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IRS Wants Tax Preparer Licensing Injunction Suspended

The IRS hasn't given up its fight to regulate independent tax preparers. It has asked a federal court to suspend the federal court injunction issued last week that blocked the IRS effort until a new motion can be filed.
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Plaxico Burress Needs Professional Help

NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress needs a good financial advisor . . . or a team of them. He seems to be his own worst enemy, with a long track record of self-inflicted wounds – financial, physical, and behavioral – followed by a career-crashing stint in prison.
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Treasury and IRS Issue Final FATCA Regulations

The US Department of the Treasury and the IRS jointly issued comprehensive final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for reporting and withholding taxes on US taxpayers with financial accounts held abroad.
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IRS Highlights Refund Tracker for Electronic Tax Return Filers

With the federal tax-filing season ready to begin January 30, the IRS wants electronic tax filers (e-filers) to know of its improved Where's My Refund? tracking program.
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Crime Watch: January 24, 2013

A tax return preparer in Florida allegedly falsified tax returns that cost the US Treasury more than $17 million. After examining over 250 tax returns, the IRS found that over 90 percent understated the taxpayer's liability.
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IRS Simplifies Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction

The IRS announced on January 15, 2013, a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes.
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Uncle Sam Takes "Real Housewife" to Task

Sheree Whitfield, the ex-wife of former Atlanta Falcons tackle Bob Whitfield and a former star on reality TV show "Real Housewives of Atlanta," is in trouble with the IRS for failure to pay taxes in 2009 and 2010.
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Jon Gosselin - From Stardom to Average Guy to Tax Deadbeat

When Jon Gosselin walked away from his wife in 2009, he also walked away from the income derived from their reality TV show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8." He hasn't paid any taxes since splitting with Kate; the result is a tax lien of $39,000.
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Tax Lien Hits Music Legend Stevie Wonder

Nobody is immune from the long arm of the California Franchise Tax Board, not even one of the key entertainers at President Obama's inaugural ball. The good news is Stevie Wonder can handle it. The tax lien is for a mere $40.
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IRS Provides Penalty Relief to Farmers and Fishermen

The IRS announced it will issue guidance to provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers and fishermen unable to file and pay their 2012 taxes by the March 1 deadline due to the delayed start for filing tax returns.
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Court Rules IRS Can't License Tax Return Preparers

A federal court struck down the IRS's licensing effort that would have required thousands of independent tax preparers to pass a competency exam and abide by a litany of new rules.
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AICPA Asks Congress to Amend Hurricane Sandy Tax Relief Act

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is asking Congress to amend its Hurricane Sandy tax relief legislation by extending the replacement period for which taxpayers can claim a property loss.
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AICPA Offers Heads Up on New Medicare Taxes

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) hosted a conference call January 17 to discuss compliance and planning issues surrounding the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax that kicks in this year.
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Last Shot at IRA Gifts to Charity for '12

The IRS is reminding senior citizens of an eleventh-hour reprieve granted by the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Older individuals can still pull off a tax-free, IRA-to-charity transfer of funds, but only if they act by January 31.
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O.J. Simpson Hit with Tax Debt and Foreclosure

In prison for a total of thirty-three years, and he's still drawing fire from multiple sources. O.J. Simpson is being targeted by the IRS, and it's not the first time. The tax agency just filed a second lien on him for 2011 income.
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Crime Watch: January 16, 2013

Masood Chotani, a CPA and tax return preparer, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of engaging in a scheme to file false tax returns with the IRS using the names and Social Security numbers of deceased individuals.
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TIGTA to IRS: Get Tough on Noncash Charitable Contributions

TIGTA estimates that more than 273,000 taxpayers claimed about $3.8 billion in potentially erroneous noncash charitable contributions in tax year 2010, which resulted in an estimated $1.1 billion reduction in tax.
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E-Filing Continues to Grow, Exceeds 80 Percent Goal

Saying that paper tax returns are "steadily becoming a thing of the past," the IRS Oversight Board reports that e-filing of individual tax returns has surpassed an 80 percent goal.
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Nation's Top Tax Advocate Calls for Tax Reform

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson cited the need for comprehensive tax reform as the top priority in her annual report to Congress. The report identifies problems facing taxpayers and advises Congress to take significant steps to simplify matters.
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IRS: Annual Inflation Adjustments for 2013

The IRS announced January 11, 2013, annual inflation adjustments for tax year 2013, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes from the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

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