IRS Audits for Car & Truck Expenses, What You Need to Know

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There are a number of issues that the IRS frequently examines on audit.  Car and truck expenses are high on that list.  The applicable rules and court cases must be reviewed before presenting records to the IRS to substantiate car and truck expenses.  This article examines several of these rules and court cases. Deductible Car & […]

Can I Deduct My Clothing Costs?

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Can you take a deduction for clothing?  What if you purchase the clothing for work and would not otherwise have purchased the clothing?  What if the clothing is only worn at work?  This is a common dispute that comes up on audit with the IRS.  The Farolan v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2018-28, case provides […]

The Ins and Outs of the IRS’s Bank Deposit Analysis

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The IRS almost always checks for unreported income when it audits an income tax return. The IRS does this by analyzing the deposits made in the taxpayer’s bank accounts. But what if a deposit was not taxable, as in the case of an amount received for a third party and paid out to a third […]

Deducting Mileage for Business With Minimal Activities

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Can you deduct car and truck expenses, such as mileage, if your business has minimal activities?  The court addressed this in Samadi v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2018-27, which provides an opportunity to consider the question. Facts and Procedural History The facts and procedural history for the case are not unusual.  The taxpayer obtained a real […]

Can the IRS Disclose My Tax Return?

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Clients often ask us whether the IRS can disclose information that they provided to the IRS.  The short answer is “no,” but there are a number of exceptions.  This article examines the rules that prohibit IRS employees from disclosing taxpayer information and some of the remedies that are available if the IRS violates the rules. […]

Have an IRS Dispute, What You Need to Know About IRS Appeals

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If you have and IRS dispute brewing and you have not been able to resolve the matter with the IRS, you are probably going to have to ask the IRS Office of Appeals to consider the case. The IRS Office of Appeals is the administrative forum for resolving tax disputes. It provides taxpayers with an […]

About the IRS’s Whistleblower Program

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The IRS has the ability to pay you for information leading to the recovery of unpaid taxes. The payouts from the IRS’s “whistleblower” program can be significant. The payout can be up to 30 percent of the tax, penalties, and interest the IRS collects. There are a number of rules that have to be considered […]

Electing Small Tax Case Treatment in U.S. Tax Court

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Taxpayers often handle cases in the U.S. Tax Court by themselves. This is typically the first time the taxpayer has been involved in a court case and the taxpayers are not familiar with the rules or how a court case is handled. Luckily, the U.S. Tax Court provides instruction on how to go about doing […]

Can the IRS Contact Third Parties Without My Permission?

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The IRS gathers quite a bit of information about taxpayers. This includes those who have unpaid tax debts and those who the IRS suspects may owe additional taxes. The IRS has the ability to contact third parties in gathering this information. There are rules that must be followed in doing so. When do the Rules […]

Can I Get Interest on Unpaid Taxes Removed?

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The IRS charges interest on unpaid tax, penalties, and interest. This interest can add up as time passes and the amount can be substantial. The IRS will abate or remove interest balances in certain circumstances, but it is up to the taxpayer to make this request. Even experienced tax professionals often forget about this remedy. […]