Archive for the ‘Taxpayer Advocate’ Category

Offshore Tax Evasion-US and Swiss Make A Deal

Friday, August 30th, 2013

After just reporting two days ago about the Cayman Islands reaching an agreement with U.S. taxing authorities, the U.S. and Swiss have finally reached a compromise deal for how Swiss banks will report account data on their American clients to the IRS. An ABC News article titled “US, Swiss Reach Deal on American Tax Evaders” reported that this agreement between the two countries will no doubt expose those American taxpayers
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Cayman Island Tax Haven No Longer Secret Due to FATCA

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

First it was banks, now it is the offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands who will no longer secretly shelter the assets of wealthy Americans. A Tax Connections article titled: “Caymans Makes it Tougher for Wealthy to Hide Money!” states that the Cayman Islands, a major financial center and home to operations for dozens of banks, funds and wealth-management entities, has made an agreement with the U.S. that it
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Five Tax Help Tips to Keep IRS Audits at Bay

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Tax Defense Partners helps people resolve their tax problems and counsels clients on ways they can stay compliant and prevent future IRS tax issues. An article by Forbes titled “5 Steps to Keep the IRS Out of Your Hair” gives sound advice to taxpayers, reminding them to be proactive about preventing tax issues especially ones that have the potential to trigger an IRS audit.
Here are the top five tips Forbes
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Responding to Forbes Article Calling for Tax Resolution Regulation

Monday, August 12th, 2013

It’s no secret that the tax resolution industry has come under fire for egregious actions taken by some tax resolution firms. Their bad business practices have damaged the reputation of the entire tax problem representation industry and set the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) out to regulate it.  I recently read a Forbes article by Stephen J. Dunn titled: When Will Congress Act Against
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Tax Expert Comments on IRS Restructuring and Reform Act

Monday, August 12th, 2013

It has been 15 years since the enactment of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. What most people don’t realize is that this was a once-in-a-generation transformation of the only federal agency most Americans will ever encounter. The purpose of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 was to help with the preservation of taxpayer’s rights and it has gone a long way to accomplish that.
Now, with the IRS
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What to Do if You Missed June 30 Business Tax Deadlines

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

April 15 is not the only tax filing deadline taxpayers need to be aware of. Tax expert Eva Rosenberg, aka TaxMama® reminds us in a post titled: Looming Deadlines that business owners changing employee classification and those with offshore bank accounts had until June 30th to file reports with the IRS in order to avoid hefty IRS penalties and fines.
Here is the important tax information TaxMama mentions:
Offshore bank accounts and
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IRS Released Report Outlining Changes for Non-Profits

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner, Danny Werfel is attempting to make good on his pledge to restore the IRS’ reputation and image. On Tuesday, an IRS press release announced the release of an 83 page report titled: “Charting a Path Forward at the IRS: Initial Assessment and Plan of Action” outlining new actions and steps to fix problems with the IRS’ review of tax-exempt applications and to improve the processes and
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Fashion Moguls Dolce & Gabbana Convicted of Tax Evasion

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Long gone are the days of hiding money in offshore tax havens – the global recession has forced some European countries to clamor for tax revenue any way they can. A Reuters article titled: “Italian Designers Dolce and Gabbana Convicted of Tax Evasion” demonstrates just how vigorous the Italian government is going after fashion’s dynamic duo to collect unpaid taxes.
According to Reuters, just last week both Domenico Dolce and Stefano
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Offshore Bank Account Filing Deadline June 17

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

A recent IRS Press Release aims to remind taxpayers with foreign bank accounts and assets that their filing deadline to report them to the IRS is June 17, 2013. This applies to U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2012 and military personnel outside the country. Also, some U.S. citizens abroad may be required to submit
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National Tax Expert Disputes Talk of IRS Audit Decreases

Friday, May 31st, 2013

I wrote this latest press release after reading a CNN Money article titled “Spending cut bright spot: Fewer IRS audits.” I needed to dispute the article’s assertion that there would be fewer questioned tax returns as a result of the sequestering budget by Congress. The CNN article states that over $600 million in cuts to the IRS could result in IRS employee layoffs including examiners who audit tax returns. I agree
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IRS Prepared Tax Returns: Are They a Good Idea?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Recently, I have been asked for my thoughts on the IRS’ proposal to pre-filled tax returns. Under a proposed system, the IRS would pre-fill taxpayers’ returns with the data employers and financial institutions have already reported. I came across a Forbes article titled: “Are IRS Prepared Tax Returns the Solution to our Tax Woes?“ that presented a decent overview of what such a system would mean for taxpayers, tax preparers and
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IRS Budget Cuts Hurt Offshore Tax Collection

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

I recently wrote a post for the Tax Matters blog about a newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing IRS budget cuts forcing the furlough of 100,000 employees therefore reducing the ability to audit taxpayers at the same rate. A Huffington Post article titled: “Offshore Tax Havens: Sequestration Damages IRS Battle with Tax Evasion“ provides additional GAO report information shining a light on how the sequester/IRS budget cuts will
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New Tax Resolution Services Commercial Advises Tax Relief

Monday, April 29th, 2013

For fifteen years, I have helped resolve IRS tax issues for good people who made past tax mistakes and got into trouble with the IRS. These folks got the the tax relief they needed because they hired expert tax representation capable of handling cases such as theirs. A new Tax Resolution Services commercial for The Blaze TV reminds taxpayers who owe back taxes how important hiring certified tax representation to handle
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IRS Commends NATRC on Tax Resolution Industry Improvements

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Many of us who have worked tirelessly to restore the credibility of the tax resolution industry were pleased to hear our efforts commended by the IRS’ Office of Professional Responsibility (“OPR”). Yesterday’s press release mentioned news of the OPR’s review of the National Association of Tax Resolution Companies (NATRC) code of conduct, and how it was commending the organization in a follow up letter for establishing meaningful standards for its
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IRS Apologizes for Costly Star Trek Training Video

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Sometimes the government does things that make you want to shake your head. This post is about one of those instances. The Today Show reported in a segment titled “Live Long and Squander?” that the IRS is under fire for two training videos in particular a “Star Trek” parody the Agency thought would be good for employee training. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports that a congressional committee was angry about the
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