IRS

Tax

Let the IRS Notices Begin

You’ve finished the bulk of tax preparation. Sit back and relax. But don’t get too comfortable, because you can also expect the IRS to start studying the accuracy of returns and taking action on misreporting, underpayments, and errors. The IRS sends most notices to taxpayers within eighteen months after they file.
Tax

California Dreamin': Taxes Gone Wild!

According to a new report, former Baywatch star and Playboy icon Pamela Anderson owes the state of California over a half million dollars in back taxes. Another prominent state tax scofflaw is Joe Francis, founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos, who is on the hook for more than three quarters of a million dollars.
A&A

Five Good Reasons to Obtain a Filing Extension

As you're nearing the tax return finish line, you probably have some clients who are stragglers or haven't "checked in" yet. Fortunately, you can still rely on the automatic tax filing extension to bail procrastinators out of a jam. Here's some valuable information to pass along to your clients.
A&A

IRS Notice 2012-22 Adjusts Energy Savings Percentage Guidelines

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes a tax deduction for investments in "energy efficient commercial building property" designed to significantly reduce the heating, cooling, water heating, and interior lighting cost of new or existing commercial buildings placed into service between 1/1/2006 and 12/31/2013.
Tax

Need an Extension to File Your Taxes? e-file!

If you have clients who want information about e-filing, you can pass this article along to them. We hope you'll find it helpful.
Tax

Tax Tip: Expand the Reach of Dependent Care Credit

This is the tenth and final article in our series of tax return tips for 2011 returns. It's not unusual for both parents of young children to work during the day while someone watches the kids. But the parents may be able to claim a dependent care credit to offset part of the cost.
Tax

TIGTA Report: IRS Computer Security Center Effective, Could Be Better

The CSIRC, which is responsible for monitoring the IRS network for cyber attacks and computer vulnerabilities, "is effectively performing most of its responsibilities for preventing, detecting, and responding to computer security incidents," according to a new report publicly released by TIGTA.
Tax

Two Tax Evasion Cases Loom over Lohan as Other Legal Issues Fade Away

According to documents filed at the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office on February 13, 2012, Lindsay Lohan never paid her federal income taxes for 2010, totaling $140,203.30. The IRS made its assessment of Lohan’s latest failure to pay on September 19, 2011. This is in addition to the $93,701.57 she still owes for 2009.
Tax

Will the Courts Uphold IRS Efforts to License Tax Preparers?

The IRS is confident that its initiatives to increase regulation of tax preparers will be found legal, despite challenges from opponents. Last week, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, said the new requirements were being implemented carefully and would "help smoke out unscrupulous preparers."
Tax

Tax Tip: How Do You Spell Tax Relief? C-a-s-u-a-l-t-y Loss

This is the ninth article in our series of tax return tips for 2011 returns. Last year was a violent year across the country due of a flurry of natural disasters. If insurance proceeds didn't make your clients whole, they may be entitled to limited tax relief on their 2011 returns.
Tax

Alabama Woman Gets Sixty-One Months for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

On March 13, the Justice Department and the IRS announced that Melinda Clayton of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced to sixty-one months in prison. Clayton plead guilty to conspiracy to make false claims, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. She was also ordered to pay $494,424 in restitution.
Tax

What To Do if You Can't Pay Your Taxes

With the end of tax season just around the corner, millions may be cringing over income tax bills they simply can't afford to pay. Ignoring payment is not an option, but there are alternatives that taxpayers facing this situation should know about, according to CCH.
Tax

Tax Tip: Add on Medical Expenses for a Nondependent

This is the eighth article in our series of tax return tips for 2011 returns. It's often difficult for taxpayers to qualify for medical expense deductions - but not impossible. Although the annual threshold is daunting, clients often overlook or ignore deductible expenses that can help pad their total.
Tax

New Online Tool for Donors Offers Peace of Mind

The IRS has announced that is making it easier for taxpayers and tax return preparers to do their due diligence on tax-exempt organizations. It has launched a new online tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check (EO Select Check), that provides all the important information in one location (IR-2012-34).
Tax

TIGTA Finds IRS Not Fully Compliant

According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report that was released March 22, the IRS is not fully compliant with a federal law that requires it to eliminate and report improper payments made to taxpayers.
Tax

AICPA Calls for Improvements to IRS Examination Program

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has raised a number of concerns with the IRS about the burden its correspondence audit program places on taxpayers selected for examination, Patricia Thompson, the chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee, told the IRS Oversight Board at a February 28 meeting.
Tax

Refunds Showing Up Later This Year

Liberty Tax Services' CEO Rufe Vanderpool reports that there are no abnormal delays in client federal income tax refunds at this time, but individual taxpayers continue to report delays. Carmen Gorgone of H&R Block in Reno says, "Refunds are most definitely delayed. About twenty-one days."
Tax

IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The IRS is seeking civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.
Tax

Lawsuit Charges IRS with "Power Grab" in New Tax Preparer Regulations

The Institute for Justice filed suit against the IRS on behalf of three independent, paid tax return preparers, challenging the IRS' authority to license and regulate paid tax preparers. The IRS instituted new requirements for paid tax preparers last year. The new regulations will be phased in over a three-year period.
Tax

IRS Announces "Fresh Start" Initiative to Help Struggling Taxpayers

The IRS announced a major expansion of its "Fresh Start" initiative to help struggling taxpayers. It is taking steps to provide new penalty relief to the unemployed and making installment agreements available to more people.

Pages


Already a member? log in here.