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Online FATCA Registration System Now Offered by the IRS

The IRS on August 19 unveiled a new online registration system for financial institutions that need to register with the agency under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
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Lois Lerner Accused of Using Personal E-mail for Official Business

Lois Lerner can't catch a break. Now House Republicans are asking her to provide official documents she purportedly sent to her personal e-mail account.
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IRS Seeks to Ease Rules for Innocent Spouses

The IRS is moving forward in its efforts to provide more leeway under the "innocent spouse" rules. On August 12, the IRS proposed a permanent extension of the rule allowing taxpayers up to ten years to apply for equitable relief.
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New IRS Letter to Small Businesses Draws Flak from Congress

The IRS is facing more pressure from Congress this week. Some lawmakers are criticizing a slew of letters sent by the agency to thousands of small business owners.
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IRS Will Keep Its Doors Open on August 30

On August 7, the IRS issued a press release saying it will remain open for business on August 30, the last of five furlough days previously announced by the nation's tax collection agency.
Tax

Crime Watch: August 9, 2013

A former Washington State real estate developer and his long-time girlfriend were convicted August 4 on twenty-five counts of tax evasion and false statements related to their scheme to avoid paying taxes on more than $23 million in income.
Tax

IRS Told More Needs To Be Done to Fight Identity Theft "Epidemic"

A subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform – the same committee that's investigating alleged wrongdoings regarding tax-exempt applications of Tea Party and other conservative groups – warned that the IRS has to improve its efforts to thwart identity theft issues.
Tax

House Passes Bill to Keep IRS from Enforcing Obamacare

Before leaving for its August recess, the US House of Representatives on August 2 passed a bill that would prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
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Employers in Seventeen States May Face Higher FUTA Tax Rates

Because seventeen states and the Virgin Islands have had an outstanding federal unemployment insurance loan for at least two years, employers in those jurisdictions may not be able to claim the maximum amount of state unemployment tax credits on their 2013 FUTA tax return.
Tax

Worker Classification Conundrum: Employee or Independent Contractor?

If your clients have workers they consider to be independent contractors, you may want to drill down to ensure they are classifying them correctly and they're not actually employees in the eyes of the government.
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House Committee Report Stirs Up Tea Party Scandal

The Republican-dominated committee claims that fifty-six applications filed by conservative groups were still pending as of May 31, while no groups with "progressive" in their names had a pending application.
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Minnesota Twins Heirs Go to Bat against IRS in Tax Court

When a truly wealthy person dies - like Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad - the IRS doesn't give up easily on the possibility of collecting more taxes. Pohlad's heirs are now fending off the IRS, which wants more than the taxes already paid.
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TIGTA Report: IRS Oversight of Revenue Officer Case Actions Can Be Improved

Improved oversight of revenue officers at the IRS is needed to ensure that case actions are completed timely, according to a report released publicly July 30, 2013, by the TIGTA.
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Death Tax Grasps for More of William Davidson's Wealth

Anyone wealthy enough to own a major sports franchise is probably steeped deep in serious estate planning. William Davidson was no exception. In 2008, the year before he died, his net worth was $5.5 billion.
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Surprise! IRS Will Be Open for Business July 22

Maybe IRS agents checked their pockets and discovered some money they didn't know they had. At any rate, the IRS has announced it is canceling the furlough day initially scheduled for July 22. The offices will be open and fully staffed after all.
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IRS Breach Exposes Thousands of Social Security Numbers

The IRS confirms it inadvertently posted Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of Americans on a government website. The identifying numbers relate to transactions by nonprofit political groups known as 527s.
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Bada Bing? Gandolfini's Leaves Behind a "Tax Disaster"

The will left by "The Sopranos'" lead actor James Gandolfini is causing attorneys to scratch their heads. Some can't help but wonder - did the man who accumulated an estate worth about $70 million seek any legal advice at all before making his will?
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Crime Watch: July 3, 2013

A California man admitted that for tax years 2007 and 2008, he failed to report approximately $1,843,847 of income, resulting in an additional tax due and owing to the government of approximately $516,277. He faces a five-year prison sentence.
Tax

Football Player Terrell Owens Faces IRS Lien

UPDATE: Terrell Owens Clears Massive Tax Debt. Owens had joined a long line of top-earning sports figures who blew through their wealth quickly and ended up broke. According to "Sports Illustrated," this is part of a "financial pandemic" that plagues a lot of top-earning athletes, especially in the NFL.
Practice

October 1 Deadline Looms for Obamacare Notices

The common perception is that most of the key provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act take effect in 2014. But employers should be advised that other responsibilities and rights kick in before then.

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