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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
  • Mar 25

    IRS: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency

    IRS: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency
    Today, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2014-21 regarding some federal tax prinicples associated with transactions utlizing virtual currency, such as Bitcoin. Among other things, this means that if a person purchases a…
  • Feb 17

    What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?

    What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?
    An advance healthcare directive, such as a living will, is a legal document that sets forth a person’s end-of-life healthcare treatment desires. Generally, an advance healthcare directive does not become effective until a person is not…
  • Jan 31

    Obama Announces MyRA Retirement Account

    Obama Announces MyRA Retirement Account
    Wall Street Journal: President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Wednesday authorizing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement-savings vehicle aimed at workers who don't have access to traditional retirement accounts,…
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Alaska Law Blawg

Alaska Law Blawg

Covers Alaska business law, litigation and recent decisions. By Clayton Walker.

http://aloinc.com/alaska-law-blawg/
  • Mar 24

    Don’t Be the Good Guy Tenant

    Don’t Be the Good Guy Tenant
    By: Jim GainesWhen it comes to Landlord Tenant relationships, don’t be the good guy. Now, I’m not saying to be the bad guy, though, either.   In general, us human beings (most of us, anyway) desire to be liked and…
  • Mar 5

    Transaction Question

    Transaction Question
    By: Clayton WalkerPlease consider and answer the following questions to help us efficiently evaluate and structure your transaction, and help you address issues prospectively. General information about the proposed transaction: 1. Is there a…
  • Mar 3

    Unsuccessful Public Contract Bid Proce

    Unsuccessful Public Contract Bid Proce
    By: Clayton WalkerUnsuccessful Public Contract Bid Process The Alaska Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing a litigants complaints about an unsuccessful public contract bid process.  The full opinion can be found here.  There…
Rank this Week: 2485

Maryland Business Litigation…

Maryland Business Litigation Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.marylandbusinesslitigationlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2086

New Jersey CPA Tax Lawyer Blog

New Jersey CPA Tax Lawyer Blog

Comments on New York and New Jersey tax law. By Samuel C Berger P.C.

http://www.newjerseycpataxlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1901

Tax Controversy and Litigation…

Tax Controversy and Litigation Blog

Provides information on how to fight the IRS, with commentary on current tax enforcement strategies that the IRS uses, IRS tax related current news and developments. By ClearVision.

http://www.clearvisionlaw.com/tax-controversy-and-litigation-blog/
Rank this Week: 2744

The Tax Lawyer's Blog

The Tax Lawyer's Blog

By the Pappas Group.

http://www.pappastax.com/index.php/the-tax-lawyers-blog/
  • Mar 15

    Ex-IRS Agent Defrauded Clients then Hired Hit Man to Kill Them

    Ex-IRS Agent Defrauded Clients then Hired Hit Man to Kill Them
    “Ex-IRS agent sentenced to prison in murder-for-hire plot A former IRS agent who opened a tax preparation business was sentenced Friday to nearly 24 years in prison for defrauding clients out of more than $11...Read MoreThe post Ex-IRS…
  • Mar 11

    Eliminating IRS Penaltie

    Eliminating IRS Penaltie
    When you file or pay your taxes late or are audited and changes are made to your return the IRS will usually assess a penalty against you. The IRS penalty rates vary from  5 percent of...Read MoreThe post Eliminating IRS Penalties…
  • Mar 8

    Video: Tax Rules for Same-Sex Couple

    Video: Tax Rules for Same-Sex Couple
    Courtesy, Paul CaronThe post Video: Tax Rules for Same-Sex Couples appeared first on The Pappas Group.
Rank this Week: 2364

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Covers wills, trusts & estates, guardianships, tax and asset protection planning.

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 14

    Excellent Guide on International Estate and Inheritance Taxe

    Excellent Guide on International Estate and Inheritance Taxe
    While I have not had a chance to review it thoroughly to confirm its accuracy, I note that the accounting firm, Ernst & Young, has posted a detailed analysis of the estate and inheritance tax laws of almost every country in this…
  • Mar 10

    Calculating NJ Executor Commission

    Calculating NJ Executor Commission
    From time to time, people ask me about executor's commissions and trustee's commissions in New Jersey.  Because it is a bit complex, I have broken it down into two posts and I will focus on commissions for executors and administrators…
  • Mar 10

    Calculating Trustee Commissions in NJ

    Calculating Trustee Commissions in NJ
    From time to time, people ask me how executor's commissions and trustee's commissions should be calculated.  I have already written a post on calculating executor and administrator commissions, so this post will focus on Trustee…
Rank this Week: 2773

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/
  • Mar 11

    Who to Name as a Beneficiary for Your Life Insurance

    Who to Name as a Beneficiary for Your Life Insurance
    Lately, I've had a lot of questions from clients about life insurance policies and who to name as beneficiaries. Here's what I tell most people to do: Name YOUR TRUST as the beneficiary (if you have a trust)Name YOUR SPOUSE as the…
  • Dec 22

    Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choice

    Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choice
    The tragic case of the Oakland twelve-year old girl, declared brain dead after a routine surgery by the hospital, and her parent's plea to keep her connected to a ventilator nonetheless, reminds me yet again of the value and importance of…
  • Nov 18

    There's Still Time to Make 2013 Annual Gift

    There's Still Time to Make 2013 Annual Gift
    As we approach the winter solstice and the dreaded holiday decorations begin to appear at every single store in the neighborhood, I thought I'd remind our readers that there's still time to make an annual gift for 2013. The annual gift tax…
Rank this Week: 2089

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 3524

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/
Rank this Week: 2083

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/
  • Mar 2

    Italian Perspective on Beneficial Ownership

    Italian Perspective on Beneficial Ownership
    In recent years the concept of 'beneficial ownership' has emerged as a major anti abuse rule applicable in the context of tax treaties and other important areas of international tax law. This article provides an overview of the recent…
  • Mar 2

    Italy's Tax Provisions on Trusts - Updated

    Italy's Tax Provisions on Trusts - Updated
    Italy operates specific provisions on tax treatment of trusts. Trusts formed under foreign law are recognized and enforced in Italy pursuant to the Hague Convention on Trusts dated July 1, 1985. To the extent they have Italian assets, or…
  • Dec 17

    Italian Supreme Court Rules on Individual Tax Residency

    Italian Supreme Court Rules on Individual Tax Residency
    The Italian Supreme Court with Ruling 20285 dated September 4, 2013 held that an individual taxpayer claiming to have his tax residency outside of Italy had properly discharged his burden of proof and correctly established his tax residency…
Rank this Week: 4494

Tax Assessment & Condemnation…

Tax Assessment & Condemnation Report

Covers tax assessments, eminent domain, school districts and valuation. By Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

http://www.taxassessmentcondemnation.com/
  • Mar 2

    Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption

    Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption
    Rebecca M. SpenoWe recently posted about the Legislature’s recent amendment to the RPTL 458-a Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. From what we have seen and heard, most school districts statewide have determined not to pass…
  • Feb 27

    Deadline Looms for School Districts to decide on Veterans Exemption

    Deadline Looms for School Districts to decide on Veterans Exemption
    Kathleen M. BennettBond, Schoeneck & King member, Rebecca Speno has been presenting to school districts in central New York about the costs associated with providing an optional real property tax exemption to veterans.  See the full…
  • Feb 23

    Is Property Tax Reform Finally Coming to New York?

    Is Property Tax Reform Finally Coming to New York?
    Kathleen M. BennettIn November 2013, Governor Cuomo released the Final Report of the New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission regarding tax reform. One week later, the New York State Senate Republican Conference Tax Policy…
Rank this Week: 3776

Nonprofit Law Blog

Nonprofit Law Blog

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

http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/home/
  • Feb 21

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week - February 21, 2014

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week - February 21, 2014
    The Nonprofit Law Blog will be getting a new look next week. Have a listen to Gavin DeGraw's Everything Will Change (the official song of Team USA 2014) while perusing this week's tweets on nonprofits, philanthropy, governance and social…
  • Feb 19

    IRS Deadline: March 1, 2014 - Who is Your Responsible Party?

    IRS Deadline: March 1, 2014 - Who is Your Responsible Party?
    Do you know who your organization has reported to the IRS as its responsible party? Your organization should make sure the IRS has the current information by the February 28, 2014 deadline. According to the Instructions to IRS Form 8822-B:...
  • Feb 14

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week - February 14, 2014

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week - February 14, 2014
    Happy Valentine's Day. Have a listen to Chet Baker's My Funny Valentine while perusing this week's tweets on nonprofits, philanthropy, governance and social enterprises: Foundation Center: Can My Business Be a Nonprofit? Free webinar 2/26,…
Rank this Week: 822

Narelle MacKenzie CPA Blog

Narelle MacKenzie CPA Blog

Covers international taxation.

http://www.narellemackenziecpa.com/blog/
  • Feb 15

    Introduction to U.S International Tax Seminar

    Introduction to U.S International Tax Seminar
    Learn the fundamentals of U.S. international taxation! This basic seminar will provide a basic understanding of U.S. international tax codes and tax reporting requirements for U.S. corporations with operations abroad. This course is for…
  • Oct 7

    “Oh the Places You Can Go as a CPA!”

    “Oh the Places You Can Go as a CPA!”
    Ms. MacKenzie was recently invited to give a presentation to the Beta Alpha Psi – Beta Eta Chapter (Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy at San Diego State University). Her presentation, “Oh the Places You Can Go as a…
  • Sep 17

    DJH International Tax – Live, Compact Training Course

    DJH International Tax – Live, Compact Training Course
    DJH international tax has created a series of courses based on the relevant syllabus for various papers making up the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation. We began in 2011 with transfer pricing, the ADIT syllabus for which was…
Rank this Week: 3115

Money Law Blog

Money Law Blog

Covers bankruptcy and tax law issues in DC, Maryland and Virginia. By the Law Office of Edward Gonzalez, PC.

http://www.money-lawblog.com/
  • Feb 12

    Beware: Tax Preparer Mistakes Costs Consumers Big-Time

    Beware: Tax Preparer Mistakes Costs Consumers Big-Time
    It happens almost every week. Somebody comes into our office with a serious tax problem -- caused by a shoddy tax preparer, either through incompetence, negligence or sometimes downright fraud. It boggles my mind that there is no regulation…
  • Jan 25

    Getting Sued? Here's One Very Easy Way to Defend.

    Getting Sued? Here's One Very Easy Way to Defend.
    A layperson is often at a disadvantage when defending against a debt collection suit filed by an attorney. The debtor as a defendant does not know the "rules of the game" and sometimes takes the advice or direction of court staff (who by the…
  • Jul 3

    How Do You Know If You Could Be Sued by Your Mortgage Lender on a "Deficiency" After Foreclosure (or Short Sale)

    How Do You Know If You Could Be Sued by Your Mortgage Lender on a "Deficiency" After Foreclosure (or Short Sale)
    A blog post here last month discussed the growing wave of lawsuits by lenders for the balance of mortgage loans left over from foreclosures (and in some cases short sales), known legally as lawsuits for the recovery of "deficiencies." As…
Rank this Week: 2227

Urbach & Avraham CPAs Law Blog

Urbach & Avraham CPAs Law Blog

Covers forensic accounting, estate administration, and personal, corporate, and estate income taxes.

http://uandacpas.com/blog/
  • Feb 5

    Distribute by March 6, 2014 to Reduce High Estate & Trust Income Taxe

    Distribute by March 6, 2014 to Reduce High Estate & Trust Income Taxe
    In 2013, for estates and trusts, the 39.6% income tax rate as well as the 3.8% NII tax kicks in at $11,950 of income. That’s not very high. And don’t forget, you don’t need $11,950 of investment income to pay the NII tax. If…
  • Feb 5

    Israel now Taxing US Trusts with Israeli Beneficiarie

    Israel now Taxing US Trusts with Israeli Beneficiarie
    Beginning January 1, 2014, Israel is taxing any trust anywhere in the world that has an Israeli resident beneficiary. There are two types of Israeli Beneficiary Trusts. A Relatives Trust (or Family Trust) is a trust where the settlor is the…
  • Jan 8

    Avoid NJ DOL Audits- S-Corp Owners Should Take Reasonable Compensation

    Avoid NJ DOL Audits- S-Corp Owners Should Take Reasonable Compensation
    In an S-Corporation, a popular choice of tax entity among businesses, an owner who works for the company is required to take wages. How much of the company’s income is classified as wages versus S Corp. income (reported to the owner on…
Rank this Week: 623

DEHNEN.Blog

DEHNEN.Blog

Covers German tax news.

http://www.dehnenblog.com/eng
  • Feb 5

    Corporate tax revenue 2013

    Corporate tax revenue 2013
    German economy was under a high tax load in the fourth quarter of 2013. The corporate tax revenue was 20 percent higher than in the fourth quarter of 2012 – in numbers: a surplus for the tax authorities of about 746 million Euros. This…
  • Oct 18

    German tax investigators collect surplus of 3.1 billion EUR

    German tax investigators collect surplus of 3.1 billion EUR
    The collection of taxes resulting from German tax investigation amount to additional 3.1 billion EUR in 2012. That is a surplus of about 40 percent in comparance with the year 2011 where a record sum was collected as well. In the years…
  • Oct 18

    Football player’s agents – a tax risk?

    Football player’s agents – a tax risk?
    The German Federal Court of Finance (BFH) has decided that VAT paid by the German football club “Borussia Moenchengladmach” to several football player’s agents cannot be deducted from the club’s tax liablity. As a…
Rank this Week: 4144

Kanzlei Hellinger

Kanzlei Hellinger

Covers common German law, tax law, ADR and ODR. By Axel Hellinger.

http://hellinger.eu/en/
  • Feb 3

    Nachträgliche Werbungskosten bei Vermietungseinkünften

    Nachträgliche Werbungskosten bei Vermietungseinkünften
    This article is only available in German.etmin Kanzlei Hellinger
  • Nov 24

    Die Initiale 2013 – Da geht mehr!

    Die Initiale 2013 – Da geht mehr!
    This article is only available in German.Axel Hellinger Kanzlei Hellinger
  • Nov 24

    Die Initiale 2013 – Da geht mehr!

    Die Initiale 2013 – Da geht mehr!
    Am 22.11.2013 und 23.11.2013 war die Gründermesse Initiale in Dortmund. Als gründungsaffiner Berater nutzt man gerne eine solche Gelegenheit, um sich unter die Startups und deren Supporter zu mischen. Da die Datev zusammen mit dem…
Rank this Week: 2353

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
  • Jan 31

    Tax Season Opens Today!

    Tax Season Opens Today!
    The Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting electronically filed individual tax returns today (Jan. 31, 2014) to officially open the 2014 filing season.  The IRS encourages taxpayers to use e-file as one of the fastest way to…
  • Jan 30

    Numbers for use in 2013 Return

    Numbers for use in 2013 Return
    Every year, the IRS adjusts many of the common tax deductions for inflation.  Among these are the standard deduction for each filing status, the personal exemption allowance, and the maximum allowable Earned Income Credit for qualifying…
  • Jan 30

    The Sales Tax Deduction

    The Sales Tax Deduction
    The sales tax deduction is one of the little-known deductions available to individuals.  Because taxpayers must choose between claiming the sales tax deduction or the state income tax deduction, most tend to claim their state taxes.…
Rank this Week: 2324

The Tax Law Forum

The Tax Law Forum

Covers Federal and Wisconsin tax law issues. By Rob Teuber.

http://www.taxlawforum.com/
  • Jan 22

    Did you expense the lap dances?

    Did you expense the lap dances?
    Not long ago, I came across this online gem that has been floating around for while.  The spoof of the most well known scene of the movie "A Few Good Men" questions the whether lap dances at a strip club can be reimbursed as a business…
  • Jan 21

    Can the IRS do more with less?

    Can the IRS do more with less?
    President Obama has signed the Omnibus Spending Bill which will fund the U.S. Government through fiscal year 2014.  This bill gives the IRS $11.3 billion to fund its operations.  This is a reduction in IRS funding levels by $526…
  • Oct 22

    Waking the Government

    Waking the Government
    Restarting the government after a two and one half week shutdown is like waking up on a weekend after you found the time to sleep in.  It doesn't happen quickly.  The websites of each the IRS and Tax Court have each posted notices…
Rank this Week: 1621

The Resource Blog

The Resource Blog

Covers tax law. By Samuel D. Brotman.

http://www.sambrotman.com/blog/
  • Jan 17

    How to Get Free Taxpayer Assistance

    How to Get Free Taxpayer Assistance
    It is my firmly held belief that everyone should have access to good, top quality legal representation. However, even by charging the absolute minimum that I can for legal services, there are some taxpayers for whom even my services are too…
  • Jan 15

    Conclusions about CRA and Dodd-Frank

    Conclusions about CRA and Dodd-Frank
    The success or failure of the Dodd-Frank Act will be ultimately judged by history and the impact that it has with combatting some of the problems that have existed with credit rating agencies both before and after the financial crisis of…
  • Jan 15

    Consequences for Non-Compliance of Dodd-Frank

    Consequences for Non-Compliance of Dodd-Frank
    Consequences for Non-Compliance of the Law Along with the increased responsibility placed on the credit rating agencies, there are also harsher consequences if they are not compliant with the Dodd-Frank Act. Part of the legislation includes…
Rank this Week: 2682

Towson Tax Attorney

Towson Tax Attorney

Covers taxes, business law, and estate planning. By Jeffrey Rogyom.

http://towsontax.com
  • Jan 16

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review

    Commercial Leases – Drafting and Review
    Locating a property or a tenant for leasing can be a very time-consuming process, so it’s understandable that parties often rush to get the lease signed; however, having a good lease agreement that’s been drafted and reviewed by…
  • Dec 12

    Not Having a Will in Maryland

    Not Having a Will in Maryland
    Many wonder what happens if you die without a Will. Each state, including Maryland, has its own laws that determine what happens to the person’s estate. The differences between each state’s laws do cause confusion, and your…
  • Sep 14

    Didn’t File Tax Returns? The IRS Offers Solutions for Nonfiler

    Didn’t File Tax Returns? The IRS Offers Solutions for Nonfiler
    Whether on purpose or by mistake, taxpayers sometimes find themselves years behind on filing their tax returns.  Sometimes people are lucky and decide on their own to file past due tax returns and move on with their life.  Others have the…
Rank this Week: 1418

Ohio State Tax Blog

Ohio State Tax Blog

Covers Ohio state and local taxes, including Ohio sales tax and multistate tax planning. By Steven A. Dimengo and Richard B. Fry III.

http://ohiostatetaxblog.com/component/content/frontpage.html
Rank this Week: 2277

ataxingmatter

ataxingmatter

Tax law and economics by Linda Beale

http://ataxingmatter.blogs.com/tax/
  • Jan 14

    Time to end redistribution upwards: minimum wage increases would boost economy and lift all boats.

    Time to end redistribution upwards: minimum wage increases would boost economy and lift all boats.
    No matter how much the business lobby complains about the "business costs" of increasing the minimum wage, legislators should look past that self-serving ideology and look at reality. Workers have contributed to increased…
  • Dec 3

    Does Lowering Corporate Tax Rates Create Jobs? Answer is a resounding "no"

    Does Lowering Corporate Tax Rates Create Jobs? Answer is a resounding "no"
    For years (decades, actually), the American pro-wealthy right has argued that lowering corporate tax rates will create jobs. That is the presumed purpose behind the push by Dave Camp to enact a tax reform package with lower corporate rates,…
  • Nov 17

    FATCA Agreement with France

    FATCA Agreement with France
    On November 14, the US Treasury Department announced that it had signed an agreement with France relating to the implementation of the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) law. That makes the 10th such agreement signed between the…
Rank this Week: 236

South Florida Estate Planning Law

South Florida Estate Planning Law

Covers South Florida estate planning, probate and tax law issues. By David Shulman.

http://www.sofloridaestateplanning.com/
  • Jan 9

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?

    Who gets paid if an Alleged Incapacitated Person dies before the hearing? Nobody?
    The Guardianship of Mary Klatthaar I’m sure there are some independently wealthy attorneys out there who take all of their cases pro bono. Most of us though are hard-working schlubs like everyone else who while we love what we do,…
  • Jun 3

    I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine

    I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine
    I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in the area of Estate Planning & Probate. http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/flslrs13#pg101
  • May 1

    My Interview on the Shalom Show

    My Interview on the Shalom Show
    Below is my interview with the Shalom Show, a Jewish public affairs cable show that is on tv nationwide.        
Rank this Week: 4186

Florida Tax Attorney Blog

Florida Tax Attorney Blog

Published By Bucci Law Offices, P.A.

http://www.floridataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Jan 2

    James Gandolfini's Passing Makes Plenty for the IRS

    James Gandolfini's Passing Makes Plenty for the IRS
    James Gandolfini was a beloved actor in Hollywood, most notably for his lead role as Tony Soprano in the popular gangster series, "The Sopranos," on HBO. The event of his sudden death over this past summer from a heart attack, affords us the…
  • Nov 25

    If You Have Foreign Accounts In The State Of Israel, It Is Time To Get IRS Compliant

    If You Have Foreign Accounts In The State Of Israel, It Is Time To Get IRS Compliant
    If you are a U.S. taxpayer, the Internal Revenue Service makes it their business to know all about you. Until now, however, there was still a lot of information to which they had little access. For instance, if you had monies in offshore…
  • Nov 18

    Identity Theft

    Identity Theft
    Have you been the victim of an identity theft crime? You are not alone. Identity theft has become the number one national consumer complaint, and Florida has the highest rate of identity theft in the United States. The Department of Justice…
Rank this Week: 4744

Tax Law and Business Organization…

Tax Law and Business Organization Strategy

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

http://taxlaw.sprouselaw.com/
  • 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…
  • Sep 30

    Tax Avoidance Just Isn't What It Used To Be

    Tax Avoidance Just Isn't What It Used To Be
    I have previously written on how the government's attitute towards tax planning seems to have changed over the years. Contrary to what I was taught in law school, the IRS now essentially takes the position that if a transaction included tax…
Rank this Week: 4437

Simrin Law

Simrin Law

Covers tax law issues.

http://www.simrinlaw.com/blog/
  • Dec 10

    Who Owns the Art? Probate Litigation for Disputed Asset

    Who Owns the Art? Probate Litigation for Disputed Asset
    A dispute has arisen over the distribution of Farrah Fawcett’s assets. The case illustrates how high-value assets can become the focus of otherwise smooth transitions – even when a living trust is in play. Ms. Fawcett passed away…
  • Dec 10

    Who Owns the Art? Probate Litigation for Disputed Asset

    Who Owns the Art? Probate Litigation for Disputed Asset
    A dispute has arisen over the distribution of Farrah Fawcett’s assets. The case illustrates how high-value assets can become the focus of otherwise smooth transitions – even when a living trust is in play. Ms. Fawcett passed away…
  • Nov 10

    Looking for a Bay Area Probate Lawyer – Why Steven Simrin Is an Excellent Choice

    Looking for a Bay Area Probate Lawyer – Why Steven Simrin Is an Excellent Choice
    Qualified Probate Litigation Attorney Probate law is a subset of the broad range of legal services attorneys are trained to handle. However, with specialization and additional training, an attorney can add to their skill set.  Steven…
Rank this Week: 3756

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Covers estate tax and trust administration issues. By Sanger & Manes.

http://www.palmspringstaxandtrustlawyers.com/
Rank this Week: 1962

Issues in Tax Controversy

Issues in Tax Controversy

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

http://www.issuesintaxcontroversy.com/
  • Dec 2

    Cayman Islands and U.S. Sign FATCA IGA

    Cayman Islands and U.S. Sign FATCA IGA
    Posted by Jay R. Nanavati On November 29, 2013, the Cayman Islands and the U.S. Signed a FATCA IGA.  The Cayman Islands IGA is a Model 1B agreement, meaning that FFIs in the Cayman Islands will be required to report tax information about…
  • Nov 14

    U.S. Signs FATCA IGA With France

    U.S. Signs FATCA IGA With France
    Posted by Jay R. NanavatiBloomberg BNA reports that the Treasury Department announced on November 14, 2013, that the U.S. and France have signed a Model 1 FATCA IGA.  In other words, the IGA will require banks in France to report tax…
  • Nov 14

    Voluntary Disclosures Lead to John Doe Summonses for Information about U.S. Accounts at Zurcher Kantonalbank and Bank of Butterfield

    Voluntary Disclosures Lead to John Doe Summonses for Information about U.S. Accounts at Zurcher Kantonalbank and Bank of Butterfield
    Posted by Jay R. NanavatiIn a sign that the U.S. government continues to aggressively seek information on U.S. taxpayers with non-U.S. bank accounts, the government announced on November 12, 2013, that it had obtained a court order…
Rank this Week: 3326

IRS-Hitman

IRS-Hitman

Covers IRS tax problems. By Richard Close.

http://irs-hitman.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 29

    IRS Warns of Charity Scams after Disaster

    IRS Warns of Charity Scams after Disaster
    Cheating donors and victims of natural disasters sound awful, but there are unscrupulous individuals and groups that do exactly that. The IRS has issued a warning to taxpayers to stay alert of bogus charity scams. Most bogus charities become…
  • Nov 22

    Renewal of PTIN for 2014 Open to Tax Return Preparer

    Renewal of PTIN for 2014 Open to Tax Return Preparer
    All tax return preparers must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the IRS before the end of this year. All current PTINs will expire on December 31, 2013. The renewal period is currently under way.The IRS has made it…
  • Nov 15

    Why the U.S. is Losing its Citizen

    Why the U.S. is Losing its Citizen
    The recent efforts of the IRS to curb tax evasion are having an unintended side-effect. Due to stricter laws on reporting taxes, many American citizens are renouncing their U.S. citizenship. According to data analysts, the number of U.S.…
Rank this Week: 555

California Tax Lawyer Blog

California Tax Lawyer Blog

Covers California tax law. By Law Offices of Gary Barsegian.

http://www.californiataxlawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 22

    IRS Penalties: Can They Be Abated?

    IRS Penalties: Can They Be Abated?
    In 2012, the IRS assessed over 37 million penalties to taxpayers. What you may not know is that almost 5 million of those penalties were abated in some way.  If you owe the IRS, chances are the IRS has tacked on some sort of penalty with…
  • Nov 19

    Telephone Scams Threaten Taxpayer

    Telephone Scams Threaten Taxpayer
    Nationwide phone scams from individuals pretending to be IRS employees are on the rise. Some of my own clients have personally been victims to these scams.  Common threats my clients have been told are that they are being criminally…
  • Sep 30

    IRS Releases Contingency Plan In The Event of Government Shutdown

    IRS Releases Contingency Plan In The Event of Government Shutdown
    The U.S. Treasury and IRS released a contingency plan in the event the government shuts down, which seems very likely at this point.   So what does this mean for you as a taxpayer, and what you should expect should the shutdown…
Rank this Week: 2527

IRS Tax Lawyer Blog

IRS Tax Lawyer Blog

Covers IRS and Tax law. By Jeffrey Anton Collins.

http://www.stopirsproblem.com/
  • Nov 20

    IRS Offer in Compromise Saves Biz Over $1 Million Dollar

    IRS Offer in Compromise Saves Biz Over $1 Million Dollar
    Okay, it's true. News-worthy reductions of tax liability with the IRS Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) program can actually happen. Most tax practitioners know that an OIC tax reduction is available for individuals and, only about 1/3 of Offers have…
  • Oct 22

    Purpose of IRS Fresh Start Initiative?

    Purpose of IRS Fresh Start Initiative?
    Good Question. The IRS Fresh Start Initiative is part of IRS's refined collection process. This fairly new program has been implemented since early 2011. The goal: to make tax collection more efficient for the government, and to make IRS tax…
  • Oct 14

    What is "Alter-Ego" to IRS?

    What is "Alter-Ego" to IRS?
    Hint: This allows IRS to levy against company assets for the owner's personal tax liability. IRS gives its collection agents the authority to ignore the protection of corporations against someone's personal liability. Most tax professionals…
Rank this Week: 2867

409A Dismay

409A Dismay

Covers IRS regulations regarding deferred compensation. By Richard S. Meisner.

http://409adismay.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 13

    California Reduces 409A Shadow Tax

    California Reduces 409A Shadow Tax
    In a rare piece of good news relating to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, on October 4, 2013, California reduced its additional state tax on income failing to comply with Section 409A from 20 percent to 5 percent. This reduction is…
  • Mar 13

    IRS Prevails in Court Case: Discounted Options Subject to 409A

    IRS Prevails in Court Case: Discounted Options Subject to 409A
    From Benefits Notes Blog:"I also found the case interesting because of the time periods involved and the role of the taxpayers in the stock issuance. The case involved actions taken during the 409A transition period, the period of time…
  • Mar 5

    California 409A "Double Tax" May Violate State Constitution

    California 409A "Double Tax" May Violate State Constitution
    Article indicates that tax was not approved by Legislative Super Majority. See Law Review Article Here
Rank this Week: 2412

Thomas E. Crice Blog

Thomas E. Crice Blog

Covers a variety of individual and business tax issues, in both the domestic and international contexts.

http://www.tomcricelaw.com/tax-blog
  • Nov 8

    IRC §1031 Like-Kind Exchanges: Where’d My Tax Deferral Go?

    IRC §1031 Like-Kind Exchanges: Where’d My Tax Deferral Go?
    If you’re not careful, rolling over investment property can leave you with an unexpected tax bill. A lot of lucky folks are holding real estate and other types of investment property with fair market values greater than their adjusted…
  • Oct 26

    Don’t Get Snared In This Post-Dissolution LLC Tax Trap

    Don’t Get Snared In This Post-Dissolution LLC Tax Trap
    Knowing what to do when a business venture ends can save you a world of tax hurt, and get you back on your feet faster. By either their own experience or that of their colleagues, entrepreneurs live with this hard fact:...
  • Oct 16

    Selling Your Home – Two Tax Traps for the Unwary

    Selling Your Home – Two Tax Traps for the Unwary
    For Some That Big, Tax-free Gain May Not Be There After All When I was a boy my dad bought the family home with his Korean War veteran’s benefit and the savings he’d accumulated working lots of long hours.  I…
Rank this Week: 2368

Christy's Tax Attorney Blog

Christy's Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax, IRS, estate planning, and litigation. By Christy Lee.

http://www.christyleelaw.com/Blogs/Christy.aspx
  • Nov 3

    A Belated Horrifying Halloween Tale, or . . . The Basic Steps Involved in a Tax Audit

    A Belated Horrifying Halloween Tale, or . . . The Basic Steps Involved in a Tax Audit
    Bored with the everyday work routine of your life?  Feeling humdrum and in need of a little excitement because there’s no challenge to maintaining your financial status quo?  Want to experience earth-shattering monetary…
  • Sep 3

    Uncle Sam Values Himself: The Increase in Fees Related to Resolving Tax Debt

    Uncle Sam Values Himself: The Increase in Fees Related to Resolving Tax Debt
    If you plan to make an offer in compromise or get on an installment agreement with the IRS, better do it by December 31, 2013.  On January 1 of next year, Uncle Sam proposes to increase fees for those 2 services.  This marks the…
  • Jul 23

    When Uncle Sam Steps into Muddy, Taxing Politics: The Bonus of Close Kinship

    When Uncle Sam Steps into Muddy, Taxing Politics: The Bonus of Close Kinship
    The saddest part of the IRS Scandal of 2013 involves the revelation that certain IRS employees receive performance bonuses.  Nice ones, averaging roughly $5,500 each.  Between 2009 and 2012, Uncle Sam paid out $92 million in cash…
Rank this Week: 3065

Bankruptcy Law Blog

Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers bankruptcy law, debt counseling, tax resolution, and IRS audit help. By John D. Faucher.

http://johndfaucher.com/blog/
  • Oct 28

    Should legal losers pay the winners’ attorney fees?

    Should legal losers pay the winners’ attorney fees?
    My clients were nurses at a local hospital, immigrants from a third-world country.  They worked hard and bought a house.  One day, a fellow told them that their house had been built by a contractor without a license.  The…
  • Sep 11

    Nothing left to lose and loving it

    Nothing left to lose and loving it
    I had a client come to me a few years ago to file bankruptcy.  He owned two office buildings with mortgages totaling more than the buildings’ values. They were going to be foreclosed, triggering personal guarantees, and the client…
  • Aug 26

    Why the FreeCreditReport.Com ads are a scam

    Why the FreeCreditReport.Com ads are a scam
    Why the FreeCreditReport.Com ads are a scam   When is FREE not FREE? In a world seemingly driven in all matters by credit reports, getting that report for nothing ought to be a good thing, But the commercial entities beat the federal…
Rank this Week: 2393

Toby's Tax Lawyer Blog

Toby's Tax Lawyer Blog

A humorous blog about tax law and IRS tips.

http://www.christyleelaw.com/Blogs/Toby.aspx
  • Oct 3

    Extending the Procrastination Game with Uncle Sam

    Extending the Procrastination Game with Uncle Sam
    What happens when I play the Procrastination Game with Uncle Sam?  The Procrastination Game goes like this:  Uncle Sam tosses me a date when a tax filing is due.  It doesn’t matter if Uncle Sam’s aim seems a bit…
  • Sep 24

    Dog Gone – and the Tax Issues Coming from the Travel

    Dog Gone – and the Tax Issues Coming from the Travel
    I hear yelps from the Water Cooler Area that the Boss plans to have me accompany her to a dog show in New York for fun. That means I might be out of the office for a few weeks, as I’ll need to put on the dog a bit before the big…
  • Aug 13

    Uncle Sam’s Hounds Are on Your Small Business’s Trail

    Uncle Sam’s Hounds Are on Your Small Business’s Trail
    Uncle Sam’s sniffing around in your affairs is not limited to your private emails and cell phone conversations. Your small business’s paper and electronic trails may be leaving behind the heady scent of money strong enough for…
Rank this Week: 3066

Los Angeles Estate, Probate And…

Los Angeles Estate, Probate And Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning, tax and probate law. Published by Moravecs, a Professional Law Corporation.

http://losangelesestateprobatelawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 11

    Gifts To Caregiver - Special Protocols Are Required. Sample Case Where Court of Appeals Ruled Step-Daughter Was An "Heir" For Purposes of "Blood or Marriage" Exception

    Gifts To Caregiver - Special Protocols Are Required. Sample Case Where Court of Appeals Ruled Step-Daughter Was An "Heir" For Purposes of "Blood or Marriage" Exception
    When a client (especially an elderly one) wants to make a bequest to a caregiver in estate planning documents (a trust or will), the law requires a special protocol. Similarly, when we are hired as an administrator or to represent…
  • Jun 6

    Can I Represent Myself in Probate Court?

    Can I Represent Myself in Probate Court?
    One common question that we often hear is the following:"do I have to hire a lawyer in Probate Court?"I would note that this question also comes up during Probate Court hearings on a regular basis, because on a typical day, out of about 50 or…
  • May 9

    Probate and Trust Administration Top Post

    Probate and Trust Administration Top Post
     The other day I was looking through all the stats on the blog, to see the most popular posts.  In first place is What happens when someone dies without a will?  with 1550 views.  If you liked that one, check the …
Rank this Week: 1432

Rain Minns Law Firm Blog

Rain Minns Law Firm Blog

Ruminations and commentary on recent developments in the law regarding white collar crime and complex commercial litigation.

http://www.rainminnslaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 10

    Media Alert for Internet Companies and Other Small Business Owners!

    Media Alert for Internet Companies and Other Small Business Owners!
    A client recently came to my firm needing immediate legal help to prevent a TV news station from airing an advertised “exposé” of his business (buying and re-selling items on the Internet via Amazon and eBay).  A…
  • Apr 18

    Ending an IRS Criminal Investigation

    Ending an IRS Criminal Investigation
    Normally, the IRS does not do us the courtesy of sending a letter to say that a witch hunt has been called off.  But this time the IRS did the right thing.  See below.  So, my client consented to this being posted with his…
  • Apr 18

    It Was a Dark and Stormy Night . . .

    It Was a Dark and Stormy Night . . .
    . . . but then the IRS saw the light. Normally, the IRS does not do us the courtesy of sending a letter to say that a witch hunt has been called off.  But this time the IRS did the right thing.  See below.  So, my client…
Rank this Week: 3215

The 1031 Exchange Blog

The 1031 Exchange Blog

Covers delayed, reverse and improvement 1031 exchanges.

http://1031exchangeinstitute.org/
  • Sep 7

    Leasehold Interest of Less Than 30 Years Not Like-Kind to Fee Simple Interest

    Leasehold Interest of Less Than 30 Years Not Like-Kind to Fee Simple Interest
    Taxpayer Owns Leasehold Interest and Motel The taxpayer in this Tax Court Case (VIP's Industries, Inc., June 24, 2013) owned a leasehold interest that had a remaining term of twenty-ond (21) years and four (4) months.  The taxpayer had…
  • Jan 7

    1031 Exchanges: Welcome Back!

    1031 Exchanges: Welcome Back!
    For real estate investors located in high tax rate states, such as California, the 1031 Exchange just moved to the top of their to-do list.  There were some very significant changes made to Federal and state tax codes, and a…
  • Jan 7

    1031 Exchanges: Welcome Back!

    1031 Exchanges: Welcome Back!
    For real estate investors located in high tax rate states, such as California, the 1031 Exchange just moved to the top of their to-do list.  There were some very significant changes made to Federal and state tax codes, and a…
Rank this Week: 1394

A Taxing Affair

A Taxing Affair

Covers federal tax laws, Internal Revenue Service collections enforcement and tax problem resolution. By Muñoz & Morales.

http://ataxingaffair.com/
  • Sep 5

    New Tax and Social Security Rules for Same-Sex Married Couple

    New Tax and Social Security Rules for Same-Sex Married Couple
    Recently, the IRS answered a lingering question since the Supreme Court’s historic June 26 decision on same-sex marriage:  In determining ... Continue reading
  • May 15

    When and How to Amend Your Federal Income Tax Return

    When and How to Amend Your Federal Income Tax Return
    You have submitted your income tax return and now you’ve discovered an error….  Perhaps you missed a credit or deduction for which you were eligible.  Perhaps you failed to include income reported on a Form 1099.  Don’t fret.  You…
  • Apr 17

    HURRY!! Last Minute Tips for Taxpayer

    HURRY!! Last Minute Tips for Taxpayer
    Hello Fellow Taxpayers!    Today is the deadline for filing your income tax return or filing for a six-month extension of time to file your return.  You need to mail either your tax return or your request for extension TODAY.  We…
Rank this Week: 3425

California Tax Attorney Blog

California Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies involving the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board, as well as California probate, estate planning matters and business transactions. By Mitchell A. Port.

http://www.californiataxattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 2

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  • Aug 30

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized

    For Federal Tax Purposes, All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled yesterday that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling…
  • Dec 29

    Gifts Made By Personal Check

    Gifts Made By Personal Check
    A check written in 2012 that does not clear until 2013 is at risk of being a 2013 gift, not a 2012 gift, since the donor could have stopped payment in 2013 before it cleared. The issue with using checks to make gifts is that until the check…
Rank this Week: 2952

China Tax Blog

China Tax Blog

Covers China tax law. By Hwuason Lawyers.

http://www.chinataxblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3307

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills,…

Special Needs, Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates & Tax Blog

By Friedman Law.

http://specialneedsnj.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.

    IRS Resolves the “Key West Dilemma” by Recognizing Same Sex Marriages Throughout the U.S.
    by attorney Mark R. Friedman, FriedmanLaw The IRS announced today that they would treat same-sex couples as legally married based upon the couple’s state of ceremony, not their state of residence. In June, the Supreme Court struck down…
  • Aug 3

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman

    Plan Your Estate to Benefit Your Loved Ones– Not the Taxman
    [The following article is by guest blogger Julie Donald, a freelance writer with a strong background is finance.  Julie obviously knows her stuff and FriedmanLaw/SpecialNeedsNJ.com are proud to feature her work.] While…
  • May 17

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure

    Social Security Amends POMS Governing Special/Supplemental Needs Trust Expenditure
    People with serious disabilities often qualify for government benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid that limit eligibility based on finances.  Thus personal injury recoveries attributable to a disabled person…
Rank this Week: 3772