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Business-related deductions: what kind of records do you need?

Taking tax deductions for business-related activities has to be handled with care. You don't want the IRS to audit you, saying you should have provided a lot more documentation than you did for business expenses like mileage or the use of your home office.

Roles to play: third parties and payroll outsourcing

“All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare famously said. This is as true in tax law as in any other area. And if tax law were a play, the program notes would need to include detailed descriptions about the various roles that the actors play.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights Includes the Right to Contest the IRS

Nearly 240 years ago, the United States was founded on the premise that government power must not go unchecked. To this day, in high school civics classes, students have it drilled into them that ours is a system of checks and balances.

Penalty abatement, part 2: what is the first-time penalty waiver?

A few weeks ago, we began a two-part post about tax penalty abatement. As we noted in our January 23 post, the IRS may allow a reduction or discharge of a penalty when you can show reasonable cause – such as financial hardship – for your lack of tax compliance.