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Critics say tax code unduly protects IRS leaker

We haven't talked too much about the hot water the Internal Revenue Service found itself stewing in this year. Back in February, it was the Taxpayer Advocate Service who charged that the IRS adopted a snail's-pace approach in fixing issues for taxpayers when it discovered hundreds of thousands of social security numbers had been stolen. In May, there was the news that the IRS had put conservative-leaning groups seeking tax-exempt status through undue scrutiny.  

Automatic gratuities may go way of dinosaur under new IRS rule

Tipping is one of those interesting cultural things that can be hard to understand. Someone who has never worked as a wait person may be at a loss to appreciate what a hot button issue it can be. They may be equally at a loss to understand why a new rule by the Internal Revenue Service on the subject has recently made headlines. But news it is here in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area and across the nation.

Revelation: IRS benefitted from secret DEA surveillance tips

The extent to which federal agencies cooperate with each other to advance their particular agendas is getting a bit more media attention this week. The Internal Revenue Service is smack in the middle of it again. The information being revealed is raising more than a few eyebrows inside and outside of Washington, D.C.

Government pursuing FBAR penalties in excess of $3 million

In January of 2012, the IRS began another Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) designed to collect taxes on unreported foreign assets. The OVDP was similar to those that the agency had announced in 2009 and 2011. The program offers individuals a chance to self-report income, which minimizes the potential criminal or civil penalties that they may be facing. 

IRS tags MD tax preparers, but what happens to the tax payers?

The government recently announced the clampdown on three tax preparers in Prince George's County, Maryland. By virtue of orders issued by two separate federal judges, a father, a son and the father's ex-wife have been permanently scrubbed from the roles of individuals who can file tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of other tax payers.

Sequester's possible silver lining: fewer IRS audits

As we have noted in past posts, the prospect of an audit is not one that is looked upon with relish. At the same time, it's not something that most readers in the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia areas necessarily need to be too worried about.

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.

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