One would think that the IRS using paid informants to identify compliance-challenged taxpayers would generate some controversy. But it really hasn’t. As a new TIGTA audit report reveals, the IRS’ Informants Rewards Program hasn’t generated much controversy because the program …..

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As discussed in a previous post, Congress has been toying with making changes to the IRS offer-in-compromise program. These changes were included in the “Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act”, which was signed by President Bush on May 17th. As …..

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Since the tax-filing deadline is approaching and most of us are writing checks to the government, perhaps it is a good time to think about how the government chooses to exercise its finite tax collections resources. Take the recent example …..

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Few would argue that soldiers and military personnel, especially veterans, should be afforded certain privileges. In American society as of late these benefits have included free or reduced cost education, health benefits, and in some cases, retirement benefits. Yet, the …..

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Many unfortunate taxpayers find themselves in the position of owing a tax debt that consists of a small tax liability and a large assessment of tax penalties and interest. In many of these cases the penalties and interest can be …..

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The classification of settlement payments for purposes of federal income taxes continues to be a problem for taxpayers and for their legal advisers. The Ninth Circuit, in Rivera v. Baker West, Inc., recently upheld a lower court’s determination that an …..

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With 2006 fast approaching I can’t help but pause to think about our estate and gift tax regime. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) of 2001 changed the rules of the game. Following the enactment of EGTRRA …..

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