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When you get a call about your Plan, call an ERISA Attorney

It’s unfortunate, but the facts are that most people don’t respond to a complaint until there is a letter from an attorney. Service providers and companies hate correspondence from attorneys because that suggests litigation....more

IRS Scrutinizes Captive Insurance

Every year the IRS issues a list of tax scams pertinent to that filing season. This list is commonly referred to as the (“Dirty Dozen”). The Dirty Dozen warns taxpayers of illegal tax avoidance schemes that can lead to...more

Choosing the “Right” Income Tax Return Preparer

The IRS audits about one taxpayer in ten who reports more than $1 million in income. Many of these taxpayers are at the height of their careers and cannot endure even a whiff of scandal. They need peace of mind so they can...more

I Received a Notice from the IRS – Now What?

Don’t panic! You aren’t going to jail. However, you don’t want to ignore it. The issue will not go away on its own. A prompt response to the notice will save you a major headache later on....more

Getting to Appeals In an Estate or Gift Tax Audit with Pending Information Requests

Ain’t gonna happen! So says the IRS in guidance released by the IRS, at least in most circumstances. In a memo to IRS estate and gift tax examination employees, the IRS advises...more

Cash Based Business? Have Good Books and Records

What happens when a taxpayer operates a cash based business and lacks adequate books and records according to the IRS? The IRS can use any reasonable method to reconstruct the taxpayers income and expenses. (See, Estate of...more

IRS Error in Extending Statute of Limitations for Wrong Year is Disregarded

When a taxpayer files a federal tax return, the IRS generally has a 3 year statute of limitations period to assess additional tax beyond that reported on the return. If the tax year is audited, the auditor may ask the...more

How to get the IRS to pay your legal fees

What can you do when the IRS is misbehaving and it directly affects you? You will have to fight them, but the law allows you to recover your litigation costs if you win. As many know, the IRS has had a very...more

Minimize Your Chances in the IRS Audit Lottery

Although most people would love to win “the lottery,” that’s not always the case, such as in Shirley Jackson’s like-titled story or in the more recent Hunger Games series. Likewise, the IRS Audit Lottery is one best avoided...more

TEFRA, Sometimes Forgotten But Not Gone

The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (“TEFRA”), as codified in Internal Revenue Code. § 6221, et seq., (“IRC”) is sometimes lost in the maze of more recent tax enactments. But, occasionally, it does rear its...more

Compensation Issues – Revisited

We have completed another retirement plan audit season and have noticed a number of common errors occurring with compensation. I previously discussed these issues in my blog series “Compensation: The Missing Link – Part 1”...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 11 - November 2014

In This Issue: - Court Orders Department of Finance to Release Corporate Tax Return Records to City Comptroller - ALJ Upholds State Tax Department Policy on Personal Liability of LLC Members for Sales...more

The IRS May Require Taxpayers to File Formal Refund Claims During an Audit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has drafted new rules relating to the filing of informal refund claims during an examination. An informal refund claim is a request for a refund by the taxpayer either in a written form,...more

New IRS Appeals Procedures Complicate Tax Dispute Resolution

This article describes and evaluates the new IRS Appeals Office policy for handling IRS audit appeals. This new policy is known as the Appeals Judicial Approach and Culture (“AJAC”) Project. The stated goals of the AJAC...more

The SEC's MCDC Initiative: Where To Go From Here

Issuers, underwriters and advisors in the municipal bond marketplace are facing unprecedented challenges from federal regulators in connection with both the issuance of bonds and ongoing post-issuance compliance. These...more

GAO Issues Final Report with Recommendations to Improve Large Partnership Audits

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently issued its final report with recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of large partnership audits, a copy of which is available here. The GAO issued...more

GAO Issues Preliminary Report on Challenges in Auditing Large Partnerships

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently issued a preliminary report on the challenges in auditing large partnership returns, a copy of which is available here. The GAO issued an interim report earlier this year...more

IRS releases final LIHTC Audit Technique Guide

Yesterday the IRS released a long-anticipated update to its Audit Technique Guide for the low-income housing tax credit (“LIHTC”) program. The guide is intended to assist IRS examiners charged with auditing owners of LIHTC...more

Religious Institutions: August 2014

If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had a moratorium on enforcing §501(c)(3) electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations, the IRS states that it has been lifted incident to the settlement and...more

Update on 401(k) Plan Errors

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently updated its informal guidance about 401(k) plan errors. The updated materials contain simple guidance that is helpful for both identifying and correcting mistakes and avoiding...more

Nancy Hamilton's Notes: 18½ Minutes vs. 2 Years: Then and Now

During the Watergate scandal of 1973 and 1974, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the Nixon White House tapes were the focal point of a media firestorm and the nation's rapt attention,...more

FinCEN Doubles Down on Casinos with Heightened Regulatory Expectations - Casino Managers and Tribal Gaming Commissioners Need to...

For the second time in nine months, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery has publicly addressed FinCEN's increasing concerns regarding casino compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act...more

Is the Internal Revenue Service Lying?

Do you remember the controversy where the IRS was accused of targeting and unfairly auditing the Tea Party? In an article Sunday from CNN’s Political Ticker by Sara Fischer, the IRS has claimed that it is unable to...more

IRS Begins Audit of Deferred Compensation Plans Subject to Section 409A

The IRS announced at recent bar association meeting that it is commencing a formal compliance initiative program (CIP) of selected employers and their deferred compensation arrangements that are subject to Section 409A of the...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Section 409A Audit Initiative May Signal Increased Enforcement Activity"

Since the adoption of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, employers and practitioners have wondered when and how the IRS would enforce it. With the recent IRS announcement of an audit initiative with respect to Section...more

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