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IRS Uses Taxpayer Records to Secure Tax Fraud Conviction

Taxpayers who are being investigated for tax fraud should be very careful about turning over incriminating records to third parties. The recent Yang v. United States case provides an excellent example of how this can be a problem. The Yang brothers and their parents were being investigated by the IRS for tax fraud related to […]

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Tax Crimes Tax Procedure

Tax Attorney Gets Taxpayer Favorable Sentence, Court Says Not So Fast

Tax fraud often results in harsh criminal tax penalties; however, you really never know what a particular tax crime sentence will be until you have your day in court, then the appeals for that sentence, and then possibly the appeals for those appeals. Take for example the case of United States v. Trupin. According to […]

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Tax Litigation Tax Procedure

U.S. Tax Court Petition Date is Absolute

Some dates are absolute. You miss them, you are out of luck. The deadline for filing a petition with the U.S. Tax Court is one of these dates. Today’s Austin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2007-11, case provides an example. Facts & Procedural History Austin failed to timely file federal tax returns. The IRS imposed failure […]

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Federal Income Tax

Taxation of Employer Provided Education: A Look At Section 127 Plans

During a recent conversation that I had with another tax blogger, I commented about how many taxpayers fail to take advantage of Section 127 plans. This comment came up in a very brief mention of how Congress recently frustrated the tax plan of many parents who are saving for their children’s college education, by extending […]

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Federal Income Tax

Taxing Online Video Game Earnings

I came across this very interesting article about taxing online video game transactions. This type of issue does show the flaw or challenge presented by a tax system that is dependent upon the concept of “income” and the problem is likely to become a much more serious problem for the US Treasury. It is now […]

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Federal Income Tax

Should the IRS be Able to Rewrite Tax Laws that it Doesn’t Agree With?

Estate of Gerson shows how the IRS uses its ability to promulgate regulations and how the IRS positions cases for litigation in an effort to create pro-IRS tax laws. Facts & Procedural On Gerson’s Case Gerson is a generation skipping transfer tax case. Mr. Gerson created a revocable trust that became irrevocable upon his demise. […]

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Federal Income Tax

French Exempt Low Wage Employees from Payroll Taxes: Could it Work in the US?

It is always interesting to hear about how other countries address tax issues. Like the United States, the French government collected higher than expected tax revenues last year. Where the United States government opted to keep the tax revenues, the French government has proposed to use the tax revenues to exempt minimum wage employees who […]