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February 2016 Archives

The State of Minnesota may or may not require your presence ...

We are continuing our discussion of a tax case recently decided by the Minnesota Supreme Court. While the taxpayers lived in Florida, they maintained a house in Minnetonka. In August 2007, they moved here permanently. When they filed their tax return with the state, they filed as part-time residents. The Department of Revenue determined that they had been full-time residents and, as a result, owed the state a tidy sum -- almost $650,000 -- in back taxes, interest and penalties.

The State of Minnesota requires your presence …

A recent decision from the Minnesota Supreme Court illustrates a few important aspects of tax law. First, the statutes can be ambiguous. Second, the Department of Revenue's attempts to clarify a statute may not reflect legislative intent. Third, sometimes, a court can just confuse things even further.

What the State Department giveth, the IRS may taketh away p2

Did you know that your passport can be revoked if you owe more than $2,500 in unpaid child support? It seems odd, if only because the state of Minnesota tracks child support debt and the Department of State issues passports. Nevertheless, the state assembles a list of noncustodial parents who are seriously behind on child support payments and forwards those names to the State Department, which in turn will refuse to issue or to renew the debtor's passport and will, given the opportunity, revoke his or her passport.

What the State Department giveth, the IRS may taketh away

There is now an additional risk for taxpayers who fall seriously behind on their federal tax obligations. Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act signed into law in December 2015, the U.S. Department of State will neither issue a passport nor renew a passport if the applicant is a seriously delinquent taxpayer. Further, the State Department must revoke the current passport of a seriously delinquent taxpayer.

You may think it's a deduction, but the government thinks otherwise

As you gather your records for your annual tax return, you may be wondering if some of your major purchases or even big-ticket daily expenses are deductible. Before you consult with your own tax attorney, you might want to consult the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants' list of items and activities that are generally not deductible.

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