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IRS Employee Takes Home 20,000 Other Employees Information

The steady drumbeat of bad news about the IRS continues. An IRS employee recently used an unencrypted thumb drive containing the names, Social Security numbers and addresses of IRS employees, former employees and contracted employees in an unsecured home network,…

April 03, 2014

Bitcoin – Virtual Currency and The New IRS Tax Rule

As of March 25, 2014, the Internal Revenue Services will treat bitcoin and other virtual currencies as property. Until now, users of virtual currencies have skirted the taxation issue waiting for an official announcement on how the tax would apply….

April 01, 2014


Greg Dzialo Joins Patrick Sheehan & Associates

Patrick T. Sheehan & Associates is proud to welcome Greg M. Dzialo to their team in Elmhurst, IL. Mr. Dzialo is a great addition to the team with impressive tax experience along with an impeccable academic background. “We are excited…

March 25, 2014

Identity Theft and the STOP Identity Theft Act

Has your identity been stolen? Has the identity thief filed a fake tax return with the IRS in your name? Identity thieves filed approximately two million false tax returns in 2012, nearly double the amount in 2011. Although the IRS…

March 20, 2014

April 15 Tax Deadline, Have You Filed Yet?

According to the IRS, more than 62 million federal Form 1040 tax returns have been electronically filed already this year. More than 27 million taxpayers filed their 1040 tax returns for 2013 from home computers. Have you filed your federal…

March 18, 2014

Tax Return Preparers Licensing

Do you think that tax return preparers should be licensed by the IRS? The IRS previously attempted to essentially license tax return preparers, and then the tax return preparers filed suit stating that the IRS did not have this authority….

March 13, 2014

Spouse Files a Joint Tax Return Without Your Signature

Do you file joint tax returns with your spouse? What happens if your spouse files a joint tax return that you neither reviewed nor signed?  Is that return a joint return? Answer: It depends on the fact pattern in your…

March 11, 2014

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

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