My Tax Blog

  • Federal Direct Office Closed in Observation of Memorial Day

    The Federal Direct office will be closed on Monday, May 26th in observation of Memorial Day. Office hours will resume Tuesday, May 27th at 9 am EST. We would also like to send sincere gratitude to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country. Thank you for putting your lives on […]

    Want to pay less tax? Keep these receipts during the year.

    Want to know how to pay less taxes? One of the easiest ways to reduce one’s tax liability is to itemize his or her deductions. While not everything is tax deductible, saving receipts for taxes is pretty easy and will help you keep good track of your deductions without doing any work! I suggest (for the […]

    IRS Looks to Distribute $760 Million in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

    The Internal Revenue Service is giving the Mega Millions jackpot some serious competition, with tax refunds totaling $760 million ready to be handed over to an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010.

    The Obama, Congress, Koskinen Tax Triangle

    In decades past, and the last year especially, it has become clear that congressional office holders have more trouble working with each other than against each other. While that would be totally acceptable if our mail goal as a nation, as a people was complete stagnation, this is a real problem when applied to our […]

    RTRP Ruling Upheld – IRS Cannot Enforce Requirements

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has upheld the District Court ruling in the case of Loving vs. IRS, affirming that the IRS does not have the authority to regulate tax return preparers. The ruling was issued on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. This means that the IRS cannot require tax preparers […]

  • IRS Not Conducting Church Audits and Getting Sued

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the IRS for failing to enforce the ban on churches contributing to/intervening with political campaigns. Separation between Church and State? Not lately. The IRS says that the audits are on hold until finalizing rules that requires “high-level” official to approve the examinations.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation believes […]

    The IRS Ripped off Its Shirt to Reveal Green Flesh Atop Muscles Made of 1099-Ks

    Yes, it’s true. The IRS has recently become the green-fleshed Hulk of our governmental body.  This year the IRS has been on a roll changing things to improve the system, prevent fraud, smash identity theft, and, in the writer’s opinion, get it’s act together before facilitating the facilitation of the individual mandate come 2014.  Really, […]

    Important 2012 Form Changes on 8812, 8867 & 8863

    The IRS has recently made changes to various forms that are not related to the upcoming legislation. Several forms that relate to the Additional Child Tax Credit and Education Credits have been updated to include questions for verification of the claim for the credit.  The Education Credit Form 8863 now includes entries for the institution’s […]

    Important Update: Finalized ITIN Regulations

    Today, the IRS released updated procedures to strengthen the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program. The IRS has decided to keep many of the rules that have been in place during the Interim Period relating to original documents and certified copies from issuing agencies. Taxpayers applying for themselves will need to include original documents or […]

    Sickness NOT Enough To Beat Late Filing Penalties

    A woman with a plethora of health problems made several large taxable gifts to her daughter, but failed to make the gift tax return by the filing date. The woman was down with pneumonia and heart palpitations. She had cataract surgery and knee replacement surgery during the same time period. The court refused to waive […]

  • Federal Direct Office Closed in Observation of Memorial Day

    The Federal Direct office will be closed on Monday, May 26th in observation of Memorial Day. Office hours will resume Tuesday, May 27th at 9 am EST. We would also like to send sincere gratitude to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country. Thank you for putting your lives on […]

    Want to pay less tax? Keep these receipts during the year.

    Want to know how to pay less taxes? One of the easiest ways to reduce one’s tax liability is to itemize his or her deductions. While not everything is tax deductible, saving receipts for taxes is pretty easy and will help you keep good track of your deductions without doing any work! I suggest (for the […]

    IRS Looks to Distribute $760 Million in Unclaimed Tax Refunds

    The Internal Revenue Service is giving the Mega Millions jackpot some serious competition, with tax refunds totaling $760 million ready to be handed over to an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010.

    The Obama, Congress, Koskinen Tax Triangle

    In decades past, and the last year especially, it has become clear that congressional office holders have more trouble working with each other than against each other. While that would be totally acceptable if our mail goal as a nation, as a people was complete stagnation, this is a real problem when applied to our […]

    RTRP Ruling Upheld – IRS Cannot Enforce Requirements

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has upheld the District Court ruling in the case of Loving vs. IRS, affirming that the IRS does not have the authority to regulate tax return preparers. The ruling was issued on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. This means that the IRS cannot require tax preparers […]

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