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June 2013 Archives

Underfunding undercuts IRS effectiveness, taxpayer advocate says

Independent advocates are supposed to call them as they see them. They are not beholden to a certain agency or institution; they seek, rather, to make that institution and its stakeholders function more effectively, in ways that reflect the institution's founding values.

Auditing the auditor: more concerns about dubious IRS spending

The IRS continues to take a public relations beating. It's only been about six weeks since the revelation that the agency had selectively subjected certain political groups for heightened scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.

Expanded IRS regulations for tax preparers still on hold

It's been a few months now since we've updated you on the status of efforts by the IRS to impose a more comprehensive regulatory framework on professional tax preparers. As we explained in our February 28 post, the IRS has had to backtrack on these efforts.

Offshore accounts: FBAR and FATCA have different thresholds

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are already somewhat familiar with the veritable alphabet soup of abbreviations involved in offshore account compliance. As we discussed in our April 19 post, abbreviations abound in this area of tax law.

IRS audit thyself: lack of documentation, doubtful expenses

The tables have been turned at the IRS. The agency responsible for scrutinizing taxpayers' compliance with the tax code has itself come in for sharp scrutiny. This week came the news that an audit of the agency responsible for federal tax audits has found some highly questionable spending.