In the Blogs: Beyond ThunderDOMA


Highlights from some of our favorite tax bloggers this week.

Red Flags

  • IRS Problem Solver Blog: Conclusion of the series on common reasons for audits: T&E, car expenses for business use, various losses, round number expenses. Always good to be reminded where the land mines are.
  • Missouri Tax Guy: An additional look at new restrictions on business travel by personal car, especially validation requirements “because of perceived exposure to personal use. This was always due to someday become a thorny deduction, and it appears that turn in the road has arrived.”
  • Beancounter Ramblings: Can’t beat this opening line from blogger Chad Bordeaux: “Getting an audit notice from the IRS isn’t anyone’s idea of a party.” No, but sometimes it’s just the auditor checking all the boxes and making sure a client is entitled to all the breaks taken. “If the IRS finds a mistake, they issue a ‘deficiency notice’ and bill you for what you owe. How bad can it really be?” Let’s find out!
  • Liberty Tax blogs: Whoa There Pardner Dept.: “Many people relish the thought that their tax forms have been completed and submitted to the Internal Revenue Service, and their filing responsibilities are finished until the next tax season begins.” If only that was always the case. A look at amending a filed return for reasons from forgotten deductions and goofed calculations to incorrect filing statuses.


Beyond ThunderDOMA

  • Tax Girl: A look – a very brief one, as we’ll see -- at the IRS statement on the DOMA sitch, which “surprised more than a few folks. Count those as surprised: the Internal Revenue Service, which must now come to terms with how to treat what is sure to be an onslaught of amended returns and even more confusion … The IRS has now released a statement on the recent Supreme Court decision.” It’s 42 words long. If only the Tax Code was that pithy.
  • Don’t Mess with Taxes: Another look at the Supreme Court going all Macbeth on the Defense of Marriage Act, and how on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder said that President Obama had directed the Justice Department to work with other agencies to expeditiously implement the decision making federal benefits available to same-sex married couples. How fast things can happen when people want them to.
  • Taxes at How Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch propose that Congress adopt a “blank slate” approach to reforming America’s tax laws.
  • Taxing Subjects: A look at a recent TIGTA report that IRS employees are putting performance ratings ahead of fingering potentially phony tax ID number applications -- and to be fair we must add that TIGTA was tipped off by an IRS employee.
  • Mauled Again: Murder, He Wrote Dept: Another installment in how the road to teaching tax took blogger James Maule through a challenging Criminal Law course that he tried to explain to classmates with thoroughness and logic. “At one point, I developed a huge flowchart to sort out the various types and degrees of homicide...”


Back o’ My Neck

  • Backtaxeshelp: Keeping tax credits in mind when planning summertime home improvement, from DIYs to D-Day scale renos.
  • The Wandering Tax Pro: Don’t forget to advise clients who participate in an employer’s Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account that tuition for summer day camp for a kid under 13 can possibly come out of such an account.
  • Tax Vox: A new study says tax subsidies do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so we guess we can look forward to longer and longer summer-themed section of future blog roundups, maybe even to the point where our keyboard starts to melt.
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