Category Archives: Tax Return Preparation

Smith v. Comm’r: Before You Take that Business-Related Tax Loss, Ask “Does My Business Have a Bona Fide Purpose?”

By Patricia Weisgerber, Esq., LL.M. Last fall, the U.S. Tax Court decided the case of Smith v. Comm’r.[1] It’s not a pivotal case, but it stands as a good reminder of the adage “you don’t get something for nothing.” At the heart of the case was a complicated tax ...

International Tax Issues Are A Major Focus of Newest Launch of IRS Compliance Campaigns in 2017

by Attorney Patricia Weisgerber, LL.M. Earlier this year, the IRS Large Business and International division (LB&I) rolled out 13 compliance campaigns[1] to target both individual taxpayers and corporations for examinations on certain tax compliance issues. On November 3, 2017, IRS announced the identification of an additional 11 compliance campaigns ...

Are Your Business Deductions at Risk of Being Disallowed by the IRS?

by  Attorney Patricia Weisgerber, LL.M. Small businesses run on tight margins. The last thing a business owner wants is an IRS notice announcing the disallowance any of their business expense deductions. This is particularly the case for sole proprietorships who report their business expenses on Schedule C of IRS Form 1040. For ...

2017 OVDP Declines and Withdrawals Campaign: Certain U.S. Taxpayers at Risk of Audit

In 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report which assessed how well that IRS was managing the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP is one of the programs taxpayers may use to become compliant if they previously had failed to report offshore income on their ...

Building Wealth through Real Estate: Financial and Tax Policies of the United States Government That Can Lead To Significant Wealth through Real Estate Ownership

Financial and tax policies of the United States government can help Americans achieve significant wealth through real estate ownership. These policies tend to favor taxpayers who, like the Trump family, are willing to commit to "the long game”, where the full benefits of real estate ownership accrue over decades and ...

Avoiding Massachusetts Taxation After the Bank of America Case: What Works and What Doesn’t Work

Massachusetts families of means often establish trusts with Massachusetts resident fiduciaries for the benefit of unborn and unascertained beneficiaries. Later, some of these families leave Massachusetts and reestablish themselves as domiciliaries and residents of other states or even foreign countries. Their unborn children and unascertained beneficiaries may never become Massachusetts ...

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. ...

New Relief for Meeting the 60-Day Limit for IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers

IRA and retirement plan rollovers are common occurrences, but they can be confusing. There a variety of rules and procedures which must be followed and mistakes may be costly. In addition to the potential for the rollover payment to become subject to income tax, it may also be subject to the 10% penalty tax ...

State Voluntary Taxpayer Disclosure Programs: An Overview

State Voluntary Disclosure Programs: An Overview[1]

By Attorney Morris N. Robinson, CPA, LLM[2]

What is Voluntary Disclosure? Most state departments of revenue[3] allow certain categories of noncompliant taxpayers to come forward voluntarily and pay taxes accrued during a limited lookback period.[4] Taxpayers ...