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There is a taxpayer advocate, and she's set TAS' 2015 priorities

It may feel as if the IRS and the federal government are in league against American taxpayers at times. The rules change, new taxes appear and old taxes expire -- when taxpayers expire, in fact, they still have to pay taxes. There is an agency that watches out for taxpayers, though: the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

No need to put off compliance with foreign asset rules, IRS says p3

We're continuing our discussion from our last post. The subject is filing disclosures of foreign assets to the IRS. The agency recently modified the rules of the offshore voluntary compliance program and added a "streamlined" process for taxpayers opting out of the protections offered by the OVCP.

No need to put off compliance with foreign asset rules, IRS says p2

Some people have an ear for languages. They can visit a foreign country and be conversant in a matter of days. For others, foreign languages remain a mystery, if not a misery. Those French, as a friend of ours used to say, have a different word for everything.

No need to put off compliance with foreign asset rules, IRS says

Back in the day -- please excuse us if we overuse the expression, but a discussion of the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" reminded us that there are adults out in the world that were born after the "greed is good" 1980s, and that made us strangely nostalgic. But, back in the day, if you bought something at Macy's that went on sale the next day, you could take the receipt back to the store for a refund of the difference between what you paid and the sale price of the item. It was a customer service thing -- remember customer service? -- a kind of perk for being a god customer with bad timing.

IRS, California target small-business owners using new technology

The Internal Revenue Service is not particularly friendly toward small businesses. Year after year, the IRS accuses small business of cheating their way out of millions of dollars in taxes. Small business owners in California, however, know how complicated it is to file a tax return, and the IRS is unforgiving when mistakes are made. Now, tax collectors are utilizing new resources to make things even more difficult for business owners.

Same-sex couples undertake tax changes for 2013 filing

Same-sex couples in California are facing both a simpler and more complex tax landscape this year, as they have the option to file federal income tax returns jointly for the first time and must choose whether to amend previous years filings as well. For many couples this will require an extensive examination of past years finances and deductions to determine the most advantageous approach, along with a look forward to start planning for the new tax landscape.

Court rejects IRS attempt to regulate tax preparers

A federal court recently struck down an Internal Revenue Service proposal that the agency be permitted to oversee professional tax preparers. The concept was fought by tax preparers from several states as well as libertarian groups who believed it was an overreach of government intervention in business.

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