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IRS Is Closing Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program; Deadline of September 28, 2018

The IRS announced it will be closing its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) as of September 28, 2018. The news follows a significant decrease in taxpayer participation in the program, coupled with advances in...more

Smith v. Comm’r: Before You Take that Business-Related Tax Loss, Ask “Does My Business Have a Bona Fide Purpose?”

Last fall, the U.S. Tax Court decided the case of Smith v. Comm’r. It’s not a pivotal case, but it stands as a good reminder of the adage “you don’t get something for nothing.” At the heart of the case was a complicated tax...more

IRS Notice 2018-01: Passport Denial/Revocation for “Seriously Delinquent Tax Debts” to Begin

In 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act contained a provision in which the IRS would interact with the State Department to deny or revoke the passports of taxpayers with “seriously delinquent tax...more

Estate and Gift Tax Audits: TIGTA Report Exposes Need for Improvement

While proposals for the eventual elimination of the estate tax are being hashed out in Congress, the IRS effort of auditing estate tax returns continues – business as usual. A recent report by the Treasury Inspector General...more

International Tax Issues Are A Major Focus of Newest Launch of IRS Compliance Campaigns in 2017

Earlier this year, the IRS Large Business and International division (LB&I) rolled out 13 compliance campaigns to target both individual taxpayers and corporations for examinations on certain tax compliance issues. On...more

Are Your Business Deductions at Risk of Being Disallowed by the IRS?

Small businesses run on tight margins. The last thing a business owner wants is an IRS notice announcing the disallowance any of their business expense deductions. This is particularly the case for sole proprietorships who...more

UPDATE: MTC Extends Deadline for Amnesty under the Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

Earlier today, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) released an update extending the October 17, 2017 deadline for businesses to file under its Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The new deadline is now...more

An Overview of the Unified Republican Framework on Tax Reform

On September 27, 2017, President Trump and the Republicans unveiled the elements of their tax reform framework. Here’s a quick overview of some of the proposed changes...more

The Importance of Timely Electing Your Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

Life as an American living abroad can conjure idyllic notions of painting en plein air in Paris or negotiating a last minute deal in Brussels. Not so idyllic, however, is the reality of filing U.S. tax returns from overseas....more

SCORE! for the Boston Bruins – Jacobs v. Commissioner

Like Napolean recognizing that an army marches on its stomach, the owners of the Boston Bruins know a hockey team needs to be well-fed to ensure optimal performance on game day. So, when the Bruins go on the road to play...more

FBAR Penalties Now Adjusted for Inflation: Abatement/Mitigation Still Possible

If you haven’t filed your Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) on a timely basis, you could be at risk of a higher civil penalty assessment. Inflation-adjusted FBAR penalties are now in effect....more

2017 OVDP Declines and Withdrawals Campaign: Certain U.S. Taxpayers at Risk of Audit

In 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report which assessed how well that IRS was managing the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP is one of the programs taxpayers...more

Taxpayer Tips: Best Practices for U. S. Tax Court

Taxpayers contesting IRS assessments of additional taxes, penalties and interest have a number of different options to contest and appeal those assessments. One of those options includes bringing a case to the United States...more

Charitable Contribution Planning: Good Measures to Protect Yourself Against a Charitable Deductions Audit

December is a big month in the U.S. for donations to charity. Americans open their hearts and wallets to charitable organizations who feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and educate our youth as well as to many other worthy...more

Fair Warning: Artwork, Private Foundations, and Self-Dealing

The weekend has ended and Art Basel – Miami 2016 has concluded. To many U.S. taxpayers, it’s just another Monday, but to serious collectors who attended this vibrant art fair focused on contemporary paintings and sculptures,...more

Taxes and Divorce

Divorce is tough. Even amicable divorces are financially and emotionally draining. The last thing you need is to have tax problems pop up as a result of divorce proceedings. To avoid such problems here’s a list of some top...more

The 5% Solution: IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-42 Provides Relief for the Probability of Exhaustion Test

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs) can be a very effective charitable planning tool. Choosing to fund a CRAT can remove assets from the estate of the donor, provide a reliable income stream for a family member and...more

New Relief for Meeting the 60-Day Limit for IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers

IRA and retirement plan rollovers are common occurrences, but they can be confusing. There a variety of rules and procedures which must be followed and mistakes may be costly. In addition to the potential for the rollover...more

AccountingToday Article Provides Tax Primer: “Global Commerce 101”

Owners of small to mid-size U.S. businesses are finding the world is a smaller place, which can be very good for business. However, the opportunities of the international marketplace come with additional responsibilities,...more

Update: IRS Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Substantiation of Donations in Response to Taxpayer Comments

Back in September of 2015, the Treasury and IRS issued proposed regulations related to section 170(f)(8)(D) providing an alternate framework for substantiating charitable donations. The proposal would require a donee...more

Will Travel Insurance Cover This? Your Passport Can Be Denied or Revoked for Seriously Delinquent Taxes

If you wrote “travel more” on your 2016 New Year’s resolutions list, you may want to make sure you’re in good standing with the IRS before you make plans to wander too far from home. In early December 2015, legislation was...more

The IRS’ Proposed Regulations to Provide a Substitute to the “Contemporaneous Written Acknowledgment” Requirement: A Data Security...

If you are a donor who makes a charitable gift of $250 or more, you need to obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgment” (CWA) letter from the recipient charitable organization to substantiate your donation and take the...more

Retiring Abroad: The Lure of the Exotic, the Chore of U.S. Tax Compliance

For anyone who has watched the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” the idea of retiring overseas may be tempting. Glamorous locales exist around the world with warm sands, fragrant breezes and stunning sunsets where...more

Disaster Preparedness and Your Taxes

If you live on the East Coast of the United States, you are probably following the weather forecast for Hurricane Joaquin very closely. If you are also filing your U.S. income taxes on extension and are trying to make the...more

Making the Move from Massachusetts: Changing Your Domicile May Prove Challenging

Labor Day will soon be upon us and with that a change of seasons here in Massachusetts. While it’s not quite time to take out the winter woolies, the dismal 2016 winter weather predictions for the Northeast may have already...more

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