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Tax audit priority: High earners, S corps and partnerships

With no funding increase since 2000, the Internal Revenue Service has lost approximately a quarter of its enforcement officers. Fewer staff has tended to correlate with reductions in collections. This was the case last year as collections dropped to $52.4 billion from $57 billion the prior year.

Underreported income, part 2: Are you at risk for a tax penalty?

In the first part of this post, we noted that the IRS uses a computer program that tries to detect the underreporting of income. The Automated Underreporter Program (AUR) seeks to identify discrepancies between the income you have reported on your tax return and income reflected in reports from third parties such as banks and employers.

Civil forfeiture, part 2: What is being done to address the problem?

Let's pick up the thread of our discussion of civil forfeiture from last month. In recent years, the IRS and other government agencies have often been quick to seize assets for suspected violations of the Bank Secrecy Act or other laws - even in cases where no criminal charges are ever filed. We discussed this problem in our May 8 post.

Innocent spouse relief: the role of proven tax counsel

A recent media story focusing upon instances where a divorced party might summarily receive a nasty surprise from the Internal Revenue Service owing to actions taken by an ex-spouse during marriage likely solicits instant empathy and understanding from most tax attorneys.

Communicating with the IRS: the important role of letters

Letters are a remarkably durable form of communication, with roots dating back into the ancient world. They were a medium of exchange that flourished for centuries, from the epistles of the New Testament to the love letters of the Romantic era and beyond.

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