IRS Procedure

Treasury ordered to review 2016 tax regulations

President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the Treasury Department to review “significant” regulations that were issued in 2016 and 2017 to determine if the regulations cost too much, are too complex, or exceed the IRS’s statutory authority.

Cryptocurrency and taxes

Cryptocurrency has gone mostly unregulated, but Coinbase could be just the first of many IRS targets.

IRS enforcement activities dropped in 2016

The IRS reported several large drops in its enforcement activities in fiscal year 2016, including a 16% drop in audits, a 40% drop in levies, and a 9% drop in liens compared to the prior year.

Disbarred tax preparer not subject to IRS jurisdiction

The IRS Office of Professional Responsibility has no authority or jurisdiction over a disbarred attorney/tax preparer or his tax preparation practice and cannot regulate his provision of tax advice a federal district court in Nevada has held.

No tax fraud for issuing Form 1099, Seventh Circuit holds

An insurance broker who issued a Form 1099 to a payee who never cashed the check for the payment reported on the 1099 did not commit tax fraud, the Seventh Circuit held, reversing a decision by an Illinois federal district court.

A Taxpayer’s Duty of Consistency

Taxpayers should be aware of the IRS’s ability to affirmatively raise the duty of consistency to bind taxpayers to positions previously taken.

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SPONSORED REPORT

Keeping client information safe in an age of scams and security threats

A look at the Dirty Dozen tax scams and ways to protect taxpayer information.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Tax software survey

Results of the annual survey are in, as more than 3,800 CPA tax preparers tell how their return preparation software worked for them during this year’s busy season.