Monday, October 9, 2017


An important reminder for all taxpayers –
Every person has a unique tax situation.  No two tax returns are the same.  Your situation is different from other taxpayers.  Not every question has the same answer for every taxpayer.  The actual correct answer to just about every tax question, except “Should I cheat?” – is “It depends”.
Now, on to the BUZZ.
* Leandra Lederman makes some very good points about the alleged “IRS Scandal”, which TAX PROF Paul Caron tells us in now in its 1600+ day (I agree with fellow blogger Peter J Reilly that the Professor has most certainly “jumped the shark” with this blog post series) in “The Real IRS Scandal” at the SURLY SUBGROUP blog -
The fact that IRS employees were using keywords to identify progressive as well as conservative organizations doing too much political activity to qualify under 501(c)(4) should have been clear to anyone who dug into the public documents. But it wasn’t the message that the House Oversight Committee–and thus many media stories–disseminated. The real scandal was the damage the resulting witch hunt did to the IRS.”
There was no IRS scandal.  IRS employees were doing their “due diligence” in investigating the organizations applying for 501(c)(4) status (organizations “for the promotion of social welfare”).  Tea party related organizations should have been closely investigated, as well as more “politically liberal” organizations, which also were.
The unacceptable and inappropriate act was not by the IRS, but by the idiots in Congress who continually underfund the IRS as “punishment”.  
* Paul D Allen explains “If It Isn't Taxable Why Do I Have to Put It on My Tax Return?” at the PIM TAX SERVICES BLOG.
PDA is correct when he says, “It’s important for your overall financial well-being to understand your taxes,” even if you use a tax professional to prepare your return.  I have said for years that the more informed you are on taxes the better prepared you will be when you see your preparer at tax time.  A good reason to “subscribe” to THE WANDERING TAX PRO (see upper right-hand margin).
* This week’s Monday post at THE TAX PROFESSIONAL asks “Is Silence Golden?”.  Be sure to return there on Wednesday for an interview with the President of NATP.
* Professor Annette Nellen gives us her “Tax Reform Framework Observations” at 21st CENTURY TAXATION.
In the post the Professor also exposes arrogant Trump’s obvious “pants on fire” lie that the “plan” does not help him personally -
The rate cut helps him. Also, he likely holds his vast business operations in many different types of entities including partnerships and S corporations and will benefit from the top rate of 25% on such income even after paying himself reasonable compensation. Also, if he is still carrying forward a net operating loss, repeal of the AMT helps him. And repeal of the estate tax is a tremendous tax cut for him.”
* Kay Bell suggests “5 things to consider in choosing workplace benefits” at DON’T MESS WITH TAXES.
She ends the post with a reminder -
“ . . . the IRS urges tax professionals and their clients — and all of us who do our taxes on our own, too — to assume that some tax identity thief somewhere has our personal and financial information should continue to monitor our accounts and credit reports.”
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* Robert W Wood deals with the issue of “Paper or E-File Your IRS Return” at FORBES.COM.
Most of you know that in 45 years I have never used flawed and expensive tax preparation software to prepare a tax return, and so have never electronically submitted a federal return.  It is not because I oppose electronic filing – but because I cannot do so without using software.
The requirement is that tax preparers must submit electronically returns that they “file”.  The word “file” in this context means “mail”.  RWW is correct when he says in the below post-
It’s still possible in some cases to file on paper by having your preparer give you your return for filing.”
I have all my clients sign a statement, which I keep with my file copy of the return, that says –
I do not want to file my return electronically and choose to file my return on paper forms.  My preparer will not file my return with the IRS.  I will file my paper return with the IRS myself.”
Before leaving for Intuit David Williams, the IRS tax-preparer regulation “czar”, specifically told me that what I was doing was ok – and that I did not have to submit my returns electronically or include the Form 8948 with each return if the client signed my statement.
Everything I feared would happen if arrogant demagogue Donald T Rump became President has come true.
Every single day the idiot continues to prove that he was the worst possible candidate for President – or for any elected official.

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