Category Archives: IRS News

Need to Change Your Federal Tax Withholding, Form W-4?

Need to Change Your Federal Tax Withholding? IRS Has an On-Line Calculator That Can Help Did you have too little or too much federal tax withheld from your pay in 2006 – owing money or getting a large refund when you filed your tax return? Have you recently experienced a lifestyle change such as marriage, […]

National Taxpayer Advocate Report to Congress

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Report to Congress; Identifies Priority Challenges and Issues for Upcoming Year WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today delivered a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate will address in the coming fiscal year. Among the key areas of focus will be […]

The Social Security Marriage Tax Penalty

by Doug Thorburn, EA, CFP Single taxpayers with Social Security benefits subject to the phase-in rules experience exorbitant tax brackets at moderate incomes. Married filers suffer quietly at generally lower rates, but that doesn’t mean they are better off. The reason is the “base amounts” for married filers begin at such relatively low income levels […]

Like-Kind Exchange Rules Do Not Apply to Vacation Homes

By David & Mary Mellem, EAs Mr. & Mrs. Moore purchased real estate (vacation home) in 1988. This property was located approximately 3 hours from their principal residence. About 1996 they changed their principal residence to another city in the opposite direction from the vacation home. Due to the longer travel to get to the […]

Gambling Winnings and Losses

Your summer vacation may mean a trip to the casino or the racetrack. What will you owe Uncle Sam if Lady Luck happens to be on your side? Gambling winnings are fully taxable and must be reported on your tax return. You must file Form 1040 and include all of your winnings. Gambling income includes, […]

Revised Innocent Spouse Form Now Available from IRS

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a redesigned Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, that will help reduce follow up questions and reduce the burden on taxpayers. The form will ask more questions initially, but collecting critical information early in the process will mean faster processing of the request. The new design […]

Free File Software May Not Always be Accurate

By David & Mary Mellem, EAs The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a 45 page (pdf version) report dated June 28, 2007 dealing with the Free File Program. There is also a one page “Highlights” of the report. One of the TIGTA concerns was the accuracy of the returns prepared using the […]

What’s Wrong with the “New” Missed Fortune 101?

Free Webinar Who: Roccy DeFrancesco, JD, CWPP™, CAPP™, Founder of The Wealth Preservation Institute What: What’s Wrong with Missed Fortune 101 and Learning Equity Harvesting the “Correct” Way When: July 11, 2007 3:00 pm EST. Register: send email to info@thewpi.org with WEBINAR in the subject line What’s Wrong with the “New” Missed Fortune 101? (aka, […]

IRS Issues Spring 2007 Statistics of Income Bulletin

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the release of the spring 2007 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin. Highlights include articles on high-income individual income tax returns, taxpayers reporting noncash contributions, farm proprietorship returns, qualified zone academy bonds, international boycott reports and S corporations. The article on farm proprietorship returns is the […]

Military Tax Relief Bill

Courtesy of NAEA Finance Members Introduce Military Tax Relief Bill Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) this week introduced legislation that would grant significant tax breaks to members of the military, veterans, and their families. S. 1593, the Defenders of Freedom Tax Relief Act of 2007, would: Make […]

New Non-Profit Organization Reporting

Yesterday, I was privileged to attend a telephonic press briefing as IRS introduced their new proposed format for the Form 990, Return of Organizations Exempt from Income Tax, the form filed by many public charities and other exempt organizations. As I say, it’s just a discussion draft, open for public comment. The draft form and […]

Preparing False Return is Tax Crime Even if Not Sent

By David & Mary Mellem, EAs The issue is whether a tax practitioner can be convicted under §7206(2) for preparing a fraudulent return and presenting it to the taxpayer with the expectation that the taxpayer will file the return or whether the return has to be presented to IRS for processing in order for the […]