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Fake charities, ‘ghost’ preparers, and other ploys

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In a third batch of “Dirty Dozen” cautions about common tax-related scams, the IRS on Wednesday warned taxpayers about bogus charity appeals and frauds upon seniors and immigrants (IR-2021-141). The IRS also called attention to unscrupulous individuals who purport to serve taxpayers with “pennies on the dollar” settlements of their tax debts and

Thinking Out Loud About the Advanced CTC – Part 2

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In my last blog post, I identified some of the challenges that arise when the Child Tax Credit is converted from an annual pay-out to a monthly pay-out. In this blog post, I will explore some alternative approaches that may address, if not resolve, those challenges. I have to confess that I am muddling through

Next batch of ‘Dirty Dozen’ warns of personal info scams

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In the second installment of this year’s IRS “Dirty Dozen” list, which highlights common tax-related scams, the IRS cautioned taxpayers to be on the lookout for deceptive schemes in the form of emails, text or social media messages, and phone calls (IR-2021-137). In what has become an annual ritual, the Service each year

Thinking Out Loud About the Advanced Child Tax Credit – Part I

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares With the recent launch of a campaign to get people who are not usually networked with the federal tax system to sign up for the Advanced Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC), the Administration, Congress, and advocates are focusing on what a permanent AdvCTC would look like.  Some child welfare and anti-poverty advocates are promoting the concept of

Supreme Court declines to take up remote worker taxation case

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request by New Hampshire to file a bill of complaint against Massachusetts in a case involving Massachusetts’s taxation of remote workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court’s order indicated that Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito would have granted the motion. New Hampshire

IRS warns of pandemic-related tax scams in ‘Dirty Dozen’ for 2021

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Thieves stealing economic impact payments and unemployment benefit checks head the list of this year’s IRS “Dirty Dozen” of tax-related scams and schemes (IR-2021-135). The warning Monday about “pandemic-related scams” was the first of four installments this year in which the IRS highlights egregious tax-related crimes and misdeeds against which it is advising

TIGTA Report on Restitution

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Last week I wrote about a recent Tax Court order regarding restitution.  In that case, the taxpayer fully paid the tax included in the restitution order.  At issue in the case were penalties the IRS proposed against the taxpayers.  I pointed out at the conclusion of that post the significant benefit to the

Imposing Penalties After Restitution Assessment

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The recent case of Ervin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2021-75 affirms the ability of the IRS to impose penalties after it makes a restitution assessment.  This case does not create precedent or cover new ground but does provide a reminder of how the restitution based assessments work.  We have previously written about restitution

Significant Changes in New Draft Form 8857

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares We welcome as her second visit to the blog my colleague in the tax clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, Audrey Patten.  Audrey has developed a significant docket of innocent spouse cases and is currently working with Christine to write the third edition of A Practitioner’s Guide to Innocent Spouse

“With every move he makes, another chance he takes”

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Today we have the pleasure of looking at an IRC 6751(b) opinion written by Judge Holmes.  For long time readers of this blog, the link between Judge Holmes and Graev consequences of not following the statutory language requiring approval of the immediate supervisor are well known.  His warning of Chai ghouls continues to
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