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  • Hornet's Nest
    Your mother, the golden rule, and the IRS
    Being a tax attorney often has you toeing the fine line between fighting and politely working with the IRS. Whenever I think about how ridiculous that really is, I have to laugh. After all, you’re supposed to keep your friends close and your...
  • Tortoise
    Ripping off the Band-Aid: Deal with the IRS on your terms
    I start off quite a few of my articles with some sentiment about the IRS being a frightening entity. I do that for two reasons: one, it helps people know that they’re not alone. When the IRS comes knocking, it’s perfectly normal to...
  • Lois Lerner
    Smoking gun email found, proving IRS scandal cover up
    According to a Wednesday story in the Washington Times, Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm, has found what amounts to a smoking gun email that proves that the IRS was trying to cover up the harassment of conservative and tea party groups...
  • Rambo
    Competency: The lost art
    I’m going to be as diplomatic about this as I can. On our little planet, there are a lot of people with a wide variety of skills. That being said, not everyone is skilled in everything. Some people are great when it comes to painting...
  • Relaxation vs. Stress
    Tax Terms 101: Installment agreements
    Installment agreements are one of those things that should be simple. They should be as easy as one, two, done, but somehow they’re not. Installment agreements, also known as payment plans, are perfectly straight-forward in concept: when you...
  • Reports say Russians hacked IRS Identities
    Reports say Russians hacked IRS Identities
    CNN recently reported that the data breach of the IRS, which occurred between this past February and May, originated from Russia. The crooks were able to steal tax returns from over 100,000 people. The thieves filed a total of $50 million in tax...
  • Obama-Stewart
    Obama to Jon Stewart: IRS targeting of Tea Party never happened
    In an interview for the "Daily Show," President Obama told host Jon Stewart that the IRS targeting of the Tea Party didn't happen and that Congress was really to blame for passing what he called a "crummy law," the...
  • Tea and Taxes
    Tax Terms 101: What on earth does that mean?
    Now we’re asking the right questions! Sometimes us tax professionals forget about all of the head-scratching and book-learning that got us to where we are. Long story short, taxes are complicated. I’d even argue that there’s...
  • Books
    Tax Resolution Scams: Details and defenses (Part 2)
    In Part 1of this look at tax resolution scams (looking at you, “Wave-goodbye-to-your-tax-problems-for-only-$4,500” guy) we took a look at how scam companies use fear as a factor for gaining access to your wallet. By making you feel...
  • IRS misses court ordered deadline yet again
    IRS misses court ordered deadline yet again
    The IRS has missed once again a court ordered deadline today to turn over newly discovered Lois Lerner emails in the ongoing scandal in which the agency used its vast power to harass, prosecute, and attempt to jail members of conservative groups...
  • Future
    Tax Resolution Scams: Fear as a factor (Part 1)
    We’ll start with a pretty simple question: Do you know everything about the IRS? If you answered yes, then you’re undoubtedly the chosen one of the tax resolution community! However, for the rest of us – tax professionals and IRS...
  • Future
    Choosing the right FBAR attorney for you - Audit representation (Part 2)
    The first part of our look at the FBAR dealt with the basics – what is the FBAR and how can I set myself up for success? The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, more commonly known as the FBAR, is a product of the Financial Crimes...
  • Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) (R) swears in former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner
    Emails reveal plot to put Obama's political enemies in jail before 2012 election
    According to a Tuesday story in the Washington Examiner, the IRS was not the only part of the Obama administration that was weaponized and used against the president’s political opponents. Newly released emails, courtesy of a Freedom of...
  • Foreign Currency
    What is an FBAR and how does it relate to me? - Audit representation (Part 1)
    If you find yourself asking, “What is an FBAR and how does it relate to me?,” then you’re not alone. If – like so many others who are worried and confused – you find yourself searching the internet for answers, you...
  • IRS tax deductions
    Get a bigger IRS tax refund in 2016 with these deductions
    Frequently missed tax deductionsTax payers rush to get taxes done at the beginning of each year, but most of them miss deductions that can greatly increase their tax refund. We are going to uncover them for you right now.Moving related costs. Did...
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