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IRS issues guidance on revocation of passport for unpaid taxes

Falling behind in tax obligations can lead to more than just fines — it can result in the revocation of your passport. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published some guidance on this penalty, noting the agency has the authority to deny or revoke passports to those who are delinquent in tax payments.

Don't forget to report side job income to the IRS

America is now, at least in part, a so-called "side gig" economy. An estimated 25 percent of us now have side jobs to generate additional income. Such things as driving for a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft, dog-walking, renting out a residence part-time through Air BNB or Home Away, and being a freelance digital personal assistant can provide enough extra money to cover expenses, save for a big purchase or pay down debt. These so-called "side hustles" add billions of dollars in income to the national economy each year.

IRS settles class action lawsuits alleging discrimination

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently settled class action lawsuits representing over 400 conservative groups that state they were “improperly” delayed tax-exempt status, according to a recent report by USA Today. It appears the federal agency singled out hundreds of groups due to their ideological stances. These groups underwent additional questioning which led to delays.

Three lessons for tax preparers from recent federal case

Four tax preparers are facing prison time for tax crimes connected to their tax preparation services. The accusations included putting together faulty tax returns and cashing in on fraudulent refunds. The Department of Justice (DOJ) discussed the case in a recent press release, noting that the government is coming down hard on those who break tax law in this manner.

Innocent and not-so-innocent spouses: 3 things to know about marital tax debt

Most married couples file their taxes jointly. In part, this is a matter of convenience. But filing together also generally means a couple pays less in combined taxes than they would using married filing separate (MFS) status.Filing jointly can be problematic, however, when one spouse has run up big tax debts while keeping the other in the dark about it or forced into acquiescence through abuse.That is why the IRS has a type of relief from tax liability called the innocent spouse rule. In this post, we'll take note of three things worth knowing about marital tax debt.

Understanding disaster-based tax credits and deductions

We are now in the thick of the Atlantic hurricane season, something many of us in Texas have to be concerned about, particularly if we own property along the Gulf. Of course, summer also frequently brings severe thunderstorms to our state, complete with damaging hail, straight-line winds, tornadoes and devastating lightning strikes.

Can tossing old papers lead to obstruction of justice charges?

Do you need to know about an IRS investigation to get charged with obstruction of justice? It may seem like the answer is obvious. After all, how can throwing away old records be tantamount to a crime if you didn’t know the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was conducting an investigation?

Collections due process and corporate tax payers

In several high-profile decisions in recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed and strengthened the rights of corporations as legal persons. In Citizens United (2010), the Court held in favor of the free speech rights of corporate entities. In Hobby Lobby (2014), the Court found in favor of closely-held businesses’ religious freedom rights.But can a corporate taxpayer experiencing economic hardship get the same type of relief of IRS debt collection that is available to individuals?

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