Business Condo Association Denied Non-Profit Status

Non-profits do not pay Federal income taxes. Many states also exempt these entities from state income taxes. The local tax assessor may also exempt the entity from property taxes. The IRS regulates non-profits by denying non-profit status to entities. It also has a whole regime of penalties and excise taxes to deter for-profit entities from……

Headings in Will Conflict With Terms of the Will

A lot of planning goes into preparing a Last Will and Testament.  The testator agonizes over who is going to take what asset and when.  The testator thinks through who should serve as the executor and what powers they should have.  Then the estate planning attorney carefully crafts the legal document.  And great care is…Continue…

Relying on Advice From the IRS

IRS employees often give bad and incorrect tax advice. There are numerous examples of this in reported tax cases. Unlike advice provided by licensed professionals, such as tax attorneys, one generally cannot prevail in a malpractice suit against the IRS. That leaves the question as to whether bad or incorrect advice from the IRS can……

IRS Says Congress’ Penalty Relief Not Available

To be viable, businesses have to pay for their operations and, after-tax, produce a profit or return. The tax burden can make it very difficult to produce a profit. This is particularly true when sales taxes and payroll taxes are considered. The sales tax is imposed on the transfer of property (and in some states……

Hospital Administrator Owes Trust Fund Penalty

Employment taxes can be deadly for businesses. Once a business gets behind, it can be impossible to catch up. Those operating a failing or struggling business may feel that using employment taxes as a short-term loan from the IRS is justified. The thinking may be that they are needed to keep employees employed, to save……

Contribution to Corporation, then Sale of the Corporation

Most income tax planning involves questions about income, deductions or credits, character, or timing, or some combination of these questions. When viewed from these categories, even simple transactions can present tax planning opportunities. The contribution of property to a corporation by its shareholder is an example. A contribution triggers taxable income to the shareholder. Our……

Charter Boat Expenses are Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions

We live in a complex society. Even common activities can be exceedingly complex. Take a charter boat operation, for example. One has to consider the various laws for registering the boat; laws that dictate where and when the boat can operate; the laws governing the crew and its activities; and financing and loan and insurance…Continue…