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Tax deductions and charitable gifts: tips from the IRS

In the media, the holiday season has become more associated with buying than giving or receiving. Black Friday starts earlier every year, with plenty of press coverage documenting each successive jumpstart.

California sales tax and Internet transactions

It's been a controversy in California and across the country for literally years on end. Why do bricks-and-mortar businesses have to collect sales taxes from customers when their online competitors so often do not - even when they are supposed to?

Is government security for tax information adequate?

When you are involved in a tax dispute with the IRS or your state revenue agency, it hardly seems like these tax authorities are on your side. Indeed, sometimes aggressive tax litigation is required to resolve the dispute.

What happens when the IRS audits my income tax return?

The American Law Institute recently held a CLE conference, short for continuing legal education, at which a couple of Internal Revenue Service employees spoke. The CLE dealt primarily with audits of tax returns and the process that the IRS uses to examine taxpayers' information.

Tax Court dismisses whistleblower's case against IRS

Last month, we posted about the record-setting $104 million award given to a whistleblower for providing detailed information about UBS's offshore tax evasion practices. Other whistleblowers in California and around the country may be tempted to come forward and report alleged instances of criminal tax activity in the hopes that they too could earn their own, albeit smaller, reward.

Tax Court sees fault in handling of couple's offer in compromise

An offer in compromise is one method for taxpayers in California to pay delinquent tax debts to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS will accept an OIC on a handful of grounds, including doubt as to collectability, where the taxpayer does not have the income or assets to satisfy the debt. Because an OIC settles the tax liability for less than the total amount owed, the IRS wants to make absolutely sure that the taxpayer cannot pay the debt in full.