With one debate already in the books, we’re not really any closer to knowing what taxes will be in the books, or not, come January. In fact, when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, we may still need a crystal ball to tell us in what direction we are headed.

As IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman prepares to depart in November, major legislative uncertainties face the agency as well as practitioners and taxpayers heading into 2013. Among them are the many tax provisions set to expire, including the alternative minimum tax and rate structure, which could cause major operational concerns during fling season, according to Marc Gerson, former majority tax counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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