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Senate Finance Committee Approves IRS Commissioner Nominee

Senate Finance Committee Approves IRS Commissioner Nominee The Senate Finance Committee (SFC) advanced President Donald Trump’s nomination of Charles Rettig for IRS Commissioner. The SFC approved the nomination on July 19 by a 14-to-13 party line vote. Qualified Nominee Several SFC Democrats and Republicans praised Rettig’s qualifications to serve as the next IRS Commissioner. SFC […]

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Trump, House GOP Lawmakers Discuss Tax Cuts 2.0

Trump, House GOP Lawmakers Discuss Tax Cuts 2.0 President Donald Trump and House GOP tax writers discussed “Tax Cuts 2.0” in a July 17 meeting at the White House. The next round of tax cuts will focus primarily on the individual side of the tax code, both Trump and House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady, R-Tex., […]

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Ways and Means GOP, White House Crafting Tax Cut 2.0 Outline

Ways and Means GOP, White House Crafting Tax Cut 2.0 Outline House Republicans and the Trump Administration are working together to craft a tax cut “2.0”outline, the House’s top tax writer has said. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters during the week that House tax writers and the White House are […]

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Tax Preparer’s Obstruction Conviction Vacated

Tax Preparer’s Obstruction Conviction Vacated The Fifth Circuit vacated a tax preparer’s conviction for obstructing tax administration. The conviction was no longer valid in light of C.J. Marinello, SCt., 2018-1 ustc ¶50,192. Marinello Under Code Sec. 7212, it is a crime to corruptly or by force or threats obstruct the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code. In Marinello, the U.S. Supreme […]

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National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Mid-Year Report

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Mid-Year Report National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson has released her mid-year report to Congress. The report contains a review of the 2018 filing season, and identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the upcoming fiscal year. It also includes the IRS’s responses to each of […]

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How do I…Protect against tax-related identity theft?

How do I…Protect against tax-related identity theft? The IRS expects to receive more than 150 million individual income tax returns this year and issue billions of dollars in refunds. That huge pool of refunds drives scam artists and criminals to steal taxpayer identities and claim fraudulent refunds. The IRS has many protections in place to […]

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Section 199A Passthrough Guidance Expected in July, Kautter Says

Section 199A Passthrough Guidance Expected in July, Kautter Says The IRS expects to issue guidance on the Code Sec. 199A passthrough deduction in July, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter has said. Kautter outlined the timeline of various guidance proposals at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation May Meeting in Washington, D.C. Proposed Guidance More specifically, […]

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Mnuchin, Kautter Testify Before Senate Committee on Outdated IRS Technology

Mnuchin, Kautter Testify Before Senate Committee on Outdated IRS Technology The IRS’s “Achilles’ heel” is using outdated software originating from the 1960s, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter told Senate lawmakers. Kautter and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified in a May 22 Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing. System Shut Down 2.3 million cyber attacks […]

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