M. Robinson & Company, P.C.

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Boston, MA 02110, United States

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IRS Announces Sweeping Changes To Its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs: New Rules Effective July 1, 2014

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service announced sweeping changes to its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs, effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Some taxpayers are treated much more leniently under expanded…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Defending Federal and State Tax Audits For High-Income Taxpayers

In 2013 the IRS audited slightly over one taxpayer in nine[1] with an income of $1 million or more.[2] This audit rate represents a sharp 69 percent increase from the 6.42 percent audit rate that similar high-income taxpayers…more
| Taxation

The New Massachusetts Income Sourcing Rules For Corporate Services: Massachusetts DOR Issues Working Draft of Implementing Regulations

On July 24, 2013 the Massachusetts General Court enacted an $800 million transportation bill. This bill, inter alia, revised the Massachusetts corporate sourcing rules for the sale of services. The bill became effective as of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

U.S. Courts of Appeals Strikes Down New IRS Regulation to Register Paid Tax Return Preparers

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the Internal Revenue Service’s new licensing requirements for all paid tax return preparers…more
| Administrative Law, Taxation

Commissioner Amy Pitter Announces Impressive Mediation Goal: One-Third of All Disputes Involving $250,000 or More To Be Mediated

Boston, February 10, 2014 - In her remarks before the Annual State Tax Conference of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs at the Sheraton Framingham on Thursday, January 23, 2014, Commissioner Pitter announced an impressive goal –…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Taxation

IRS Announces Expansion of Fast Track Settlement Program for Businesses Nationwide

On November 6, 2013, the IRS announced the nationwide expansion of the Fast Track Settlement (FTS) program to small businesses and self-employed individuals. Prior to this announcement, FTS was only available to large and…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Family Mortgages Come Under IRS Scrutiny

The IRS insists that i’s must be dotted and t’s crossed before the IRS will allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest on a “qualified residence.” If the formalities are not observed, the debtor may be denied a deduction while…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Beanie Baby Creator Avoids Jail Time, Pays Steep Penalties for Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

On January 14, 2014, Beanie Baby creator H. Ty Warner was sentenced to two years of probation and 500 hours of community service resulting from his guilty plea for tax evasion. In addition, Warner was required to pay…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Appraiser’s Error Results in Severe Penalties For Taxpayers who Convey Conservation Easement

In November 2013, the United States Tax Court upheld the charitable deduction for a conservation easement claimed on the taxpayers’ income tax return but reduced its value and upheld the 40 percent gross valuation misstatement…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

A Common Estate Planning Technique Saves Taxpayers Money but has Cost the United States Billions

In 2000, the United States Tax Court in Walton v. Commission of Revenue, 115 T.C. 589 (U.S. Tax Ct. 2000) gave approval to the Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (“GRAT”), and since that time, the GRAT has saved taxpayers millions…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

United States Supreme Court Refuses to Review New York High Court Ruling Requiring Online Retailers to Collect New York State Sales Tax

On December 2, 2013, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in the consolidated cases Amazon.com LLC v. N.Y. Dept. of Taxation and Overstock.com v. N.Y. Dept. of Taxation, thereby allowing the New York state law…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Amazon Begins Collecting Massachusetts Sales Tax

Beginning November 1st, Amazon will collect Massachusetts sales tax on online purchases. This is the result of a negotiated agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (MDOR) last year. The MDOR reasons that Amazon’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Creator of Beanie Babies Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

H. Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies pleaded guilty to offshore tax evasion today. Mr. Warner has agreed to plead guilty to a single count of tax evasion and to pay a $53 million FBAR penalty. Despite his cooperation with…more
| Criminal Law, Taxation

Massachusetts Imposes New Sales and Use Taxes on Computer System Design and Software Modification Services

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) will formally announce deferral of compliance with the Massachusetts “tech tax” early next week, according to reliable and informed sources. The deferral announcement is expected…more
| Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Repeal of Massachusetts “Tech Tax” May Be Imminent

The repeal of the so-called “tech tax” on certain computer system design and software services may be imminent. Key indicators include wavering support of the “tech tax” among rank-and-file state senators and representatives and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation
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