Content by Ken Berry

on 03/31/14
In the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages (U.S. v. Windsor, No. 12-307 6/26/13), the IRS issued guidance regarding federal tax law issues. It also posted the...
on 03/21/14
There's a security risk for virtually every business using technology. Not even the IRS is immune. On March 18, the nation's tax-collection agency revealed a serious security breach....
on 03/20/14
The threat of violence against professional tax return preparers is real. According to an item in the Minneapolis StarTribune on February 28, a man accompanying a female client to a meeting...
on 03/13/14
Lois Lerner isn’t a Superwoman, but she’s showing at least as much resilience as Lois Lane.A new report released on March 11 by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, one...
on 03/07/14
The tax-filing season got off to a slow start because the IRS said it needed more time to gear up for this year’s returns. But now the pace has picked up considerably.About 40 percent of the...
on 03/05/14
The $4 trillion budget plan for 2015 that President Obama presented on March 4 follows a recurring tax theme of his administration: bigger and better tax breaks for low-to-middle income families and...
on 02/19/14
The IRS has been in plenty of hot water lately for allowing staffers to enjoy lavish accommodations at conferences and squander taxpayer funds on video spoofs purportedly created for training...
on 02/14/14
The IRS has a message for taxpayers during the week of Presidents Day: Don’t even think about calling us.Typically, this week is “prime time” for taxpayers to call the IRS with...
on 02/13/14
When Sage Kotsenburg of the United States clinched the country’s first gold medal in the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this week, the laid-back snowboarder repeatedly used the word “...
on 02/11/14
On February 10, the US Treasury Department issued new final regulations pertaining to the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the controversial law...
on 02/06/14
It might take slightly longer for taxpayers to get their tax refunds from the IRS this year, but at least they can do a better job of tracking the progress on their smartphones.Earlier in the week,...
on 02/04/14
Is there a danger that the IRS won’t make good on its promise to send speedy federal income tax refunds to taxpayers? That’s a distinct possibility, according to Treasury Secretary Jack...
on 01/30/14
Make way for a new type of retirement account.President Obama, who proposed the “MyRA” in his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28, signed an executive order yesterday...
on 01/29/14
The IRS certainly cut it close.With just a few scant days until the official start of tax-filing season, the IRS approved a final draft of new Form 8960, Net Investment Income Tax—...
on 01/27/14
At long last, the much-publicized health insurance mandate for individuals went into effect on January 1. Now, less than a month later, the IRS has issued new proposed regulations governing the...
on 01/23/14
It’s bad enough that taxpayers have to contend with higher federal income tax rates and stiff penalties for underpayments. Apparently, there’s also a danger that an IRS employee will...
on 01/16/14
Billionaire H. Ty Warner, the sixty-nine-year-old founder of the Beanie Baby franchise, could have been sent to federal prison for five years for tax evasion. Instead, a US district court judge in...
on 01/15/14
It’s not exactly the rallying cry of “no taxation without representation,” but National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina E. Olson has called on the IRS to adopt a comprehensive new...
on 01/15/14
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has unveiled a new version of its Total Tax Insights calculator just before the start of income tax-filing season.The calculator, which can help taxpayers gauge...
on 01/08/14
By Ken Berry, Correspondent If the IRS gets its way, H. Ty Warner, creator of the Beanie Baby toy franchise, won’t be enjoying plush surroundings the next five years, he’ll...

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