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August 2013 Archives

Financial advisers and offshore account compliance

For months we’ve followed the story of how the U.S. tax authorities have sought to crack down on what they claim to be tax evasion through offshore accounts. Quite naturally, much of the focus has been on compliance issues and choices for individual taxpayers.

IRS looking at income under-reporting by small businesses

The concerns of small business owners are a frequent focus of this blog. That focus is with good reason. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees face a host of tax issues that affect their operation, from payroll and sales tax compliance to their employees' health insurance options.

IRS sounds intent to probe tax evasion through "stateless income"

Edward Kleinbard likely feels some pride in being credited several years back with authorship of the term “stateless income,” especially now that the Internal Revenue Service is beginning to use it in terms that are undoubtedly garnering the attention of multinational companies with offshore profits.

Lefty's tax lesson: Mickelson to pay hefty rates on British income

Rhetoric about the level of taxation has saturated American media for more than three decades. It dates back at least to 1980, with the role played by the economist Arthur Laffer's famous curve in Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign. In the mid-90s, there was Steve Forbes's call for a "flat tax." And tax debates of course continued into this year, which began with a deal to tweak the tax system in order to avoid the so-called Fiscal Cliff.