Penalties

Construction Contractor Hammered on Trust Fund Penalty

The Tax Court held that a responsible person taxpayer was not entitled to currently not collectible status for her liability attributable to a trust fund recovery penalty and that adequate protection payments made to the IRS by her wholly owned corporation could not be applied to her liability.

Former Partner Liable for Trust Fund Penalty

A taxpayer who asserted he was no longer a partner in a business during the periods at issue was nevertheless held to be a responsible person and liable for the 100% penalty for failure to pay over withheld employment taxes.

Taxpayer Did Not Have Fraudulent Intent

The Tax Court held that a taxpayer who used an “agent-principal” scheme to avoid paying taxes on income from his business was not liable for a civil fraud penalty because the IRS had failed to prove that the taxpayer had fraudulent intent.

Taxpayer Did Not Have Fraudulent Intent

The Tax Court held that a taxpayer who used an “agent-principal” scheme to avoid paying taxes on income from his business was not liable for a civil fraud penalty because the IRS had failed to prove that the taxpayer had fraudulent intent.

IRS Tightens Penalty Relief

Recent IRS actions suggest a movement away from granting penalty relief. Recent budget cuts, furloughs, and negative press have exacerbated the trend by significantly decreasing IRS resources, resulting in slower responses to taxpayer inquiries.

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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.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

CPAs contend with tax ID theft

Tax-related identity theft fraud remains a widespread problem that is often difficult for victims and their tax preparers to correct.