Penalties

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.

Sec. 6708 Regs. Permit Material Advisers to Request Extension

The IRS issued proposed regulations governing the penalty for failure of material advisers to provide lists of advisees in reportable transactions, which applies if the advisers do not supply the lists to the IRS within 20 business days after a written request.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Tax software survey

Our annual survey offers a look at how CPAs judged their tax preparation software in a wide range of types of practices.

NEWS

Congress enacts tax reform

Here are many of the most important provisions in the new law that affect both individual taxpayers and businesses. All changes were effective Jan. 1, 2018, except as noted.