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Identity Theft and Fraudulent Tax Returns

Although the IRS has improved its efforts to find fraudulent tax returns and to reduce fraudulent refunds, the IRS still takes nearly a year to resolve cases where taxpayers have been stung by identity theft according to recent reports from…

December 16, 2013

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Statute of Limitations

What are the IRS statutes of limitation in my tax case? You’ve heard about statutes of limitations and typically they refer to personal injury type cases. Say you slip and fall at the store. You have a certain period of…

December 11, 2013

Did Your Charity Lose Your Donation Due to Improper Use of Funds?

On October 27, 2013, an article in the Washington Post detailed its analysis of IRS Form 990 tax returns between 2007 and 2012.  A Form 990 tax return is required to be filed annually by tax exempt non-profit or charitable…

December 10, 2013

Recent Government Shutdown – Effects on IRS Operations

The recent government shutdown was the second longest government shutdown since 1980 and, according to the Office of Management and Budget, the costliest on record in terms of employee furlough days. The government shutdown also delayed IRS collections of approximately…

December 06, 2013

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Installment Agreement to Pay Tax Liabilities

Let’s talk about paying your taxes with an installment agreement. An installment agreement is where you pay your liability to the IRS in monthly payments. It includes penalties and it includes interest. The amount of money that you owe is…

December 04, 2013

Were your tax returns prepared by Instant Tax Service (ITS)?

In our last several stories we have discussed the need for tax professionals to adhere to professional standards and to follow the law.  We discussed the substantial increase in tax scams and the unethical practices of some large national tax…

December 02, 2013

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Notice of Deficiency – 90 Days to File a Petition

What do you do when you receive an IRS notice of deficiency in the mail? All IRS notices are very important and should never be ignored. Go to the post office to sign for the letters and bring them to…

November 27, 2013

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Patrick Sheehan Earns AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell

Patrick T. Sheehan has earned the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence and is achieved only after an…

November 27, 2013

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Innocent Spouse Relief

What happens when you have IRS trouble related to your spouse? When you’re married you typically file a joint tax return. To the IRS that means that you’re jointly liable with your husband for the liability listed on that tax…

November 20, 2013

Continue to Watch for IRS Phone Scams

I recently wrote a blog post about the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).  The OPR is in charge, in part, of overseeing individuals that practice before the IRS to ensure that those individuals adhere to professional standards and follow…

November 19, 2013

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