Author: LCarpenter

Decisions — Self diagnosis


In tax, as in medicine, diagnosis can be tricky without all the facts.

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Decisions — Worth the whistle


A taxpayer thinks his information is worth the whistle. The IRS says the information is not worth the dust which the rude wind blows in the taxpayer’s face…or something along those Shakespearean lines. Who’s right?

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Definition — Fun with statistics


Keep calm, it’s only statistics, and according to author Rex Stout, there are only two kinds – the kind you make up and the kind you look up.

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Decisions — Foreseeing anticipation


According to Dr. Seuss, sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.

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Decisions — Going to the dogs


If you need a friend, get a dog.

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Definition — By the numbers


IRS publication 55B, the IRS Data Book, is an annual overview of the operations of the IRS. Here are questions based on information in this year’s Data Book.

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Definitions — Status check


What’s the status of the IRS? It’s not that complicated.

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Decisions — On the wild side


Movies, books, the great outdoors — sometimes even the tax code takes a walk on the wild side. Here are two recent decisions to test your knowledge about tax rules less-traveled.

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Decisions — Disagreeing with an expert


Even experts don’t always agree, and when you disagree with one, you might choose to look for another. Or, if you’re the IRS, you might try to get the expert’s report excluded from evidence—even if you do agree with the expert’s methodology.

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Decisions – Paying the penalty


In tax, as in most contact sports, you’re penalized for going out of bounds, and the rules can be arcane.

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