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Why You Should File Past Due Tax Returns NOW

Regardless of whether or not you are able to pay your tax liability in full, you should file all tax returns that are due. To do so, file your past due return the same way that you would file a

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Posted in IRS Collections, IRS Enforcement, IRS Mediation, IRS Penalties, Non-filed Tax Returns, Penalty, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax planning, Tax Problems & Requests, Taxpayer Advocate

Loving v. IRS deals blow to IRS Regulation of Tax Return Preparers

In Loving v. IRS the IRS’ authority to regulate commercial tax return preparers has been successfully challenged. United States District Court for the District of Columbia Judge James E. Boasberg granted Loving’s motion for summary judgment describing the IRS Rules as "Ultra Vires."

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IRS Standards for Continuing Education Providers and Accrediting Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service announced the standards to become an IRS-approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider and the requirements to become an IRS CE Accrediting organization.  The guidance paves the way for the implementation of new CE requirements for certain tax

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IRS Restrictions on Contacting Taxpayers

I've worked with many good people inside the IRS on a wide variety of cases. So please do not get me wrong I'm not bashing ALL IRS employees. However like any big bloated bureaucracy I've also worked with some real

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IRS’ Taxpayer Advocate Service Changed Case Acceptance Criteria

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) at the Internal Revenue Service changed the cases it will consider going forward. As of essentially today IRS TAS will generally NOT accept cases involving problems in these four areas: 1. processing of original tax returns,

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IRS Stakeholder Liaison Meeting Summary

The following are the notes from the most recent IRS Stakeholder Liaison Meeting held in Denver Colorado as prepared by IRS Senior Stakeholder Liaison Deborah Rodgers Michael Shuler,  Local Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate’s (NTA) objectives report

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Who Should I Hire To Do My Taxes?

Business Entity Selection and the Tax Consequences of Converting

We all know there are good and bad people everywhere, both inside the IRS and in the tax practitioner community alike.  Routinely readers of this blog report specific and egregious allegations of tax practitioner misconduct in violation of United States

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Posted in Estimated Taxes, PTIN, Tax Abuse, Tax Fraud, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Preparer, Tax Relief, Taxpayer Advocate

Martin Luther King and tax

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: reports on how some southern officials tried to use state tax laws to stop King and the nascent civil rights movement: "In Alabama, ... Governor John Patterson in early 1960 directed state

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How to Obtain a Transcript of Your Past Tax Information

Taxpayers who need their past tax return information can obtain it from the IRS. There are two easy and convenient options for obtaining free copies of your federal tax return information — tax return transcripts and tax account transcripts. The

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