Third-Party Liability for Repaying Employee Retention Credits

Many businesses outsource their human resources to third parties called Professional Employer Organizations (“PEOs”). PEOs are particularly popular with small businesses. The benefits of using a PEO include allowing the business to focus on its business operations rather than HR activities and giving employees access to better employee benefits. This is achieved by having the…

Using Estimates to Prove Business Expenses

Imagine this common scenario – you own a small business and incur a legitimate expense that you pay and have some record of. Years later the IRS audits and disallows the deduction for lack of receipts or other documentation. The auditor may request bank statements, which you provide, only to be told those are inadequate.…

Blunt Truth: Paying Taxes on Illegal Income

When a taxpayer makes money from something like selling marijuana, they still owe taxes on that income. The law requires the marijuana profits to be reported for income tax purposes. This type of income is usually only reported and tax collected if the IRS catches wind of the illegal activities. This is often limited to…

Taxpayer Loses for Tax Court Petition Filed 11 Seconds Late

The voluntary nature of income tax returns in the United States means that taxpayers are responsible for reporting their income and paying the appropriate taxes. Taxpayers do this largely as it is the right thing to do. This is premised on a perception that the tax system has some elements of being fair and uniform…

Tax on Funds Received as an Intermediary Conduit

As tax attorneys in Houston, we often see investments made by local ethnic communities that are focused on investing overseas or raising money from overseas. This often involves those who immigrate to the U.S. from foreign countries, and do well in the U.S. financially. The investments are often made based on direct knowledge of opportunities…

Using Accounting Records in Tax Court

Whether one likes it or not, the federal government is their business partner. The tax code is often compared to a partnership agreement that sets out the share of the income that belongs to the federal government. Continuing the analogy, the records the business keeps are the support for making the allocation between the taxpayer…

The IRS’s Bank Deposit Analysis

When conducting an audit involving income tax returns, the IRS will almost always check for unreported income. The IRS has specific procedures for conducting this type of income verification. This often involves a bank deposit analysis by the IRS agent. This type of analysis can be used to identify unreported income, but it can also…

S Corporation: Distribution of Appreciated Assets

Those who set up S corporations usually do so as their accountant told them that it could save taxes. This is often true. The S corporation can result in tax savings. This may include the standard reduction in self-employment/payroll taxes or, for more advanced tax planning, income taxes. The ability to freeze the value of…

The Qualified Nonpersonal Use Vehicle

What Congress provides with one provision, it often takes away with another. This can result in legal challenges whereby the court creates exceptions. The exceptions can be modified and qualified by later legislation. This creates a labyrinth that one has to navigate to determine how an item is treated for federal income tax purposes. The…