Friday, April 24, 2009

Is it So? Is the IRS Working with Taxpayers Who Owe?

We have previously posted that Commissioner Shulman of the IRS stated that the IRS will work with taxpayers who cannot pay their taxes. Shulman said: "If they can't pay, they should attach a note" to the tax return, and either contact the IRS or wait for the agency to call." Click here to see full story.

In practice we are not seeing this. We are seeing the IRS serving levies and refusing to release them even though they are causing a hardship.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

IRS Stepping Up International Enforcement

The IRS says it will improve tax administration to deal more effectively with the increase of globalization of individual and business taxpayers. This will be accomplished through Service wide cross-functional cooperation in addressing emerging international issues. The priority will be to improve voluntary compliance with the international tax provisions and to reduce the tax gap attributable to international transactions. See the Approach of the IRS.