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Discharging Student Loan Debt

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Department of Education (DOE) recently lost a motion for reconsideration of a bankruptcy court decision involving the discharge of student loan debt.  The case is almost a purely bankruptcy matter having no real tax aspect to it, but because the bankruptcy court talks about what will happen to the debt upon its

Facial Recognition Is No Longer Coming

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The IRS announced this afternoon that it will move way from facial recognition to authenticate people creating online IRS accounts, and that it will develop an additional authentication process that does not rely on facial recognition. The IRS announcement was followed by a news release from the Office of Senator Wyden, reproduced below.

IRS backs away from facial recognition

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The IRS reversed course Monday on earlier plans to require taxpayers to authenticate their identities with a nongovernmental facial-recognition service to use certain online services. In a news release, the IRS announced it will “transition away from using a third-party service for facial recognition to help authenticate people creating new online accounts.” The

Pro Se Petitions in Tax Court

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The National Taxpayer Advocate’s (NTA) annual report has an interesting section focusing on pro se litigation.  Perhaps it’s only interesting to me because I run a low income taxpayer clinic (LITC) but I hope that this post will help you consider how it should be of some interest to you even if you

DAWSON Continues to Evolve

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In a press release earlier this week, the Tax Court announced new features had been added to DAWSON. Since its introduction over a year ago, the Court has stated that the initial rollout in December 2020 was a first step and not the last step. This announcement discusses new features coming online. The announcement is copied

Attorneys Behaving Badly

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares A Tax Court press release noting suspensions and disbarment came out on the heels of the 9th Circuit sustaining the conviction of a former IRS Chief Counsel attorney for tax evasion.  Like a moth drawn to a candle, I could not resist reading about these situations.  The criminal case raises a statute of
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