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Follow Up Information on Tax Court Service of Petitions

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Yesterday, we published some data from Carl Smith showing that the service of a new Tax Court petition on the office of Chief Counsel was taking about two months.  Following that observation, Carl did some additional digging and found the service time to vary considerably.  Below is a chart of his most recent

Draft employer’s payroll tax return incorporates ARPA changes

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The IRS on Tuesday released a draft revised 2021 version of Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, reflecting further new and updated payroll tax credits. The current official version was released less than three months earlier on March 9, and the impending further changes reflect Congress’s multiple provisions of temporary payroll tax

Things That Make You Say Hmmm

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares We welcome back guest blogger and commenter in chief, Bob Kamman.  As usual, Bob has found things that the rest of us overlook.  In addition to the interesting twists on the way things work that Bob discusses below, I received a message from Carl Smith who, though retired, still takes some interest in

Revisiting Supervisory Approval For Accuracy Penalties

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Today’s post comes from University of Minnesota Law student, Patrick Riley Murray. Mr. Murray is not actually one of my students in my Federal Tax Procedure or the Federal Tax Clinic courses. However, Mr. Murray was referred to me by a student and previous Procedurally Taxing contributor Casey Epstein (see post here), as

Sorting out tax exempts’ UBTI painlessly

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Two digits are mostly better than six In comments to the IRS on the proposed regulations, the AICPA called for much broader two-digit codes to eliminate the complexity posed by using six, and opposed mandating the codes’ use. The new silo requirement originally “created a lot of confusion and left people guessing,” Heller

Death and Taxes

TweetShare1SharePin1 Shares On the substantive side of tax issues Congress is focusing on death and taxes as it studies and debates whether to eliminate the stepped up basis currently given to property upon the death of the owner.  This debate is not new.  When I was in law school in the mid-1970s taking a class

Calling the Number Provided in IRS Correspondence

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This has been a tough year for the IRS.  For a variety of reasons not the least of which is the pandemic, it has faced numerous challenges.  My understanding is that its performance in answering the general phone line during the filing season ranged somewhere between 2-5% which is not good but it’s

COBRA premium assistance credit under ARPA clarified

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In 86 questions and answers, the IRS in Notice 2021-31 gave employers, health care plans, and insurers background and clarifications on how to provide premium assistance for COBRA health care continuation benefits to affected employees and other beneficiaries and claim a corresponding tax credit. The temporary premium assistance and credit are available under
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