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Painful IRS Lessons Continue for Actor Wesley Snipes

  • 11 June 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Painful IRS Lessons Continue for Actor Wesley Snipes

Actor Wesley Snipes served four years in prison for tax evasion, but it wasn’t enough to wipeout his $23.5 million tax bill. For that, Snipes continues his more than 13-year battle with the IRS, and the hits keep coming.


5 Audit Mistakes To Avoid

  • 28 May 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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5 Audit Mistakes To Avoid
The IRS audits less than 1% of all tax returns. Before you breathe a sigh of relief, that still adds up to about 1 million audits every year. IRS software is helping to automate the process by flagging returns that show abnormalities. Perhaps the return deviates from what’s normally filed, or it’s been linked to a family member or business partner who is being audited, for instance.

Tax Havens: Legal or Not?

  • 21 May 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 128
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Tax Havens:  Legal or Not?

Google shifted nearly $23 billion in profits to a tax haven in Bermuda in one single year, allowing it to avoid triggering U.S. income taxes and European withholding taxes on its foreign income. How did they do it? Are using tax havens in this way legal?


Beware of the Newest IRS Scams

  • 14 May 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Beware of the Newest IRS Scams

Did you get a hostile call from the IRS about owing money? Did Uncle Sam email you a tax transcript? You are being scammed. Over the past few months, the IRS has issued notifications of new scams that are costing taxpayers millions. They include:


Not All Postmarks Are Valid to the IRS

  • 16 April 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 177
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Not All Postmarks Are Valid to the IRS

While printing postage from the internet is convenient, it may not be a good idea to do so for payments or petitions mailed to the IRS. That’s what one taxpayer recently learned when her correspondence was regarded as being late despite the timely date her private postage label clearly displayed.


Accounting Lessons from the NBA’s Zaza Pachulia

  • 9 April 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Accounting Lessons from the NBA’s Zaza Pachulia

NBA star Zaza Pachulia and his wife recently learned the hard way that it’s critical to use a reputable accountant. Pachulia’s identity was used by his accountant, Randy Usow, to defraud the IRS of more than $800,000. The case is eye-opening in several ways:


Retiring in 2019

  • 26 March 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Retiring in 2019
Retiring soon? Congratulations! Certain changes in the tax code affect your income taxes as you retire, including healthcare deductions and Social Security distributions. If you’re a business owner, other changes can affect how you plan your succession and the potential sale of your business.

When A Loan Triggers A Tax Debt

  • 19 March 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 229
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When A Loan Triggers A Tax Debt

Funds received as proceeds of a loan aren’t taxable as long as you’re expected to pay it back. However, the moment some or all of the debt is forgiven (and doesn’t need to be paid back), the IRS will jump in and want its cut. 


Unlucky Tax Strategies That Don't Work

  • 12 March 2019
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 263
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Unlucky Tax Strategies That Don't Work
Have you ever heard about a tax strategy you thought was so crazy, it just might work? Here’s what we can tell you: If it’s illegal, the IRS has seen it before, and it’s only a matter of time before they catch on.

Plaintiffs and Attorneys, Take Note: Personal Settlements Are Now Taxed 100%

  • 24 April 2018
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Plaintiffs and Attorneys, Take Note: Personal Settlements Are Now Taxed 100%
Lawsuit settlements just became more profitable…for the IRS. Under the new tax code

, most personal claims are now taxed at 100% with no deduction for legal fees. That’s right: In those cases, the plaintiff will be taxed on the fees paid to the attorney and so will the attorney who receives them!

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