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January 2011 Archives

IRS Plans To Offer Less Generous Offshore Account Amnesty

Last fall, the Internal Revenue Service offered an amnesty for Americans with secret offshore bank accounts to come forward and pay the taxes owed on the money held abroad. For account holders who did not come forward and later regretted it, the IRS is planning to announce a new amnesty program soon.

Ten Tips on Preparing Your 2010 Income Tax Return

2011 is here and it's time for filing 2010 income taxes. Important tax documents are being produced and will arrive in the mail soon. The IRS recommends getting an early start on preparing your return, even though tax returns are not due until April. The following tips will help:

State of California Sends Reminders to Pay 2009 State Taxes

California taxpayers are beginning work on their 2010 state tax returns. But the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) isn't through with 2009's taxes just yet. The FTB announced this week that it will be getting in touch with over 900,000 people to ask them why they did not file a 2009 California income tax return.

IRS Has Guidance for Implementing the 2011 Payroll Tax Cut

Cuts in payroll taxes are in effect for 2011, and the Internal Revenue Service has instructions that will help employers implement them. The IRS also has released new income-tax withholding tables for use by employers this year

How To Choose a Qualified Tax Preparer

The choosing of a tax preparer is important. Orange County tax attorneys see many clients whose tax problems are attributable directly to preparers who were not qualified for the work they did. Every taxpayer is responsible for information and claims made on their tax return even if they have the return prepared by someone else.

Witches Plan To Curse Tax Authorities

All over the world, people feel cursed by tax collectors. It was only a matter of time before they would themselves be accursed by the powers of darkness. Witches in Romania (these witches may or may not be based in Transylvania) have warned their government that a hex may be put on government officials that require witches to pay income tax.

TIGTA Says IRS Not Doing Enough to Combat Prisoner Tax Fraud

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), has concluded that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not been sufficiently cooperative with prison officials at the state and federal levels in combating tax fraud perpetrated by inmates.

Swiss Cantonal Banker Charged With Aiding Tax Evasion

The U.S. government crackdown on offshore bank accounts used for tax evasion is continuing to make the news. A banker for a Swiss cantonal bank recently pled guilty to advising an American client on how to hide a bank account at a regional canton bank in Switzerland.