Miserable, Awful & Delayed: Commissioner, Tax Advocate Talk 2015 Tax Season

Worried about the upcoming tax season? So are IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. I sat down with both of them to talk about challenges for the upcoming season, including coping with budget cuts, increased compliance concerns due to ACA, FATCA and the extenders and a delay to the tax season.

IRS Warns Taxpayers To Be Diligent As Identity Thieves Add New Twist To Phone Scam

If your phone is still ringing with tax scams and IRS impersonations, you’re not alone. J. Russell George, the Inspector General, has referred to these ongoing schemes as “the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen.” As IRS and TIGTA try to combat the growing problem of identity theft and tax scams, the fraudsters are hoping to stay a few steps ahead. They’re switching up their schemes in an effort to not get caught. Have you read about their latest efforts?

IRS Gets Big Win In Court As Judge Dismisses Tea Party Targeting Cases

Today, a federal court judge dismissed two high profile lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service over its handling of tax exempt organization applications. What do those rulings mean for other tax exempt organizations? The answer might surprise you.

On Memorial Day, A Look At Surviving Family Military Benefits

Last week, my brother returned home to his family after his most recent deployment. He is active duty in the U.S. Navy and I know that we are lucky that, for the last twenty years or so, he has come back every time he has shipped out. The family of 19 year old U.S. Army … Read more

Debt Ceiling Fix Eases Fears On Tax Refund Delays

Rest easy, folks: your tax refunds are safe. Despite dire warnings that tax refund delays could happen if Congress didn’t address the debt ceiling crisis (the same worries we had last year), we don’t have anything to worry about for 2014. Well, at least not as it relates to refunds and the debt ceiling. In … Read more

No Criminal Charges Expected In FBI Investigation Into IRS Scandal

The FBI is not expected to announce criminal charges in its investigation over the IRS tax exempt organization scandal, leaving Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, fuming over what he calls a “questionable” investigation.