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A Primer on Employment Tax Withholding

When the IRS is involved, monetary transactions are never as simple as they appear on the surface. The late, great comedian Mitch Hedberg once told a story about being given a receipt after buying a doughnut. I bought a doughnut, and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I’ll just give you the money, and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don’t need

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Nonqualified Disclaimers to a Charity as a Planning Technique

After your exceedingly long discussion with Uncle Bill a few weeks ago regarding his FBAR filing requirements, there has been total radio silence between you and Bill—not that you mind it in the least bit. The first day of fall came and went, but apparently no one told Florida. It was 85° outside on September 22nd, and though a discolored oak leaf fell onto the hood of your car, you suspected that it was the

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Effect of the Build Back Better Act on Corporate and Partnership Taxation

On September 15, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to approve sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code through the Build Back Better Act, which proposals, if ultimately passed, will have a significant effect on the taxation of corporations and partnerships. We discussed the changes proposed to affect estate and gift taxation in an earlier article. In this article we explore the effect of the Build Back Better Act on corporate and partnership taxation.

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Effects of the Build Back Better Act on Estates and Trusts

Examining the Effects of the Build Back Better Act on Estates and Trusts On September 13, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee released the legislative text of proposed tax changes to be incorporated into the omnibus reconciliation bill known as the “Build Back Better Act.”  One wonders if the geniuses behind the BBBA intended the acronym to be pronounced as “Bubba,” but one thing is sure—having now read BBBA as “Bubba” you will never

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Disqualification of an IRS Appeals Officer for Prior Involvement

Background to a Fair Collection Due Process Hearing In a previous Taxing, Briefly article, we discussed the IRS collection process including Collection Due Process (CDP) appeal procedures.  As we noted in that article, a CDP appeal is a taxpayer’s opportunity to dispute the appropriateness of a lien or levy.[1] In this post, we’ll discuss the disqualification of an IRS Appeals Officer for prior involvement in a collection due process hearing and the IRS’s vehement arguments

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Valuing a Complex Legacy: Lessons in Valuation From Estate of Jackson

My second article, published in Bloomberg Tax is entitled “Valuing a Complex Legacy: Lessons in Valuation from Estate of Jackson.”  It was published in Bloomberg’s Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Journal (46 Tax Mgmt. Est. Gifts Tr. J. No 5 (Sept. 9, 2021)). The article was written in response to the inestimable Judge Mark Holmes’ opinion in Estate of Jackson v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2021-48, a 271 page leviathan of an opinion regarding the trials and tribulations in the

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A Necessary Conversation: Explaining FBAR Filings to the Uninitiated

Explaining FBAR Filings to the Uninitiated This is not the normal Briefly Taxing post.  Usually, I post articles written exclusively for the blog, but today I am excited to post an article I wrote for someone else. In late July, I received a comment on the blog from an editor at Bloomberg Law, saying that she had read one of my posts, and asking whether I would be willing to write for them.   I

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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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