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U.S. Taxpayers Living Overseas: The June 15th Automatic 2-Month Extended Deadline and Other Filings Extensions

While most U.S. taxpayers must file their taxes by April 15th, U.S. taxpayers living abroad have additional options to extend the deadline of their filing due date. These extensions provide convenience as well as important...more

IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Incorrect or Delayed Forms 1095-A

The IRS issued Notice 2015-30, which provides penalty relief for taxpayers who received an incorrect or delayed Form 1095-A. Form 1095-A is provided to all individuals who enrolled in health insurance coverage through the...more

One Dollar of Tax Would Have Avoided $94,671.53 of Penalty

A corporation filed a 2008 income tax return reflecting a tax liability of “$0.00.” In the following year, the Corporation made no estimated income tax payments, based on Internal Revenue Code Section 6655(d)(1)(B) which...more

North Carolina Court Holds Statute Taxing Trust Income Unconstitutional Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust v. North Carolina...

On April 23, 2015, Judge Gregory P. McGuire of the Business Court division of the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina, issued a decision in the matter of the Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust v. North...more

TurboTax’s software maker Intuit on the hot seat for lax security measures to prevent tax fraud

Intuit, Inc., the maker of the software used by TurboTax customers to file electronic tax returns stopped its e-filing return program in February after receiving notices from multiple states that thousands of fraudulent tax...more

Bad News About Unfiled FBARs, Another Indictment

A recent indictment by the United States Attorney's office in California illustrates the inter-relationship between curency transfer restrictions, (such as those involving Iran), foreign financial account reporting (the FBAR...more

ESPN Productions Scores Win with Indiana Tax Court’s Ruling Prohibiting Public Access to its Tax Returns and Trade Secrets

On April 9, 2015, ESPN Productions, Inc. recorded its biggest play of the day in the Indiana Tax Court, when the Court granted the Company’s request to seal from public disclosure tax returns, a production services agreement,...more

A Brief History of the U.S. Income Tax

Although income taxes were imposed for a brief time during the Civil War and again in the 1890s, it was not until 1913, upon passage of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that federal income tax...more

On the Eve of Tax Day, DOJ Gently Reminds Taxpayers to File Timely and Accurate Returns

Every year as April 15 approaches, we observe an uptick in the frequency of Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department press releases announcing criminal charges against individuals accused of violating the tax laws. ...more

Mississippi Court Rules Discriminatory Exclusion is Unconstitutional

The Hinds County Chancery Court recently issued an opinion in AT&T Corp. v. Miss. Dep't of Revenue finding that Mississippi's dividend exclusion statute unlawfully discriminates against interstate commerce and is therefore...more

Can Taxes Be Eliminated in Bankruptcy?

Tax Day is on us once again. I think it is kind of funny that my calendar I use here at work actually has a preset “holiday” alert for Tax Day – probably some sort of government conspiracy. ...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $1.4 Trillion. The estimated total of individual income taxes the Internal Revenue Service is expecting to collect on April 15. The U.S. House of Representatives has returned from recess and is planning to...more

Hold The Phone! AT&T’s Constitutional Challenge To Mississippi’s Dividend Exclusion Statute Is Still Alive

A Mississippi trial court has again found unconstitutional the state’s dividend exclusion statute, which disadvantages certain multistate taxpayers as compared to solely Mississippi taxpayers. This result comes from AT&T’s...more

Guaranteed Payments: the Equivalent of a Salary for LLC Members and Partners

Absent special elections to be taxed differently, partnerships and limited liability companies (referred to herein as “entities”) with two or more partners or members (referred to herein as “owners”) are taxed on a...more

Let's Make a Deal: Michigan Has New Powers to Settle Tax Debts

Taxpayers with outstanding debts owed to the State of Michigan can settle those debts under an offer-in-compromise program that took effect earlier this year. In order to qualify for the program, a taxpayer must have filed...more

Partnerships – TMP Must Be a Partner

With April 15th rapidly approaching, I thought I would address a common question that I receive this time of year. Who can be the tax matters partner of a partnership?...more

2014 Tax Reporting

Don’t Forget About Your Foreign Financial Assets - U.S. citizens, resident aliens and certain non-resident aliens who held any interest in “specified foreign financial assets” at any point during 2014 may be required...more

Can A Form 1040 Income Tax Return Omission Lead to an Extended Statute of Limitations for an Estate Tax Return (Form 706) or...

Surprisingly, yes! At least according to the IRS. How so? Here’s at least one scenario where it is possible: An executor for a decedent’s estate files a final Form 1040 for the decedent. The executor does not report a...more

Employee Benefits: IRS Finalizes Affordable Care Act Reporting Forms (3/15)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently finalized reporting forms for employers and insurers to report information required by Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. ...more

IRS Reviewing Fewer Business Returns

The IRS announced yesterday that it examined 6 percent fewer tax returns in 2014 than 2013. In addition, the total number of tax exams for business returns has dropped to the lowest level in eight years. For large...more

San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax Update: New Regulations Impact Returns Due Today

The San Francisco Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector recently issued Gross Receipts Tax regulations, tax return filing instructions and other guidance addressing major changes to how owners of disregarded entities are...more

Tax Scam Redux, 2014

Recent headlines regarding the submission of fraudulent tax returns underscores the need for vigilance when filing any tax return. Most news accounts indicate that it is the “online” filing that is most at risk. This means...more

Hollow Taxpayer Victory When IRS Unlawfully Discloses Taxpayer Information to Japan

By law, the U.S. is not permitted to disclose false return information, even if the release of false return information is authorized by law and treaty. Code Section 7431 imposes liability on the U.S. if it discloses return...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

Filing Joint or Separate Returns When Going Through a Divorce

Taxes Divorce 1955242Tax season is approaching quickly and couples who are going through a divorce need to determine how they are going to file. Certainly, this is a topic that you should discuss with your attorney and your...more

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