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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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
Tax

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?
Tax

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.
Tax

IRS Spending Sprees Send Some to the Woodshed

Work for the IRS and you might be able to get all kinds of free perks, including pornography and electronics, expensive meals, and more - all on the taxpayer's dime. But these items aren't supposed to be free.
Tax

IRS Contractor Cheated His Way to $500 Million in Questionable Bids

Scandals, scandals everywhere, and not an excuse to make. This seems to be the atmosphere at the IRS, as one problem after another has been revealed in recent weeks.
Tax

IRS Scandal Shifts Focus to Russell George

With a Democrat in the Oval Office, the screams heard around the country were that the targeting of conservative groups was politically motivated, maybe even ordered by the Obama administration. Now the focus has shifted.
Tax

TIGTA Report Reveals Bogus IRS Refunds

If it seems like everyone is ganging up on the beleaguered IRS, the truth seems to be more along the lines of long-term problems that are just now coming into focus.
Tax

Werfel's Report Outlines IRS Changes to Ensure Accountability and Chart a Path Forward

IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner Danny Werfel issued a report June 24 outlining new actions and next steps to fix problems uncovered with the IRS' review of tax-exempt applications and to improve the wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 21, 2013

A Washington man who advised and assisted others in a common tax fraud scheme, was sentenced June 14 in US District Court in Tacoma to ninety-seven months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Tax

New Legislation Would Make Enrolled Agents Easier to Find

Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany Jr. introduced legislation on June 11 that would allow enrolled agents to be able to identify themselves with their Treasury Department-granted credential in any state in the country.

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