A standard movie that is critiqued in film school is "Chinatown." Beyond the superb acting, it depicts the California water wars that took place during the Owens River Valley land grab in the early 1900s.
For several years the Internal Revenue Service has been cranking up the heat on U.S. taxpayers in California and elsewhere who have unreported income from foreign bank accounts. Many of those accounts are in Switzerland.
Married couples usually file a joint tax return, and in most marriages one spouse takes charge of the activity, even though both are responsible for the information on the return. When a couple divorces, and neither is re-married, one of them will typically file as a single person and the other as the head of household.
Many in Alameda are breathing a sigh of relief now that tax day is behind us. For some, the refunds will be processed shortly. For others, their tax payments are about to clear. For yet others, they may get a notice to provide additional information.
Any California history buff will know that it was tax evasion and the Internal Revenue Service that finally put Al Capone behind bars. The IRS was also involved recently in an effort to allegedly shut down a medical marijuana operation in Oakland, California.
When a California couple divorces, there are a great many changes in their lives. One of them is their annual tax return. Depending upon who has primary physical custody of the child or children, the tax deductions will vary.
The vast majority of those in the San Francisco Bay area, who are preparing to file their personal income tax returns on April 17, do so in the belief that they are filing honest and error-free tax returns. Those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community including couples in same-sex marriages or registered domestic partnerships, may have questions about just what the IRS code means to them and how they should comply with this ambiguity.
Many people go their entire lives without being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. And yet, if you are in the one percent group that receives a letter from the IRS, the prospect of facing an IRS tax auditor can be a frightening one.