SCORE! for the Boston Bruins – Jacobs v. Commissioner

by Attorney Patricia Weisgerber, LLM Like Napolean recognizing that an army marches on its stomach, the owners of the Boston Bruins know a hockey team needs to be well-fed to ensure optimal performance on game day. So, when the Bruins go on the road to play away-games, management plans ahead. With ...

FBAR Penalties Now Adjusted for Inflation: Abatement/Mitigation Still Possible

If you haven’t filed your Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) on a timely basis, you could be at risk of a higher civil penalty assessment. Inflation-adjusted FBAR penalties are now in effect. New FBAR Civil Penalties Framework The statutory civil penalties most people are familiar with, and as reflected ...

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 ...

IRS Announces Tax Audit Targets

IRS Announces Tax Audit Targets

By Attorney Morris N. Robinson, CPA, LLM

June 14, 2017

Over the past several years, IRS has reduced the number of its tax auditors by about 25 percent – from just over 12,000 tax auditors in 2011 to about 9,000 tax auditors ...

Taxpayer Tips: Best Practices for U. S. Tax Court

Taxpayers contesting IRS assessments of additional taxes, penalties and interest have a number of different options to contest and appeal those assessments. One of those options includes bringing a case to the United States Tax Court (Tax Court). Here are some Tax Court practice tips for taxpayers:

1. Know What Tax ...

Federal Tax Reform Legislation in 2017: Comments by Attorney Morris N. Robinson

Attorney Morris N. Robinson, the Managing Director of M. Robinson Tax Law in Boston, recently published an op-ed titled: Viewpoint: A 15 percent tax rate on business would maximize economic growth (Boston Business Journal, May 5, 2017, subscription required).

IRS Targets Globally-Mobile Individuals and Businesses: The Importance of Proactive Planning

IRS Targets Globally-Mobile Individuals and Businesses:

The Importance of Proactive Planning

By Attorney Morris N. Robinson, CPA, LLM

April 21, 2017

IRS targets globally-mobile individuals and businesses through its Global High Wealth Industry Group and its Large Business and International Division. Targeted taxpayers find these audits ...

IRS is Hacked, Again!

IRS is Hacked, Again!

The Massachusetts Tax Alert™

Yale Yechiel N. Robinson, Esq.

April 7, 2017

            The New York Times reported yesterday that identity thieves may have compromised up to 100,000 U.S. taxpayer accounts.  The criminals apparently took advantage of a software tool that ...

IRS Targets the Wealthy via Wealth Squad

IRS Targets the Wealthy via Wealth Squad

By Attorney Morris N. Robinson, CPA, LL.M.

April 6, 2017

IRS operates a Wealth Squad, which brings together teams of IRS specialists to coordinate the audit of wealthy taxpayers. IRS identifies wealthy “targets” with secret algorithms that are skewed against ...

IRS Agent Discusses the Look-Back Period for Filing Delinquent International Information Returns

We represent a client who may need to file delinquent international information returns under the IRS Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures.  These procedures invite taxpayers who meet the specified criteria to “file the delinquent information returns with a statement of all facts establishing reasonable cause for the failure to file.”