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Hard to feel sorry for IRS budget woes

Posted by taxguru on January 23, 2015

when they spend what they have like this.

IRS Has Active Contract For MILLIONS With Company HHS FIRED Over Botched Healthcare.gov

According to this recent IRS memo regarding budget cutbacks, some of the consequences don’t seem too bad.

Fewer audit and collection cases. Reduced staffing in enforcement will result in at least
46,000 fewer individual and business audit closures and more than 280,000 fewer Auto-
mated Collection System and Field Collection case closures.

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Messy Tax Season Ahead – DIY Will Be Dangerous

Posted by taxguru on January 14, 2015

With all of the last minute tax law changes, as well as the ridiculous ObamaCare issues to deal with, it’s going to be a chaotic Tax Season from the side of us practitioners.  It doesn’t help any that IRS will be just as messed up as we will be.

IRS cuts taxpayer services as filing returns gets harder

IRS ignores phone calls, does not let elderly people leave messages 

IRS chief warns of refund delays, poor customer service this tax year

Obama administration begins to issue vital Obamacare forms for tax filers

Obamacare Problems? Now in Hands of IRS

As I have made clear over the years, I have never been a fan of people preparing their own tax returns, for their own protection.  Even with the most expensive tax software, it’s still a matter of GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).  It’s similar to buying a scalpel and a book on human anatomy and assuming that you are properly prepared to perform surgery on a person.

I am once again stressing this point because I have been receiving all kinds of emails from PR firms and software companies asking me to promote their DIY tax programs.  I just can’t do that.  What is very clear is the fact that this Tax Season is going to be the worst time for tax DIYers.  Even we experienced tax pros will be having problems.  Amateurs have no chance of getting everything right.

What I can confidently predict is that we will have a lot of work redoing tax returns and straightening out DIY screw-ups.  The problem is that not all tax mistakes can be corrected with amended returns.  Some things that are done on original returns are not reversible and could cost DIYers thousand of dollars in lost tax benefits, making what they supposedly saved in tax prep fees pale in comparison.

Great deals on gadgets

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IRS Still Attacking bHo Critics

Posted by taxguru on December 28, 2014

IRS snooping probe will carry into 2015 with unresolved questions – We can only hope that the GOP rulers in DC grow some stones and seriously investigate Lois Lerner and her merry band of IRS criminals.  If not, the rest of the IRS will have a hard time maintaining any semblance of credibility or respect.

 

IRS mistakenly penalizes Christine O’Donnell a second time, placed levy on bank accounts – Of course, this was just one of those many freak coincidences that happen to pop up with critics of the bHo Regime.

 

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IRS Bill of Rights

Posted by taxguru on December 22, 2014

Because the IRS has long been  statutorily exempt from recognizing the normal Bill of Rights that we are all supposed to enjoy in every other aspect of our lives in the USA, they had to concoct their own special Taxpayer Bill of Rights to take the place of the “ancient” one from 1789.  IRS just posted an update on their Bill of Rights on their Tax Tips page and in emails to practitioners.

After receiving this latest message from IRS, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on how well IRS has performed in living up to their proclaimed rights for taxpayers, especially in light of the crimes committed by Lois Lerner and her gang, as well as the ensuing cover-ups, that continue to this day.

Following is just the list of the titles of our rights as taxpayers according to IRS. The more descriptive details of what these mean can be found on their website.

1. The Right to Be Informed

2.  The Right to Quality Service

3.  The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax

4.  The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard

5.  The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum

6.  The Right to Finality

7.  The Right to Privacy

8.  The Right to Confidentiality

9.  The Right to Retain Representation

10.  The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

 

I would rate IRS fairly low on complying with many of these so-called rights.  The ongoing cover-ups of the Lois Lerner Gang’s crimes pretty much put the kibosh on Rights numbers 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 10.  The fact that her behavior has not been punished shows that these rights, while sounding so great, are just fairy tales and are actually fairly meaningless in real life application.

Or maybe it’s just a case of the IRS’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights only applying to certain parties and is null and void for others, such as.…

It’s official: IRS employees biased against conservatives   

 

GOP report: Top IRS official considered admitting targeting before 2012 election — but didn’t

 

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No stop to IRS criminal actions…

Posted by taxguru on December 17, 2014

As many have noticed, the GOP landslide victories last month are having zero impact in regard to stopping the lawless bHo juggernaut, including the flagrant obstructions of justice (aka cover-ups).

 

IRS Watchdog Continues to Hide Records on White House Leaks. Of 2509 documents, government agrees to release 31.

 

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Break out the violins…

Posted by taxguru on December 13, 2014

for this sob story:

Republicans seek to cripple IRS. The GOP’s moves will gut the tax agency, advocates warn.

 

IRS head says budget cuts could delay tax refunds

 

IRS warns of possible shutdown

Next will be telethons and special celebrity songs to help save the IRS from having to suffer draconian budget cuts.

 

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2015 IRS Mileage Rates

Posted by taxguru on December 11, 2014

IRS has released the standard mileage rates for 2015.  This is handy to know ahead of next year because many employers use these rates for reimbursing employees for business miles driven on the job.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014  
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

 

If oil prices continue to drop, there is a good chance that IRS will lower the standard rate for business miles at some point during 2015, giving us another year with multiple rates for different parts of the year.

 

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Unraveling the Lois Lerner Crime Wave

Posted by taxguru on December 2, 2014

Although they do show her criminal actions, I’m sure the really incriminating emails were completely wiped out before these emails were “released” to the investigators.  Either way, nothing will happen to Lois or her accomplices, as bHo continues to cover for all of the crimes committed by his minions.

 

IRS accused of sharing 2,500 private taxpayer documents with White House

 

Department Of Justice To Release 30,000 Emails From IRS Exchange With White House - Bury critics in a huge volume of innocuous paperwork, after the really incriminating ones have been removed.

 

2,500 new documents ID’d in White House-IRS taxpayer harassment cases –  Linking the IRS crimes directly to the White House.

 

30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered

 

Investigators into IRS scandal may have recovered lost Lois Lerner emails

 

Lois Lerner Refused Tax Exempt Status to Hundreds of Conservative Groups – But Granted Status to an Underage Prostitution Ring – Also has links to several other pieces on the IRS attacks against bHo critics.

 

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IRS Still Attacking bHo Enemies

Posted by taxguru on November 6, 2014

The recent election will most likely motivate bHo and his fellow DemonRats to use the IRS even more than ever to persecute anyone who dares to criticize anything they try to do.

 

Jeanne Shaheen Conspired With White House Insider On IRS Targeting Scandal – Many Dims in addition to bHo use the IRS as their private hit squad.

 

IRS says it hasn’t searched ‘other sources’ for missing Lerner emails – IRS employees still have no intention of helping investigators expose their crimes.

 

 

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Presumed Guilty

Posted by taxguru on November 2, 2014

It has always been one of the more insidious traits of the tax system in this country that we are all assumed to be guilty of being tax cheats and we have to be able to prove otherwise. Asset Forfeiture laws, under the guise of the insane War On Drugs, are even more draconian in their nature.  Put those two together and we have a growing abuse of authority and disregard for all of our constitutional rights. 

 

IRS uses drug trafficking and terror laws to seize bank accounts from taxpayers without ANY proof of a crime

 

Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required – From the NY Times

 

 

Internal Robbing-You Service – From Snopes.com

 

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Update: David Selig a “Federal Tax Practitioner” with dubious allegiances, defends the IRS because he believes that most people dealing in large cash deposits “are crooks.”

 Law Allows IRS To Seize Your Bank Assets On Suspicion Alone – Q & A With Tax Expert Explains Why

 

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