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Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 – A Summary

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) summarized by my friend Shirley Callahan EA. Some highlights include: Everyone will appreciate the permanency of the enhanced Educator Expenses, the Sales Tax deduction, and the R&D Credit. Section 179 is made

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Posted in DIY, Enrolled Agent, IRS Collections, IRS Criminal Enforcement, IRS Enforcement, IRS Examination, IRS Mediation, IRS Penalties, IRS Penalty and Interest Abatement, ITIN, Licensed Tax Professional, PATH Act 2015, Paying Taxes, Penalty, Tax Abuse, Tax Court, Tax Credit, Tax Fraud, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax planning, Tax Preparer, Tax Problems & Requests

Different Sources of Income Matter FDAP v. ECI

The Perturbing New Treatment of Patents Under the Tax Cut & Jobs Act (TCJA)

Different Sources of Income Matter FDAP v. ECI One of the issues difficult for some of my international clients to grasp about the United States is its taxation of citizens and resident aliens alike on their worldwide income without any

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Posted in Alien, Alimony, Distributions, Expatriation, Foreign Income, Foreign Investment, International Tax, Paying Taxes

Why to Revoke An S Election and How to Do It – Internal Revenue Code Section 1362(d); Reg § 1.1362­6(a)

Many entrepreneurs get caught up in selecting the "most appropriate business structure" - particularly people planning to conquer the moon right out of the gate. If this is you beware as business structure is a determination that is best driven out

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Posted in Employment Tax, Entity Classification, Paying Taxes, Payroll Tax Problems, Penalty, Small Business, Social Security, Social Security Tax, Sole Proprietor, Start up costs, Sub-chapter S, Tax Abuse, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Problems & Requests

Automatic Extension Request of Time to File Personal Income Taxes: IRS Form 4868

The Perturbing New Treatment of Patents Under the Tax Cut & Jobs Act (TCJA)

Automatic Extension Request of Time to File Personal Income Taxes: IRS Form 4868 Income tax forms and payment are due AGAIN. Don't sweat it, file IRS Form 4868 today! Remember this is an Automatic 6 month Extension Request for time

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Posted in Extension, Paying Taxes

Why is Halloween So Scary – 2015 Tax Planning Will Be Hugely Complicated and Profoundly Significant for most ALL Taxpayers

Once again another year is almost behind us and right after the new year income taxes are coming. The forthcoming tax environment is extraordinarily unusual and can subsequently be very scary. Basically what you need to know is that ALL Americans

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Posted in Gift Tax, Health Insurance, ObamaCare, Paying Taxes, Tax Guidance & Preparation

IRS Bills, Penalties and Interest Charges

Many people have been reaching out to me to learn specifically about what they are up against for failing to hit the tax deadline of April 15th. To help those of you in this situation I've highlighted below what I

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Posted in IRS Collections, IRS Enforcement, IRS Penalties, IRS Penalty and Interest Abatement, Paying Taxes, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Preparer, Tax Problems & Requests, Tax Refund, Tax Relief

2014 Tax Fears & Advice

With my family snugly content midst a long holiday season I felt compelled to pen some thoughts regarding the ubiquitous US Tax Code and all its myriad of seemingly scary changes looming around the proverbial corner. This post lists 10

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Posted in Capital Gain, Capital Loss, Child Tax, Children, Depreciation, Education Expense, Health Care Tax Credit, IRS Audit, IRS Collections, IRS Enforcement, IRS Examination, IRS Mediation, IRS Penalties, Marriage, Paying Taxes, Social Security, Social Security Tax, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Preparer, Tax Problems & Requests, Tax Relief, Taxpayer Advocate, Uncertain Tax Position

Affordable Care Act Final Regulations Regarding Minimum Essential Coverage Maintenance

The IRS released final regulations regarding minimum essential coverage maintenance required under the Affordable Care Act for individual taxpayers under IRC 5000A governing the shared responsibility payment. The document is 75 pages long and I'll be reviewing it over the next

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Posted in Affordable Care Act, Excise Tax, Health Care Tax Credit, Health Insurance, Paying Taxes, Penalty, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Preparer, Tax Problems & Requests

Sophy v. Commissioner – Reviewing Mortgage Interest Deduction Limitations

Taxpayers living in Vail Colorado contacted me most recently to represent them in an IRS audited covering tax years 2009, 2010 and 2011 relevant to several small items but specifically to the mortgage interest deduction claimed on Schedule A of

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Posted in Debt, Disallowed Expenses, IRS Appeal, IRS Audit, IRS Examination, Marriage, Mortgage, Paying Taxes, Tax Filing Status, Tax Guidance & Preparation

Traders in Securities

If you are an individual who buys and sells securities you may qualify as a “trader in securities,” for tax purposes. This post attempts to explain how traders must report the income and expenses from being in the trading business.

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Posted in Accounting Method, Business Expense, Capital Gain, Capital Loss, Cost Basis, Investment Income, Mark to Market, Paying Taxes, Self Employ, Tax Guidance & Preparation
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