Tag Archives: Tax evasion

Protect Yourself from the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

Courtesy of the IRS The IRS’s annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list includes common tax scams that often peak during the tax filing season. The IRS recommends that taxpayers be aware so they can protect themselves against claims that sound too good to be true. Taxpayers who buy into illegal tax scams can end up facing significant […]

National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft IR-2013-3, Jan. 9, 2013 WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2012 annual report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the overriding priority in tax administration. The Advocate also expressed concern […]

Starting a Tax Practice

Today TaxMama® hears from John with this naïve question. “I have been mulling about this idea for a long time. I want to start a tax prep and services business. I have been doing returns for friends and associates for the past 2 years and want to incorporate. What is my first step? And then […]

Fighting Abusive Employers

Today TaxMama® hears from Nick in the TaxQuips Forum who is angry. “This year I saw some disturbing instances where independent contractors were issued 1099-MISC for higher amounts than they were actually paid. Some of contractors were paid in cash and there are no supporting documents on how they were paid. The reason for these […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 654 – Still Summer

  Dear Family, Friday is a nice, gray day here in the Valley. The sun is not burning brightly down upon our heads and shoulders – at least, not yet. Thank goodness. It’s been tough out there – and my car’s A/C unit seems to have a leak. It only blows cool air when Rick […]

If You Love me

Today TaxMama® hears from Cheryl in the TaxQuips Forum who triggers a line of thought. Her client has under-reported income for many years. And it reminded me of other tax pros, including myself, who were asked by family members to help them under-report their income. The usual argument is “If you love me, you’ll file […]

IRS Releases New Tax Gap Estimates; Compliance Rates Remain Statistically Unchanged From Previous Study

Courtesy of IRS. WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released a new set of tax gap estimates for tax year 2006. The tax gap is defined as the amount of tax liability faced by taxpayers that is not paid on time.  The new tax gap estimate represents the first full update of the report […]

Information for U.S. Citizens or Dual Citizens Residing Outside the U.S.

FS-2011-13, December 2011 The IRS is aware that some taxpayers who are dual citizens of the United States and a foreign country may have failed to timely file United States federal income tax returns or Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs), despite being required to do so.  Some of those taxpayers are now […]

Stupid Tax Tricks – Things Not to Do

None of us enjoys paying taxes. We see the very rich layer of society getting away with murder financially and naturally want the same privileges in life. Besides, getting something for free always holds appeal. As a result, tax return schemes get ever more complex. Internal Revenue Service’s databases can cross-reference Social Security numbers with […]

IRS to Receive Unprecedented Amount of Information in UBS Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice today announced the successful negotiation of an agreement that will result in the IRS receiving an unprecedented amount of information on United States holders of accounts at the Swiss bank UBS. As a result of this agreement, the IRS will receive substantially all of […]