Madoff victims still wait; suing the IRS anonymously; CP2000 explained; where tax dollars go; other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers.

Therefore I scam

  • Don’t Mess With Taxes (http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/): The great ones never quit: In the latest headline tax scam, “The ID thieves are still impersonating an IRS agent and they still want our money ASAP via a debit card. But this time they've refined their fake story in three ways regarding the supposed unpaid tax bill…”
  • Intuit Proconnect (http://taxprocenter.proconnect.intuit.com/): A few additional details on the con: claims that the payment will be processed through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, and the insistence that certified letters to the victim have come back undeliverable.
  • Tax Girl (http://blogs.forbes.com/kellyphillipserb): Congressman Vern Buchanan, R.-Fla., claims that Madoff’s victims “have not received a penny” of relief almost a decade after the landmark fraud. Where does the time – and where did the money – go?

Name, please

  • Procedurally Taxing (http://www.procedurallytaxing.com/): In the recent John Doe v. United States, the plaintiff requested that the court allow him to pursue the case without having his name made public. Why various courts seem to consistently shake their heads at this request.
  • Federal Tax Crimes (http://federaltaxcrimes.blogspot.com/): How in Awad v. Commissioner, a whistleblower case, the Tax Court denied a claim in an offshore account case “with very unusual facts” because the information did not produce collected proceeds.
  • Tax, Society & Culture (http://taxpol.blogspot.com/): Exploring the impact of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting initiative on tax sovereignty, the autonomy that nations seek to exercise over tax policy.
  • The Wandering Tax Pro (http://wanderingtaxpro.blogspot.com/): What “CP2000” stands for – and why you definitely, positively shouldn’t ignore it.

Destinations

  • John R. Dundon II EA (http://johnrdundon.com/): A look at giving so it doesn’t hurt.
  • Rubin on Tax (http://rubinontax.floridatax.com): Absence does make the IRS’s heart grow fonder, it seems. A look at miscellaneous filing due dates and such for American taxpayers living abroad.
  • AG Tax (http://agtax.ca/tax-tips-and-articles): U.S. tax reporting for American ex-pats in Canada.
  • Taxjar (http://blog.taxjar.com/): Amazon stunned the business world — not to mention uncounted grocery shoppers of quality produce — when they unexpectedly announced they would purchase Whole Foods in a whopper deal. What’s the possible fallout for Amazon FBA sellers when it comes to sales tax?
  • The Income Tax School (http://www.theincometaxschool.com/blog/): The off season offers tons of tempting opportunities to better yourself and your practice. Here are a half-dozen reasons to operate your own tax school.

Important questions

  • H&R Block (http://blogs.hrblock.com/): “Is there life after death?” and “What is the nature of the universe?” are all well and good, but let’s get to the important stuff: “Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?”
  • TaxMama (http://taxmama.com): A tax checklist for “knotty” divorces.
  • IRS Problem Solver Blog (http://www.getirshelp.com/irsblog/): Eight questions and answers about tax liens, starting with how long after your client pays can they finally see the end of the thing?
Jeff Stimpson

Jeff Stimpson

Jeff Stimpson is a veteran freelance journalist who previously served as editor of The Practical Accountant.