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Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Tax and budget policy by Dan Shaviro

http://danshaviro.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 26

    New article posted on SSRN!

    New article posted on SSRN!
    Two days ago, the U.S. Treasury Department published a White Paper, entitled "The European Commission's Recent State Aid Investigations of Transfer Pricing Rulings."As I was already geared up on the issue, I have now posted a 29-page response…
  • Aug 25

    Rapid service

    Rapid service
    I am hoping to post a short article on SSRN, concerning the Treasury's White Paper on the EU state aid cases, as soon as tomorrow (Friday).  The White Paper only came out yesterday morning, but I was geared up on the topic, as I…
  • Aug 25

    No partisan divide here

    No partisan divide here
    There's a general consensus among the humans in our household that Gary is perfect.
Rank this Week: 1578

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
  • Aug 26

    New Small UAS Rule Effective Monday

    New Small UAS Rule Effective Monday
    During the past several years it often seemed like the day would never come. But Monday, the new FAA rule for integrating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. airspace is effective. The rule applies to all UAS weighing less…
  • Aug 24

    Landowners Continue Their Legal Challenge to Dakota Access Pipeline

    Landowners Continue Their Legal Challenge to Dakota Access Pipeline
    Just next door to the location of next week’s Farm Progress show (and across Iowa), Dakota Access is working to construct its pipeline to transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a refining station in Illinois.…
  • Aug 10

    Federal Judge Suggests Limits to FAA Authority to Regulate Airspace

    Federal Judge Suggests Limits to FAA Authority to Regulate Airspace
    It was the wrong procedural posture to create new law. But a recent case from the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has some interesting discussion regarding limits to the FAA’s right to regulate airspace.
Rank this Week: 1929

El Conta punto com

El Conta punto com

Herramientas para los contadores -México-

http://elconta.com/
Rank this Week: 121

Tax Updates

Tax Updates

By Roth & Co.

http://rothcpa.com/blog-index/
Rank this Week: 572

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/
  • Aug 26

    More Evidence That Film Tax Credits Are an Ineffective Giveaway

    More Evidence That Film Tax Credits Are an Ineffective Giveaway
    Readers of this blog know that I am not a fan of targeted tax credits ostensibly designed to generate more tax revenue than they cost, in part because they do not generate the additional revenue their supporters claim will materialize, in…
  • Aug 24

    Would You Report Your Neighbor’s Unregistered Vehicle?

    Would You Report Your Neighbor’s Unregistered Vehicle?
    Fairfax County in Virginia imposes a personal property tax on motor vehicles (and some other items). To collect the tax, the county requires registration of motor vehicles. Getting the information isn’t very difficult when the vehicle…
  • Aug 22

    Does Getting a Tax Deal Done Require This Sort of Action?

    Does Getting a Tax Deal Done Require This Sort of Action?
    New Jersey has a problem, though I doubt it’s the only state with this sort of challenge. The federal government also faces a similar issue. Put simply, the state’s fund for maintaining, repairing, and improving highway and other…
Rank this Week: 1562

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/
  • Aug 25

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 8/26/16

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 8/26/16
    Back in Vancouver to see family, friends, and Romeo and Juliet at Bard on the Beach, Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. Have a listen to A Time for Us while perusing our curated…
  • Aug 22

    FASB Updates Not-for-Profit Accounting Standard

    FASB Updates Not-for-Profit Accounting Standard
      The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released its Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, on August 18, 2016. The Update modifies previous…
  • Aug 19

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 8/19/16

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 8/19/16
    The Summer Olympics continues to occupy much of the media’s attention though there continues to be important developments with respect to the U.S. Presidential election, police-citizen relations, Syria, and the Louisiana…
Rank this Week: 2291

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

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

http://www.irstaxtrouble.com/category/tax-blog/
  • Aug 25

    The U.S. Tax Court Can Order the IRS to Make Refund

    The U.S. Tax Court Can Order the IRS to Make Refund
    There are a number of forums for litigating tax disputes, such as the U.S. Tax Court. There are pros and cons associated with bringing suit in each forum. Taxpayers often pass on litigating cases in the U.S. Tax Court in cases when they are…
  • Aug 23

    Inference of Physical Sickness or Injury Not Sufficient for Exclusion

    Inference of Physical Sickness or Injury Not Sufficient for Exclusion
    Settlement payments paid to compensate a taxpayer for his physical sickness or injury are not taxable. This rule has been heavily litigated. It often comes down to what proof there is of the physical sickness or injury. In George v.…
  • Aug 21

    IRS Cannot Group Nonpassive Activities to Trigger Loss Limitation

    IRS Cannot Group Nonpassive Activities to Trigger Loss Limitation
    Taxpayers are often surprised to learn that some losses may not be netted against gains in the current tax year. This is often due to the passive activity loss and material participation rules. The IRS National Office addressed these rules in…
Rank this Week: 2244

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 25

    So You Want to Sell Your Own Home

    So You Want to Sell Your Own Home
    For Sale by Owner or FSBO are attractive in a seller’s market. Weekly solicitations from eager Buyers are common. Technology has put selling your home yourself a few clicks away. Websites like Zillow allow you to post a listing.…
  • Aug 23

    Banks Talks Aequitas in New Oregonian Article

    Banks Talks Aequitas in New Oregonian Article
    Samuels Yoelin Kantor attorney Bob Banks was featured again in the Oregonian this Sunday. The article, by Jeff Manning, focuses on the the ongoing Aequitas debacle. Also highlighted in the piece is latest case that Banks filed in Seattle last…
  • Aug 22

    Win Olympic Gold – And Pay for It

    Win Olympic Gold – And Pay for It
    Every time the Olympics come around, there’s dozens of articles and posts about how Olympic medals are subject to income tax. The IRS considers all prize winnings, such as gambling or game show prizes, to be income and thus taxable.…
Rank this Week: 1678

taxgirl

taxgirl

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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/
Rank this Week: 338

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/
  • Aug 25

    IRS Proposes New Tax Status Regulations on Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan

    IRS Proposes New Tax Status Regulations on Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan
    Recently, the IRS proposed new tax status regulations related to the Section 457(f) non-qualified deferred compensation plans offered by tax exempt employers. Proposed regulations The goal of the proposal was to clearly define which…
  • Aug 18

    Partnerships Can No Longer Treat Partners as Employees for Tax Purpose

    Partnerships Can No Longer Treat Partners as Employees for Tax Purpose
    New regulations change how partnerships treat partners as employees The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury recently issued regulations to address the way the former taxes partners in a partnership that has a sole owner of a…
  • Aug 16

    How New Partnership Audit Rules Will Affect You

    How New Partnership Audit Rules Will Affect You
    Changes to BBA Enact New Partnership Audit Rules Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“BBA”), which will take effect in 2018, the IRS will be able to audit certain partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) and…
Rank this Week: 919

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: 3024

Life in the Tax Lane

Life in the Tax Lane

Focuses on current developments in individual and small business taxation, including tax law and tips. By Stephen S. Photopoulos.

http://lifeinthetaxlane.com
  • Aug 24

    Do you need a Fresh Start?

    Do you need a Fresh Start?
    You’ve no doubt heard the words “fresh start” a lot recently.  Many of our competitors hype it as the silver bullet that will solve all of your tax problems.  But, what do they mean by fresh start?  Will it…
  • Nov 18

    Back-to-School Reminder for Parents and Students: College Tax Credits for 2014 and Years Ahead

    Back-to-School Reminder for Parents and Students: College Tax Credits for 2014 and Years Ahead
    With another school year now in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that now is a good time to see if they will qualify for either of two college tax credits or any of several other education-related…
  • Nov 18

    Back-to-School Reminder for Parents and Students: College Tax Credits for 2014 and Years Ahead

    Back-to-School Reminder for Parents and Students: College Tax Credits for 2014 and Years Ahead
    With another school year now in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that now is a good time to see if they will qualify for either of two college tax credits or any of several other education-related…
Rank this Week: 3844

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law…

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law Blog

Covers business law, tax, and international law.

http://beg-law.com/lawblog/
  • Aug 24

    Olivia Du Joins Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein

    Olivia Du Joins Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein
    Olivia Du Joins Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein
  • Jul 25

    New Tax on Foreign Buyers of Vancouver of Real Estate

    New Tax on Foreign Buyers of Vancouver of Real Estate
    Foreign buyers of Metro Vancouver real estate will be taxed an additional 15 per cent, the government announced today in new legislation.
  • May 19

    B.C. Society Act Revamp – Part 2

    B.C. Society Act Revamp – Part 2
    BC Registry Services have produced an initial transition guide for existing societies operating under the current Society Act, to allow those existing societies to transition to the rules under the new Societies Act.
Rank this Week: 3445

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 23

    CAN MY REVOCABLE TRUST OWN S-CORPORATION STOCK

    CAN MY REVOCABLE TRUST OWN S-CORPORATION STOCK
    A Florida Revocable Trust (“Trust”) is a common tool utilized by individuals when creating their Florida estate plans. A Trust is designed to hold assets during the Grantor (the individual who creates the Trust) lifetime and then…
  • Aug 22

    FLORIDA LLC TAX ISSUES

    FLORIDA LLC TAX ISSUES
    Under the IRS “check the box” regulations, a Florida Limited Liability Company with two or more members is automatically taxed for income tax purposes as a partnership. As a result, all income that passes through a partnership to…
  • Aug 19

    DISCRIMINATION PROVISION IN WILL UPHELD AS VALID

    DISCRIMINATION PROVISION IN WILL UPHELD AS VALID
    In the New Jersey Appeals Court case of In re the Estate of Kenneth E. Jameson, (NJ App., Aug. 12, 2016), a New Jersey appeals court upheld NJ law which allows discrimination provisions in testamentary bequests. The law does not preclude an…
Rank this Week: 3738

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/
  • Aug 23

    Athletes’ medals come with a tax bill

    Athletes’ medals come with a tax bill
    By Nathan Vinson, attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP An interesting question popped up in social media during the 2016 Summer Olympics: will U.S. athletes taking home a medal be taxed on the value of it – particularly…
  • Aug 16

    Changes to Kentucky tax law underway

    Changes to Kentucky tax law underway
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to taxes. MOST of us. Or, perhaps we just don’t look good in orange. If we legitimately owe taxes on our income or an…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2987

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/
  • Aug 22

    Jotwell 2016 Summer Break

    Jotwell 2016 Summer Break
    Jotwell is taking a short summer break. Posting will resume on Tuesday, September 5. However, even while we’re on break, we’ll be accepting submissions, editing them, and preparing a new section that we plan to be launching very…
  • Aug 19

    When Physical Harm Is Threatened but Not Realized: Who Should Pay?

    When Physical Harm Is Threatened but Not Realized: Who Should Pay?
    Donal Nolan, Preventive Damages, 132 Law Q. Rev. 68 (2016), available by subscription at Westlaw.Ellen BublickThe recent Restatement Third of Torts divides U.S. tort law into separate categories of harm. Liability for physical injury is…
  • Aug 18

    Understanding Unconstitutional Amendments: Reflections on Comparative Constitutional Doctrine and Method

    Understanding Unconstitutional Amendments: Reflections on Comparative Constitutional Doctrine and Method
    Rosalind Dixon & David Landau, Transnational Constitutionalism and a Limited Doctrine of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment, 13 Int’l J. Const. L. 606 (2015).Hoi KongRosalind Dixon and David Landau’s Transnational…
Rank this Week: 906

Taxable Talk

Taxable Talk

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

http://www.taxabletalk.com/
  • Aug 21

    Paying Employment Taxes Is Optional…Until You Get Caught

    Paying Employment Taxes Is Optional…Until You Get Caught
    Two stories regarding employment taxes from the past week should serve as a reminder that paying employment taxes is only optional until you get caught. First, an update on the individual who thought he could just create a new business entity…
  • Aug 21

    Three Sets of Books Isn’t Better than One

    Three Sets of Books Isn’t Better than One
    From time to time I’ve seen stories of individuals using two sets of books: One with the actual numbers and one with the (lesser) numbers used to prepare the tax returns. It’s a great idea…until you get caught. A former…
  • Aug 14

    Five Sentenced for Tax Fraud; Justice Department Gets ITINs Wrong

    Five Sentenced for Tax Fraud; Justice Department Gets ITINs Wrong
    A Justice Department press release caught my eye. Five individuals, all Mexican nationals residing in the US, were sentenced to ClubFed for terms between 33 months and 121 months. The five individuals had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to…
Rank this Week: 377

Multi-State Tax Law Blog

Multi-State Tax Law Blog

Covers tax law. By Gerald Donnini.

http://www.floridataxlawyer-blog.com/
  • Aug 21

    Hawaii Clarifies Taxes for Online Travel Companie

    Hawaii Clarifies Taxes for Online Travel Companie
    Hawaii was the most recent in a line of states to take a stance in the long tax battle between online travel companies, such as Priceline, Expedia and Orbitz, and states over what is commonly referred to as “tourist development…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2904

Law Blog Switzerland

Law Blog Switzerland

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

http://www.lawblogswitzerland.ch
Rank this Week: 3684

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/
Rank this Week: 868

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

http://www.mwattorneys.com/blog/
  • Aug 19

    Back-to-School Tax Scam

    Back-to-School Tax Scam
    Its back to school this week for many kids across the country. As great as summer vacation can be, many parents look ...
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4462

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/
  • Aug 17

    Protect Yourself From Scam Artist

    Protect Yourself From Scam Artist
    Scam artists have been preying on our clients and have been trying their fraud schemes on us.  Scammers use phone calls, emails and letters trying to get your money and personal information.  Some scammers pretend to be a relative…
  • Aug 7

    Buy Low: Sell High. Pay Capital Gains Taxes.

    Buy Low: Sell High. Pay Capital Gains Taxes.
    Many of my clients come to me with a very Californian problem: they bought their home many years ago for a fraction of what that home is worth today. For example, their mid-century house near downtown cost them $125,000 in 1973 and could be…
  • 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.…
Rank this Week: 2032

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
  • Aug 16

    Six Estate Planning Mistakes Most Commonly Made

    Six Estate Planning Mistakes Most Commonly Made
    If you’re like most people, you have the best of intentions to execute plans for how you want your estate distributed when you die or your affairs handled should you become incapacitated. Unfortunately, unless you take action, those…
  • Aug 2

    Pet Trusts: Protection For Our Furry Friend

    Pet Trusts: Protection For Our Furry Friend
    The primary goal of estate planning is to have our wishes carried out, especially when we are not here. Those wishes include care for ourselves if we become disabled, and care for those that matter the most to us, for example, the pet…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1979

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 15

    Being “Offended” as an Impediment to Settlement

    Being “Offended” as an Impediment to Settlement
    A Mediation Scuttled by Emotions             Recently, I participated in a mediation with a highly-regarded and experienced mediator who was frustrated that the…
  • Aug 10

    UPDATE WRITTEN POLICIES TO COMPLY WITH NEW FEHA REGULATIONS REGARDING HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION

    UPDATE WRITTEN POLICIES TO COMPLY WITH NEW FEHA REGULATIONS REGARDING HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION
    The California State Legislature and various State agencies continue to expand employer responsibilities and duties.  In case you missed it, effective April 1, 2016, (and pursuant to new regulations promulgated by the Fair Employment and…
  • Aug 8

    Employment-Based Immigration.

    Employment-Based Immigration.
    My company is growing but I am unable to find qualified workers to keep up with business demands. Are foreign workers an option? Yes, albeit a qualified yes, given the strict requirements imposed by Congress. Immigration law allows employers…
Rank this Week: 4752

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: 248

Canadian Tax Litigation

Canadian Tax Litigation

Covers Canadian tax litigation developments. By FMC Law.

http://www.canadiantaxlitigation.com/
  • Aug 12

    Wilson: SCC Overhauls Standard of Review?

    Wilson: SCC Overhauls Standard of Review?
    Tax professionals who advise clients on judicial review of the CRA’s discretionary decisions should monitor developments in the standard of review in light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Wilson v Atomic…
  • Aug 10

    CRA Provides OTIP Update

    CRA Provides OTIP Update
    The CRA’s Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP) was launched in January 2014. From the CRA’s webpage describing the program: Launched as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) efforts to fight international tax evasion…
  • 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.…
Rank this Week: 2611

Tax Law and Business Organization…

Tax Law and Business Organization Strategy

Providing information and updates on tax law. By Sprouse Schrader Smith PC.

http://taxlaw.sprouselaw.com/
  • Aug 10

    Proposed Regulations May Spark Year-End Transfer

    Proposed Regulations May Spark Year-End Transfer
    Treasury has recently issued Proposed Regulations under Section 2704. Section 2704 affects the valuation of interests in corporations and partnerships. Most notably, the proposed changes would disregard restrictions on liquidation that are…
  • Dec 31

    New Non-discrimination Rules for Health Insurance Plan

    New Non-discrimination Rules for Health Insurance Plan
    Fully insured health plans have not been subject to any the nondiscrimination requirements. Those plans could discriminate on eligibility, contributions, and benefits, without triggering adverse tax consequences to either the plan or the plan…
  • Dec 20

    Sales of Livestock Due to Drought

    Sales of Livestock Due to Drought
    The drought in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas has staggered the livestock industry. Many livestock farmers have been forced to liquidate their herds entirely, or at an abnormal rate. The Code provides some tax relief available for…
Rank this Week: 4004

Global Tax Enforcement

Global Tax Enforcement

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

http://www.globaltaxenforcement.com/
  • Aug 10

    Tennessee Legislator Convicted of Tax Fraud

    Tennessee Legislator Convicted of Tax Fraud
    On August 8, 2016, Tennessee State Rep. Joseph Armstrong (D-Tenn.) was convicted by a federal district court jury of filing a false federal income tax return, and acquitted of tax evasion and conspiracy. Armstrong’s conviction…
  • Jul 28

    U.S. Tax Court Gives Strong Boost to Computer-Assisted Review

    U.S. Tax Court Gives Strong Boost to Computer-Assisted Review
    On July 13, 2016, in Dynamo Holdings Limited P’ship v. Comm’r, the U.S. Tax Court strongly defended the taxpayer’s use of computer-assisted review in a dispute with the IRS. In a 2014 decision in the same case, the Tax…
  • Jul 11

    Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Moving Through Congre

    Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Moving Through Congre
    The “Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Tools Act” (tortuously abbreviated as the RESPECT Act) (H.R. 5523) continues to make its way through Congress, with a markup…
Rank this Week: 4491

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
  • Aug 9

    He Who Hesitates is Lost - or - Expired Refund

    He Who Hesitates is Lost - or - Expired Refund
    Today TaxMama® hears from several people in the TaxQuips Forum with questions about expired refunds. Let me summarize. “I faced a hardship and didn’t file tax returns for several years. Now, I learn that I cannot get my…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2254

ataxingmatter

ataxingmatter

Tax law and economics by Linda Beale

http://ataxingmatter.blogs.com/tax/
  • Aug 7

    More on Trump's Tax Return

    More on Trump's Tax Return
    Today's New York Times Op-Ed by Mitchel Zuckoff (a journalism prof at Boston University), titled "Why We Ask to See Tax Returns" (Aug. 6, 2016), at A19, goes beyond my list of reasons taxpaying voters may learn items of interest...
  • Aug 5

    Chamber of Commerce Sues Treasury on Inversion Reg

    Chamber of Commerce Sues Treasury on Inversion Reg
    Back in April, the Chamber of commerce suggested that it might sue the Treasury Department for violating the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) over the new inversion regs that were issued in April (T.D. 9761, REG-135734-14). See Fortune…
  • Aug 4

    Taxes, Government, and the Good Life, Part 2

    Taxes, Government, and the Good Life, Part 2
    In yesterday's post, Taxes, Government, and the Good Life, I noted the "long-term position of the GOP" in favor of downsizing government, which can be seen, at least in part, as a way to justify the GOP obsession with cutting...
Rank this Week: 880

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/
  • Aug 4

    New tool for increased transparency!

    New tool for increased transparency!
    The Center for Public Integrity has come out with an amazing new search tool that enables anyone that is interested to better understand how money flows in the nonprofit sector.  The tool is in part intended to combat the lack of…
  • 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! 
Rank this Week: 3618

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
  • Aug 3

    Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Restrict Minority Discount

    Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Restrict Minority Discount
    Jonathan G. Blattmachr and Mitchell M. Gans for WealthManagement.com regarding proposed regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which could substantially reduce or eliminate minority discounts often associated with…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1958

Tax Trials

Tax Trials

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

http://taxtrials.com/
  • Aug 3

    IRS issues AOD on Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Debt Limit

    IRS issues AOD on Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Debt Limit
    If you happened to read our article on individual debt limitations for the home mortgage interest deduction, you may be interested to know that the IRS issued an Acquiescence on Decision last week to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Voss…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3374

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: 1985

Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • Aug 1

    Be careful what you sign for...

    Be careful what you sign for...
    We sign things all the time. Mostly credit card receipts, but if you have ever bought a car, a home, or signed for a package, you are also representing to the contracting world that, by signing the document, you accept the consequences…
  • Jan 29

    Gun Trusts, ATF 41P update

    Gun Trusts, ATF 41P update
    Finally, at long last, we have some clarity on what and how the ATF will be regulating the use of "gun trusts" for purchase of National Firearms Act items.On January 15, the final rules were published in the Federal Register, so we have 6…
  • Dec 15

    Probate options when its been more than 4 years...

    Probate options when its been more than 4 years...
    Time flies. The usual scenario is parent 1 passed away, parent 2 passed away 5 years later, and now the kids are stuck with a mess.Today we will talk about what happens if the decedent had a will. In Texas, you have 4 years to…
Rank this Week: 1339

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.richtertaxblog.com/
  • Jul 31

    The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty--Employee Classification | Bethesda Tax Lawyer

    The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty--Employee Classification | Bethesda Tax Lawyer
    One of the many tax risks faced by owners of businesses is the trust fund tax penalty. With the IRS’s current focus on payment and collections of employment taxes, owners may wind up with a notice from the service inquiring about their…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1924

Taxidermy: Getting Under the Skin…

Taxidermy: Getting Under the Skin of Tax Law

Insight into the trials and tribulations of a UK tax lawyer. By Ann L. Humphrey.

http://www.annlhumphrey.com/blog
  • Jul 31

    ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’ (Douglas Adams)

    ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’ (Douglas Adams)
    The post ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’ (Douglas Adams) appeared first on Ann L Humphrey.
  • May 31

    Over the moon

    Over the moon
    The post Over the moon appeared first on Ann L Humphrey.
  • May 3

    Moving on

    Moving on
    The post Moving on appeared first on Ann L Humphrey.
Rank this Week: 2518

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: 3650

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: 3115

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2094

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: 3073

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: 2993

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: 3160

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: 3540

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: 3395