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IRS updates business travel per-diem rates

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The IRS issued its annual update Friday of special per-diem rates for substantiating ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home (Notice 2021-52). The new rates are in effect from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022. Specifically, they are the special per-diem rates, including the transportation industry meal and

Reliance on the Return Preparer, Too Good to Be True?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares We welcome back guest blogger James Creech. Today James discusses a recent opinion by Judge Goeke examining a taxpayer’s reasonable cause defense. Reasonable cause is a frequent topic on PT, but this case involves a provision we rarely discuss: the ASED extension for failure to notify the government of certain foreign transfers. Christine

Refund Claims and the Specificity Requirement

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares A trio of cases have recently seen the IRS raise the specificity requirement in claiming a refund.  In opposition to the motions filed by the IRS, the taxpayers have raised waiver as a defense.  The results are interesting and instructive.  Of course, you don’t want to plan for having to defend against a

Cigarette Taxes in Europe

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares To ensure the functioning of its internal market, the European Union (EU) sets a minimum excise duty on cigarettes. It consists of a specific component and an ad valorem component, resulting in a minimum overall excise duty of €1.80 (US $2.05) per 20-cigarette pack and 60 percent of an EU country’s weighted average retail

Property Taxes by County | Interactive Map

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Property taxes are the primary tool for financing local government and generate state-level revenue in some states as well. In fiscal year 2019, property taxes comprised 31 percent of total state and local tax collections in the United States, more than any other source of tax revenue. In that same year, property taxes accounted for 72 percent

Window Tax

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As my good friend Dr Q pointed out to me some time ago, windows were bricked up because the government introduced a taxation on windows. ‘Window tax was introduced in 1696 as a replacement for the Hearth Tax and was often levied with the House Tax. It was repealed in 1851 when it
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