20th Anniversary IRS Restructuring Commission Report

In the 1990s, tax reform was about as big of a focal point as it is today.  Some of the reasons were rate reduction and international competitiveness. There were a few concerns about IRS activities, such as a technology modernization effort that cost over $2 billion with little results. A commission was created by P.L. 104-52 (11/19/95). This 17-member group was the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS, co-chaired by Senator Kerrey (D-NE) and Congressman Portman (R-OH). Read More

Canadian Tax FAQs – What Is A Trust Audit?

What is a Trust Audit?

Some professionals such as Real Estate Agents and Lawyers keep trust accounts (funds held on behalf of their clients). There are special accounting rules for these trust accounts and a Trust Audit is designed to ensure compliance with these accounting rules. Read More

Tax Job – Tax Manager/ Partnerships – Northern California

Kat Jennings, TaxConnections CEO and internationally recognized tax search consultant, has worked with many firms over the years. One of her clients is an East Bay Area boutique tax practice with former Big Four Tax Partners and has grown to around a 50-person tax practice. They offer a culture of support, respect, flexibility, and opportunity that is refreshing to experience these days.

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How To Write Off MileIQ On Your Taxes

MileIQ is a great way to automatically track your business drives for the largest mileage deduction you deserve. But, did you know you can also write off MileIQ on your taxes?

Why Can You Write Off MileIQ

If you’re self-employed, a freelancer or run your own small business, the IRS lets you deduct virtually any reasonable business expense. The only conditions are that these costs are: Read More

Thoughts On The National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2018 Report

Today’s blog is short and sweet because . . . well, because today we are releasing the 295-page National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2018 Objectives Report to Congress, and that’s enough reading for anyone! By way of background, in IRC § 7803(c)(B), Congress required the National Taxpayer Advocate to submit two reports to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate before any officer or employee of the IRS, the Treasury Department, or the Office of Management and Budget sees them. Most readers are familiar with the report due on December 31 of each year, which includes discussions of twenty of the most serious problems facing taxpayers, as well as legislative and administrative recommendations. But there is another report – the Objectives Report – that is due on June 30th of each year. Read More

What Is Really The Cost? Part II – Cost Tacker Worksheet

Jim Marshall

In response to a question from Lisa Foster on Part II of the blog, she asked if there was a worksheet to track the cost basis. I have found no universal worksheet that could be used in all circumstances. If you would like me to send you an example of a Cost Tracker, please email me at and I will be happy to send you a Cost Tracker Worksheet which will be very helpful. Read More

It’s All Greek To Me!- Multistate Tax & Foreign Companies

I just returned from an amazing vacation – a cruise of the Mediterranean. We started in Athens, Greece; spent just a couple days there enjoying the history, and then boarded our ship.  The cruise took us to the Greek isles of Santorini and Crete, and then we sailed to Italy, the beautiful St. Tropez, France, and finally Barcelona, Spain. We finished our vacation by sampling many, many tapas and wines in Barcelona. About midway through our vacation, I found myself wondering – how could I do U.S. multistate tax consulting somewhere in Europe?  I’m still working on that angle, and will certainly keep you posted. Read More

PFIC And Canadian Mutual Funds

Why are PFIC rules important for holders of Canadian mutual fund?

Many American citizens living or working in Canada have invested in Canadian mutual funds – likewise, many Canadians who subsequently moved to the United States retained their Canadian mutual funds holdings. They likely are unaware of the PFIC rules. Consequently many American taxpayers holding Canadian PFIC have not met their reporting obligations. Not only that  but PFIC investments are to be avoided since its taxation (with the exception of the QEF regime) is designed to be punitive. Read More

Will The IRS Streamlined Procedure For Expats Be Revoked?

Hugo Lesser

For decades, U.S. expats lived in peace, beyond the reach of the American tax system, despite being theoretically obligated to file U.S. taxes on their worldwide income from abroad by American’s citizenship based taxation regime.

Then came FATCA, the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Designed to address tax evasion in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, FATCA requires all foreign banks and investment firms to provide details of their American account holders to the IRS. Read More

An IRS Hot Button – What Is Really The Cost? Part III

Jim Marshall

(This is the 3rd and final article of this series. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2.)

By now you are getting the idea that “cost“ may be an elusive animal. Still we have only scratched the surface. Let’s talk about other factors that might affect you in the pocketbook.

While these are not all inclusive, and if you have specific questions please contact me and I will address them privately or in general depending on the issue and your preference. Read More

One Year Anniversary Of Republican Tax Reform Blueprint

Annette Nellen

On June 24, 2016, the House Republicans released their “A Better Way” blueprint for tax reform. Obviously as part of an election strategy. On November 9, 2016, with Republican victories all around, I thought there would be fast track activity to draft legislative language to be released early in the 115th Congress. We haven’t seen any legislative language yet although I suspect some exists. Read More

Practice Ignition Training Webinar – Today, June 28th

Join me as I introduce Ryan Embree from Practice Ignition who will walk you through step by step instructions on how to use this super easy template software. What Practice Ignition has done is take the client onboarding process including proposals, engagement letters, and billing clients super easy and fun. This elegant template software takes what would normally take any tax, accounting or legal professionals hours and streamlines it to minutes. All attendees will receive a two week for trial for attending this webinar since you will become a pro after one easy training webinar. Read More