Penalties

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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TECHNOLOGY

2018 tax software survey

Among CPA tax preparers, tax return preparation software generates often extensive and ardent discussion. To get through the rigors of tax season, they depend on their tax preparation software. Here’s how they rate the leading professional products.

DEDUCTIONS

Qualified business income deduction regs. and other guidance issued

The package includes final regulations, guidance on how to calculate W-2 wages, a safe-harbor rule for rental real estate businesses, and new proposed rules on the treatment of previously suspended losses.