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The Gambler Breaks Even: Tax Court Orders Indiana Department Of Revenue To Answer Discovery Requests But Denies Taxpayer’s Second...

The Tax Court does not often address discovery issues in published decisions and orders. In this case, Popovich v. Indiana Department of State Revenue, Cause No. 49T10-1010-TA-53 (April 24, 2014 and June 4, 2014), the Court...more

"Latest Swiss Cross-Border Tax Investigation Reflects Wider US Enforcement Agenda"

Authorities in the U.S. continue to crack down on foreign financial institutions that have allegedly aided U.S. taxpayers in evading their tax obligations. On May 19, 2014, Credit Suisse AG pled guilty to conspiracy to aid...more

PA Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Employers Face Significant Changes in Employee Benefits and Leave Administration

As a result of the same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania being overturned and recent IRS guidance, employers need to be aware of – and immediately implement – significant changes in employee benefit programs and Family and...more

Swiss Bank Pleads Guilty In Alleged Tax Evasion Conspiracy

On May 19, the DOJ announced that a Swiss bank pleaded guilty and entered into agreements with federal and state regulators to resolve a multi-year investigation into the bank’s alleged conspiracy to assist U.S. taxpayers in...more

Clock Is Ticking…Relief for Late Filed GRAs Expected to Expire Soon

Time may be running out for taxpayers to correct technically deficient gain recognition agreements (GRAs) under the relief procedure contained in the Directive on Examination Action With Respect to Certain Gain Recognition...more

Stay Ahead Of The Curve When Choosing Desired Tax Treatment

A foreigner starting business in the U.S. usually hires attorneys for visas, leases and licenses. The tax advisor comes later, when returns loom. This tendency is unfortunate because entering the U.S. starts the clock for...more

Recent Sentences for Federal Tax Crimes in 2014 – Part 3

Today we conclude our review of recent sentences imposed in federal tax crime cases in 2014. In our two previous posts here and here, we reviewed sentences relating to Foreign Bank Account, Tax Evasion, Employment Tax, False...more

Recent Sentences for Federal Tax Crimes in 2014 – Part 2

On Friday, we posted a review here of sentences imposed on defendants in 2014 for Foreign Bank Account, Tax Evasion, and Employment Tax crimes. In this post, we review sentences imposed on defendants in cases involving False...more

Short Wins - The Smurfing Edition

The big news in this edition of Short Wins is United States v. Abair - a simply crazy Seventh Circuit. I already wrote about it for a general legal audience on Above the Law (Inspector Javert Goes Smurfing in Indiana)...more

Fraudulent Tax Returns Completed By Tax Preparers Can Cause Legal Issues For Taxpayers

Taxpayers should choose preparers judiciously and know when to seek legal support for tax fraud defense - The federal tax code has become so massive that even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admits that its agents...more

Filing From Home, and Health Insurance Reporting on W-2s

According to an IRS release last week, the number of taxpayers electronically filing their own returns from home has increased compared to last year at this time by approximately 6%. Overall, the IRS has received about the...more

Automatic Consolidated Return Elections

Corporations that are directly or through intervening chains of corporations owned 80% or more by a common parent corporation can file a consolidated income tax return. There are many benefits to such returns, including...more

What Green Card Holders Need to Know When Filing Tax Return

The U.S. tax filing deadline is fast approaching on April 15, 2014. Green card holders often have a number of questions when it comes to tax obligations. As we explained in this recent post, green card holders are generally...more

Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates...more

Things to Remember at Tax Time

April 15th is approaching and it is time to begin crossing T's and dotting I's in preparation for paying taxes. As tax time draws near, you want to make sure you file all the proper forms and take all deductions you're...more

DC Circuit Upholds Ruling That IRS Cannot Regulate Tax-return Preparers

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the Internal Revenue Service did not have the statutory authority to regulate tax-return preparers....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 8

In this issue: - OTC Markets Proposes Amendments to OTCQX Rules and New Rules for US Banks - SEC Approves Changes to FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure Rule 8312 - SEC to Examine Never-Before Examined...more

IRS Lacks Authority to Issue and Enforce Tax Return Preparer Regulations

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the decision of the District Court for the District of Columbia, affirming that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lacked the authority to...more

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

IRS Fighting Hard to Avoid Tea Party Class Action Claims

The IRS recently filed a motion to dismiss class action claims brought by Tea Party groups. In NorCal Tea Party Patriots, et. al. v. IRS, et. al., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 1:13-cv-00341, Tea Party groups asserted that the IRS...more

Temporary vs. Indefinite – Lodging Expenses Away From Home

A taxpayer who travels away from his tax home overnight on business can deduct 50% of meals and 100% of lodging costs. A taxpayer’s “tax home” is located at (1) his regular or principal (if more than one regular) place of...more

Consider These Tips in Maximizing Your Charitable Tax Deduction

As you gather your tax materials and prepare to file your 2013 tax returns, you may wish to consider whether you have incurred out-of-pocket expenses while serving as a volunteer on behalf of a charitable organization. If so,...more

Is Your Tax Return Being Audited? Know What To Do!

For most people, when their income tax returns are being selected for examination by the IRS, their first reaction is panic. No need to worry. In such a situation, you should know what to do next, what to expect next, and...more

Getting a Green Card Subjects Noncitizens to U.S. Foreign Bank Account Reporting Requirements

A resident or citizen of a country other than the United States who obtains lawful permanent resident status in the United States, often referred to as a “green card,” becomes a resident of the United States for U.S. income...more

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...more

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