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House Votes to Hold Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt

Contempt citation was passed by a vote of 231 to 187, almost a year after the IRS first acknowledged and apologized for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of some conservative groups.
Tax

Did Ways and Means Violate Section 6103 of the Tax Code?

An article posted yesterday by the website Tax Analysts questions whether the House panel broke the law when it publicly disclosed confidential taxpayer information in a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder last month.
Tax

IRS Simplifies Tax-Exempt Applications for Small Nonprofits

As investigations continue into the "Tea Party scandal" involving applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS is releasing a new, simpler Form 1023-EZ.
Practice

Foreign Banks Given Transition Period for FATCA Compliance

New IRS guidance treats 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for foreign banks that have shown “good faith efforts” in their compliance of the US tax-evasion law, which goes into effect on July 1.
Tax

House Contempt Vote for Lois Lerner Is Expected Next Week

A proposal calling for US Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel in the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups will also be considered in the House next week.
Tax

Topless Dancer Redefines 'Ordinary and Necessary'

Yes, it's one of the Tax Court's racier cases, but beyond the salacious details are some sober lessons on the government's idea of tax deductions.
Tax

IRS Readies for Slew of Amended Returns

The agency estimated last week that approximately 5 million taxpayers will amend their federal income tax returns by filing Form 1040X this year. Those who need to amend their returns should do so only after filing the original return.
Tax

Ask and You Shall Receive: E-filing Up This Tax Season

The IRS strongly encouraged taxpayers to file their 2013 federal income tax return electronically versus mailing a paper return to the agency. So far, 88 percent of the returns the IRS received this tax season were e-filed.
A&A

Earn CPE Credits at 2014 IRS Tax Forums

Enrolled agents and CPAs can earn as much as 18 credits by attending one of five IRS Nationwide Tax Forums this summer. The three-day events feature seminars, workshops, and a two-day expo.
Tax

IRS Responds to TIGTA Report on Bonuses

The agency said it is developing a policy linking conduct to performance awards for executives and senior-level employees – and a similar policy for all IRS employees will be considered.
Tax

How to Get Tax Breaks on Divorce

Divorce is hard, and the IRS isn't going to make it any easier. The IRS generally says "no" to tax deductions that might ease the pain of divorce—but there are exceptions.
Tax

IRS Ramps Up ID Theft and Refund Fraud Enforcement Efforts

Nearly 300 new identity theft and refund fraud investigations have been launched during this tax-filing season, bringing the number of active cases to almost 1,900, the IRS announced last week.
Tax

Further Details on Lerner's DOJ and Contempt Problems

About the process: just how much trouble is Lois Lerner facing?
Tax

House Panel Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today voted in favor of holding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress because she had twice refused to answer the panel’s questions regarding the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.
Tax

GAO: 89 Percent of Paid Preparers Made Mistakes on Returns

During undercover site visits to 19 randomly selected commercial tax-preparation businesses, only two preparers calculated the correct refund amount on a taxpayer’s return, according to a new study released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday.
Wealth management

How FATCA Compliance Just Got Easier

Those who have to deal with the Treasury Department's mind-bending international tax rules have just caught a break.
Tax

Koskinen Calls on Congress to Give IRS Oversight of Tax Return Preparers

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, the head of the IRS urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would authorize the agency to regulate the nation’s estimated 600,000 to 700,000 paid tax return preparers.
Tax

Senate Schedules Hearing on ‘Unethical’ Tax Preparers

Two sets of panelists will discuss what to do with tax return preparers who lack proper certification during a Senate Finance Committee hearing that begins at 10 a.m. ET on April 8.
Practice Management

Ignorance is Bliss? Not When It Comes to Tax Prep

We should be afraid of the lack of awareness and familiarity and sheer laziness among unqualified tax preparers.
Education & Careers

How VITA Builds Tax Skills While Helping Communities

Put away your cynicism; we actually have a warm and fuzzy story that involves the IRS.

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