Definitions — Curtailing the number


Voluntary truncation hardly sounds like an enjoyable pastime. But cutting off part of taxpayer identification numbers may be a way to reduce identity theft.

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Decisions — Form matters


Currently, the IRS website has about 900 forms that can be downloaded for filing purposes.

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Decisions — Power


A recent Office of Chief Counsel memo says the instructions for Form 2848 are not paragons of clarity on some issues.

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Definitions — Statistics and Acronyms


So what’s new with the IRS?

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Definitions — Not so strictly confidential


You’ve probably heard the old joke about life’s two rules. The first one is to never give out all the information.

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Decisions — The basis of the matter


Your basis in any partnership is the amount you have invested, and that’s especially true for tax law.

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Decisions– Your estimate may vary


According to an old expression, the only difference between an estimate and a guesstimate is the confidence of the person providing the answer.

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Decisions — Consolation Prize


Let’s say you have a new client who took a loan from her 401(k) last year.

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Decisions — Earning the credit


Life is in the details, and so is tax code interpretation.

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Definitions — Paying the piper


Whether you believe the expression comes from the Pied Piper of legend or the old proverb, paying the piper does not always mean you get to call the tune.

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