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Tax Policy Blog

Tax Policy Blog

Covers federal, state and international tax issues, including AMT, capital gains and dividends taxes, corporate income taxes, income taxes, property taxes, and sales and use taxes. By the Tax Foundation.

http://taxfoundation.org/blog/
Rank this Week: 175

Taxable Talk

Taxable Talk

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

http://www.taxabletalk.com/
  • Aug 28

    Do Call Us, We Won’t Call You

    Do Call Us, We Won’t Call You
    The IRS does not initiate collection activities by phone calls. If you owe money to the IRS, the first notice will always be a letter delivered by the Postal Service. Unfortunately, scammers are continuing to pray on people. The IRS issued…
  • Aug 25

    Remember Those Missing IRS Emails? They Appear to Exist….

    Remember Those Missing IRS Emails? They Appear to Exist….
    “There’s no such thing as Lois Lerner’s missing emails. It’s all been a big lie. They’ve been lying to the courts, to the American people, and to Contgess. It is really outrageous.” That’s Tom Filton,…
  • Aug 24

    Tax Preparers Behaving Badly

    Tax Preparers Behaving Badly
    There’s a common thread among these tax professionals: You’ll be getting a refund. That sounds good until you realize that you really shouldn’t have, and that you will likely get in trouble later. Our first preparer might be…
Rank this Week: 239

Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Jun 12

    Crowdfunding Limits – Raising the Cap

    Crowdfunding Limits – Raising the Cap
    Almost everyone has heard of Kickstarter by now: it’s the premier place for a team with an idea and a plan to raise capital to fund almost any sort of product. However, your return on your investment is the product itself if you pay…
  • Jun 12

    The Contraceptive Mandate: Birth Control or Business Control?

    The Contraceptive Mandate: Birth Control or Business Control?
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 25th, 2014, on the Tenth Circuit Case Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius and the Third Circuit Case Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius; a ruling is expected in late June.[i] Hobby Lobby…
  • Apr 17

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality
    The Internet is the modern day printing press; a revolutionary game changer. The Internet owes much of its success to the theory of net neutrality. While net neutrality is not a new topic of discussion, it has been thrust in the limelight…
Rank this Week: 222

taxgirl

taxgirl

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

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

    Credit Cards, The IRS, Form 1099-K And The $19,399 Reporting Hole

    Credit Cards, The IRS, Form 1099-K And The $19,399 Reporting Hole
    The form 1099-K confused taxpayers when it made its debut in 2012. Two years later, the form, meant to be used for reporting transactions made by credit card or third party processors like Paypal, is still confusing taxpayers - especially…
  • Aug 28

    Tax Court Sides With IRS In Tax Treatment Of Frequent Flyer Miles Issued By Citibank

    Tax Court Sides With IRS In Tax Treatment Of Frequent Flyer Miles Issued By Citibank
    In 2012, Citibank made news for blindsiding some customers with the issuance of a form 1099 for "Thank You Points" for opening a new account. After IRS remained largely silent on the matter, two years later, the question of "Is it taxable?"…
  • Aug 27

    IRS Still Struggling With Tax Treatment Of Immigrants, Changes Rules Again

    IRS Still Struggling With Tax Treatment Of Immigrants, Changes Rules Again
    Just over a year after the IRS instituted measures meant to curb taxpayer related fraud, they're changing the rules again. In addition to new rules about how the IRS will manage direct deposits for tax refunds, the IRS has imposed new limits…
Rank this Week: 353

North Carolina Estate Planning…

North Carolina Estate Planning Blog

Covers legal issues relating to wealth transfer, asset preservation, probate, and taxation. By Greg Herman-Giddens of Trust Counsel, P.A.

http://www.ncestateplanningblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    Asset Protection in Second Marriage

    Asset Protection in Second Marriage
    What asset protection strategies should an individual consider after divorce if they play to re-marry? Whether a marriage is a first or fifth, some planning tools always offer a degree of protection. Every couple’s goals, life stage,…
  • Aug 22

    Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option

    Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option
    Life insurance can be a great estate planning tool. Payments generally do not go through probate, loved ones may not need to struggle financially after one’s death, and proceeds can be protected from creditors. A new option called a…
  • Aug 19

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution

    Increasing Trust Income Distribution
    Many trusts provide for lifetime income, but no principal, to the first generation of beneficiaries. In these days of low interest rates, income payments have suffered. However, income distributions from trusts do not have to be permanently…
Rank this Week: 346

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

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

http://jotwell.com/
  • Aug 20

    Jotwell 2014 Summer Break

    Jotwell 2014 Summer Break
    Jotwell is taking a short summer break. Posting will resume on Tuesday, September 2. However, even while we’re on break, we’ll be accepting submissions, editing them, updating the site’s theme, and of course getting ready…
  • Aug 19

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Crime

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Crime
    John S. Stinneford, Punishment Without Culpability, 102 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 653 (2012).Angela HarrisJohn Stinneford begins his article by asking the reader to imagine herself a UPS delivery truck driver in Tampa, Florida. He…
  • Aug 18

    What if you woke up one day in a place where there was no Courts Law?: The Impact of Teaching Procedure on the Legal Academy

    What if you woke up one day in a place where there was no Courts Law?: The Impact of Teaching Procedure on the Legal Academy
    Elizabeth G. Thornburg, Erik S. Knutsen, Carla Crifò, Camille Cameron, & David Bamford, A Community of Procedure Scholars: Teaching Procedure and the Legal Academy, 51 Osgoode Hall L.J. 93 (2013), available at SSRN.Janet WalkerIn…
Rank this Week: 306

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Corporate Securities Law Blog

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

http://www.corporatesecuritieslawblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Indemnification Sleight of Hand

    Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Indemnification Sleight of Hand
    In Branin v. Stein Roe Inv. Counsel, LLC, C.A. 8481-VCN, 2014 WL 2961084 (Del. Ch. June 30, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a vested right to indemnification may not be rescinded by a subsequent amendment to the governing…
  • Jul 15

    Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?

    Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?
    Individuals and entities, including those from outside California, who invest in or do business through an out-of-state limited liability company (“LLC”) may be surprised to find out that they have filing obligations and tax…
  • Jul 7

    Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement

    Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement
    In a closely-watched decision involving judicial review of agency settlements, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated United States District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s 2011 order rejecting a proposed $285…
Rank this Week: 313

El Conta punto com

El Conta punto com

Herramientas para los contadores -México-

http://elconta.com/
Rank this Week: 798

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

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

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Aug 29

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership, or FLP, can allow a taxpayer to leverage two federal tax devices in conjunction with a technique known as “discounting” in order to reduce the amount of federal tax imposed at the time of that…
  • Jun 27

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing
    In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Aereo's service, which converts and subsequently (re)transmits over-the-air television broadcasts in near real time to Aereo's customers via the…
Rank this Week: 740

Tax Updates

Tax Updates

By Roth & Co.

http://rothcpa.com/blog-index/
Rank this Week: 521

Transfer Pricing Watch

Transfer Pricing Watch

Features transfer pricing news and details of transfer pricing events and training. By BNA International.

http://www.transferpricingwatch.com
  • Aug 27

    Chilean Senate Approves Tax Overhaul, Including Hefty Withholding Tax For Some

    Chilean Senate Approves Tax Overhaul, Including Hefty Withholding Tax For Some
    A dramatic overhaul of the Chilean tax system—including significant implications for foreign owners of companies in Chile—is one step closer to being finalized, after the Chilean Senate approved the legislation Aug. 19.The post…
  • Aug 21

    Japan’s Trade Ministry Cautioning Companies of Double Taxation Risk

    Japan’s Trade Ministry Cautioning Companies of Double Taxation Risk
    Aug. 18 — The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been cautioning Japanese companies that they are at risk for double tax from cross-border transactions, especially those involving entities in other Asian countries.The post…
  • Aug 18

    Following Acquittal by Oslo Court, Transocean Faces Civil, Criminal Case

    Following Acquittal by Oslo Court, Transocean Faces Civil, Criminal Case
    The Oslo District Court's July 2 acquittal of the Swiss-based offshore drilling contractor Transocean in a criminal tax evasion case is the latest development in a series of Norwegian legal actions against the company and additional legal…
Rank this Week: 755

Global Tax Enforcement

Global Tax Enforcement

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

http://www.globaltaxenforcement.com/
Rank this Week: 517

TaxMama's TaxQuips

TaxMama's TaxQuips

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

http://www.taxquips.com/?cat=TaxQuips
  • Aug 19

    New Posting

    New Posting
    Today TaxMama® hears from GuideForThePoor in the TaxQuips Forum, who has an interesting question. “Suppose your deductions are too low to itemize, but you still want to give money to charity. Can you give the money to a friend who…
  • Jun 16

    TaxMama s TaxQuips Q2 Estimated Tax Due

    TaxMama s TaxQuips Q2 Estimated Tax Due
    Today TaxMama® wants to take a moment to remind you about two key June deadlines. Today – estimated taxes are due. June 30th – the FBAR filing. …
  • Jun 2

    Student Loan Interest

    Student Loan Interest
    Today TaxMama® hears from Sheronda in the TaxQuips Forum, with this common issue (edited). “Taxpayer paid off her student loan using a home equity line of credit (HELOC)? Is the interest still deductible?”   …
Rank this Week: 480

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: 589

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: 652

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: 772

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Future of the Federal Estate Tax

Covers estate tax reform. By Hani Sarji.

http://mhs.typepad.com/threepointfive-45/
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm

    [EOC]Let Freedom Ring With Gift Of Firearm
    My previous post highlights how Americans are generous, despite a challenging economy. An earlier post mentioned that donating firearms could help the donor, the donor’s family, the charitable organization, and all Americans who get a…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy

    [EOC]Americans Are Generous, Despite Economy
    A recent report highlights the generosity of Americans. Giving USA 2011: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2010 finds that Americans contributed about 2 percent of disposable income in 2010. The executive summary of the report…
  • Jul 4

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State

    [EOC]The Most Important Historical Gun In History Of United State
    I have been researching estate planning for firearms, and I came across a video that is worth sharing today, a day on which we celebrate the United States and reflect on its history. The video is about the Girandoni air rifle, which is on…
Rank this Week: 834

Law Blog Switzerland

Law Blog Switzerland

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

http://www.lawblogswitzerland.ch
Rank this Week: 2421

Rubin on Tax

Rubin on Tax

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

http://rubinontax.floridatax.com/
  • Aug 30

    IRS APPLIES 20TH CENTURY ANALYSIS TO 21ST CENTURY SOCIAL ORGANIZATION

    IRS APPLIES 20TH CENTURY ANALYSIS TO 21ST CENTURY SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
    Code §501(c)(7) provides an exemption from federal income tax for clubs organized substantially for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes if no part its net earnings inures to the benefit of a private shareholder. Thus,…
  • Aug 28

    TIME LIMITATIONS ON RECEIVING LATE PROOF OF FOREIGN STATUS FOR PORTFOLIO INTEREST EXEMPTION PAYMENTS

    TIME LIMITATIONS ON RECEIVING LATE PROOF OF FOREIGN STATUS FOR PORTFOLIO INTEREST EXEMPTION PAYMENTS
    Code Section 871(h) provides non-U.S. persons with a valuable exemption from U.S. income taxes on interest paid on registered U.S. obligations, commonly referred to as the portfolio interest exemption. Before a payor is authorized to make an…
  • Aug 24

    PERSONAL GOODWILL OF EMPLOYEE REDUCES ESTATE TAX VALUE OF CORPORATE STOCK

    PERSONAL GOODWILL OF EMPLOYEE REDUCES ESTATE TAX VALUE OF CORPORATE STOCK
    The question of “personal goodwill” often comes up in sales of corporate assets. When a business is sold, the shareholder will often seek to sell his or her “personal goodwill” in the business separately from the…
Rank this Week: 2068

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/
  • Aug 29

    Payday Lender

    Payday Lender
    Here is a very amusing and outraged report on “payday lenders” from John Oliver, the British reporter who apprenticed with Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. He’s accurate in presenting the problem: desperate and unthinking…
  • Jul 31

    Five things to know when hiring your child to work for you

    Five things to know when hiring your child to work for you
    I love having my 18-year-old daughter work in my law firm.  She’s smart and motivated.  She gets to see law in action.  She’s done wonders for my website, and she gets the mail out. She keeps a timesheet.  I…
  • Jul 30

    A Benefit of Bankruptcy That Most People Don’t Think Of

    A Benefit of Bankruptcy That Most People Don’t Think Of
    Bankruptcy works in unexpected ways.  That’s how a colleague sells his potential clients on hiring him to get a discharge in bankruptcy.  And he’s right. My client opened a fast-food restaurant with a partner in 2008 and…
Rank this Week: 979

Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit…

Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

Covers compliance issues, tax exemption, real estate, intellectual property and charitable fundraising issues affecting nonprofits.

http://wagenmakerlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 29

    Nonprofit Payroll Tax Alert

    Nonprofit Payroll Tax Alert
    A recent federal government report shows that thousands of nonprofits are not meeting their payroll tax obligations.  Though it may be tempting for nonprofits to avoid payroll tax responsibilities, especially when facing cash flow…
  • Aug 27

    Is the IRS Back in Church?

    Is the IRS Back in Church?
    With fall approaching, the next election cycle is just around the corner – just in time for new IRS developments affecting churches and other religious institutions.  As with all section 501(c)(3) organizations, religious…
  • Aug 20

    By Executive Order – No LGBT Discrimination

    By Executive Order – No LGBT Discrimination
    President Obama recently signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from engaging in employment decisions based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The President’s order amends previous…
Rank this Week: 2545

Nonprofit Law Blog

Nonprofit Law Blog

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

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

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – August 29, 2014

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – August 29, 2014
    Last Tuesday was Women’s Equality Day. Have a listen to Nellie McKay‘s Mother of Pearl while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week: Women’s Foundation: Women #vote in higher percentages than men, but are…
  • Aug 28

    Nonprofit Limited Liability Company

    Nonprofit Limited Liability Company
    A limited liability company (LLC) is a legal form of enterprise, owned by one or more members, that may be organized and operated for a wide variety of purposes, including charitable purposes. One of the major advantages of an LLC is…
  • Aug 22

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – August 22, 2014

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – August 22, 2014
    Spent a wonderful week with family (including my two nieces pictured above) in beautiful Vancouver. Have a listen to Vancouver-based Marianas Trench’s Celebrity Status while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week: Emily…
Rank this Week: 1353

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: 2907

Seay Law Firm Blog

Seay Law Firm Blog

Covers Texas tax law.

http://www.seaytaxlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    Judge Finds Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional

    Judge Finds Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
    A Travis County District Court judge ruled Thursday that Texas’s school finance system violates the Texas Constitution.  The judgment and associated findings of fact and conclusions of law are available here.  Review of the…
  • Aug 26

    Appeals Court Finds New Tax on Small Tobacco Manufacturers Unconstitutional

    Appeals Court Finds New Tax on Small Tobacco Manufacturers Unconstitutional
    The Third Court of Appeals recently held in Combs v. Texas Small Tobacco Coalition that a new tax on small tobacco manufacturers violates the Equal and Uniform Taxation Clause of the Texas Constitution.  In doing so, the Third Court…
  • Aug 26

    Third Court of Appeals Defers to Comptroller on Manufacturing Exemption for Oil & Ga

    Third Court of Appeals Defers to Comptroller on Manufacturing Exemption for Oil & Ga
    As we reported earlier, the Third Court of Appeals ruled in Southwest Royalties, Inc. v. Combs that oil and gas above-ground and downhole production equipment doesn’t qualify for the manufacturing exemption from Texas sales and use…
Rank this Week: 3427

Texas Tax Talk

Texas Tax Talk

By Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

http://www.texastaxtalk.com/
  • Aug 29

    Does Filing for Bankruptcy Really Give You Tax Relief?

    Does Filing for Bankruptcy Really Give You Tax Relief?
    When times get desperate and tax liabilities pile up – filing for bankruptcy is an option many people consider.  Taxes are “dischargable” in bankruptcy, but there are important rules you need to know. TIMING Taxes are…
  • Aug 11

    Requirements for Alimony – Can it be a good thing?

    Requirements for Alimony – Can it be a good thing?
    Divorce is messy, divorce is costly – and it should be avoided wherever possible.  Spouses should always attempt to mitigate their losses and one way to do this is to consider designing the divorce settlement to include alimony. To…
  • Jul 30

    IRS Takes Money From Dead Mom to Pay For Son’s Tax Debt

    IRS Takes Money From Dead Mom to Pay For Son’s Tax Debt
    Most people have some strong feelings about how they want their assets to be distributed upon their death.  Some want to give their money to their kids, others are charitably inclined.  However, I would guess that…
Rank this Week: 1782

MauledAgain

MauledAgain

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

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

    Principal Residence Principle

    Principal Residence Principle
    A recent Tax Court decision, Oxford v. Comr., T. C. Summ. Op. 2014-80, delivers an interest insight into the intersection of the first-time homebuyer credit and the meaning of principal residence. Though the taxpayer argued that she was…
  • Aug 27

    Bridges, Tunnels, Privatization, and Taxe

    Bridges, Tunnels, Privatization, and Taxe
    Not quite a year ago, in Tolls, Taxes, and User Fees in a Public-Private Context, I wrote about a decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia rejecting a citizen’s claim that he could not be compelled to pay a toll for use of a previously…
  • Aug 25

    The Lap Dance Tax Dance Marathon

    The Lap Dance Tax Dance Marathon
    Earlier this month, in Philadelphia Lap Dance Tax Effort Bumped Up to Court, Which Grinds It Down, I continued the saga of the attempt by Philadelphia to impose its amusement tax on lap dances, a commentary started in Lap Dance Tax? and…
Rank this Week: 2156

Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Tax and budget policy by Dan Shaviro

http://danshaviro.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 28

    Allergie

    Allergie
    ... are the body's version of McCarthyism.  The immune system can't find enough real enemies, so it invents fake ones and makes everything worse.
  • Aug 28

    Explaining August's nearly unbroken radio silence

    Explaining August's nearly unbroken radio silence
    Another month almost gone - the last in my favorite three-month stretch of the year (aka the true, as opposed to purely astronomical or even meteorological, summer) - and I have scarcely posted lately.  Thus, for example, I have yet to…
  • Aug 19

    The Obama Administration's move towards greater unilateral executive action

    The Obama Administration's move towards greater unilateral executive action
    Today's New York Times notes "Mr. Obama's increasingly expansive appetite for the use of unilateral action on issues including immigration, tax policy, and gay rights," which it says has "emboldened activists and businesses to flock to the…
Rank this Week: 3965

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

http://www.mwattorneys.com/blog/
  • Aug 28

    Rolling Stone on Taxe

    Rolling Stone on Taxe
    I read a lot of tax-related articles and they come from a variety of sources, but it is not every day that I find one in Rolling Stone.  I have to say that the article entitled “The Biggest Tax Scam … Continue reading →
  • Aug 26

    Manteca Tax Cheat Files Lien Against IRS Commissioner

    Manteca Tax Cheat Files Lien Against IRS Commissioner
    There was a story I saw in the Modesto Bee recently about a Manteca woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding the IRS out of about $313,000.  It is not really your typical refund fraud case in the sense that the … Continue reading…
  • Aug 21

    IRS Busts 83-Year-Old Florida Man for Tax Evasion

    IRS Busts 83-Year-Old Florida Man for Tax Evasion
    Bernard Kramer, an 83-year-old resident of Delray Beach, Florida, admitted to stashing $1.1 million in secret Swiss and Israeli bank accounts to avoid paying taxes.  This news broke on Tuesday and since then I have seen quite a bit of…
Rank this Week: 3150

The Tax Lawyer's Blog

The Tax Lawyer's Blog

By the Pappas Group.

http://www.pappastax.com/the-tax-lawyers-blog/
  • Aug 28

    Florida Used Car Dealers Targeted for Sales Tax Fraud; Theft of State Fund

    Florida Used Car Dealers Targeted for Sales Tax Fraud; Theft of State Fund
    The state of Florida is targeting used car dealers for their failure to remit collected sales taxes and bringing charges against their owners and officers for theft of state funds. In the last two years, we... Read More The post Florida…
  • Aug 27

    Effective September 2, 2014: New IRS Appeals Proce

    Effective September 2, 2014: New IRS Appeals Proce
    On September 2nd, 2014, the IRS will change the way it handles audit appeals. The IRS Office of Appeals, under the new Appeals Judicial Approach and Culture (AJAC) project, will “no longer. . . be examiners... Read More The post…
  • Aug 21

    NEW IRS OPPORTUNITY: Offshore Account Holders Can Avoid Criminal Charges & Penaltie

    NEW IRS OPPORTUNITY: Offshore Account Holders Can Avoid Criminal Charges & Penaltie
    In June the IRS established a new program for U.S. taxpayers with offshore bank accounts.  This is an excellent opportunity for delinquent taxpayers to come forward voluntarily, avoid significant penalties and, most of all, avoid... Read…
Rank this Week: 1378

California Tax Lawyer Blog

California Tax Lawyer Blog

Covers tax law. By William D Hartsock, Tax Attorney Inc.

http://www.californiataxlawyer-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 1504

Pew Blog

Pew Blog

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

http://www.pewlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 28

    Consumers Guide To Buying A Car

    Consumers Guide To Buying A Car
    If you are looking for a new car you probably have already been doing some window shopping. Before you think about stepping foot into a dealership, make sure you know a few tricks for getting the best deal. Credit Score The place to start…
  • Aug 26

    Credit Scores Could Be Changing Soon

    Credit Scores Could Be Changing Soon
    Your credit score. It’s not something you prefer to think about unless you are applying for a new loan, or have been alerted to a problem. If you are one of many people carrying around a disappointing score, you may soon find yourself…
  • Aug 21

    Financial Advice For 20-Something

    Financial Advice For 20-Something
    As a newly minted adult, 20-somethings face a tough road of lessons ahead. Often in a rush to experience life and take their journey from college into young adult, many make the mistake of doing too  much too quickly; especially when it…
Rank this Week: 3187

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/
  • Aug 28

    What Is a Copyright?

    What Is a Copyright?
    An Intellectual Property FAQ with Mark A. Williams. Copyright is a federal right that is granted to the author of a work of art. So, you can think about someone who writes a book, someone who writes music or performs…Read more ›
  • Aug 26

    Who Must File a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)?

    Who Must File a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)?
    An International Law FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. Anyone who has a signatory on an account in a foreign country should take a look at whether they are subject to the rules concerning the foreign bank financial account reporting…
  • Aug 25

    What Is a Tax Treaty?

    What Is a Tax Treaty?
    An International Law FAQ with Mary E. Vandenack. A tax treaty is a special agreement between countries about the way citizens from different countries are going to be treated when they live or work in different countries. For example,…
Rank this Week: 2510

Tax, Trust and Estate News

Tax, Trust and Estate News

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

http://taxtrustestatenews.com/
  • Aug 28

    IMF: Japan May Be Unable To Afford Its Corporate Tax Cut

    IMF: Japan May Be Unable To Afford Its Corporate Tax Cut
    In an International Monetary Fund Working Paper published recently, Ruud De Mooij and Ikuo Saito discussed the effects of the Japanese government's upcoming corporate tax cut. The current Japanese tax on corporate income is 35 percent - on…
  • Aug 27

    Sen. Dick Durbin Urges Hospira Not To Invert

    Sen. Dick Durbin Urges Hospira Not To Invert
    After finding some success in pressuring Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens not to invert, Sen. Dick Durbin has set his sights on another multinational in his home state. The Senator sent a letter to the CEO of Lake Forest, Illinois-based…
  • Aug 25

    Will Stepping-Up The Basis of Assets Become More Important Than Avoiding Estate Tax?

    Will Stepping-Up The Basis of Assets Become More Important Than Avoiding Estate Tax?
    Trends come and go and taxation is no different. The change in 2001 to raise the estate tax exemption, now $5,340,000, and to lower the top estate tax rate, now 40%, shifted the emphasis in estate tax planning. The combined estates of most…
Rank this Week: 2967

Givner & Kaye Blog

Givner & Kaye Blog

Covers estate and tax planning.

http://www.givnerkaye.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 2778

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Wellness Program Targeted By EEOC

    Wellness Program Targeted By EEOC
    On August 20, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (“Orion”) alleging…
  • Aug 26

    An Outline of Proposed Federal Tax Change

    An Outline of Proposed Federal Tax Change
    Many of the difficulties of the tax code arise from distinctions which may be confusing and possibly counterproductive. For instance, why is it necessary to have one income item taxed as a capital gain and then another as ordinary income? Why…
  • Aug 11

    Best of Bingham: Two Firm Attorneys Selected for the Bar Leaders Series Class XII

    Best of Bingham: Two Firm Attorneys Selected for the Bar Leaders Series Class XII
    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and the Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Women’s Forum are proud to announce that both Roxana S. Bell and Katherine G. Erdel have been selected for Class XII of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader…
Rank this Week: 1194

Canadian Tax Litigation

Canadian Tax Litigation

Covers Canadian tax litigation developments. By FMC Law.

http://www.canadiantaxlitigation.com/
  • Aug 26

    McKesson: Respondent’s Factum Filed

    McKesson: Respondent’s Factum Filed
    Earlier this year, McKesson Canada Corporation appealed the decision of the Tax Court of Canada in McKesson Canada Corporation v. The Queen (2013 TCC 404) (see Federal Court of Appeal File Nos. A-48-14 and A-49-14). At issue was the…
  • Aug 22

    Tax Reminders? Now There’s an App For That

    Tax Reminders? Now There’s an App For That
    We have previously blogged about litigation apps and the absence of Canadian litigation and tax litigation apps. Yesterday, the Canada Revenue Agency introduced a new tool for tax compliance with the release of the first CRA app for…
  • Jul 17

    Communications With Experts: Moore v. Getahun and the Advocates’ Society Report

    Communications With Experts: Moore v. Getahun and the Advocates’ Society Report
    An expert does not draft his/her report in a vacuum. Communication with counsel is required. Ultimately, an expert must provide independent and objective evidence at a hearing. So the question arises as to what amount of communication is…
Rank this Week: 3321

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: 2643

Life in the Tax Lane

Life in the Tax Lane

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

http://lifeinthetaxlane.com
  • Aug 25

    IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights Now Available in 6 Language

    IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights Now Available in 6 Language
    On August 12, 2014, the IRS announced that the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” is now available in six languages.  The current version of Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, is now posted on www.IRS.gov.  The available…
  • Aug 21

    IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scam

    IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scam
    The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) are still receiving complaints from taxpayers about unsolicited calls from people claiming to be from the IRS and demanding payment.…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1288

The Resource Blog

The Resource Blog

Covers tax law. By Samuel D. Brotman.

http://www.sambrotman.com/blog/
  • Aug 25

    Opting Out of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program – Part Two

    Opting Out of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program – Part Two
    Here are the steps that IRS examiners take before a taxpayer makes the irrevocable decision to opt out: Send Status Letter to the taxpayer setting forth the status of the voluntary disclosure certification, documents required to finalize the…
  • Aug 24

    Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedure

    Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedure
    DELINQUENT FBAR SUBMISSION PROCEDURES  Some taxpayers may not need to use the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program or the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedure options, but still may have delinquent Foreign Bank Account Reports.…
  • Aug 24

    Opting out of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

    Opting out of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program
    If an agreement can’t be reached, it may become necessary to opt out of the OVDP. Opting out is at the sole discretion of the taxpayer and is an irrevocable election. Examiners are advised that taxpayers should not be treated in a…
Rank this Week: 1057

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

By the Law Offices of Sanford I. Millar.

http://www.taxattorneycalifornia.net/tax-blog/
  • Aug 24

    What Does a Fiduciary Do When Advised of an Offshore Account?

    What Does a Fiduciary Do When Advised of an Offshore Account?
    On June 18, 2014 the IRS announced changes to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). The changes include the following: “The changes announced today also make important modifications to the OVDP. The changes include:…
  • Aug 17

    Forget About Hiding Money Offshore!

    Forget About Hiding Money Offshore!
    On July 21, 2014 the OECD released the full version of a new global standard for the exchange of financial information in tax matters “OECD\Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters” The new…
  • Jul 27

    Streamline Certification Advice

    Streamline Certification Advice
    Effective July 1, 2014 new Streamline Procedures for voluntary disclosures may provide some taxpayers the opportunity to pay a substantially reduced or no penalty FBAR penalty depending upon whether they are domestic or non-resident…
Rank this Week: 3020

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

Tax Problem Attorney Blog

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

http://www.taxproblemattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1380

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/
Rank this Week: 2249

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

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

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar

    SYK Attorneys to Teach Lewis & Clark Law School Seminar
    SYK Partner Eric Wieland and Associate Valerie Sasaki are teaching a seminar to Lewis & Clark Law School students this spring.  The seminar seeks to apply the knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses (Income Tax I, Estate and Gift…
  • Aug 18

    Victoria Blachly’s Work with VoteERA.org Featured in Business Journal

    Victoria Blachly’s Work with VoteERA.org Featured in Business Journal
    In May, SYK partner Victoria Blachly was appointed to the Board of Advisors for VoteERA.org, which seeks to add an Oregon Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that provides express equality and protects women against sex discrimination. …
  • Aug 15

    What Shark Would You Be?

    What Shark Would You Be?
    As the child of a marine biologist, I find the Discovery Channel’s shark week especially entertaining. As this year’s shark week winds to a close, I wanted to leave you with this funny post from another funny legal blog. We were…
Rank this Week: 4085

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
  • Aug 20

    IRS Comments on its PTC Start of Construction Guidance

    IRS Comments on its PTC Start of Construction Guidance
    On August 20, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) held a webinar to discuss Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2014-46, which clarified the rules for wind projects to be grandfathered for production tax credit (PTC)…
  • Aug 7

    IRS Finally Releases Clarifications to PTC “Start of Construction” Guidance

    IRS Finally Releases Clarifications to PTC “Start of Construction” Guidance
    Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-46, which clarifies the rules for a wind project to be deemed to have started construction in 2013 as is necessary to be eligible for production tax credits (PTC) or the investment…
  • Jul 30

    CRS Report Takes Negative View on Bonus Depreciation

    CRS Report Takes Negative View on Bonus Depreciation
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report analyzing the economic effects of bonus depreciation. CRS has very little to say that is positive about bonus depreciation. CRS views it as neither an effective economic stimulus…
Rank this Week: 2543

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: 1994