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January 2017 Archives

As tax season kicks off, a couple more taxpayer rights

The IRS announced on Monday that it had started accepting and processing tax returns for fiscal 2016. Tax season will extend through Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (the 15th falls on a weekend this year and the Monday is Emancipation Day, a DC holiday).

Syndicated conservation easements drawing IRS scrutiny

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-10 addressing flaws in what are known as "syndicated conservation easements." The IRS has stressed that legitimate conservation easements (when the owner of land gets a tax deduction for donating use of the land is for a protected purpose such as wildlife or wetland preservation, grazing, historical importance, etc.) are not meant to be impacted by this Notice.

Tax relief companies rarely live up to their promises

“We’ve helped thousands of people settle their tax debt for a fraction of the amount owed.” You may have heard this type of claim or a similar one on the radio, television, a billboard or the internet. All you have to do is pay the company an upfront fee and they take care of the rest.