Highlights of some of our favorite tax-related blogs from the past week.

Because you ObamaCare

  • Tax Vox: Got a client who’s one of some 6 million potentially facing the no-insurance penalty? For your home-stretch pleasure, the U.S. Treasury clarifies Affordable Care Act tax facts, starting with sheets on common exemptions from the individual mandate. Also, “Is the Lee-Rubio tax reform plan offering a fully refundable personal credit?” and “Washington State Ds want a capital gains tax to fund schools.”
  • Tax Break: The TurboTax blog: Got a client who blames you for the cost of Obamacare insurance? Shocking dollar ranges of health plans under the ACA and what goes into determining prices.
  • Taxing Subjects: A look at recent IRS letters to preparers who violated PTIN rules, especially those who filed using a Social Security number and those who tried an expired PTIN. Also, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services blog’s discussion of those pesky reissued 1095-As.


  • Mauled Again: As Alabama goes, so goes all roads in the nation: potholes, broken asphalt, evaporating funds. How the state transportation department turned off the tap after Republican state senator Bill Holtzclaw rented a billboard decrying higher taxes.
  • Tax Policy: Nevada’s Gov. Brian Sandoval fires back over a Tax Foundation report analyzing his proposed business license fee tax. Also, “Which Places Benefit Most from State and Local Tax Deductions?”

Now in session

  • Procedurally Taxing: First-time guest blogger Bob Nadler tackles an innocent spouse issue as depicted in Sanchez v. Comm.
  • Rubin on Tax: How a recent Sunshine State case may apply elsewhere: A court ordered that the Florida personal representative should hold the share of a beneficiary in an intestate Florida estate in a restricted account until that beneficiary “has fulfilled her obligation to ensure legal title to the Romanian properties is properly vested in the persons entitled to receive those properties under Romanian law.”

So that’s why they’re calling

  • Taxjar: On the sales-tax front this week: handling orders that show up after filing; the “Is Shipping Taxable?” series looks at New York State.
  • Tax Girl: Did your client win or lose a bundle in March Madness? How to make sure the taxman doesn’t have the final bucket when it comes to payoff.
  • Our Taxing Times: Different ways to pay the IRS or state taxes due. Or both, for your luckiest clients.
  • Burbank CPA Tax Musings: A look at a recent US News and World Report Finance piece on just why your idiot clients bug you so much at this time year.
  • ClientWhys: All It Takes Is One Gripe Dept.: Don’t wait to preserve your practice’s online reputation. Also, will prospects still find you on Google mobile search results later this month?
  • The Income Tax School: Menu items have recently changed for your inconvenience: How to apply the customer service adage that “the person calling you on the phone is just as important as the person who walks in the front door” to your practice.
  • IRS Problem Solver Blog: Blogger Darrin Mish offers seven reminders on how to report offshore income.


  • Roth & Co.: Oops Dept: The technical impossibility of committing tax fraud “accidentally.”
  • Taxable Talk: In the face of burgeoning ID theft and the IRS’s “pitiful” response, we hereby present “Bozo Tax Tip 10: E-mail your Social Security number.”
  • Don’t Mess With Taxes: Catch the recent HBO documentary on the Church of Scientology? Well, “how the Scientologists came to be officially sanctioned (as tax-exempt) by Uncle Sam is quite a story itself.” Not to mention, this blogger notes, “intriguing and infuriating.”

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