Family Court Orders are No Excuse for Unpaid Taxes

Financial ups and downs are a normal part of life, and many of us will face a time when our finances take a hit. This can be challenging, especially when we have to juggle different financial needs and demands. Divorce and marital problems often lead to major financial troubles. During a divorce, it’s common for…

Limiting IRS Access to Your CPA & Tax Attorney Records

A core principle of U.S. law and a foundation of our legal system is the presumption of innocence. The burden of proof lies with the accuser, not the accused. This underpins the right against self-incrimination and the right to legal counsel to mount a vigorous defense. However, this framework unravels if the accuser can access…

Does E-Filing Change Late Tax Filing Penalties?

Our tax law imposes penalties on taxpayers who fail to file tax returns or pay taxes on time, unless the taxpayer can show “reasonable cause” for the delay. In United States v. Boyle, the Supreme Court established a bright-line rule that reliance on an accountant or agent does not constitute “reasonable cause.” There are nuances…

Think Twice Before Handing Records to the IRS

There have been several lawsuits filed against the IRS for unlawful disclosure of taxpayer information. These include a suit filed by President Biden’s son, a lawsuit filed by the IRS against IRS contractor Charles Edward Littlejohn for leaking taxpayer information to news outlets–which apparently included former President Trump’s tax returns and returns for many other…

Start a New Business to Avoid Old Taxes

Payroll taxes kill businesses. It is very easy to get behind, whether the business owner uses the funds to pay other expenses or due to a mistake. Once there is a payroll tax balance, it can be very difficult to catch up. The penalties and interest compound the problem. If you’re a business owner and…

Avoid Late IRS Installment Agreements

The concept of “judicial activism” refers to situations where judges do more than simply interpret existing laws. They venture into creating new laws or policies through their rulings. This encroaches on the legislative power of Congress, which creates the laws, and the executive agencies, which create policies to implement the law. This type of discretion…

The “Unclean Hands” Principle in Tax Disputes

There are a number of legal principles that apply when it comes to civil litigation. Some of these rules apply in tax disputes and others do not. And tax disputes add other legal principles that are unique to tax. For example, our Federal tax system is premised on a concept of sovereign immunity where the…

The Evolution of Foreign Account Tax Reporting

The IRS and Treasury face a number of challenges in administering our tax and financial systems. This includes challenges presented by foreign transactions by U.S. citizens and residents. In recent years, high-profile cases involving Americans using offshore accounts to evade taxes have prompted the U.S. government to crack down on tax evasion and make it…

When a Fictitious Business is Reported on Your Tax Return

So you reported a fictitious business on your income tax return. The fictitious business resulted in a tax loss and, maybe, you got a large tax refund from the IRS as a result of it. It’s a fraudulent tax return. The IRS sends you an IRS audit notice. What do you do? The answer varies,…

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…