Category Archives: IRS

Private Letter Ruling Requests

I. Introduction Private letter rulings are in the nature of “advisory” rulings by the IRS concerning the tax implication of income or estate transactions contemplated by taxpayers. As stated in Rev. Proc. 2015-1, the IRS generally issues a letter ruling … Continue reading

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Avoiding Boot Gain in Like Kind Exchanges

I. Introduction Circular 230 disclosure: Any tax advice herein is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code. … Continue reading

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IRS & NYS DTF Matters: Recent Developments & 2013 Regs. & Rulings of Note

I.      IRS Matters Final Regulations For Health Insurance As of January 1, IRC § 5000A requires that all “non-exempt” individuals obtain “minimum essential healthcare coverage.” Final regulations governing penalties for noncompliance have been issued. (T.D. 9632). The regulations provide, inter … Continue reading

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Recent IRS Developments — October 2031

I.  Taxpayer Advocate Issues 2014 Report National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson recently issued a report detailing the issues on which the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will focus during the fiscal 2014 tax year. IR-2013-63. The Taxpayer Advocate is required by … Continue reading

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REMOVING FEDERAL TAX LIENS

The filing of a federal tax lien can adversely affect the taxpayer’s ability to secure credit, dispose of property and conduct business. Ultimately, the property may be levied upon by the IRS and sold to satisfy the underlying tax liability. Fortunately, in many cases the filing of a tax lien is not a fait accomplis. For example, at times IRS will voluntarily withdraw a notice of tax lien: Continue reading

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IRS Collections: Defensive Measures

A taxpayer facing IRS collection should initially determine whether the assessment was timely or whether the 10-year collection period will soon expire. Collections may not proceed if the statute of limitations on assessment was time-barred. Agreeing to extend the statute of limitations on assessment or collection, even if immediate assessment or enforcement action will otherwise is threatened, is not always advantageous. One reason is that interest well above the prime rate will continue to accrue. Continue reading

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IRS Criminal Investigations

The IRS reserves the threat of incarceration for taxpayers it believes are guilty of tax evasion, failure to file, or making false statements. About 3,500 cases commenced by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) each year result in prosecution. CID generally focuses on cases having a high deterrent value. Continue reading

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