Reportable Transactions

The IRS has recently clarified the rules regarding failure to report reportable transactions and clarified the penalties for failing to do so.  There had previously been some uncertainty around the issue, specifically how provisions in the Small Business Jobs Acts of 2010 had affected the regulations and the penalties. The IRS has since clarified the situation.…

Attorney Audits

New guidelines for audits of attorneys have just been released by the IRS.  It focuses on several potential problem areas unique to attorneys and specifies how audits should be conducted in the context of those. Many of the particulars of attorney audits revolve around how attorneys are paid (noncash payments like stock or legal services…

Foreign Gifts

For quite a few taxpayers, filing their yearly tax returns doesn’t go much beyond the trusty old Form 1040.  There are of course many other forms for reporting to the IRS and one that is especially worth noting is Form 3520, a return for reporting transactions with foreign trusts and the receipt of foreign gifts.…