partnership tax returns have to do a little more digging. New rules require disclosure of a chain of ownership that can include indirect ownership. Guest writer Jane McCurdy provides examples to help you understand this new requirement.

We waited a year and a half for the tax court ruling on Rhiannon O’Donnabhain, the gender-changing taxpayer who wanted to claim a tax deduction for the expenses relating to the sex-change operation. The court has finally decided - the deduction stands.

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Partnership taxation: New ownership disclosures require extra digging
The IRS Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income, is the tax return that partnerships must file annually. Beginning with the 2009 tax year, partnerships are required to answer two new questions when filing Form 1065.
Tax Court allows deduction for sex-change operation
The U.S. Tax Court in Boston ruled in favor of a plaintiff who claimed approximately $5,000 in medical deductions for expenses relating to her sex-change operation. The court ruled last week that the treatment she received stemmed from a disease and was not classified as cosmetic, thereby making the medical care tax deductible, according to court documents.
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How Arnold Schwarzenegger cleared an $80,000 tax lien for twenty bucks
Ten months ago the IRS slapped a lien on California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for nearly $80,000. Now after paying only $20.50, the debt is cleared. How did that happen?
Tips for European VAT recovery
European Value-Added Tax (VAT) can pose a number of problems for U.S. companies unfamiliar with the procedures involved, but taking control of your company’s VAT has never been more important.
California woman racks up hotel bills posing as IRS agent
A woman who amassed more than $55,000 in debt to a Marin County, CA, hotel by posing as an Internal Revenue Service agent has been charged with impersonating a federal employee.
Sacramento accountant with lavish lifestyle charged with stealing from clients
A former IRS agent and prominent Sacramento CPA has been accused of stealing more than $13.3 million from his clients, the Sacramento Bee reported.
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