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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

    Test Entry

    Test Entry
    Testing schedule feature
  • 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…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1830

Property Tax in Florida

Property Tax in Florida

Covers property tax law in Florida, including questions relating to valuation, homestead exemptions, agricultural classifications, and how to challenge decisions of the taxing authority. By Sherri Johnson.

http://propertytaxinflorida.com/
  • Aug 22

    Deadlines for 2013 VAB Petition

    Deadlines for 2013 VAB Petition
    Pursuant to Florida Statute 194.011(3)(d), a petition to a county value adjustment board to challenge the assessment of the value of the taxpayer’s property must be filed no later than 25 days after the Property Appraiser…
  • Aug 19

    Deadlines for 2012 VAB Petition

    Deadlines for 2012 VAB Petition
    Pursuant to Florida Statute 194.011(3)(d), a petition to a county value adjustment board to challenge the assessment of the value of the taxpayer’s property must be filed no later than 25 days after the Property Appraiser mails out the…
  • Jan 17

    Property Tax Appeals: Should You File a VAB Petition or Go Straight to Court?

    Property Tax Appeals: Should You File a VAB Petition or Go Straight to Court?
    Property owners who would like to appeal their property tax assessments are faced with two choices in Florida – they can file a petition to the county value adjustment board or they can file a lawsuit in circuit court.  Some attorneys…
Rank this Week: 2190

Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Aug 22

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property

    The Joy Of Inheriting Appreciated Property
    When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it. If you were to sell the property, there could be huge capital gains taxes. Fortunately, when you…
  • Aug 21

    When PODs Go BAD

    When PODs Go BAD
    Are payable on death accounts a simple way to pass assets to heirs or are they a mistake? It sure sounds simple. With a payable on death account or paid on death account, you name a beneficiary who gets the account when you die—no probate,…
  • Aug 20

    QPRT Consideration

    QPRT Consideration
    Among those with wealth primarily concentrated in their home or investment portfolio, there are two types of trusts designed to transfer wealth to heirs and save taxes by removing the assets from the estate. In effect, this reduces the amount…
Rank this Week: 2268

IRS Medic Blog

IRS Medic Blog

Covers tax law, with specific emphasis on developments in the IRS's Off-Shore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative/Program.

http://www.irsmedic.com/blog/
  • Jul 12

    IRS lien or levy

    IRS lien or levy
    IRS Lien or Levy Help: The Difference, and what action you can take now BY: MICHELLE D. WYNN, ESQ. Many people that we talk to, both prospective clients and long-time clients alike, tell us numerous times “I can’t have the IRS…
  • Jul 10

    Home office expense audit

    Home office expense audit
    Home Office expense audit of Deductions- A Source of Concern BY:  David G. Parent, MBA, Esq. In reviewing income tax returns we always pay special attention to the Business use of your home section (Line 30) of the Schedule C. The reason…
  • Jul 8

    Connecticut Tax Amnesty Program

    Connecticut Tax Amnesty Program
    What the 2013 Connecticut DRS Tax Amnesty is about To fight the budget crunch, the state of Connecticut is hoping that a state tax amnesty program will convince both businesses and individuals to come forward and pay the taxes they owe to the…
Rank this Week: 1971

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Discusses the complications, pitfalls, and the overall state of affairs of trusts and estates in Canada. By Megan F. Connolly.

http://www.torontoestatemonitor.com/
  • Mar 7

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse
    The recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the Murphy Estate considers what happens when parties to a proceeding settle a matter on the basis of faulty facts and one of the parties suffers from “buyer’s remorse”. 
  • Mar 5

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt
    One of an estate trustee’s duties is to pay the debts that a deceased individual owed when he or she died.  As I have previously discussed, the estate trustee is generally not personally liable for the deceased’s debts – they are paid…
  • Feb 29

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
Rank this Week: 2266

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax…

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax Law Blog

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

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

    Getting ready for 2017 tax time

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

    Exchange gifted property to avoid a tax hit

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

    Manipulating emotions often cause elderly people to buy into fraudulent scheme

    Manipulating emotions often cause elderly people to buy into fraudulent scheme
    By Nathan Vinson Between our phones and our e-mail, everyone in America (and likely around the world) is hit with scams every day. We’re promised millions by the wife of a dead African dictator, or told that the caller is from the IRS…
Rank this Week: 3182

Global Tax Enforcement

Global Tax Enforcement

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

http://www.globaltaxenforcement.com/
Rank this Week: 3443

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: 3014

The Ag Docket

The Ag Docket

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

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

    Baur Redux: Iowa Court of Appeals Says No Oppression

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

    Don't Forget To Vet Your Attorney

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

    GMO Disclosure Bill Awaiting President Obama's Signature

    GMO Disclosure Bill Awaiting President Obama's Signature
    It’s legislation that completely satisfies no one. However, to the majority of lawmakers, it is a better choice than the prospect of food manufacturers, producers, and retailers facing 50 different standards for disclosing the presence…
Rank this Week: 3023

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: 3037

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

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

http://www.irstaxtrouble.com/category/tax-blog/
  • Jul 26

    A Failing Businesses can Trigger Trust Fund Recovery Penaltie

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

    Choosing Not to Comply With an IRS Summon

    Choosing Not to Comply With an IRS Summon
    The law requires taxpayers to keep certain records. The IRS expects taxpayers to produce these records on request. The IRS has the power to issue an administrative summons if the taxpayer does not cooperate. This begs the question as to what…
  • Jul 21

    Seismic Surveyor Entitled to G&G Expense Deduction

    Seismic Surveyor Entitled to G&G Expense Deduction
    In CGG Americas, Inc. v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. 2, the U.S. Tax Court concluded that a seismic surveyor is entitled to geological and geophysical (G&G) expenses deductions even though they merely gathered data for license to third parties…
Rank this Week: 4494

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law…

Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein Law Blog

Covers business law, tax, and international law.

http://beg-law.com/lawblog/
Rank this Week: 2735

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: 2977

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: 4081

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

Palo Alto Estate Planning Blog

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

http://www.paloaltoestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 19

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

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

    Prince’s Sister Claims He Had No Will

    Prince’s Sister Claims He Had No Will
    Prince's failure to execute a simple Will means he lost control of his estate. In California, the requirements for a valid holographic Will make it easy for anyone to write one.
  • Mar 26

    California’s End of Life Option Act Will Be Effective June 9, 2016

    California’s End of Life Option Act Will Be Effective June 9, 2016
    On October 5, 2015, Governor Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law. The law requires that two doctors determine that a patient has six months or less to live before the lethal drugs can be prescribed. Patients also must be mentally…
Rank this Week: 3999

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: 2827

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

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

    IRS Tech Issue

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

    IRS Could Help Identify Uninsured

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

    IRS Could Help Identify Uninsured

    IRS Could Help Identify Uninsured
    The Affordable Care Act is intended to make affordable health insurance available to all. But we have seen that simply making ...
Rank this Week: 3430

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization…

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization Blog

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

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

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

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

    Upcoming presentation

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

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

    It just got easier for watchdog groups to police the sector!
    The IRS announced this week that is is now releasing electronically-filed 990s, 990-EZs, and 990-PFs from 2011 to the present in machine readable format.  This change will make it much easier for watchdog groups and others interested in…
Rank this Week: 3919

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • Jul 12

    Immigration Law: An Overview for Every Practitioner

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

    Corrective Deed of Trust in California- Is It Enforceable?

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

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

    First American Title Company Wires $513K to Fraudsters; Sues Realtor
    After falling victim to a well-known scam in which fraudulent wire instructions are sent by email, First American Title Company sued the Realtor who recommended its escrow services.
Rank this Week: 3633

Tax Trials

Tax Trials

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

http://taxtrials.com/
  • Jul 11

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

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

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

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

    Congratulations Villanova

    Congratulations Villanova
    We congratulate Coach Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcat Basketball Team on their 2016 NCAA Basketball National Championship. We have two Villanova alumni here at Asbury Law Firm and our immediate families add two more Villanova degrees. We…
Rank this Week: 3905

Canadian Tax Litigation

Canadian Tax Litigation

Covers Canadian tax litigation developments. By FMC Law.

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

    Gordon: CRA May Not Fetter Discretion on Interest Relief Application

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

    CRA Creates New Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee

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

    CRA Provides Update on Efforts to Combat Tax Evasion

    CRA Provides Update on Efforts to Combat Tax Evasion
    Following the release of the “Panama Papers” and the Canadian federal government’s budget announcement that additional resources will be directed to the CRA to collect existing tax debts and combat tax evasion, the CRA has…
Rank this Week: 3970

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

Bellevue Tax Lawyer Blog

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

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

    FBARs are Due June 30th | Bethesda Tax Lawyer

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

    The Taxation of Bitcoin and Digital Currency | Bethesda Tax Lawyer

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

    Assessment and Collections of FBAR Penalties | Bethesda Tax Lawyer

    Assessment and Collections of FBAR Penalties | Bethesda Tax Lawyer
    The IRS continues to zealously pursue the collection of foreign assets and accounts, so taxpayers need to understand how the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) and FBAR penalties work.  The enforcement of the FBAR is…
Rank this Week: 3880

EU & Italian International Tax…

EU & Italian International Tax Law Blog

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

http://www.euitalianinternationaltax.com/
Rank this Week: 4352

Maryland Business Litigation…

Maryland Business Litigation Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Federal Court Dismisses ADA Complaint

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

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

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

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

    Spoliation – The oft mispronounced Rule of Evidence that Every Business Person Needs to Know
    The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion this week that serves as a reminder that a party’s simple failure to preserve evidence can sometimes snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The case (and link) is Cumberland…
Rank this Week: 3982

Seay Law Firm Blog

Seay Law Firm Blog

Covers Texas tax law.

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

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

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

    No Resale Exemption for Health Club Equipment, Appeals Court Find

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

    Appeals Court Finds Bill Pay Service Not Taxable

    Appeals Court Finds Bill Pay Service Not Taxable
    The Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals issued its opinion Tuesday in Hegar v. CheckFree Services Corporation.  It held that an online bill pay service was not a taxable data processing service under the Texas sales tax.  The court…
Rank this Week: 3913

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

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

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 12

    Is NJ finally going to repeal the Estate Tax and the Inheritance Tax?

    Is NJ finally going to repeal the Estate Tax and the Inheritance Tax?
    I tend not to get too excited about any legislation until it is actually signed, but there is a fair amount of rumbling from both Republicans and Democrats about repealing the NJ Estate Tax.  The NJ Transportation Trust fund is running…
  • May 23

    Trouble with Banks Accepting a Power of Attorney - Florida

    Trouble with Banks Accepting a Power of Attorney - Florida
    As I've written in my last two posts, more and more Banks have been routinely rejecting Power of Attorney forms drafted by attorneys in New Jersey.  Obviously this irks me enough to write about it in three consecutive posts.Apparently,…
  • May 19

    Banks Required to Accept a Power of Attorney Under NJ Statutory Law

    Banks Required to Accept a Power of Attorney Under NJ Statutory Law
    Yesterday I wrote a post about how banks are routinely refusing to accept powers of attorney.  I thought this statute may be helpful to people who may need to argue with the banks (at least in NJ anyway):N.J.S.A…
Rank this Week: 3212

Todd S. Unger Blog

Todd S. Unger Blog

Covers those who have gotten in trouble with the IRS, and how to avoid tax problems.

http://www.irsproblemsolve.com/blog/
  • Jun 10

    4 Benefits Of Using A Tax Attorney vs. Representing Yourself

    4 Benefits Of Using A Tax Attorney vs. Representing Yourself
    Are you currently caught in the middle of a tax dispute? If so, then you may be understandably intimidated by the idea of facing the IRS. This can be a very stressful time, and the last thing you need is to face the situation alone. By…
  • Feb 15

    The IRS is Terminating my Installment Agreement

    The IRS is Terminating my Installment Agreement
    You worked hard to negotiate an IRS installment agreement. You remained compliant with the terms of the agreement for a couple of years, and then, all of the sudden, you were preparing to file your 2015 return and noticed you will owe a…
  • Feb 10

    IRS Early Interaction Initiative: The Government’s Plan to Stop Employers from Owing Unpaid Back Payroll Taxe

    IRS Early Interaction Initiative: The Government’s Plan to Stop Employers from Owing Unpaid Back Payroll Taxe
    In 2016, the IRS Collection Division launched its new program called the Early Interaction Initiative. The program’s goal is to stop employers from owing significant back payroll taxes. If you have employees, then your business must…
Rank this Week: 3852

Alaska Law Blawg

Alaska Law Blawg

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

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

    Alaska Bar Assoc. — Bankruptcy Section

    Alaska Bar Assoc. — Bankruptcy Section
    By: Clayton Walker We just spoke at the Alaska Bar Association — Bankruptcy Section on the issue of the Alaska usury statute.  We had less than two hour notice to prepare for the presentation.  The materials are available at…
  • May 11

    Alaska Usury Rate is 10.5% on Loans Exceeding $25,000.00

    Alaska Usury Rate is 10.5% on Loans Exceeding $25,000.00
    By: Clayton Walker I’ve been told that the following Alaska Usury decision has stirred up a hornets nest with the Alaska Creditor’s Bar Association. Cox v. Cooper, 3AN-15-10101 CI (Alaska Sup. Ct., 18 Apr. 2016) (J. Morse).…
  • Apr 29

    Alaska Usury Interest Rule

    Alaska Usury Interest Rule
    By: Clayton Walker Has your lender violated Alaska usury laws?  Have you paid more than 10.5% interest on loans larger than $25,000.00? Are the loans from a person or non-bank? Do you still owe or have you paid any interest in the past…
Rank this Week: 3407

Narelle MacKenzie CPA Blog

Narelle MacKenzie CPA Blog

Covers international taxation.

http://www.narellemackenziecpa.com/blog/
  • Apr 20

    The Panama Papers: What Is a Tax Haven?

    The Panama Papers: What Is a Tax Haven?
    Narelle MacKenzie was quoted in a recent US News & Word Report article on The Panama Papers and tax havens. She provided context on what they are, who uses them, and their legitimate uses. In the April 16th article, Narelle MacKenzie…
  • Nov 30

    Why Washington is Tackling the Tax Inversion Problem All Wrong

    Why Washington is Tackling the Tax Inversion Problem All Wrong
    Narelle MacKenzie was recently quoted in Fortune.com’s article “Why Washington is Tackling the Tax Inversion Problem All Wrong”. In regards to corporate inversions, she argues that the more you lower the corporate tax rate,…
  • Nov 30

    Why Washington is Tackling the Tax Inversion Problem All Wrong

    Why Washington is Tackling the Tax Inversion Problem All Wrong
    Narelle MacKenzie was recently quoted in Fortune.com’s article “Why Washington is Tackling the Tax Inversion Problem All Wrong”. In regards to corporate inversions, she argues that the more you lower the corporate tax rate,…
Rank this Week: 3353

The Tax Lawyer's Blog

The Tax Lawyer's Blog

By the Pappas Group.

http://www.pappastax.com/the-tax-lawyers-blog/
  • Apr 15

    Disgorgement by Tax Preparer Denied by U.S. Federal Court

    Disgorgement by Tax Preparer Denied by U.S. Federal Court
    The IRS was handed a huge defeat in federal district court on Tuesday when Judge Anne B. Conway of the Middle District of Florida ruled that the United States had not proved that even $1 of profits (ill-gotten…
  • Dec 8

    Owe the IRS? You Can Lose You Passport.

    Owe the IRS? You Can Lose You Passport.
    President Obama has signed a new passport revocation provision into law to help the IRS collect back taxes.  New § 7345 of the Internal Revenue Code has been added as a result of the passage of  H.R. 22…
  • Nov 24

    WARNING: IRS Wants to Take Your Passport

    WARNING: IRS Wants to Take Your Passport
    Congress has passed H.R.22, which, if signed by the President, will allow the IRS to confiscate the passports of citizens who owe the IRS more than $50,000 in taxes, penalties and interest. Congress calls this... Read More The post WARNING:…
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The Tax Lawyer Blog

The Tax Lawyer Blog

By William D. Hartsock.

http://thetaxlawyer.com/blog
  • Apr 11

    Are You at Risk For Tax Evasion Prosecution?

    Are You at Risk For Tax Evasion Prosecution?
    Understanding the Tax Evasion Statute.   Tax evasion is the most commonly prosecuted federal tax crime.  Defined in 26 U.S.C. § 7201, tax evasion is a failure to report taxes, failure to report taxes accurately, or the failure…
  • Apr 8

    10 "Red Flags" that Can Trigger an IRS Audit

    10 "Red Flags" that Can Trigger an IRS Audit
    If any of the below applies to you or your business, your tax return will potentially be flagged for an audit. It is important to note that just because one or several red flags exist on a taxpayer’s returns, that doesn’t mean…
  • Mar 28

    Do You Call Your Salespersons Independent Contractors?

    Do You Call Your Salespersons Independent Contractors?
    They Might Be Employees, and You May Be in Hot Water with the IRS  Tags: Payroll Taxes InformationRead more about Do You Call Your Salespersons Independent Contractors?
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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/
  • Mar 24

    “Fast” Track? IRS Program Will Slow Down Tax Audits…

    “Fast” Track? IRS Program Will Slow Down Tax Audits…
    The IRS appeals office recently launched its “Fast-Track Settlement” procedure for tax audits. This process allows an appeals officer to look at a tax case before the auditor is done, and the auditor serves as a sort of mediator…
  • Feb 18

    IRS Performs Fewer Tax Audit

    IRS Performs Fewer Tax Audit
    I attended the USC Tax Institute, a gathering of tax geeks in downtown Los Angeles, last month. Among the more accessible topics was a presentation on tax audits given by Ted Meyer, a former territory manager for IRS auditors. In 2014, he…
  • Feb 12

    Tax “Love Gifts”

    Tax “Love Gifts”
    Churches and ministers receive many tax breaks: churches do not need to withhold social security taxes from their ministers’ pay; churches receive income tax-free; and ministers do not pay tax on the cash value of church-provided…
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Tom Tax Lawyer Blog

Tom Tax Lawyer Blog

By the Law Office of Thomas S. Groth.

http://tomtaxlawyer.com/blog/
  • Feb 9

    Should You “Trust a Tax Attorney Now”?

    Should You “Trust a Tax Attorney Now”?
    If you are wondering whether you actually need a tax attorney now, right now, then I invite you to schedule a 20-minute phone call with me where I can answer that question for you. ☎ Schedule with Attorney Groth Don’t Let Tax…
  • Nov 11

    Innocent Spouse Tax Podcast

    Innocent Spouse Tax Podcast
    I recently had the pleasure of talking with Attorney Anthony Parent over at IRSMedic: Parent, Parent & Wynn LLP on his up-and-coming (and entertaining) tax podcast “Parental Advisory: The Show”. It was a great…
  • Apr 14

    Connecticut Tax Relief

    Connecticut Tax Relief
    Why can’t I find information for income tax relief in Connecticut on the Internet? If you are looking for some Connecticut Tax Relief  then you are in the right place. However, perhaps you are having trouble finding help with the…
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The Estate Planning and Wealth…

The Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Blog for Trusted Advisors

Covers asset protection, estate and gift tax, and wills and trusts. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://estateplanning.foxrothschild.com/
  • Feb 4

    Form 8971 and Instructions Issued – How do they Apply to Portability-Only 706 Filings?

    Form 8971 and Instructions Issued – How do they Apply to Portability-Only 706 Filings?
    Earlier this week, the IRS issued final Form 8971 and the related Instructions.  The form is used to report the final estate tax value of property distributed from an estate.  The purpose of the form is to help the IRS enforce…
  • Dec 14

    An Alternative to Estate Tax Closing Letter

    An Alternative to Estate Tax Closing Letter
    As detailed in our two previous posts in early July and a week ago, the IRS will no longer automatically be issuing estate tax closing letters.  The Executor can either call the IRS to request a closing letter (once 4 months have…
  • Dec 1

    Update on IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter

    Update on IRS Procedure for Estate Tax Closing Letter
    As we reported in early July, the IRS will no longer be automatically issuing estate tax closing letters.  The burden is on the Executor to request one once 4 months have passed since the filing of the estate tax return.  The IRS…
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Your Texas Estate Plan

Your Texas Estate Plan

Covers tax and estate planning. By Jacob Pelley.

http://www.yourtexasestateplan.com/
  • 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…
  • Jun 11

    Caselaw Updates: Tortious Interference with Inheritance Right

    Caselaw Updates: Tortious Interference with Inheritance Right
    I don't love continuing legal education classes.  Here's why:1. I don't like many things that are mandatory, and they are.2. I'm surrounded by lawyers.3. They are expensive.4. They are usually in an overly cold/hot room and sometimes via…
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A Taxing Blog

A Taxing Blog

By Professor Victor Fleischer.

http://victorfleischer.com
  • Jan 25

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  • Dec 30

    Quotation of the Day – The New York Time

    Quotation of the Day – The New York Time
    “We do have two different tax systems, one for normal wage-earners and another for those who can afford sophisticated tax advice.” VICTOR FLEISCHER, a law professor at the University of San Diego who studies the intersection of…
  • Aug 25

    Private Equity Fees Paid by Universities Deserve Examination – The New York Time

    Private Equity Fees Paid by Universities Deserve Examination – The New York Time
    A lack of transparency means that even university officials don’t know whether the investment fees they pay are reasonable. Source: Private Equity Fees Paid by Universities Deserve Examination – The New York Time
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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/
  • Dec 7

    Seeking Justice for All: The Texas F-5 Report

    Seeking Justice for All: The Texas F-5 Report
    A client recently came to my firm needing legal help to resolve a situation affecting his career and reputation in law enforcement. This client was somewhat unusual for my firm because more typically, we defend people facing criminal charges…
  • Dec 3

    Irwin Schiff and the Patriot

    Irwin Schiff and the Patriot
    On October 16, 2015, Irwin Schiff died, in prison, from lung cancer. He was 87 years old, and serving a fourteen-year sentence – his third prison term, and the final chapter in his 40-year crusade against the Internal Revenue Service…
  • Jun 23

    IRS Investigations: They Plead the Fifth, but Want You to Plead Guilty

    IRS Investigations: They Plead the Fifth, but Want You to Plead Guilty
    On May 22, 2013, Lois Lerner – Director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division – stated before Congress that neither she nor her division had inappropriately or unfairly targeted certain politically-oriented groups for…
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Tax Machine Blog

Tax Machine Blog

Discusses tax topics. By Thomas S. Groth.

http://taxmachine.us
  • Nov 12

    Watch this IRS Scammer get scammed

    Watch this IRS Scammer get scammed
    (and some thoughts on Private Collection of Tax Debts)   The news media has been reporting this story for over a year now. Foreigners scamming people into paying the stupid tax. But watch what happens when the tables are turned. And…
  • Jun 1

    I’m Cool with Caitlyn Jenner Being Who she is. So is the IRS.

    I’m Cool with Caitlyn Jenner Being Who she is. So is the IRS.
    A Pretty hot topic right now on the internet is “Bruce” Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn has taken steps to change her outward appearance in the past to match the person she has always been on the inside,…
  • Feb 27

    IRS Playing Dirty to Get Result

    IRS Playing Dirty to Get Result
    It wasn’t long ago that Tax professionals in various blogs and internet communities (as well as, presumably in the “real world”) started warning others that the IRS was skipping preliminary notices of deficiency and going…
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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/
  • Nov 6

    Beware: Scammers Targeting Bankruptcy Filer

    Beware: Scammers Targeting Bankruptcy Filer
    Scammers are targeting bankruptcy filers throughout the country by posing as attorneys or law office staff and telling them to immediately wire money to pay a debt. Don't fall for it. One of the best ways to avoid a scam is to stop the…
  • Apr 21

    What It Takes to Win in Court: Building the "Paper Trail"

    What It Takes to Win in Court: Building the "Paper Trail"
    Probably one of the most frequent problems I encounter with new cases clients bring to my office is the lack of documentary evidence. No one bothers to put down in writing that agreement with the brother-in-law or "friend" about the…
  • Apr 3

    What's Worse Than a BAD Credit History? NO CREDIT HISTORY AT ALL!

    What's Worse Than a BAD Credit History? NO CREDIT HISTORY AT ALL!
    It may not be a well-know fact, but the truth is a lot of financially-responsible people are turned down for loans because they have NO history of recent borrowing. None. This may be because the person saves up and pays for purchases…
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EstateAware

EstateAware

Covers personal legal and financial planning. By Griffin Bridgers.

http://www.estateaware.com
  • Sep 1

    The Complete Estate Plan, Part 2: Powers of Attorney

    The Complete Estate Plan, Part 2: Powers of Attorney
    This is the next installment in the series titled “The Compete Estate Plan.”  Before reading this installment, it is recommended that you read the following prior installments if you have not already done so: The Complete…
  • Aug 31

    The Complete Estate Plan, Part 1: Life Insurance

    The Complete Estate Plan, Part 1: Life Insurance
    When most people think of an “estate plan,” the first thing they think of is a will.  However, as we will see in this series on “The Complete Estate Plan,” a will is not necessarily the cornerstone. For most…
  • Jul 16

    How Do I Build an Estate?

    How Do I Build an Estate?
    There are painful truths that many people, and professionals, sometimes have to face before becoming successful. First, before proceeding any further in this post, I must give credit to Ramit Sethi.  If you are not familiar with…
Rank this Week: 2609

Taxing Tech

Taxing Tech

Covers state taxation of emerging technologies. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.taxingtech.com/
  • Aug 19

    Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M

    Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M
    Recently, a class of plaintiffs settled with City of Los Angeles over its alleged unlawful collection of telephone utility user tax (UUT). The class alleged that the Los Angeles Municipal Code exempted from UUT all amounts not subject to…
  • Aug 19

    Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M

    Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M
    Recently, a class of plaintiffs settled with City of Los Angeles over its alleged unlawful collection of telephone utility user tax (UUT). The class alleged that the Los Angeles Municipal Code exempted from UUT all amounts not subject to…
  • Aug 16

    Montana: OTCs Subject to Retroactive Sales Tax Assessment

    Montana: OTCs Subject to Retroactive Sales Tax Assessment
    Recently, the Montana Supreme Court ruled 5-to-2 that online travel companies (OTCs) were subject to sales tax under the existing sales tax statute. Furthermore, their liability is retroactive to November of 2010. However, the OTCs were not…
Rank this Week: 4188

The Tax Law Forum

The Tax Law Forum

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

http://www.taxlawforum.com/
  • May 28

    IRS Hacked.

    IRS Hacked.
    Of all the targets available, it really isn’t surprising that hackers would try to gain access to the substantial database of financial information at the IRS.  Unfortunately, a successful breach of the security protocols was…
  • May 21

    Planning ahead - 2015 Forms 1040 will be due on April 18,2016 (for most)

    Planning ahead - 2015 Forms 1040 will be due on April 18,2016 (for most)
    You get an extra weekend to file your tax returns in 2016 thanks to an uncommon mix of holiday's and weekends.  Ordinarily an unextended Form 1040 Individual Income Tax Return is due on April 15th of any given year.  However, when…
  • May 20

    “The IRS is calling…and threatening to arrest me!”

    “The IRS is calling…and threatening to arrest me!”
    A few days ago, I received a call from a panicked former client.  Two years back we had gone through an IRS tax audit and worked out a reasonable payment plan to resolve the remaining tax debt.  The client had been honoring all…
Rank this Week: 4507

Texas Tax Talk

Texas Tax Talk

By Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

http://www.texastaxtalk.com/
  • Apr 16

    Tax Cheats Can Go Wild In Dallas Texa

    Tax Cheats Can Go Wild In Dallas Texa
    The Washington Post published an article on April 8, 2015 titled “In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million.”  Here is a section of the article (emphasis added): If these taxpayers…
  • Apr 14

    The IRS Suck

    The IRS Suck
    Bloomberg BusinessWeek authors Devin Leonard and Richard Rubin published a great article this month about the current dysfunction at the IRS caused by underfunding and IRS scandal. The IRS is not at the top of anyone’s…
  • Mar 4

    Could a Cadillac Health Plan Put the Brakes on Obamacare?

    Could a Cadillac Health Plan Put the Brakes on Obamacare?
    The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Wednesday, March 4 on certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act.  This has the potential to unravel President Barack Obama’s beloved health care plan. Another aspect of Obamacare that…
Rank this Week: 2895

Texas State & Local Tax Law…

Texas State & Local Tax Law Blog

Covers aircraft taxation, franchise tax, property tax, sales and use tax, school finance litigation and tax reform. By Alan E. Sherman.

http://www.txsaltlaw.com/
  • Apr 13

    Proposed legislation affecting Texas tax disputes: administrative hearing procedure

    Proposed legislation affecting Texas tax disputes: administrative hearing procedure
    Senate Bill (S.B.) 1291 (and its identical companion, House Bill (H.B.) 4005) now pending in the current session of the Texas Legislature would, if enacted into law, significantly alter the procedures applicable to the resolution of disputes…
  • Mar 30

    Proposed legislation affecting Texas tax disputes: pre-hearing procedure

    Proposed legislation affecting Texas tax disputes: pre-hearing procedure
    Senate Bill (S.B.) 1291, recently filed in the current session of the 84th Texas Legislature along with its identical companion, House Bill (H.B.) 4005, proposes to significantly alter the procedures applicable to the resolution of disputes…
  • Mar 16

    Tax-related bills to watch in the 2015 Texas Legislature: taxing aircraft

    Tax-related bills to watch in the 2015 Texas Legislature: taxing aircraft
    This past Friday, March 13th, was the last day for the unrestricted filing of bills in the current regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature (certain restrictions will make it harder to file a bill between now and the end of the…
Rank this Week: 3394

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

By the Law Offices of Sanford I. Millar.

http://www.taxattorneycalifornia.net/tax-blog/
  • Mar 8

    DOJ WarnsAgainst Wrongful Use of Streamline Procedure

    DOJ WarnsAgainst Wrongful Use of Streamline Procedure
    The U.S. Department of Justice is considering actions against taxpayers who wrongfully used the Streamlined Procedures to assert non-willful conduct. As quoted in Tax Notes Today: “Speaking at the Federal Bar Association Section on…
  • Feb 22

    How Not to Use Bitcoin

    How Not to Use Bitcoin
    The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been used…
  • Feb 7

    Cash Based Business? Have Good Books and Record

    Cash Based Business? Have Good Books and Record
    What happens when a taxpayer operates a cash based business and lacks adequate books and records according to the IRS? The IRS can use any reasonable method to reconstruct the taxpayers income and expenses. (See, Estate of Rodrigo F. Fenta,…
Rank this Week: 3727