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Ex-Attorney Held Liable for the Fraud Penalty

In a recent Tax Court case, a convicted and disbarred attorney was held liable for the fraud penalty.  Further, his ex-wife’s Request for Innocent Spouse Relief was also denied. In the case of Jack R. Durland, Jr., et al. v….

August 02, 2016

IRS Increases User Fee Cost

For many years now, the IRS has charged a user fee to taxpayers depending on the type of services or relief that they are seeking.  The IRS has implemented user fees to offset budget cuts forced upon the IRS by…

June 01, 2016


How Does the IRS Decide Who to Prosecute?

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division is responsible for determining whether a taxpayer should be criminally prosecuted. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division makes a recommendation to the United States Department of Justice as to whether a taxpayer should be criminally prosecuted…

April 05, 2016

The IRS Whistleblower Office Helps Government Collect Half a Billion Dollars

  According to the IRS Whistleblower Office annual report, 2015 was a big year. Nearly 100 awards were made to whistleblowers, totaling more than $103 million.  The payments made in 2015 are nearly what the Whistleblower Office paid out during…

February 15, 2016

Unpaid Federal Taxes Soon Could Be Sent to Private Debt Collectors

In recent proposed legislation, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are about to approve extraordinarily controversial tax provisions that would affect taxpayers with unpaid taxes due to the IRS. Although this legislation is titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and relates…

December 02, 2015

Refund Claim Denied Because The Taxpayer Was Not Financially Disabled

In a recent case, the United States District Court of Federal Claims denied a taxpayer’s claim for a refund in the amount of $48,489.00 because the refund statute of limitation for the taxable year 2001 had expired and the taxpayer…

May 05, 2015

Horse Farming Activity and Automobile Dealerships are Separate Undertakings

In a recent Tax Court case, the Court held that a taxpayer’s horse farming activity was separate and apart from his automobile dealership and could not be characterized as a single activity. The taxpayer raised and trained Arabian horses on…

March 31, 2015

Despite Budget Cuts, IRS Collects More Money Than Ever

For the third year in a row, the IRS received and collected more revenue in 2013 than in past years. Gross collections grew 13% to $2.9 trillion dollars while enforcement revenue rose 6% to $53.3 billion dollars. However, accounts receivable…

January 13, 2015

Should a Pastor’s Vow of Poverty Make Him Exempt From Income Tax?

A pastor of a church took a vow of poverty and was the owner of an entity called Living Waters Ministries. The pastor performed services for a church. The church, in turn, issued checks for the pastor’s services to Living…

January 08, 2015

Should The IRS be Able to Assess Penalties For Filing a Frivolous Tax Return?

In a recent case, the Tax Court upheld the IRS’ assertion of seven frivolous tax return penalties because the taxpayer claimed zero income and zero tax liability on his tax returns and also claimed a refund for the full amount…

December 16, 2014

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