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Proposed Law to Bar Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees

Most people do not realize that bonuses can be paid to certain IRS employees. IRS managers can recommend that employees be given bonuses if they perform at a certain level. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, more…

March 22, 2017

IRS Provides an Update Regarding the ‘IRS’ Telephone Scam

Since October 1, 2013, more than 10,000 people in the United States have reported that they have fallen victim to the IRS telephone scam, and more than 1.8 million people have reported that they have received a call from individuals…

March 22, 2017

Food for Thought About the IRS

According to recent testimony by Timothy Camus before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, as of January 7, 2017, the IRS had a total of 83,000 employees, of which 16,200 of them are seasonal and part-time employees. The IRS collects…

March 10, 2017

Statute of Limitations Running Out on 2013 IRS Refunds

If you have not yet filed your federal Form 1040 tax return for 2013 with the IRS, any refund listed on that tax return will soon be barred by the refund statute of limitation. Generally speaking, a taxpayer has three…

March 10, 2017

81-Year-Old Veteran Scammed Out of $8,000 After Payment with iTunes Cards

In recent testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, 81-year-old veteran Philip Hatch of Portland, Maine detailed how IRS impersonators scammed him out of $8,000.00 and, in a brazen move, attempted to steal even more money. According to his…

March 10, 2017

Government Breaks Up Lottery Scam Ring That Netted Over $1 Million

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are aware of the many IRS impersonation scams that exist where a caller claims to be from the IRS and demands payment on a fake tax bill. However, there is…

March 10, 2017

IRS Will Not Reject Tax Returns That Do Not Address Obamacare Reporting Requirements

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, requires taxpayers to provide information on their annual federal Form 1040 tax returns related to healthcare coverage. For the 2016 filing season, the IRS had planned to reject tax returns that did…

February 22, 2017

Recent Revisions to the Internal Revenue Manual Deny Most Face-to-Face Hearings

As tax practitioners, it is our job to ask the IRS for relief for our clients.  Relief can include a request for an installment agreement, a request for penalty abatement, a request for innocent spouse relief or an Offer in…

February 20, 2017

Two of President Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Failed to Pay Payroll Taxes

Andrew Puzder, Trump’s former nominee for Labor Secretary, did not pay payroll taxes for a household employee according to his spokesman, George Thompson, as told to The Wall Street Journal.  According to Puzder, the back taxes eventually were fully paid…

February 20, 2017

Leaked Trump Executive Order to Allow Churches to Engage in Political Speech

Since 1954, churches and charities have been prohibited from engaging in political speech, including the ability to endorse or oppose candidates for public office. Then-Senator Lyndon Johnson of Texas proposed this Amendment to Internal Revenue Code §501(c)(3) in 1954 which…

February 14, 2017

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