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DOMA and Your Taxes

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The United States Supreme Court recently struck down this provision of DOMA for same sex couples that are lawfully married to each other as an…

March 06, 2014


Tax Related Scams

The 2014 tax season upon us, sigh. That being said, it is now very important to be aware of tax-related scams, which are more common this time of year. Tax scams take many forms, especially fake contact from the IRS….

March 04, 2014


Offer In Compromise Case Study

An Offer in Compromise is where you “cut a deal” with the IRS and pay less than what you owe.   If the IRS believes that you can pay more than what you have offered in an Offer in Compromise…

February 28, 2014

IRS Awarded $50 Million to Whistleblowers in 2013

The IRS paid approximately $50 million in whistleblower awards in fiscal 2013, the second highest year in the history of IRS awards. The IRS whistleblower program pays awards to people that turn in taxpayers to the IRS.  However, many steps…

February 24, 2014

Notice of Federal Tax Lien Can Affect Your Job

A management consultant had unpaid 1040 liability due to the IRS.  Wanting to make right with the IRS, he petitioned and was granted an installment agreement. In addition to granting the installment agreement, the IRS also filed a Notice of…

February 19, 2014

20 Serious Tax Problems

The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service recently issued a list of the 20 most serious problems encountered by taxpayers.  The list includes: Taxpayer rights Identity theft Improper levies Return preparer fraud Improper collection practices Improper penalties This list of the 20…

February 05, 2014

Beanie Babies Billionaire Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Are you old enough to remember Beanie Babies, a late 1980s stuffed animal craze? The creator of Beanie Babies, H. Ty Warner, was recently sentenced to two years of probation and 500 hours of community service for tax evasion.  Warner…

January 28, 2014

Concerned That Your Tax Return Will Be Audited?

Are you concerned that your tax return will be audited? Unless your tax return contains substantial errors or takes a position contrary to law, the odds of the IRS auditing your federal Form 1040 tax return are less than 1.0%….

January 21, 2014

Do you think that the IRS should formally implement a taxpayer bill of rights?

Although certain taxpayer rights are codified in the Internal Revenue Code, law and custom, neither Congress nor the IRS has codified a formal, separate bill of rights in order to further protect taxpayers. Congress could implement a formal taxpayer bill…

January 17, 2014

Security Clearance and IRS Tax Debt

According to a recent government report, approximately 8,400 people with federal security clearance, including secret and top-secret clearances, owed approximately $85,000,000.00 to the IRS as of June 30, 2012. According to the report, approximately 6,300 of these individuals accrued the…

January 08, 2014

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