When Tax-Free IRA Rollovers as Short-Term Loans Fail: Two Examples

Taxpayers often withdraw funds from their IRAs to cover short-term expenses with the hope that they can put the funds back in their IRA within the 60-day window for making a tax-free IRA rollover. This can work out well when taxpayers put the funds back into their IRAs within 60 days. When taxpayers miss the…

Role of the Judge in Criminal Tax Sentencing

Tax fraud is a serious crime that can result in harsh criminal tax penalties, including fines and imprisonment. However, the specific sentence for a tax crime varies depending on the case and the judge presiding over it. In cases of tax fraud, the discretion of the judge can play a crucial role in determining the…

What is a “Foreign Country” for Income Tax Purposes?

United States citizens are subject to tax in the U.S. on their worldwide earnings and income. This includes wages earned for work performed in foreign countries. There are exceptions to this treatment, such as the provisions of tax treaties. The other exception involves the foreign-earned-income exclusion. This exclusion allows individual taxpayers to exclude income earned…

U.S. Tax Court Petition Date is Absolute

When it comes to tax issues, deadlines are a crucial aspect of the process. However, the strictness and inflexibility of these deadlines can often seem absurd, especially given the consequences for the government. Does it truly matter if the IRS receives a tax return a day late, especially if they don’t even plan on looking…

New IRS Tax Lien Regulations Issued

When the IRS places a lien on someone’s property, it means that the taxpayer owes the IRS back taxes. The lien serves as a legal claim against the taxpayer’s property, and it can negatively impact their financial and professional life. One of the most significant consequences of an IRS tax lien is the damage it…

IRS Cannot Abate Interest on Employment Taxes

The IRS has a track record of not acting timely. Its failures in this regard are frequent and, sadly, they are expected. The bar has been set so low that we actually expect the IRS to go slow. This can be extremely frustrating for taxpayers and it can even cost taxpayers a considerable amount of…

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

Section 127 plans are often overlooked by both employers and employees as a valuable tax benefit. Despite their potential advantages, many taxpayers fail to take advantage of these plans, which allow employers to deduct educational expenses for their employees, up to $5,250 per year, and employees to exclude these amounts from their taxable income. This…