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Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Tax and budget policy by Dan Shaviro

http://danshaviro.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 30

    The Democrats' new "strategy"

    The Democrats' new "strategy"
    As the NY Times notes today, "Democrats marked a decisive turn in their campaign against Donald J. Trump this week, moving to recast the 2016 not as a conventional battle between left and right but as a national emergency that requires voters…
  • Jul 29

    How many pomegranate seeds did Persephone eat anyway?

    How many pomegranate seeds did Persephone eat anyway?
    Because I like summer so much (even when it's been muggy, as in NYC recently), I found myself thinking: Why did Persephone have to eat those six pomegranate seeds when Hades was holding her prisoner in the Underworld, according to the Greek…
  • Jul 28

    The sphinx without a secret

    The sphinx without a secret
    Oscar Wilde has a short story called "The Sphinx Without a Secret," about a woman who appears to have a great mystery in her life - going to a private apartment at certain times in the week, etc.  After she dies, someone who's fascinated…
Rank this Week: 657

Law Blog Switzerland

Law Blog Switzerland

Swiss blawg covering a broad range of Swiss and international laws.

http://www.lawblogswitzerland.ch
Rank this Week: 4240

taxgirl

taxgirl

Covers corporate, non-profit, estates, individual or international taxes. By Kelly Erb.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/
  • Jul 29

    IRS Will Look Into Congressional Concerns Involving Clinton Foundation

    IRS Will Look Into Congressional Concerns Involving Clinton Foundation
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will look into allegations of impropriety at the Bill Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. In a July 22 letter to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wrote that the tax agency…
  • Jul 29

    Facebook Could Owe IRS Billions, Continues To Ignore Tax Summon

    Facebook Could Owe IRS Billions, Continues To Ignore Tax Summon
    The IRS has alleged that Facebook has failed to comply with a 7th summons isn't the only tax issue for the social media giant. On the same day that Facebook announced second-quarter profits of $2.06 billion, the company indicated that could…
  • Jul 28

    Trump & Kids Named, But Not Charged, In $250 Million Tax Evasion Case

    Trump & Kids Named, But Not Charged, In $250 Million Tax Evasion Case
    Last week, officially clinched the Republican nomination for President at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. While Trump and his family were at the convention, a story was making the rounds on social media, eventually…
Rank this Week: 81

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

Covers building, protecting and distributing wealth. By Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 29

    No Sharing: Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

    No Sharing: Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)
    On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the popular Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which gives employers a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. One of the key features is that the DTSA allows employers to obtain…
  • Jul 27

    Rural Justice in Old England: A Sabbatical in England

    Rural Justice in Old England: A Sabbatical in England
    In contrast to the established courts and courtrooms in London, justice was once delivered to the outlying rural areas of England by horseback. For example Cambridgeshire had three towns which hosted periodic courts called "assizes." The…
  • Jul 25

    Be Alert: Join the Oregon Scam Alert Network

    Be Alert: Join the Oregon Scam Alert Network
    How many emails do you get every day? Here’s an opportunity to sign up for email alerts that will provide value – and protection – for you and your clients. The Oregon Department of Justice has a free email alert.The post Be…
Rank this Week: 1692

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Covers tax planning, estate planning, trusts, wills and charitable giving. By Finch Montgomery Wright LLP.

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 29

    What to Do if Your Child’s Custodial Account is Too Big?

    What to Do if Your Child’s Custodial Account is Too Big?
    Custodial accounts are an easy way to hold money for a minor child’s benefit. They have many advantages.  They’re free-it’s easy to open up a custodial account at any bank or financial services company.…
  • Jul 19

    When One Parent Stays Home – Consent for International Travel with Minor Children

    When One Parent Stays Home – Consent for International Travel with Minor Children
    Parents traveling internationally with children need permission letters from other parent or documentation of sole custody.
  • May 4

    Prince’s Sister Claims He Had No Will

    Prince’s Sister Claims He Had No Will
    Prince's failure to execute a simple Will means he lost control of his estate. In California, the requirements for a valid holographic Will make it easy for anyone to write one.
Rank this Week: 3511

Tax Updates

Tax Updates

By Roth & Co.

http://rothcpa.com/blog-index/
Rank this Week: 218

MauledAgain

MauledAgain

Covers tax law, legal education, the First Amendment, religion, and law generally. By Villanova law professor James Edward Maule.

http://mauledagain.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 29

    Subject to Tax? Yes and No

    Subject to Tax? Yes and No
    There are many reasons why taxation is confusing. One of those many reasons is the willingness of legislatures to exempt someone from one tax but to subject that same person to a very similar tax. A recent case, Curet v. Comr., T.C. Memo…
  • Jul 27

    How Not to Help Your Tax Return Preparer

    How Not to Help Your Tax Return Preparer
    A recent Tax Court case, Probandt v. Comr., T.C. Memo 2016-135, presents a good example of how not to help your tax return preparer. The taxpayer earned a degree in business administration in the mid 1970s, and then worked for an accounting…
  • Jul 25

    What to Do With Fireworks Excise Tax Revenues?

    What to Do With Fireworks Excise Tax Revenues?
    Usually, taxes are enacted or increased to provide funds for specific purposes or to provide resources for general funds used for a package of government services. Occasionally, a tax is enacted to discourage particular behavior, with the…
Rank this Week: 478

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Jul 29

    My Favourite Things: The Promise of Regulation by Design

    My Favourite Things: The Promise of Regulation by Design
    Lachlan Urquhart & Tom Rodden, A Legal Turn in Human Computer Interaction? Towards ‘Regulation by Design’ for the Internet of Things (2016), available at SSRN.Daithí Mac SíthighTen years have passed since…
  • Jul 28

    Constitutional Officers: A Very Close Reading

    Constitutional Officers: A Very Close Reading
    Seth Barrett Tillman, Who Can Be President of the United States?: Candidate Hillary Clinton and the Problem of Statutory Qualifications, 5 Brit. J. Am. Legal Studies 95 (2016), available at SSRN Seth Barrett Tillman, Originalism & the…
  • Jul 27

    American Sexual Culture as Public Health Crisi

    American Sexual Culture as Public Health Crisi
    Margo Kaplan, Rape Beyond Crime, 66 Duke L.J. (forthcoming 2017), available at SSRN.Angela HarrisNot long ago, I was indulging in one of my favorite lazy-day pastimes – standing in my local bookstore, reading. The book was Girls and…
Rank this Week: 267

Nonprofit Law Blog

Nonprofit Law Blog

Covers legal issues affecting nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. By Gene Takagi and Erin Bradrick.

http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/
  • Jul 29

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 7/29/16

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 7/29/16
    The past week was marked by the Democratic National Convention and Comic-Con! Have a listen to Alicia Keys‘ Superwoman while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week: Nonprofit Quarterly: Examining important trends under…
  • Jul 28

    Johnson Amendment: 501(c)(3) Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention

    Johnson Amendment: 501(c)(3) Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention
    The Johnson Amendment refers to the law codified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code prohibiting organizations exempt from taxes under 501(c)(3) from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in…
  • Jul 22

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 7/22/16

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 7/22/16
    The past week was marked by the Republican National Convention and Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of a Michelle Obama speech from 2008. Have a listen to Robin Thicke’s (and Marvin Gaye’s) Blurred Lines while…
Rank this Week: 429

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

Discusses tax law, tax legislation, and other IRS tax happenings. By Kreig Mitchell.

http://www.irstaxtrouble.com/category/tax-blog/
  • Jul 28

    Taxpayer Not Entitled to Attorneys Fees Despite Prevailing In Lawsuit

    Taxpayer Not Entitled to Attorneys Fees Despite Prevailing In Lawsuit
    The government makes mistakes. It is not perfect. The United States v. Appelbaum, No. 5:12-CV-186 (W.D.N.C. 2016) , case provides an example. In Appelbaum, the government sued the taxpayer for nearly $4 million that the taxpayer did not owe.…
  • Jul 26

    A Failing Businesses can Trigger Trust Fund Recovery Penaltie

    A Failing Businesses can Trigger Trust Fund Recovery Penaltie
    Taxes are often neglected when a business is having financial difficulties. This can have serious repercussions for the business and the individuals who are responsible for having taxes withheld and remitted to the IRS. The IRS has the…
  • Jul 24

    Choosing Not to Comply With an IRS Summon

    Choosing Not to Comply With an IRS Summon
    The law requires taxpayers to keep certain records. The IRS expects taxpayers to produce these records on request. The IRS has the power to issue an administrative summons if the taxpayer does not cooperate. This begs the question as to what…
Rank this Week: 3117

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax…

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning and tax law. By English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP.

http://www.mykentuckyestateattorney.com/
  • Jul 28

    Getting ready for 2017 tax time

    Getting ready for 2017 tax time
    By Nathan Vinson, attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP This time of year is nice, isn’t it? It’s warm and pleasant out, and maybe a little bit more laid back at work. Tax time is behind you (yes!) and it’s not…
  • Jul 14

    Exchange gifted property to avoid a tax hit

    Exchange gifted property to avoid a tax hit
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP If you receive a vacation home as a gift, you can exchange it for another property to avoid a big tax hit. Receiving a home or significant piece of property as a gift may sound…
  • Jun 2

    Manipulating emotions often cause elderly people to buy into fraudulent scheme

    Manipulating emotions often cause elderly people to buy into fraudulent scheme
    By Nathan Vinson Between our phones and our e-mail, everyone in America (and likely around the world) is hit with scams every day. We’re promised millions by the wife of a dead African dictator, or told that the caller is from the IRS…
Rank this Week: 4721

Global Tax Enforcement

Global Tax Enforcement

Presents commentary on tax enforcement, news and developments. By Baker Hostetler.

http://www.globaltaxenforcement.com/
Rank this Week: 3045

Tax, Trust and Estate News

Tax, Trust and Estate News

Covers federal and state income taxes, and business taxes. By Scarinci Hollenbeck.

http://taxtrustestatenews.com/
  • Jul 28

    How Small Businesses Should Interpret the DOL’s Wage and Hour Regulation

    How Small Businesses Should Interpret the DOL’s Wage and Hour Regulation
    What small businesses should do about the DOL's wage and hour regulations On the surface, the intent of the Department of Labor's new overtime wage and hours regulations was to establish rules that make it easier for businesses to…
  • Jul 20

    Demystifying the Most Common Parts of New Overtime Pay Rule

    Demystifying the Most Common Parts of New Overtime Pay Rule
    Understanding the New Overtime Pay Rules One of the issues with the new overtime pay rules regarding wage and hour regulations is companies are unaware of the major changes of the proposal, which is set to go into effect Dec. 1.…
  • Jul 14

    Small Businesses Need to be Aware of UNICAP Rule

    Small Businesses Need to be Aware of UNICAP Rule
    What You Need to Know About UNICAP Rules If a small business designated as a C corporation, partnership, S corporation or limited liability company is not aware of uniform capitalization rules, they will need to read closely. The IRS has…
Rank this Week: 1080

ISU CALT Articles

ISU CALT Articles

Covers key issues in agricultural law and taxation, including federal and state legal opinions and critical legislative developments. From Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation.

http://www.calt.iastate.edu/article
  • Jul 27

    Iowa Fence Requirements: A Legal Review

    Iowa Fence Requirements: A Legal Review
      Background Iowa fence law has long sought to protect agricultural interests. Iowa fencing statutes date from earliest times, predating the Iowa Code of 1851. Of the current Iowa fence statute, Iowa Code ch. 359A, the Iowa Supreme Court…
  • Jul 27

    Iowa Fence Law: A Legal Review

    Iowa Fence Law: A Legal Review
      Background Iowa fence law has long sought to protect agricultural interests. Iowa fencing statutes date from earliest times, predating the Iowa Code of 1851. Of the current Iowa fence statute, Iowa Code ch. 359A, the Iowa Supreme Court…
  • Jul 27

    Mandatory Agricultural Mediation in Iowa

    Mandatory Agricultural Mediation in Iowa
      Background Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution designed to draw conflicts to a close without costly and time-consuming litigation. Typically, a neutral third-party mediator works with two sides to a dispute in an…
Rank this Week: 4485

PVW Tax & Business Law Blog

PVW Tax & Business Law Blog

Covers issues that concern business entities, taxation, and employment law. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwtaxandbusinesslaw.wordpress.com/
  • Jul 27

    SEC Amends Form 10-K to Make Annual Reports User Friendly

    SEC Amends Form 10-K to Make Annual Reports User Friendly
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued an interim rule that amends the Form 10-K; a form certain publicly traded companies annually file to give a complete review of the company’s business and its…
  • Jul 26

    SEC Order Permits Companies to Use In-Line Structured Data Filing

    SEC Order Permits Companies to Use In-Line Structured Data Filing
    A recent order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) permits companies to file financial statements with the SEC in a new format. Companies may now use Inline XBRL, which embeds structured data in the filing. The…
  • Jul 22

    IRS Implements New Safeguards for Income Verification Express Service

    IRS Implements New Safeguards for Income Verification Express Service
    The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is implementing new requirements for taxpayers who use the Income Verification Express Service (“IVES”), a service companies use when signing off on the incomes of loan applicants.…
Rank this Week: 4381

The Ag Docket

The Ag Docket

Offers a perspective on current agricultural law issues. By the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.

http://www.calt.iastate.edu/blogpost
  • Jul 27

    Baur Redux: Iowa Court of Appeals Says No Oppression

    Baur Redux: Iowa Court of Appeals Says No Oppression
    Overview
  • Jul 26

    Don't Forget To Vet Your Attorney

    Don't Forget To Vet Your Attorney
    By now you’ve probably read about the Pennsylvania woman who was recently sentenced to prison for various crimes stemming from her decades-long scam of posing as a lawyer. She had no law license and had never gone to law school, yet she…
  • Jul 14

    GMO Disclosure Bill Awaiting President Obama's Signature

    GMO Disclosure Bill Awaiting President Obama's Signature
    It’s legislation that completely satisfies no one. However, to the majority of lawmakers, it is a better choice than the prospect of food manufacturers, producers, and retailers facing 50 different standards for disclosing the presence…
Rank this Week: 4598

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 4184

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Focuses on complliance, corporate governance, disclosure, mergers and tax issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.corporatesecuritieslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 451

Taxable Talk

Taxable Talk

Covers estate taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, tax evasion and tax fraud. By Russ Fox.

http://www.taxabletalk.com/
  • Jul 27

    The 2016 Hom Decision: Do Online Gambling Sites Still Need to be Reported on the FBAR?

    The 2016 Hom Decision: Do Online Gambling Sites Still Need to be Reported on the FBAR?
    The Ninth Circuit’s unpublished opinion in United States v. Hom is now up. It’s sort of a misnomer to use the word “published” for an unpublished opinion. Unpublished here means it cannot be cited as a precedent; the…
  • Jul 26

    Hom Decision Reversed

    Hom Decision Reversed
    Back in 2014 the US District Court for the Northern District of California held that online gambling accounts are reportable foreign financial accounts for the FBAR. Mr. Hom appealed that decision. Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals…
  • Jul 23

    Fail, Caesar! A July Update

    Fail, Caesar! A July Update
    Since I last reported on the bankruptcy of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (CEOC) there has been some news: 1. The junior creditors appear to be no closer to agreeing with the senior creditors on a restructuring of CEOC. The latest…
Rank this Week: 863

Accel Tax Blog

Accel Tax Blog

Covers tax law news and tax planning for individuals and businesses.

http://www.acceltaxandbusiness.com/blog.php
Rank this Week: 4175

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Covers topics such as sales and payroll tax problems, offers in compromise, tax audits, tax debt, tax disputes, tax fraud, tax litigation and tax controversy, and tax preparer penalties. By Brager Tax Law Group.

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1011

Rubin on Tax

Rubin on Tax

Covers tax and legal issues relating to federal and Florida tax, estate planning, probate, and business matters. By Charles Rubin.

http://rubinontax.floridatax.com/
  • Jul 26

    Treasury Removes a Reporting Trap for Section 83(b) Election

    Treasury Removes a Reporting Trap for Section 83(b) Election
    Taxpayers who receive property as payment for performing services are generally taxable on the value of the property received in the year of receipt. Section 83 may allow such taxation to be deferred when the property received is subject to a…
  • Jul 23

    Applicable Federal Rates - August 2016

    Applicable Federal Rates - August 2016
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  • Jul 19

    Save the Date – September 28, 2016!

    Save the Date – September 28, 2016!
    If you are in South Florida, and are interested hearing Jonathan Blattmachr present at the 3rd annual Palm Beach County Wealth & Estate Planning Seminar, click here to learn more and register (scroll down to the bottom of the list on that…
Rank this Week: 530

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law…

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law Blog

Covers business law, tax, and international law.

http://beg-law.com/lawblog/
Rank this Week: 4623

El Conta punto com

El Conta punto com

Herramientas para los contadores -México-

http://elconta.com/
Rank this Week: 145

Tax Equity Telegraph

Tax Equity Telegraph

Addresses the intersection of tax policy and energy policy in the United States. By Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

http://www.akingump.com/en/experience/practices/global-project-finance/tax-equity-telegraph/index.html
  • Jul 20

    Can New Federal Guidance Unlock the Residential PACE Market? We’re Almost There!

    Can New Federal Guidance Unlock the Residential PACE Market? We’re Almost There!
    Under newly issued guidance, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin insuring mortgages on qualifying properties with PACE assessments.Unlike the active commercial Property Assessed…
  • Apr 5

    IRS Rules on Late Inverted Lease Election

    IRS Rules on Late Inverted Lease Election
    This is an article‎ that David Burton published in Tax Notes that discusses three recent Internal Revenue Service rulings in which permission was granted, in what appears to be solar energy project, inverted lease transactions, in…
  • Mar 29

    Question and Answer from the Tax Equity Structuring, Financial Modeling and HLBV Accounting Seminar

    Question and Answer from the Tax Equity Structuring, Financial Modeling and HLBV Accounting Seminar
    Question from Seminar Participant: The tax equity investor invests to own only a portion of the production tax credits (PTCs) up front, since there is an unknown of the actual production levels of the wind farm. What does the…
Rank this Week: 4462

IRS Report Card

IRS Report Card

Comments of a 30-Year Former IRS Insider. By Mopsick Tax Law, LLP.

http://mopsicktaxlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3626

Bernick Lifson Business Law Blog

Bernick Lifson Business Law Blog

Covers topics related to business law, including intellectual property, trademarks, litigation, and employment law.

http://www.bernicklifson.com/blog/
  • Jul 19

    The Overtime Final Ruling: What It Means for Your Busine

    The Overtime Final Ruling: What It Means for Your Busine
    Last month, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced their final ruling regarding overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Final Ruling: Extend Overtime Pay Protections The Overtime Final Rule…
  • Jul 14

    A Pet Free Building Does Not Mean A Building Without Pet

    A Pet Free Building Does Not Mean A Building Without Pet
    Are pet free condominium buildings a thing?  One of the jobs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) and the Department of Justice is to enforce the federal Fair Housing Act (“Act”).  The…
  • Apr 14

    Property line disputes: did your neighbor build on your land?

    Property line disputes: did your neighbor build on your land?
      Just How Close is your Neighbor?     In a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision, the Court determined that a landowner, whose property was encroached-upon by a neighbor, was entitled to numerous types of costly damages…
Rank this Week: 4473

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP…

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP News & Commentary

Covers estate planning, tax law, and real estate law.

http://rogerssheffield.com/news-and-commentary
  • Jul 19

    Considering an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?

    Considering an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?
    People often think of life insurance as “tax-free,” but that’s not entirely true.  Life insurance proceeds generally are income-tax-free to your beneficiaries, but if you own the policy at your death, the proceeds may…
  • Jul 19

    Considering an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?

    Considering an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust?
    People often think of life insurance as “tax-free,” but that’s not entirely true.  Life insurance proceeds generally are income-tax-free to your beneficiaries, but if you own the policy at your death, the proceeds may…
  • Jul 1

    Jason Wansor Joins Rogers Sheffield & Campbell

    Jason Wansor Joins Rogers Sheffield & Campbell
    Jason W. Wansor Joins the Law Firm of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP is pleased to announce that Jason Wansor has joined the firm, effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Wansor is an accomplished civil…
Rank this Week: 4685

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Jul 18

    Prince Estate: The Importance Of Having A Will

    Prince Estate: The Importance Of Having A Will
    Gary Borofsky in Forbes about Prince's estate plan, err, lack thereof: The untimely death of the music icon is exposing the role tax planning plays in an overall estate plan. By creating a comprehensive plan, a high net worth individual…
  • May 26

    Before You Travel This Summer, Don’t Forget These 5 Estate Planning Must Do

    Before You Travel This Summer, Don’t Forget These 5 Estate Planning Must Do
    It’s travel season! Whether you’re planning to dip your toes in the sand and surf, or ride the newest attractions at your favorite amusement park, you’re ready to hit the road (or the skies) and get out of town! Before you…
  • Apr 26

    Candidates' Proposed Estate Tax Plan

    Candidates' Proposed Estate Tax Plan
    Robert Woods, writing for Forbes: Under current law, estates worth $5.45 million or less are exempt from federal estate tax. Beyond that, you pay. Call it an estate tax, a death tax, or a tax on accumulated wealth. Whatever you call it, it…
Rank this Week: 2265

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 17

    INDIVIDUALS OVER 65 SHOULD NOT PUT OFF MEDICAL CARE UNTIL 2017

    INDIVIDUALS OVER 65 SHOULD NOT PUT OFF MEDICAL CARE UNTIL 2017
    Most taxpayers are aware that they can claim a medical and/or dental expense on their Federal Income Tax Return if they meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligibility for the deduction requires (i) the taxpayer to itemize their income tax…
  • Jul 17

    GUN TRUSTS – A THING OF THE PAST?

    GUN TRUSTS – A THING OF THE PAST?
    Effective July 13, 2016, Final Rule 41-F (the “Rule”) of the National Firearms Act (“NFA”) eliminated the loophole which allowed the making or transferring of a firearm, without a background check, through a Gun Trust.…
  • Jul 7

    The Achieving a Better Life Experience…

    The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 will soon allow individuals to incorporate STABLE accounts in their estate plans for disabled family members. The accounts will allow family members to save money to be used by the…
Rank this Week: 4287

Tax Crisis Institute

Tax Crisis Institute

This blog is all about tax troubles with the IRS and how to avoid them.

http://www.taxcrisisinstitute.com/blog/
  • Jul 15

    How To Settle Your Taxe

    How To Settle Your Taxe
    When it comes to tax collection, the IRS isn’t the only government agency that you need to worry about. The Department of Justice can be involved in getting court judgments...
  • Feb 6

    Can IRS Penalties Be Abated Because of Addiction?

    Can IRS Penalties Be Abated Because of Addiction?
    When a taxpayer files a tax return late or has an unpaid liability, the IRS will assess substantial penalties along with interest on the penalties. If there is “reasonable cause”,...
  • Jan 21

    Owe back taxes to the IRS? Say GOODBYE to your Passport!

    Owe back taxes to the IRS? Say GOODBYE to your Passport!
    Passed in Congress and signed into law on December 4, 2015 was the Fixing America’s Surface Transportion Act. The language  in this law prevents you from traveling outside of the...
Rank this Week: 4726

Multi-State Tax Law Blog

Multi-State Tax Law Blog

Covers tax law. By Gerald Donnini.

http://www.floridataxlawyer-blog.com/
  • Jul 14

    Sarasota County Circuit Court holds that Reservation and Cleaning Fees are NOT Taxable.

    Sarasota County Circuit Court holds that Reservation and Cleaning Fees are NOT Taxable.
    Florida’s hotel reservation industry recently received an important victory relating to Tourist Development Tax (“TDT”).  TDT is a tax imposed on the privilege of renting, leasing or letting “for consideration any…
  • Jun 28

    A Win for Local Cable Companies in the Supreme Court of Utah

    A Win for Local Cable Companies in the Supreme Court of Utah
    On December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of the State of Utah issued its ruling in the case of DIRECTV and DISH Network v. Utah State Tax Commission. At issue in this case was a tax scheme that provided a sales tax credit for "an amount equal…
  • Jun 28

    A Win for Local Cable Companies in the Supreme Court of Utah

    A Win for Local Cable Companies in the Supreme Court of Utah
    On December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of the State of Utah issued its ruling in the case of DIRECTV and DISH Network v. Utah State Tax Commission. At issue in this case was a tax scheme that provided a sales tax credit for "an amount equal…
Rank this Week: 3217

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

http://www.mwattorneys.com/blog/
  • Jul 13

    IRS Tech Issue

    IRS Tech Issue
    I have a memory from my first job as a lawyer that reminds me how slow the legal profession can be ...
  • Apr 5

    IRS Could Help Identify Uninsured

    IRS Could Help Identify Uninsured
    The Affordable Care Act is intended to make affordable health insurance available to all. But we have seen that simply making it available does not result in 100% enrollment…not even close. It seems odd that you would have to push…
  • Apr 5

    IRS Could Help Identify Uninsured

    IRS Could Help Identify Uninsured
    The Affordable Care Act is intended to make affordable health insurance available to all. But we have seen that simply making ...
Rank this Week: 2466

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization…

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization Blog

Focused on nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, with an emphasis on federal tax and Minnesota nonprofit legal issues. By Robertson Law Office.

http://www.robertsonlawofficellc.com/Blog/
  • Jul 12

    New requirement for some 501(c)(4) organization

    New requirement for some 501(c)(4) organization
    Since late December 2015 we have been on the lookout for implementing regulations regarding the new notice requirements on certain 501(c)(4) organizations.  The IRS has now issued Revenue Procedure 2016-41 and the Treasury Department…
  • Jul 8

    Upcoming presentation

    Upcoming presentation
    I am presenting at the 2016 Nonprofit Essentials Conference on August 9, 2016, at the University of St. Thomas. I will be discussing legal requirements and the importance of being transparent. Please join me! 
  • Jun 17

    It just got easier for watchdog groups to police the sector!

    It just got easier for watchdog groups to police the sector!
    The IRS announced this week that is is now releasing electronically-filed 990s, 990-EZs, and 990-PFs from 2011 to the present in machine readable format.  This change will make it much easier for watchdog groups and others interested in…
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Philadelphia Estate and Tax…

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog

Focuses on income, estate and gift tax matters, estate planning and probate administration. By Steven J. Fromm.

http://frommtaxes.wordpress.com/
  • Jul 12

    City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016

    City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016
    Philadelphia Landmark: The Famous and Quirky 45 Foot Steel Clothes Pin Created by Sculptor Claes Oldenburg Across from City Hall   The City of Philadelphia has reduced the City Wage Tax rate effective July 1, 2016. The new Wage Tax…
  • Jun 2

    Did You Get a Letter in the Mail from the IRS? Here is What You Need to Do

    Did You Get a Letter in the Mail from the IRS? Here is What You Need to Do
    Each year, the IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. This can be extremely upsetting when receiving this form of communication, whether it is from the IRS or any other taxing authority.  The…
  • Dec 18

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

    2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving
    The Internal Revenue Service on December 18, 2015 issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1,…
Rank this Week: 3595

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 12

    Immigration Law: An Overview for Every Practitioner

    Immigration Law: An Overview for Every Practitioner
    There is a common misconception that the practice of immigration law is limited to individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States via a U.S. citizen spouse or child. The reality, however, is that the practice of immigration law is much…
  • Jul 5

    Corrective Deed of Trust in California- Is It Enforceable?

    Corrective Deed of Trust in California- Is It Enforceable?
    Title insurers often discover defects in transactions after escrow has closed. When this occurs, they regularly request that parties to a real estate transaction execute “corrective” trust deeds or grant deeds.…
  • Jun 29

    First American Title Company Wires $513K to Fraudsters; Sues Realtor

    First American Title Company Wires $513K to Fraudsters; Sues Realtor
    After falling victim to a well-known scam in which fraudulent wire instructions are sent by email, First American Title Company sued the Realtor who recommended its escrow services.
Rank this Week: 2278

Tax Trials

Tax Trials

Covers decisions and developments in federal and state taxation. By Asbury Law Firm.

http://taxtrials.com/
  • Jul 11

    Anyone for Tennis? Technical Foot Faults & the Conservation Easement Tax Deduction

    Anyone for Tennis? Technical Foot Faults & the Conservation Easement Tax Deduction
    We just wrapped up the 2016 Wimbledon fortnight. Andy Murray took the Men’s bracket while the Williams sisters are once again making news. We found the rules that govern the grass courts can be instructive in understanding the outcome…
  • Apr 8

    Understanding the Conservation Easement Tax Deduction (or Strawberry Fields Forever)

    Understanding the Conservation Easement Tax Deduction (or Strawberry Fields Forever)
    We’ve covered developments in the litigation of conversation and facade easement cases here for some time now.  We’ve recently taken that experience, added a little historical perspective, and put it together for an…
  • Apr 6

    Congratulations Villanova

    Congratulations Villanova
    We congratulate Coach Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcat Basketball Team on their 2016 NCAA Basketball National Championship. We have two Villanova alumni here at Asbury Law Firm and our immediate families add two more Villanova degrees. We…
Rank this Week: 2952

Canadian Tax Litigation

Canadian Tax Litigation

Covers Canadian tax litigation developments. By FMC Law.

http://www.canadiantaxlitigation.com/
  • Jul 5

    Gordon: CRA May Not Fetter Discretion on Interest Relief Application

    Gordon: CRA May Not Fetter Discretion on Interest Relief Application
    In Gordon v Canada (Attorney General) (2016 FC 643), the Federal Court granted the taxpayer’s application for judicial review and reminded the CRA that it may not fetter its discretion when considering applications for interest relief.…
  • Apr 13

    CRA Creates New Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee

    CRA Creates New Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee
    The CRA continues its efforts to strengthen tax compliance in Canada. Following the CRA’s recent announcement of its efforts to crackdown on international tax evasion, the CRA announced the creation of a new Offshore Compliance…
  • Apr 11

    CRA Provides Update on Efforts to Combat Tax Evasion

    CRA Provides Update on Efforts to Combat Tax Evasion
    Following the release of the “Panama Papers” and the Canadian federal government’s budget announcement that additional resources will be directed to the CRA to collect existing tax debts and combat tax evasion, the CRA has…
Rank this Week: 2782

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

Covers tax law. By the Law Office of Aaron P. Richter.

http://www.richtertaxblog.com/
  • Jun 26

    FBARs are Due June 30th | Bethesda Tax Lawyer

    FBARs are Due June 30th | Bethesda Tax Lawyer
    It's your annual friendly reminder that the 2015 FBAR (FinCEN Form 114) is due June 30th.  If you are a US resident for tax purposes, and you have foreign assets, there is a good chance you need to file this form. The FBAR is now filed…
  • Jun 13

    The Taxation of Bitcoin and Digital Currency | Bethesda Tax Lawyer

    The Taxation of Bitcoin and Digital Currency | Bethesda Tax Lawyer
    Bitcoin, a virtual currency that uses cryptography to secure transactions and control the creation of new units of value, seems poised to become the next step in tax evasion, replacing tax havens maintained by law firms like Mossack Fonseca…
  • May 23

    Assessment and Collections of FBAR Penalties | Bethesda Tax Lawyer

    Assessment and Collections of FBAR Penalties | Bethesda Tax Lawyer
    The IRS continues to zealously pursue the collection of foreign assets and accounts, so taxpayers need to understand how the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) and FBAR penalties work.  The enforcement of the FBAR is…
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EU & Italian International Tax…

EU & Italian International Tax Law Blog

Provides updates on EU and Italian international tax matters. By Marco Rossi.

http://www.euitalianinternationaltax.com/
Rank this Week: 2000

ataxingmatter

ataxingmatter

Tax law and economics by Linda Beale

http://ataxingmatter.blogs.com/tax/
  • Jun 24

    Lloyd Doggett Nails the GOP Corporate Tax "Reform" Proposal

    Lloyd Doggett Nails the GOP Corporate Tax "Reform" Proposal
    Congressional Republicans have just released their "new" corporate tax proposal. As usual for the GOP, the proposal again calls for steep cuts in the corporate tax rate. Lloyd Doggett, the Texas Democrat and member of the House Ways…
  • May 10

    Religion and Tax--not an easy issue

    Religion and Tax--not an easy issue
    The Atlantic magazine has an article in the May 3 2016 issue asking "Should Courts Get to Define Religion?" The article deals with a Catholic shrine in Attleboro Massachusetts, Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette, that covers almost 200…
  • Apr 29

    IRS Scrutiny of 501(c)(3)

    IRS Scrutiny of 501(c)(3)
    As most everybody is aware by now, the IRS has been under considerable strain for a number of years from budget and staff reductions that have left it underfunded, understaffed, and under pressure. This is part of the right's effort...
Rank this Week: 422

Maryland Business Litigation…

Maryland Business Litigation Lawyer Blog

Covers taxes and business law. By Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White.

http://www.marylandbusinesslitigationlawyerblog.com/
  • Jun 23

    Federal Court Dismisses ADA Complaint

    Federal Court Dismisses ADA Complaint
    Businesses are obliged to ensure that their facilities comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. But can anyone who believes he has found a violation somewhere sue to remedy it? The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland…
  • Feb 25

    Apple v. DOJ/FBI – Is Justice Scalia Rolling Over in His Grave?

    Apple v. DOJ/FBI – Is Justice Scalia Rolling Over in His Grave?
    Long a consistent and ardent judicial champion of the constitutional protections afforded citizens under the Fourth and Sixth Amendments, one cannot help but wonder how Justice Scalia would have viewed the showdown between Apple and the…
  • Feb 8

    Spoliation – The oft mispronounced Rule of Evidence that Every Business Person Needs to Know

    Spoliation – The oft mispronounced Rule of Evidence that Every Business Person Needs to Know
    The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion this week that serves as a reminder that a party’s simple failure to preserve evidence can sometimes snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The case (and link) is Cumberland…
Rank this Week: 3345

Pew Blog

Pew Blog

Covers bankruptcy and tax. By Pew Law Center, PLLC.

http://www.pewlaw.com/blog
Rank this Week: 2247

Seay Law Firm Blog

Seay Law Firm Blog

Covers Texas tax law.

http://www.seaytaxlaw.com/blog/
  • Jun 17

    Southwest Royalties: No New Manufacturing Exemption for Oil & Gas, Texas Supreme Court Say

    Southwest Royalties: No New Manufacturing Exemption for Oil & Gas, Texas Supreme Court Say
    Today, the Texas Supreme Court released its long-awaited opinion in Southwest Royalties, Inc. v. Hegar.  It held that oil and gas above-ground and downhole production equipment doesn’t qualify for the manufacturing exemption from…
  • Jun 16

    No Resale Exemption for Health Club Equipment, Appeals Court Find

    No Resale Exemption for Health Club Equipment, Appeals Court Find
    The Texas Third Court of Appeals issued its opinion today in Fitness International, LLC v. Hegar.  It held that certain equipment, such as cardio machines and weight racks, that a health club purchased for its customers’ use, was…
  • Apr 21

    Appeals Court Finds Bill Pay Service Not Taxable

    Appeals Court Finds Bill Pay Service Not Taxable
    The Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals issued its opinion Tuesday in Hegar v. CheckFree Services Corporation.  It held that an online bill pay service was not a taxable data processing service under the Texas sales tax.  The court…
Rank this Week: 3239

TaxMama's TaxQuips

TaxMama's TaxQuips

Daily tax and small business podcast with tax and small business news tidbits covering investment, inheritance real estate and more.

http://www.taxquips.com/?cat=TaxQuips
  • Jun 13

    Wages for S Corp Officer

    Wages for S Corp Officer
    Today TaxMama® hears from ASquare in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “I work as a full time employee for a company on W2. I own S-CORP that i get income for the services provided in my free time. Do I need to run the payroll…
  • May 24

    Divorce Home Sale

    Divorce Home Sale
    Alexas_Fotos / Pixabay[/caption] Today TaxMama® hears from Greg in the TaxQuips Forum with a very common divorce issue. Let me paraphrase. “We got divorced. My wife and child stayed in our home. I made the payments. Now, when we…
  • Apr 18

    Tax Day Deadline - and Extension

    Tax Day Deadline - and Extension
    tevepb / Pixabay[/caption] Good news! This year we get a few extra days to file our tax returns – until April 18th (19th in MA and MN). But what’s if you’re just not ready? Relax. File an extension – no excuses…
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