Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly

Moving Beyond the Basics of Charitable Contributions

In our previous post, we took a high level look at charitable contributions and deductions, including looking at what made an organization “qualified” to receive charitable contributions, when deductions might be limited, and special rules for valuing and reporting non-cash charitable contributions. In this post, “Beyond the Basics of Charitable Contributions,” we will dig a little bit deeper and look at some issues that might affect the deductibility of a contribution. Moving Beyond the Basics

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly

Charitable Contributions – Part One: Basic Concepts for Charitable Deductions

Your grandmother Phyllis was a remarkable woman. Aside from making it out on the other side of Uncle Bill’s childhood with only moderate shell shock (which, I suppose, is referred to these days as PTSD), Phyllis was an intelligence agent in the United States Army towards the end of World War II, and you could remember her saying that, despite as “intelligent” as she may have been in the Army’s estimation, her good genes weren’t

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly

Taxing, Briefly – Can the IRS Take My Passport?

When my son was two, his grandmother gave him a stuffed owl. Not a particularly creative toddler, he named the little owl Stuffy, and the name has stuck to this day.  What does this have to do with the question “Can the IRS Take My Passport?”  Patience…all will be revealed. He took the owl everywhere, which naturally led to many a calamity when Stuffy was inevitably misplaced. For my wife and I, Stuffy also had an

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly

Taxing, Briefly: Will the IRS Take My House?

I met a new client about a month ago.  I was excited. It was the first in-person meeting I’d had for over a year due to COVID.  The client had settled a lawsuit, and the settlement income—though taxable—had been reported incorrectly on her Form 1099-MISC, so that the IRS got it into its administrative head that it was subject to self-employment income. It wasn’t. The client’s total liability would have been about $10,000, which was

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly

The IRS Collection Process – Taxing, Briefly

The Basic Principles of the IRS Collection Process In our previous post, we discussed how audits are performed and your available options throughout the examination process.  Once the audit is complete, and all administrative and legal remedies are exhausted, how does the IRS actually collect taxes?  The first step in the IRS collection process is assessment. The IRS cannot collect a tax until it has assessed it. There are a bevy of rules surrounding assessments. 

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly

The IRS Examination Process – Taxing, Briefly

Like Ten Thousand Spoons When All You Need is a Knife Do you feel like you are cursed to forever draw the short straw in life? Is Alanis Morrisette’s Ironic more of a personal anthem than an indictment of the Canadian educational system’s failure to properly differentiate between irony and unfortunate occurrences?  What does this have to do with the IRS examination process?  All in good time… In this post, we will assume that, in addition

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly

Taxing Social Media Influencers – Taxing, Briefly

Harsh Truths Taxing social media influencers? Way harsh, we know. Influencers have it tough anyhow, what with having to photograph everything they eat, or wear, or sneeze on.  Nevertheless, your fearless editors at Briefly Taxing thought it prudent to discuss some harsh truths about getting your money for nothing (and your “gifts” for free)—just in case you were thinking about getting into the social media influencing gambit. In this post, we won’t cast aspersions against

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McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116)

On October 4, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of McCrory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-116). The primary issue presented in McCrory was whether the IRS Whistleblower Office’s rejections of the petitioner’s claims were unsupported by the administrative record and were arbitrary, capricious, an abuse

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On September 29, 2021, the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Opinion in the case of Gregory v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-115). The primary issue presented in Gregory was whether the claimed deductions permitted under IRC § 183(b) for activities not engaged in for profit are not subject to the 2%

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Clark v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-114)

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Whistleblower 14377-16W v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-113)

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Brown v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo. 2021-112)

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