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January 2013 Archives

Home office deductions and IRS audit triggers

Many Minnesotans may worry that taking deductions on their taxes for a home office will trigger an audit. That may have been the case years ago, but now better than half of Americans either work for a small business or own one. And more than half of these small businesses are home-based with space for home offices. The advent of the internet along with technology improvements have also resulted in some businesses large and small implementing virtual offices recruiting employees from around the country who work out of their homes.

Google's $300k tax lien an "error," says local tax official

Many of us in Minnesota use Google on a daily basis and news of the company reporting billions of dollars in revenue is nothing new. But after hearing the news that a $300,000 tax lien has been placed on the company, something just doesn't add up. A tax lien can be local, state or federal, meaning if a person or company does not pay taxes to the local, state or federal government it can place a lien on the taxpayer's property.

Who represents you in tax controversies with the IRS will matter

Tax controversy is a term that involves a contested matter with the Internal Revenue Service. The matter can be a civil or criminal matter and administrative or judicial. When dealing with the IRS there are a few truths, one being that CPAs are adept at preparing tax returns and are trained in auditing a company or business's financial statements with an eye toward benefitting the business owners. But if you are a taxpayer involved in a tax controversy you need qualified representation from a tax attorney.

Prince's tax controversies, back tax issues continue

Although it may appear that the acclaimed artist Prince has caught up on all his tax issues with the French government, his tax liabilities reportedly still exist in Minnesota. The Minnesota performer's attorney has filed a court notice stating the star had incorrectly assumed his previous managers submitted the necessary tax returns to the French after he performed there and he was not aware they hadn't until September. The issue came to light in July 2011 when officials from France informed the U.S. it wanted to review the artist's income tax liabilities for 2009 and 2010 claiming the artist had performed there during that period and owed back taxes. A summons was left at the artist's home in late March telling him to appear at an April meeting and to bring records of payments made to him or Paisley Park Enterprises from anyone in France.

So we didn't go off the fiscal cliff... now what?

Lawmakers were not able to pass a bill preventing us from going over the "fiscal cliff" before midnight on Dec. 1, but they were able to reach an agreement on New Year's Day. The deal will prevent most people in Minnesota and the rest of the country from paying more in income taxes.

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