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When Tax Scammers Sue Each Other

Readers know that I watch television court shows in search of good tax stories. They know this because they’ve seen a long parade of commentaries on those shows, starting with Judge Judy and Tax Law, and continuing with Judge Judy and...Show More Summary

Preparing Someone’s Tax Return Without Permission

Five years ago, I wasn’t seeing as many television court shows as I do now, in part because I was teaching full-time. So I’ve certainly seen far fewer episodes than have been produced and aired. The several hundred that I have seen have...Show More Summary

Gross Income from Dating?

A reader has added another television court show episode to the list of those on which I cannot help but comment. The list is getting longer, and includes posts such as Judge Judy and Tax Law, Judge Judy and Tax Law Part II, TV Judge...Show More Summary

Be Careful When Paying Another Person’s Tax Preparation Fee

There is such a flood of television court shows that there is no way I get to see all of them. Fortunately, a reader passed along a link to an episode that I had missed, and of course, it involved taxes. Readers of MauledAgain know that...Show More Summary

If You Pay Cyberattack Ransom, Deduct It On Your Taxes

Cyber attacks are common now, and while most people won't pay ransom, some do. In bitcoin or in cash, how can you claim ransom on your taxes?

People’s Court: So Who Did the Tax Cheating?

Readers of this blog know that I watch television court shows, not only because of my interest in law generally, but because from time to time tax issues pop up in the cases. Over the years, these shows have provided material for posts...Show More Summary

Congress Gets Earful From Watchdogs On IRS Private Debt Collection Program

Those pesky phone calls advising that you might owe taxes could be legit. A new law which goes into effect this year directs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hand over some unpaid tax bills to private agencies for collections.

7 Things To Do Right Now To Save On Taxes This Year

With the beginning of summer just around the corner, chances are that you're not thinking about your 2017 taxes - but you should be. Here are seven things you can do right now to save on taxes for next season.

Buffett Says U.S. ‘Out Of Whack’ On Healthcare More Than On Taxes

Just one day after the House of Representatives voted 217-213 to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a health care bill of their own, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett came out swinging against the plan.

Taxes and the Star Wars Universe

Taxes are everywhere, and that includes the Star Wars universe. In Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the opening crawl brings up taxes almost immediately: Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Show More Summary

House Republicans Call Off Vote On Obamacare Replacement Plan

The House has pulled the vote on the American Health Care Act, or "Trumpcare" after it became clear the bill did not have enough support to pass.

Millennials depend on mom and dad for tax filing help

Ah, youth. The excitement. The energy. The illusion of immortality. The first-ever filing of a tax return. Boom. Taxes often are the first indication of young adulthood. And apparently it's a grown-up responsibility that many millennials are turning over to other grownups, specifically their parents. Show More Summary

Tax Return Preparation as a Side Job

Though from time to time I find material for this blog when I watch television court shows, there are far more shows and episodes than I’ve had an opportunity to view. A reader sent me a link to an episode of Judge Faith, a show that I have not seen, which involved a dispute between two former friends. Show More Summary

IRS Says It Has More Than $1 Billion In Unclaimed Tax Refunds

Does the IRS have your money? The IRS has announced that it has more than $1 billion in unclaimed tax refunds from 2013. To claim your 2013 tax refund, you must file a tax return by April 18, 2017.

Getting To Know You Tuesday: Bill Smith

It's Getting To Know You Tuesday! Today's tax pro is Bill Smith, Managing Director for CBIZ MHM’s National Tax Office.

Tax Roundup, 2/20/17: 6th Circuit short circuits IRS substance-over-form on Roth IRA IC-DISC. Also: WTO v. DBCFT, more!

What Congress breaks, Congress must fix. That’s the message a Sixth Circuit appeals court decision sends, anyway. The TaxProf quotes from the case […]

Looking For Your Tax Refund?

Have you checked your refund status this tax season by using the "Where’s My Refund?" tool? Taxpayers are anxious to find out the status of their tax refund more than ever this year.

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