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February 2013 Archives

Legal, illegal, IRS expects income reported for taxing

It might seem counterintuitive, but the government doesn't care how you make your money when it comes to taxes. However you earn your income, the Internal Revenue Service wants it reported so that appropriate taxes can be collected. Filing instructions make it clear that income, even from illegal activities, must be recorded and reported.

Alleged improper use of legal tool yields tax conspiracy charges

It is probably fair to say that for as long as there have been tax laws, there have been means and methods sought and developed to try to mitigate the liability they impose. As Washington, D.C., readers of this blog likely know, there are ways to go about protecting oneself. There are also illegal ways, which may result in tax crime charges.

Israeli bank wields FBAR tax form prod on behalf of IRS

We've written a bit in recent posts about the Internal Revenue Services efforts to close the loop on U.S. citizens they suspect of using foreign banks to hide wealth and income from tax liability. Swiss banks and the accounts they hold have garnered much of the limelight, but banks all around the world are under scrutiny as officials in Washington, D.C., try to bring some black to the red that washes over the treasury.

IRS audits not always random: Some tips on reducing risk

Any fans of Monty Python out there? There are certainly a few in the Washington, D.C., area. If you are, you may remember one notable skit by the British comedy troupe called "The Spanish Inquisition." The catch phrase of the skit is, "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!" What follows is a skit-derailing explanation about what makes the inquisition so scary. It's one thing. Fear. No, it's fear and surprise. No, rather, it's fear, surprise and ruthless efficiency.

Word from tax advocate: IRS heal thyself

Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service issues a report to Congress about the state of the nation's tax code. Washington, D.C., area readers of this blog may be interested, but not surprised to know that the latest report from the head of the service suggests there are a few things that could use some changing, and perhaps the most important might be for the Internal Revenue Service to focus on fixing itself.

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