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COD Income: Do You Count Pension Payments?

If you have a right to receive $1 in the future, is that right an asset? Our tax laws would generally say that it is. What if you cannot assign the right to receive the $1 and you cannot accelerate the payment? At what point is the right to receive the $1 not an asset…Continue…Continue readingCOD Income: Do You Count Pension Payments?

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The IRS’s Ability to Recoup Refund Checks

If you receive a tax refund and the IRS later asks you to repay the refund, what do you do? Do you keep the refund or repay it? This can be a very difficult question to answer. This is particularly true if you believe that you have a legitimate basis for and entitlement to the…Continue…Continue readingThe IRS’s Ability to Recoup Refund Checks

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Unpacking the Moving Expense Deduction

There are several issues that the IRS frequently challenges on audit. For individual taxpayers, this includes moving expenses. Taxpayers are entitled to deduct moving expenses. Our tax laws impose several limitations on what expenses can be deducted and when. The recent Doyle v. Commissioner, Docket No. 6532-20S (2021) case provides an opportunity to consider these…Continue…Continue readingUnpacking the Moving Expense Deduction

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Are Funds Advanced to Third Party Subject to Tax?

With a cash basis taxpayer, the general rule is that the taxpayer recognizes gross income when money is received. But what if the taxpayer holds money on account for others? This is a common practice. These transfers may include deposits, advances, etc. It can even include funds held in trust for the benefit of a…Continue…Continue readingAre Funds Advanced to Third Party Subject to Tax?

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Failure to Review Tax Return Voids Penalty Defense

The IRS is quick to impose penalties. Many penalties are automatically imposed by the IRS’s computers. Even on audit, the IRS’s leadsheets direct IRS auditors to consider penalties before closing the audits. Most penalties can be abated if the taxpayer can establish reasonable cause. This is a facts and circumstances analysis. The courts have accepted…Continue…Continue readingFailure to Review Tax Return Voids Penalty Defense

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Using an Old NOL Carryforward

The things we take for granted these days. If you are younger than me, you may not realize it but there was a significant change that happened in the 1990s. Personal computers were just starting to actually be useful in the workplace. The ability to type and use a 10-day calculator were sought after job…Continue…Continue readingUsing an Old NOL Carryforward

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Tax Debts & the Dissipated Asset

It is very difficult to run a business and to do so in full compliance with all of our laws. Having worked with thousands of business owners, the message is the same. Something always seems to give. If the business focuses on the operational side of the business to comply with industry regulations or to…Continue…Continue readingTax Debts & the Dissipated Asset

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Avoiding Tax Penalties for Bookkeeper’s Mistakes

Taxes are computed based on accounting records. Accounting records are often complied by bookkeepers who have no tax training or experience. The bookkeepers may not intend to provide tax advice. Their work product may be used to prepare tax returns, however. The tax return preparer may move the numbers from the bookkeeper’s profit and loss…Continue…Continue readingAvoiding Tax Penalties for Bookkeeper’s Mistakes

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How to Challenge Payroll Taxes

Payroll tax disputes can be more difficult to resolve with the IRS than some other types of taxes. This is largely due to the IRS’s notice of deficiency process. The IRS’s notice of deficiency is the final notice the IRS sends before it assesses or records a tax as being due. The notice is required…Continue…Continue readingHow to Challenge Payroll Taxes

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Enough is Enough, But An Amended Tax Return is Not

The process for reporting taxes can be more difficult than discerning whether a tax provision applies. This complexity stems from the level of information is required to be reported. The IRS reporting requirements continue increase every year. The IRS’s decision to require partnership tax capital accounts is an example. Why is that information required and…Continue…Continue readingEnough is Enough, But An Amended Tax Return is Not