Red Flags Are Not the final word in an IRS Tax Controversy

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on December 28, 2015.

Is the process by which the Internal Revenue Service verifies its tax refunds in need of an overhaul? A recent story raises concerns. Specifically, a report authored by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration identified a programming error that resulted in the IRS issuing over $46 million in erroneous refunds. The error was identified […]

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Federal Lawmakers Approve Taxpayer Friendly Extenders

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on December 21, 2015.

Cognizant of the benefit that some tax credits and deductions have already provided to taxpayers, federal lawmakers recently made some tax extenders permanent. Even the name of the legislation is revealing: the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. The legislation makes certain credits and deductions permanent, such as the enhanced Child Tax Credit, […]

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IRS’s Substantiation Proposal Not Welcomed by Charities

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on December 14, 2015.

Non-profit organizations are supposed to have fewer procedural hassles and controversies with the Internal Revenue Service by virtue of their federal tax-exempt status, right? Not necessarily, according to a recent article. Specifically, the article discussed new substantiation rules proposed by the IRS that would require charitable entities to collect and store their donors’ social security […]

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Is the Cost of the IRS’ New Fraud Detection Program Justified?

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on December 5, 2015.

The Internal Revenue Service has electronic procedures for reviewing tax returns for indicia of fraud. Yet by the IRS’ own admission, their fraud detection system may be outdated. The current system was developed in 1994. Called the Electronic Fraud Detection System, the program’s primary goal is to avoid the issuance of fraudulent refunds. The new […]

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Reporting of Gift Taxes involving Non-citizens

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on November 30, 2015.

We should never take it for granted that particular transactions will not have tax consequences. Even the providing of gifts can be subject to IRS tax laws. This is particularly true of gifts between U.S. citizens and citizens of another country. Gifts provided to foreign citizens receive the same treatment as gifts between U.S. citizens. […]

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Can a Dispute Over an Asset’s Basis Result in a Tax Controversy?

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on November 21, 2015.

Readers likely know that capital gain must be reported to applicable authorities, such as to state revenue agents or on a federal income tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service at the federal level. However, tax disputes can arise over the basis used in calculating such gains. In a recent celebrity example, actor Rob […]

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Can Moving Expenses be Deducted?

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on November 16, 2015.

In November, tax season may not be on anyone’s mind. After all, the holiday season is just around the corner, so most people are concerned about where they will be travelling for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and whether they have to prepare for extended family to spend time with them. Nevertheless, people are still apt to […]

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Which Forum is Suitable for a Tax Refund Lawsuit Against the IRS?

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on November 13, 2015.

Although no one wants to be involved in a tax controversy with the Internal Revenue Service, it is important to remember that taxpayers have a judicial remedy available to them. Specifically, IRS civil tax litigation can be brought in one of four different courts, depending on the type of claim. Our law firm has helped […]

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Can A Divorce Disrupt an Offer In Compromise with the IRS?

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on November 9, 2015.

The last thing anyone needs after a divorce is trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. However, there are several tax considerations that an individual should heed in order to avoid a post-divorce tax controversy. In particular, an individual should understand how the IRS regards his or her property ownership and liabilities after a divorce. In […]

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What Kind of Preparation goes into IRS Tax Litigation?

On behalf of Frost Law posted in on October 24, 2015.

A recent article serves as an important reminder of the preparation needed to mount a strong position in a tax controversy. For starters, even a simple dispute over an entry on a Form 1040 income tax return can brew into a federal case. That, in turn, requires experience and skill in handling evidentiary and procedural […]

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