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IRS to Launch Private Debt Collection Program in Spring 2017

On September 26, 2016, the IRS announced that its new private debt collection program will debut in the spring of 2017 and that it has already selected four contractors to perform this work. Private debt collectors will handle delinquent accounts…

November 29, 2016

Husband of Former United States Tax Court Judge Pleads Guilty to Tax Obstruction

In April of 2016, United States Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa and her husband Robert Fackler were indicted on six tax counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of tax evasion and filing false tax returns,…

November 28, 2016

Interesting Financial Figures are Listed on Donald Trump’s Leaked Tax Return

Three pages of Donald Trump’s state tax returns from 1995 were leaked to the New York Times and reveal that he reported a $916 million loss as his federal adjusted gross income for that year. According to the New York…

November 28, 2016

IRS Increases Criminal Prosecutions for Failing to Pay Employment Tax

If you are a business owner and have employees, you are required by law to withhold tax from your employees and to pay those funds to the IRS when required to do so by law.  The tax withheld from employees…

November 27, 2016

Should Churches Have Full Freedom of Speech on Political Issues?

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.  Over…

November 21, 2016

IRS Loses in Court Against Tea Party Group

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are aware of the IRS scandal in which it delayed the processing of certain applications for tax-exempt status filed by organizations with conservative-sounding names or giving their applications extra, unnecessary scrutiny….

November 21, 2016

United States Government Ran a $587 Billion Budget Deficit During Fiscal 2016

During fiscal year 2016, the federal government took in $3.27 trillion.  However, it spent $3.85 trillion, resulting in a budget deficit of $587 billion. Individual income taxes brought in $1,546 billion and Social Security and other payroll tax brought in…

November 21, 2016

Tax Court Awards Partial Litigation Costs to Taxpayer’s Attorney

In a recent case before the United States Tax Court, the taxpayer asked the Court to award litigation fees to him because he prevailed in his case against the IRS. The IRS had previously denied the taxpayer’s dependency exemptions and…

November 21, 2016

Lodging Furnished to an Employee May Be Excludable as Income

The Internal Revenue Code starts out with the premise that all income from all sources, whether paid by cash, check, barter income or receiving property, shall be treated as income. However, if the tax code provides a specific exclusion of…

November 16, 2016

IRS User Fees Continue to Increase

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are already aware that the IRS has proposed to increase the user fees that it charges to taxpayers seeking an installment agreement or an Offer in Compromise with the IRS….

November 16, 2016

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