IRS Practice and Procedure

Tax principles for the digital age

The AICPA revises its Guiding Principles of Good Tax Policy to respond to challenges in tax reform, economic efficiency, global reach, and securing taxpayers’ information.

IRS enforcement activities dropped in 2016

The IRS reported several large drops in its enforcement activities in fiscal year 2016, including a 16% drop in audits, a 40% drop in levies, and a 9% drop in liens compared to the prior year.

Use of driver’s license numbers raises security concerns

The decision of the IRS and some states to recommend—or, in a few cases, require—the use of driver’s license numbers as form of authentication on electronically filed personal tax returns has made them a higher-value target for hackers and other criminals.

Disbarred tax preparer not subject to IRS jurisdiction

The IRS Office of Professional Responsibility has no authority or jurisdiction over a disbarred attorney/tax preparer or his tax preparation practice and cannot regulate his provision of tax advice a federal district court in Nevada has held.

Whether to amend a return

While taxpayers have no duty to correct an error or omission in a filed return, practitioners must inform them of the consequences.

Getting in shape for tax season

The annual marathon of forms, schedules, and worksheets is beginning once more. As CPAs and their staffs train and ready their equipment, they might add these reminders of what’s new and notable for 2016 returns.

SPONSORED REPORT

Keeping client information safe in an age of scams and security threats

A look at the Dirty Dozen tax scams and ways to protect taxpayer information.

TAX PRACTICE CORNER

More R&D tax help

"Can I use the R&D credit?" PATH Act enhancements make the credit more attractive to a wider range of taxpayers.

QUIZ

Learn to choose between ‘who’ and ‘whom’

Writers can stumble over who and whom (or whoever and whomever). If you write for business, this quiz can help make your copy above reproach.