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What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees.

What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees. Before and after law school, many people consider attending business […]

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses?

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses? In Guill v. Commissioner, 112 T.C. 325 (1999), the United States Tax Court succinctly explained the deductibility […]
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What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect?

What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect? Under the general rule, the IRS must collect taxes within 10 years of the date […]
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Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties?

Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties? On May 13, 2015, the IRS issued a memorandum to all IRS LB&I, SB/SE, and TE/GE […]

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return?

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return? Per 26 U.S.C. § 165(c) casualty loss deductions can be taken for theft.  Per IRS […]

The Limits of Waivers of Attorney Conflicts of Interest In Federal Criminal Cases

  The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution provides that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the Assistance […]

Attitude Survey Shows Lower Satisfaction With IRS Customer Service

On December 8, 2014, the IRS Oversight Board released its 2014 Taxpayer Attitude Survey. As is probably no surprise to many tax professionals who deal with […]

IRS Issues Guidance for Choosing a Tax Return Preparer

The IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility has long been trying to be a force in regulating and imposing some form of quality control over return preparers. […]

IRS Improperly Withholding Documents In Response to Freedom of Information Act Requests

On September 18, 2015, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), a bureau of the department of the Treasury, issued its Fiscal Year 2015 Statutory Review […]

Former IRS Revenue Officer Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

The Department of Justice issued a press release setting out a cautionary tale of what not to do, outlining a litany of affirmative act comprising the […]

IRS Criminal Special Agent Indicted For Filing False Returns and Obstruction

In a case of dabbling in too much of one’s own product, or the dog chasing its own tail, so to speak, an IRS Special Agent […]

IRS Changes Procedures to Deny In-Person and Face-to-Face Conferences

In yet another blow to taxpayers, the IRS has amended its Internal Revenue Manual, which provides procedures for its employees to follow, to deny the right […]
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Application of the Local Action Doctrine in Federal Tax Lien Cases

A “Local Action” is an action that must be brought in the state where the property is located.  A taxpayer or third party seeking to clear […]
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What Is An IRS Jeopardy Levy?

When the IRS “makes a finding that the collection of such tax is in Jeopardy,” the IRS can make notice and demand for immediate payment and, […]
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When Can the IRS Levy or Garnish?

When can the IRS levy or garnish your wages or bank accounts? In general, the IRS can issue a levy after the tax is assessed (meaning […]