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IRS Audits Tax Procedure

IRS Contacts With Government Agencies


The IRS considers information from third parties during audits and in collecting unpaid taxes. The IRS’s efforts to gather this information can significantly harm the taxpayer, as third parties may not want to do business with the taxpayer given the IRS inquiry. Recognizing this, Congress has imposed rules that limit the IRS’s ability to make […]

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IRS Debts IRS Liens & Levies Tax Procedure

Property Rights & IRS Levies: Louisiana’s Usufruct


To determine whether the IRS can levy or take property, one has to consider what property the taxpayer owns. State law dictates what property the taxpayer owns. The property laws in most states are similar, which makes applying Federal tax collection law relatively easy. But then there is Louisiana law. Louisiana law differs in many […]

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IRS Penalties Tax Procedure Tax Return Preparer Penalty

The Tax Preparer’s Right to Appeal Return Penalties


The IRS has been focusing on tax return preparer audits. The aim of these audits is to impose penalties on tax return preparers. The IRS typically provides a means for tax preparers to appeal these penalties administratively, but there are cases where it doesn’t provide this opportunity. In those cases the IRS will assess the […]

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Business Tax S Corporation Tax Tax

S Corp Election Terminated by Standard LLC Language


If you make an S corporation election and do not fix the standard language that is typically included in the LLC company agreement, you’ll void the S corporation election. This is an issue that is usually identified by during an audit by the IRS. Many taxpayers overlook this issue until it is too late (it […]

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IRS Audits IRS Debts Tax Procedure

Can You Rely on IRS Statements?


If you ask someone a direct question and the person responds with incorrect information, is the person bound by their misrepresentation? This raises questions of “estoppel,” which apply to most litigants. But does it apply to IRS employees who make a misrepresentation? Put another way, can you rely on statements by IRS representatives? The court […]

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Capital vs. Ordinary Federal Income Tax Tax Tax Attorney Blog

The Late Mark-to-Market Election


Those who trade stocks can take advantage of the mark-to-market election to convert capital losses into ordinary losses. This election is only available to “traders.” There are often questions as to when a taxpayers trading activities are sufficient to warrant being treated as a “trader” for tax purposes. By the time the taxpayer discovers that […]

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Accuracy Penalties IRS Penalties Tax Procedure

Substantial Authority, When the Authority is Not Clear


What if you have a tax question and find a court case that: (1) has the same facts as your case, (2) addresses the same tax item as in your case (such as a tax deduction, credit, etc.), and (3) the court case is decided in the taxpayer’s favor, but the court case does not […]