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IRS Launches New Online Tool To Assist Taxpayers

Lisa Nason

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the launch of a new online application to help taxpayers. The new tool, available on IRS.gov, allows taxpayers to view their tax account balance online. The balance includes any amount owed for tax, as well as penalties and interest for each tax year. Once you view your balance, you can take advantage of online payment options, including direct pay, pay by debit or credit card and Online Payment Agreement.

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Storm Extension – IRS Gives Extra Time To File Form 7004

We ran an article from John Dundon yesterday mentioning the deadline to file From 7004 was March 15th. If you have not been able to to file that form for an extension due to the storm, the IRS is deciding to grant you extra time.

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IRS Launches 13 Audit Campaigns Targeting Businesses

Ephraim Moss

Recently, the IRS announced that it will focus its audit efforts this year on 13 particular compliance issues, which touch on large business and international activities. This issue-focused effort contrasts with the more broad-based approach that the IRS has previously taken with respect to auditing taxpayers.

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Garlock: How Not To Structure A Controlled Foreign Corporation

Hale Stewart

A CFC is a foreign corporation where a U.S. shareholder owns “more than” 50% of the offshore company. Practitioners quickly noted the 50% ownership requirement and correctly deduced that, if a non-U.S. shareholder owned the remaining 50%, the foreign corporation could escape being a CFC.

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Fighting Tax Identity Theft

Annette Nellen

Our tax filing systems are not perfect! How does the IRS or a state tax agency really know if the person filing a return is the true owner of the taxpayer identification number used? In IRS Publication 1345, on procedures for authorized e-file providers, the IRS states that if the preparer/e-filer does not know the client, they should get two forms of verification (ideally picture IDs that include the client’s name and address (page 11 of Pub 1345)). That should help. What else is needed?

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Act Now To Take Care Of Your Delinquent IRS Taxes

Barry Fowler

So, you lived through 2016 even though you find yourself in the unenviable position of either not having filed your taxes for several years or owing the IRS back taxes that you just don’t know how to pay, and the fees and penalties keep accruing. This article is for you.

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You Need An Experienced Tax Attorney To Quash IRS Summons!

Ron Marini

A group of taxpayers associated with a limited partnership under audit by the Internal Revenue Service lost their battle against the agency’s summonses for financial information when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal of their Eleventh Circuit loss on Monday.

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Annual Report Released By The National Taxpayer Advocate

Kat Jennings

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson released her 2016 Annual Report to Congress, recommending that the IRS revamp its “Future State” plan to adopt a taxpayer-centric focus and urging Congress to simplify the tax code. The report presents a series of proposals to improve tax administration, placing particular emphasis on changing the culture of the IRS. Olson explains that “to create an environment that encourages taxpayer trust and confidence, the IRS must change its culture from one that is enforcement-oriented to one that is service-oriented.”

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Saving Taxes On Required Minimum Distributions

Harold Goedde

Taxpayers who have a tax deferred retirement plan (e.g., a 401K, 403B, 457B) or an IRA must take a required minimum distribution (RMD) when they reach age 70 ½ which is reported as ordinary income. In the year you become 70 ½, you can defer the first distribution until April 15 of the following year.

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Some Good News Taxpayers Can Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

Barry Fowler

Over the past several years, taxpayers—and I mean all taxpayers, from the lowest socio-economic level to the highest—have been victimized or at least contacted by scam artists posing as IRS agents.

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Virtual Currency – Recent Tax Matters And Concerns

Annette Nellen

First – On 11/8/21, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report (dated 9/21/16) – Rising Use of Virtual Currencies Requires IRS to Take Additional Actions to Ensure Taxpayer Compliance. Per the release:

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What Can Be Deducted As Home Mortgage Interest?

This is the second in a four-part series on home mortgages. (Click here to read Part 1 – The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction) We will examine what can be deducted as home mortgage interest. Interest on the debt is deductible up to the statutory limits on the amounts of deductible debt ($1,000,000 for acquisition debt, $100,000 for home equity debt). Interest on excess debt is personal debt and not deductible. In addition, any amount of home equity or refinanced debt that is not used build, buy, or improve the residence is also classified as non-deductible personal debt.

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