Audit Representation

3
Apr

IRS Warns Taxpayers About COVID-19 Scams Related to Economic Impact Payments

The IRS has issued a warning to taxpayers to be cautious about phishing scams pertaining to IRS payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These scams can lead to serious tax-related fraud and identity theft.  Taxpayers should be mindful of this if they receive any phone calls, emails, text messages, social media or website requests for money or personal information.  Taxpayers are

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2
Apr

Update on Recent IRS Actions During COVID-19

There have been a significant number of recent IRS updates that impact taxpayers from both a controversy and compliance perspective. While our focus is to always provide the absolute best tax controversy updates and counsel for our clients, the IRS is currently modifying many current compliance procedures in the wake of the pandemic that are important to pass on to

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25
Mar

Federal Income Tax Return Filing and Payment Relief

Last week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the filing deadline for certain returns has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 (Notice 2020-18) and they also provided some payment relief in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.  Although this is an ever-evolving and fluid situation, for the time being the Treasury

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20
Mar

State and Federal Tax filing deadlines extended to July 15th

Treasury Secretary announced today that the IRS’ tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15th.  This will be welcome news to not only taxpayers but the tax practitioners who were under the gun to get tax returns filed by April 15th in this tumultuous and uncertain environment resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.   With this new change, both the tax

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20
Mar

New York State Announces Penalty and Interest Waiver for Sales Tax Filings

As the COVID-19 spreads, taxpayers of all walks of life are affected by the vast actions taken to contain its spread and protect public health. In the face of this public health crisis, we want to ensure that all those that are being affected by this are educated on their rights and responsibilities in regard to their personal and business

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11
Feb

Recent Tax Court rulings may allow refunds of previously assessed penalties

By: Derek B. Wheeler, Esq. and Heather L. Marello, Esq. As part of the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (“RRA 98”), Congress enacted IRC §6751(b)(1), which requires written supervisory approval for certain penalties proposed by the IRS.  Much of RRA 98 focused on legislative controls to prevent abusive practices by IRS personnel which had come to light in the

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10
Oct

New York Adds an Economic Hardship Exception to License Suspension Statute

By: Heather Marello, Esq. In 2013, New York added Section 171-v to the tax law, which provides that the State may suspend a taxpayer’s driver’s license if his or her tax, penalty and interest exceeds $10,000 and the taxpayer is not in an installment payment arrangement or have an accepted Offer in Compromise by the Tax Department.  When the law

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1
Mar

“But It’s Not My Fault” How to Obtain Innocent Spouse Relief

By: Heather L. Marello Married taxpayers often file their annual income tax returns electing “married filing joint” status.  While often beneficial from a tax perspective, spouses rarely understand that, by electing this status, each spouse agrees to be liable for the entire amount due for that year – whether it is the liability reported as due on the return or

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22
Jan

Think the IRS is quiet during the Shutdown? Think Again! Another Form 3520 Trap for the Unwary

By: Randall P. Andreozzi Things are emerging from the abyss that is the longest government shutdown in United States history.   Yes, there exist some things so resilient, so pervasive, so constant they can survive and proliferate even in a governmental vacuum.  Our friends who are U. S. citizens living abroad know this species all too well and are likely collectively

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4
Jan

Client Privilege – When you have it & when you don’t may surprise you.

By: Gary P. Bluestein Many accountants incorrectly assume that their communications with their tax clients are always privileged and confidential. Unfortunately, sometimes tax cases can cross over into potential criminal exposure for a client, and not knowing the scope and limitations of privilege can be devastating, both to the practitioner and to the client.  Although there is limited privilege provided

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