Bringing Tax to the People (in Layman's Terms)

Here at Briefly Taxing, it’s fair to say that we live and breathe tax law. There are other folks out there (so we’ve been told) that have other, less esoteric and acronym-driven interests.  It is for the rest of you (which is to say, the majority of the civilized world) that Briefly Taxing has created a series of articles called “Taxing, Briefly.” These posts adopt a much broader, less technical approach to current tax issues. 

You can think of each article as a 10,000-foot view of a 737 gliding 10,000 feet above a discrete tax question.  The articles are painted with an exceptionally broad brush, and they often gloss over (and sometimes, even, wholly ignore) the nuances of the tax rules.  They are intended to help you spot and understand better the real tax issues you face in your day to day life.

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Although true, these articles are still not a substitute for actual legal advice.

These articles are only as good as the questions we’re asked by you non-taxish people, who (apparently) far outnumber your tax nerd kith and kin.  So, if you have a question, head on over to the Contact page, and drop us a line.

It goes without saying (but I’m a lawyer, and I can’t help saying it), but these articles are no substitutes for legal advice. If you have a question about what you read, reach out to us, or bug your number-crunching Cousin Leroy, the family’s token CPA.

Taxing, Briefly
Charitable Issues
Scott St. Amand

Charitable Contributions – Part Two: Other Considerations

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, we will dig a little

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly
Scott St. Amand

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. He took the owl everywhere, which naturally led to many a calamity when Stuffy was inevitably misplaced. For my

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly
Scott St. Amand

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

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly
Scott St. Amand

Taxing, Briefly: The IRS Collection Process

The Basic Principles of Collection 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

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Taxing, Briefly
Taxing, Briefly
Scott St. Amand

Taxing, Briefly: The IRS Examination Process

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

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