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By Charles D. Pulman on March 3, 2021

UNCLE SAM WANTS TO KNOW: WHO ARE YOUR OWNERS? (UPDATED 3-4-21)... [ read ]

The 2021 year has brought many new developments, including, and most importantly, a new federal law that will require small, privately-owned companies to report their ultimate individual owners to the federal government. This new law, which was enacted on January 1, 2021, is known as the Corporate Transparency Act ("CTA").

By Charles D. Pulman on March 1, 2021

TEXAS TAXPAYERS GET A TAX FILING AND PAYMENT BREAK... [ read ]

The Internal Revenue Service has just announced (IR 2021-43) that taxpayers living in Texas are given an extension until June 15, 2021, to file their 2020 tax returns. The extension also applies to tax payments due between February 11 and June 15, 2021.

By Joel N. Crouch on February 18, 2021

Another Tax Court case involving the Danielson Rule and this Time the Taxpayer Wins... [ read ]

In a prior blog post, I discussed a Tax Court memorandum opinion in Watts v. Comm'r, 2020-144, in which the Tax Court cited to the Danielson rule in holding for the IRS. The last line of that blog post reads, "The lesson from Watts and Danielson is that a taxpayer who attempts to disavow the tax consequences of an arm's length agreement will face a significant uphill battle." Well, only a few months later, the taxpayer in another Tax Court memorandum opinion, Complex Media Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2021-14, prevailed in that uphill battle and convinced the Tax Court that the taxpayer could disavow and recharacterize the form of a transaction.

By David E. Colmenero on February 11, 2021

To Tax or Not to Tax: Should PPP Loans That Are Forgiven Under Federal Law Be Subject to the Texas Franchise Tax?... [ read ]

Among the many issues confronting taxpayers, legislators and the Texas Comptroller related to COVID-19 is whether Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans forgiven pursuant to federal law should be subject to the Texas franchise tax.

By Joel N. Crouch on February 8, 2021

Timely Filed IRS Documents and the Mailbox Rule... [ read ]

In a prior blog post, I discussed when the statute of limitation for the IRS assessing tax starts. The simple answer is, the statute of limitations starts when the tax return is filed. I recently read a case, Taha v. United States, which is being appealed by the taxpayer to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and involves a refund claim, the statute of limitations and the common law "mailbox rule".

By Joel N. Crouch on February 1, 2021

When Does the Statute of Limitations for Assessing Tax Start?... [ read ]

I thought I would blog about a couple of December 2020 tax cases, decided within five days of each other, that involved taxpayers arguing that the IRS was time barred from assessing tax because the statute of limitations had run. In both cases, the IRS argued an assessment of tax was not time barred because the taxpayer had failed to file the required tax returns. In one case, Quezada v. IRS , the Fifth Circuit held in favor of the taxpayer, and in the other, Coffey v. Commissioner, the Eighth Circuit held in favor of the IRS.

By John D. Crowder on January 28, 2021

Form 2848 and 8821 Now Accepted Online with E-signatures... [ read ]

On January 25, 2021, the IRS debuted an online tool to allow tax practitioners to obtain electronic signatures from clients and submit Forms 2848 and 8821 electronically. Practitioners may still mail or fax Forms 2848 or 8821 to the IRS; however, these methods require that all signatures on the Forms be handwritten and no electronic signatures are allowed. It is clear that the IRS is trying to entice practitioners to go "paperless," but is it worth the hassle?

By Joel N. Crouch on January 26, 2021

IRC Section 6901 and Transferee Liability... [ read ]

In a previous blog post, I discussed a case involving the liability of an executor for unpaid federal estate taxes. In this blog post, I will discuss the basics of transferee liability for a transferor's taxes.

By Michael A. Villa, Jr. on December 22, 2020

The Department of Justice Announces First Guilty Pleas in Conservation Easement Transactions... [ read ]

On Monday, December 21, 2020, Stein and Corey Agee of Atlanta, Georgia entered guilty pleas in federal court to conspiracy charges related to their roles in syndicated conservation easement transactions. These are the first guilty pleas related to the continuing IRS and Department of Justice criminal investigations across the country pertaining to easement transactions.

By Josh O. Ungerman on December 3, 2020

IRS Doubles Down on Pursuing High Income Non-Filers... [ read ]

Eric Hylton, the commissioner of the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Division, threw down the gauntlet December 3, 2020 with an article the IRS pushed out on the IRS Newswire on how the IRS views high income non-filers.