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

Just Super

  • Don’t Mess With Taxes: Cheat cheat, beat frequently: “Is Belichick’s coaching style like tax avoidance or tax evasion?” looks at the leadership style, we guess you call it, of the helmsman of the now-reigning NFL champs. Is cutting corners the only real way to triumph? Deflating notion.
  • Tax Girl: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24, Taxpayers??: Just how much money goes into football’s biggest game. And how much comes out of various tax bases in one way or another?

Guest writers

  • Tax Policy: Alan Cole looks at a recent Washington Post editorial opposing repeal of the ACA’s medical-device tax (see “caving in to special interests”).
  • Bond Beebe’s It’s Taxing: Blogger Billy Thomas looks at the congressional gift that keeps on giving, at least through the end of last year: extension of tax-free distributions from IRAs for charitable purposes, or a Qualified Charitable Distribution.
  • Tax Vox: Kim Rueben on what we can all learn from the president’s “failure” to curb 529s, which was “pilloried from the left and the right as a tax hike on the middle-class” yet might have been “a net benefit to middle-income households.”

Due in court

  • Rubin on Tax: The IRS, a wrong year on an 872, an evaporation of the statute of limitations and how the Tax Court sorted it all out.
  • Procedurally Taxing: A couple of cases on administrative costs: Milligan v. Comm’r, where the IRS mishandled a taxpayer’s appeal to the point of the Taxpayer Advocate having to intervene; and the District Court for New Hampshire’s United States v. Baker, which held that the service was not substantially justified in its position that an ex-wife’s real estate was subject to a lien from her ex-husband’s tax liability.
  • Roth & Co.: Talk about bad reviews: A filmmaker who got an unprecedented $9 million in tax credits under an Iowa program is scheduled to walk one more red carpet: the one into jail after being convicted of fraud.
  • Due Diligence: In this week’s roundup: “Trial Begins in Gruesome Medicare Fraud Case”; “IRS Issues Updated FBAR Guidance”; “Lap Dance of Luxury?” (our favorite headline of the week); “ ‘Chronic Disorganization’ or False Tax Returns?” (we know which we’d pick); “New Twist in Medicare Fraud – Arrest the Patients!”; “Hospital Group Settles Medicare Fraud Kickback Case”; “Audit Defense 101 – Don’t Bribe IRS Agents!”; “ ‘More Paper Than A Stationery Store’ ”; and (our second-favorite headline of the week) “Grandmother’s IRS Horror Story – Money Laundering Post.”

Just keep talking

  • TaxMama: Mama handles the question of whether the owner of a rentable, occupied property (which is entering foreclosure) who stopped paying the mortgage months ago yet who still collects rent and reports it on Schedule E can still take depreciation.
  • Our Taxing Times: EITC Awareness Day (not that you needed one) plus the bonus trivia question, “Who said; ‘The Earned Income Tax Credit is the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress?’ ”
  • The Income Tax School: You know you didn’t (completely) get into this business to be the bearer of bad news to your clients, but “Brace Yourselves: The ACA Questions Are Coming.”
  • Taxes at About.com: Ins and outs of claiming dependents.

Forward view

  • Thegleimblog: EA exam candidate Katherine K. relates how she’s “officially past the halfway point of EA Review Part 2 study.” Her take? “Should all be downhill from here!”

Can we get some service?

  • Tax Break: The TurboTax blog: The most wonderful question of the year: “When Will I Get My IRS Tax Refund?”
  • H&R Block blog: All you spinning heads who’ve been reading IRS Document 6209 can check in here for the non-dizzying breakdown. Included: a gander at the IRS’s Master File.
  • John R. Dundon II blog: Experience and result: Shepherding a marijuana dispensary through IRS Examination and Appeals functions.
  • Taxing Subjects: This month’s key IRS deadlines.

Far-off lands

  • TaxProf: How the president wants U.S.-based companies to pay a minimum 19% tax on future foreign earnings, “capturing profits that are now often beyond the government’s reach.” Obama also wants a 14% mandatory tax on about $2 trillion in stockpiled offshore profits, “said two people familiar with his budget proposals.”
  • The Tax Times: Avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts again makes the service’s annual Dirty Dozen scams. Good things never change.

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