Category Archives: IRS

Charitable Contribution Planning: Good Measures to Protect Yourself Against a Charitable Deductions Audit

December is a big month in the U.S. for donations to charity. Americans open their hearts and wallets to charitable organizations who feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and educate our youth as well as to many other worthy causes. Philanthropy has been part an important part of the American ...

Fair Warning: Artwork, Private Foundations, and Self-Dealing

The weekend has ended and Art Basel - Miami 2016 has concluded. To many U.S. taxpayers, it’s just another Monday, but to serious collectors who attended this vibrant art fair focused on contemporary paintings and sculptures, this was a major event. Now faced with anticipated shipments and bills, those who ...

Taxes and Divorce

Divorce is tough. Even amicable divorces are financially and emotionally draining. The last thing you need is to have tax problems pop up as a result of divorce proceedings. To avoid such problems here’s a list of some top tax considerations to keep in mind: Deductible Fees If you itemize your deductions ...

Tax Complications of a $1 Billion Dollar Net Operating Loss

Recently, The New York Times shared information that presidential candidate, Donald Trump, declared a loss of $916 million on his 1995 income tax returns. In response, there has been much speculation that Donald Trump may have violated the tax laws of the United States. This may be why he is under audit. ...

The Power of Voluntary Taxpayer Disclosure

Today the Boston Globe reported that PTC, Inc. (“PTC”) voluntarily disclosed that its Chinese subsidiaries allegedly provided about $1.5 million in bribes to foreign officials over a period of five years (from 2006 through 2011) in violation of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. PTC is a publicly held ...

UPDATE: IRS Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Substantiation of Donations in Response to Taxpayer Comments

Back in September of 2015, the Treasury and IRS issued proposed regulations related to section 170(f)(8)(D) providing an alternate framework for substantiating charitable donations. The proposal would require a donee organization to obtain the donor’s taxpayer identification number, along with other identifying information such as name and address. This information ...

Will Travel Insurance Cover This? Your Passport Can Be Denied or Revoked for Seriously Delinquent Taxes

If you wrote “travel more” on your 2016 New Year’s resolutions list, you may want to make sure you’re in good standing with the IRS before you make plans to wander too far from home. In early December 2015, legislation was enacted to add section 7345 titled “Revocation or Denial ...

The United States Taxation of Bitcoins and Transactions Denominated in Bitcoins

Introduction On March 25, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2014-21 which described the United States taxation of Bitcoins[1] and the United States taxation of transactions denominated in Bitcoins. This Notice generally treats Bitcoins as “property.”[2] The IRS guidance tracked a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network "Guidance" ...

IRS Raises Safe Harbor Threshold and Simplifies Recordkeeping for Small Businesses to Deduct Certain Expenditures

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on November 24, 2015 that it has raised the safe harbor threshold for small businesses to deduct certain capital expenditures from $500 to $2,500. The $2,500 threshold applies to small businesses that do not have audited financial statements.  For larger businesses with audited financial ...

Jerry Lucente Speaks

Jerry Lucente is a Small Business/Self Employed Territory Manager with the North Atlantic Region of IRS, which includes the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. He is responsible for four groups at IRS that comprise about 100 employees. On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Jerry spoke informally at ...