Avoiding Penalties: Choosing a Reliable Tax Return Preparer

With the tax season around the corner, a significant number of taxpayers are seeking the services of tax return preparers. This often involves choosing a preparer who has been recommended by friends and family members. Tax return preparers may be referred based not on their qualifications, but on their reputation for generating large refunds for……

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Common Law Mailbox Rule Fails (Again)

In legal disputes, there are times when parties make representations that are not true. That includes the IRS and its auditors and attorneys. If the taxpayer is lucky, they will have direct evidence that shows that the representation is false. There are situations where the law does not allow that evidence to be considered. There……

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No Unlimited Time Limit for IRS Withholding Tax

There are jobs that are difficult to find employees to perform. This is particularly true for lower-paid jobs that require physical labor. This includes construction and maintenance jobs, such as painters, law care jobs, etc. It also includes some entry-level jobs in restaurants. Businesses in these industries often have to supplement their workforce with illegal……

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Relying on Advice From the IRS

IRS employees often give bad and incorrect tax advice. There are numerous examples of this in reported tax cases. Unlike advice provided by licensed professionals, such as tax attorneys, one generally cannot prevail in a malpractice suit against the IRS. That leaves the question as to whether bad or incorrect advice from the IRS can……

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Enough is Enough, But An Amended Tax Return is Not

The process for reporting taxes can be more difficult than discerning whether a tax provision applies. This complexity stems from the level of information is required to be reported. The IRS reporting requirements continue increase every year. The IRS’s decision to require partnership tax capital accounts is an example. Why is that information required and……

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