Month: February 2020

A new taxpayer advocate. Treasury and the IRS named Erin Collins to serve as the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA). Early in her career, she worked in the IRS chief counsel’s office. Later she was a Managing Director of KPMG’s Tax Controversy Services practice for the Western Area. In recent years, she worked to build mentorship programs
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The ranking Republican on the House Financial Services Committee proposed an amendment that would stop the panel from even thinking about taxing trades of stocks, bonds and derivatives. Representative Patrick McHenry, the ranking Republican on the panel, offered an amendment Thursday that would prevent the committee from considering financial transaction taxes, a proposed new tax
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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participates in the tenth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 25, 2020. Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images A bill introduced by Sen. Bernie
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“Tax cheats beware. The machines are watching.” The Wall Street Journal reports (paywall) that the  IRS  is increasingly using artificial intelligence — machine learning and data analytics — to find tax evaders, respond to taxpayer questions, and become more efficient. Tax law remains full of gray areas that are difficult for AI  to resolve without
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Spook central; short of a grand; a low bar; and other highlights of recent tax cases. Mansfield, Texas: Innocent Wangwamba, 36, a Zambian national who operated a scheme to steal U.S. taxpayer IDs and fraudulently claim refunds, has been sentenced to 97 months in prison. Wangwamba, who pleaded guilty last year, admitted that from February
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When yields are depressed, seeking attractive dividend profiles across sectors becomes more important. Slower global growth and uncertainty surrounding international trade contributed to a shift in monetary policy in 2019, as the Fed reversed its tightening regime and investors bought up relatively safer Treasury bonds, pushing down yields. The length of the current bull market,
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The filing season currently underway is the second season following the changes brought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and is naturally going somewhat smoother than last year at this point, according to Tom Wheelwright, a CPA and CEO of WealthAbility. “We know the forms have already changed from the 2018 filing season, beginning
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Scott Minerd, founding managing partner at Guggenheim, at WEF in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 22, 2019. Adam Galica | CNBC Guggenheim Partners Global CIO Scott Minerd said Wednesday that stocks could have further to fall as the markets came to grips with the economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak. Minerd, appearing on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,”
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