Double Tax on Inter-Company Transfers

There are those who make things happen. They are usually the ones doing what it takes even when doing so is difficult, tiring, and draining. They are the ones that often make personal sacrifices and take risks to succeed. They are the ones that had the luck or grit to stick with something to see…

Is Military Pension Taxable (Answered)

There are a number of tax breaks afforded to those in the military. This includes collection holds on unpaid taxes owed by members of the military to laws that exempt certain income from tax altogether. The exemption from paying tax on military pay for injuries is an example. The recent Valentine v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo.…

Common Law Mailbox Rule Fails (Again)

In legal disputes, there are times when parties make representations that are not true. That includes the IRS and its auditors and attorneys. If the taxpayer is lucky, they will have direct evidence that shows that the representation is false. There are situations where the law does not allow that evidence to be considered. There…

Retired Pilot Taxed on Flights Employer Provided to Relatives

A fringe benefit is a perk provided to an employee. These benefits can make many forms. It may include a company car, company meals, or even insurance. These benefits may or may not be taxable for the employee. The Mihalik v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2022-36, case provides an opportunity to consider these rules. The Mihalik…

Can IRS’ Unauthorized Disclosure Trigger Punitive Damages?

We all make mistakes. It happens. This includes inadvertent disclosure of confidential information. There is a remedy when a private party that makes an unauthorized disclosure. The aggrieved party can simply bring suit. There are basically no restrictions on the amount of damages that are available and when one qualifies for damages. The rules are…

No Unlimited Time Limit for IRS Withholding Tax

There are jobs that are difficult to find employees to perform. This is particularly true for lower-paid jobs that require physical labor. This includes construction and maintenance jobs, such as painters, law care jobs, etc. It also includes some entry-level jobs in restaurants. Businesses in these industries often have to supplement their workforce with illegal…

Section 1031 Exchange Into Jointly-Held Partnership Property

The Section 1031 exchange rules can help real estate investors defer paying tax on the transfer of property. Many real estate investors use these rules to upgrade their real estate portfolio over time. This tax deferral can be helpful as monies that would have been paid to the IRS in taxes can be rolled into…

Bookkeeper Liable for Trust Fund Recovery Penalty

IRS employees are tasked with making decisions. These decisions dictate who owes taxes and penalties and who does not. These decisions are usually made in the context of well trodden areas and by employees who make the same type of decisions over and over. This is due to the volume of disputes that are created…