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Resolution seeks tax equity for same-sex married couples in California

California lawmakers earlier this month got one step closer to what Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) calls tax equity for same-sex married couples. Assembly Joint Resolution 29 (AJR 29) passed both houses in a vote of 52-9.
Workplace Fitness

IRS releases Form 720 for tanning excise tax

The Internal Revenue Service recently released Form 720 for the excise tax on indoor tanning services imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The 10 percent excise tax became effective July 1.
Tax

Justice Department shuts down tax return preparer, seeks to shutter another

A federal district judge in Atlanta has permanently barred Saloum A. Njie and his company, MIAAS Associates LLC, from preparing federal tax returns for others.
Tax

Congress asks the IRS to make changes to planned tax preparer regulations

In a letter addressed to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, 31 members of Congress from both parties expressed their concern with two aspects of the Internal Revenue Service's proposal to regulate paid tax preparers.
Tax

Three arrested in IRS shooting incident

Three alleged criminals found this out the hard way when two of them ended up shot after trying to rob a woman unloading her car in the parking area of her San Francisco home.
Tax

Khloe Kardashian, Wyclef Jean, Lena Olin share tax authorities' spotlight

Khloe Kardashian is a star in Hollywood, but with tax authorities…not so much. On July 28th the California Franchise Tax Board filed a tax lien against Kardashian in the amount of nearly $18,500 relating to income from 2007.
Tax

Tax preparers called upon to help reduce the tax gap

Tax preparers could be doing more to help reduce the tax gap if they had encouragement from the IRS, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
Tax

Armed and dangerous: Sharp-shooting IRS agent guns down would-be robber

A female Internal Revenue Service special agent shot and wounded one of two suspects who attempted to rob her while she was on duty in the Bayview District of San Francisco during the early morning August 5.
Tax

Chris Tucker, Rob Lowe do battle with taxman

Right about now, 'Rush Hour' star Chris Tucker might be feeling a bit of a squeeze in the form of a federal tax bill for nearly $12 million. And, chances are, he’s still reeling from last year’s pinch from Arnold Schwarzenegger, which seems small in comparison.
Tax

Three famous tax cheaters take issue with the authorities

AccountingWEB appears to be developing a rogues gallery of taxation ne'er-do-wells as the same celebrities continue to make headlines. Wesley Snipes, Conrad Black, Lil Wayne, and Suge Knight are, once again, in the news.
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IRS offers one-time special filing relief program for small charities

Small nonprofit organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required returns for 2007, 2008, and 2009 can preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15, 2010, under a one-time relief program, the IRS announced.

Small business tax issues

Small business owners are the backbone of our economy; they have always faced unique challenges. The small business tax environment is further exacerbated by our declining economy, high unemployment levels, and new health care regulations.
Tax

After the convictions: Wesley Snipes, Richard Hatch, Method Man

In 2009, rapper Method Man, whose real name is Clifford Smith, was arrested on felony tax evasion charges, accused of not filing tax returns for 2004 through 2007. His defense was pretty self-incriminating.
Tax

Report: Taxpayer data might be at risk

Taxpayers’ personal data is vulnerable to disclosure because the Internal Revenue Service is failing to track all the contractors that store and process the information, and the agency is not fixing previously identified security weaknesses fast enough.
Tax

Game, set, match to the IRS

Just before the start of this year’s French Open Tournament, news spread that Murphy Jensen, a doubles champion from the 1993 French Open, was neck deep in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service and two state tax agencies.
Tax

Fraud continues to plague homebuyer program

Iron bars might keep prisoners from physically picking our pockets. But that’s not enough to keep them – and others – from stealing millions in taxpayer money through fraudulent first-time homebuyer tax credits.
Tax

Push toward electronic filing continues

With a job as big as the Internal Revenue Service's, there has to be a pack of watchdogs – maybe several packs – to help the agency stay on track. That’s where Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) comes in.
Tax

Collecting unpaid taxes four pennies at a time

Aaron Zeff is the owner of Harv’s Metro Car Wash in Sacramento, California. Imagine his surprise when, one day last March, federal agents showed up at his business demanding payment of an amount owed from tax year 2006. Just how much did Zeff need to cough up? Four pennies.
Tax

Four rap stars make the IRS hit list

The list of famous, well-paid people who owe back taxes is long and getting longer. Lately, it seems the names dominating the list are those of rappers.
Tax

IRS accepting applications for qualifying therapeutic discovery project

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that small firms may begin applying for certification for tax credits or grants available under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program, created by the Affordable Care Act.

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