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IRS Halts Substitute for Return Program for Non-Filers

If you do not file a tax return, and if you are required to file a tax return, the IRS typically sends a series of letters asking you to file a tax return for the year in issue. If you…

November 06, 2017

Frivolous Tax Return Penalties against Protester Sustained by U.S. Tax Court

Mary Anne Valentine-Whitaker and her husband filed a tax return with the IRS for 2012 claiming a refund in the amount of $3,094.00 stemming from a distribution from her retirement plan in the amount of $15,469. Attached to the tax…

November 06, 2017

$85,000 Paid to an Employee for Emotional Distress Includible in Income

Generally speaking, damages received by a taxpayer who suffered physical injuries or sickness is excludable under the Internal Revenue Code, meaning that the taxpayer does not have to include any such payments as income on his income tax return. When…

October 05, 2017

Use These Tips to Avoid Hurricane Charity Scams

Americans are known for charitable giving.  In 2016 alone, Americans donated nearly $390 billion to charitable causes — an amazing 4.2 percent increase over 2015.  We are especially giving in times of national tragedy, like the devastating recent hurricanes that…

September 18, 2017

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Patrick T. Sheehan & Associates Also Now Known as IRS Trouble Solvers

Local tax attorney Patrick T. Sheehan is pleased to announce that the law firm he founded in 1991, Patrick T. Sheehan & Associates, will also now be known as IRS Trouble Solvers. This new co-branding effort “allows us to better…

September 07, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Seeking Installment Agreement on 2015 Taxes

As Floyd “Money” Mayweather prepares for his epic battle against UFC superstar Conor McGregor in August 2017, he’s also got something else on his mind — namely some unpaid tax liabilities. According to a petition filed with the US Tax…

July 20, 2017

The Freedom from Religion Foundation Files Suit Against Trump Regarding Executive Order

The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump regarding his May 4, 2017, Executive Order that requires the IRS to not pursue churches or religious organizations that engage in political speech. The prohibition against churches or…

June 22, 2017

Court Holds $2.3 Million Tax Shelter Penalty Assessment Not Barred by Statute of Limitation

In a recent case, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that a $2.3 million penalty assessed against a tax shelter promoter was not barred by the 3-year statute of limitation for assessing and collecting…

June 22, 2017

Wife Entitled to Innocent Spouse Relief and Tax Refund

In a recent case, the United States Tax Court found that a wife is entitled to innocent spouse relief and a refund of her taxes that were applied to a joint tax liability with her ex-husband. In the case of…

June 22, 2017

President Trump Pulls Back on Church Political Speech Enforcement

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Treasury Department to not take any adverse action against any house of worship or religious organization that speaks out on “political issues of religious perspective.” If you are…

June 06, 2017

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