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What Happened to the IRS OVDP Website?

Ronald Marini, Tax Advisor

Where you represent as many taxpayers as we do in relation to cleaning up their previously undeclared offshore investments and bank accounts, your are on the IRS’ website daily to review the current elements required by the IRS to qualify for an OVDP (Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program) filing or an OVDP streamline filing.

You can imagine my surprise when my desktop link to each relevant IRS OVDP page, that I’ve been using for the last 8 years no longer worked.

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TIGTA Says That Improvements Are Needed in the IRS’ Estate and Gift Tax Return Examination Process

Ronald Marini, Tax Advisor

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs to make improvements in the classification, prioritization, and inventory assignment processes for the Estate and Gift Tax Return Examination Program, according to an audit report that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued today.

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President Trump’s 2017 Disaster Tax Relief Bill

John Stancil, Tax Advisor

At long last, Congress and President Trump have given us a tax bill that provides some real relief for taxpayers impacted by this year’s hurricanes. The “Disaster Relief and Airport and Airport Extension Act of 2017” was signed by the President on September 29.

Although it deals with issues beyond hurricane relief, those issues are not the focus of this article and will not be discussed here. And there are some provisions relating to hurricane disaster losses that do not have widespread application and will not be discussed here.

There are four important segments to the hurricane relief granted by this act.

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Tax Reform: Hope Springs Eternal This Fall

Nina Olson

The next few weeks and months are shaping up to be an exciting time for advocates of tax reform. To be sure, the details of a tax reform bill have been shifting almost daily. But that is hardly surprising. If tax reform is to pass, a lot of key players with differing priorities and goals ultimately will have to agree on a unified approach. And if an agreement is eventually reached, the daily gyrations will be quickly forgotten.

There are, of course, many goals of tax reform. On a policy level, these include achieving greater economic efficiency, fairness, and international competitiveness. As an IRS official, I generally don’t take a position on these broad policy issues. Read more

At-Risk Limitations (IRC § 465) Part 1

I am knee deep in another interesting file under dispute with our esteemed taxing authorities involving At-Risk Limitations. This is intended as the first of many posts on the topic as I navigate the shoals of a relatively complicated file that involves equipment leasing by a closely held C Corporation.

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What To Do When You Receive An Audit Letter

Summer is typically when the IRS sends out notices and audit letters, so if you’ve received one, remember, first and foremost, don’t freak out.

Don’t panic!

After all, it’s just a piece of paper sent to you from the IRS. While the IRS can be scary, if you are a law-abiding taxpayer, I assure you even if you end up getting audited it’s not as scary as it seems. Read more

U.S. Attorney & Swiss Firm To Resolve Tax Investigation

Prime Partners SA Will Pay $5 Million in Forfeiture and Restitution; Receives Non-Prosecution Agreement As a Result of its Extraordinary Cooperation

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Stuart M. Goldberg, Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and James D. Robnett, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), announced today that Prime Partners SA (“Prime Partners”) entered into a non-prosecution agreement (“NPA”) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and agreed to pay $5 million to the United States for assisting U.S. taxpayer-clients in opening and maintaining undeclared foreign bank accounts from 2001 through 2010. Read more

Issues Concerning Filing A Form 706-NA

Deceased nonresidents who were not American citizens are subject to U.S. estate taxation with respect to their U.S.-situated assets.

Many foreigners owning property or assets in the United States are in violation of 706-NA filing requirements because of a number of misunderstandings. The basic rule is pretty clear-if a foreign decedent has assets in the United States with a gross value in excess of $60,000, the estate is supposed to file a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service.  Read more

Court Blocks Attempt To Transfer From OVDP To Streamlined

Ephraim Moss

In a very recent decision (Maze v. IRS), the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision blocking several taxpayers’ efforts to leave the OVDP tax amnesty program and enter the friendlier IRS Streamlined program without utilizing the required transition rules.

The Maze case demonstrates the importance of choosing the IRS tax amnesty program that is right for you from the outset. Read more

ACA Tax Hits The Court

This is the first case I’ve seen dealing with application of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yes, we had cases in the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with legality of some of the taxes and mandates, but this July 12, 2017 decision from the U.S. Tax Court gets at application of the advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC). When an eligible person purchases health insurance on the exchange (such as Covered California), and their household income is 400% or less of the federal poverty line, they get a credit that can be applied to the monthly premiums (by having the government send the money directly to the insurance provider) or claimed when filing that year’s income tax return. Read more

Canadian Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud U.S.

A Canadian man pleaded guilty today in Rochester, New York to conspiring to defraud the United States and stealing government funds, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. for the Western District of New York. Read more

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

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