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Are You Under Investigation for Disaster Relief Tax Fraud?


Posted in on October 30, 2020

When disaster strikes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will often offer tax relief to individual and business taxpayers. This tax relief can take various forms, from delaying the due date for income tax filings (as in the case of the COVID-19 crisis) to providing additional deductions to taxpayers that experience casualty losses (as in the case of major storms). The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers disaster relief loans and grants in various circumstances as well—and the IRS is tasked with ensuring that taxpayers who receive federal funds pay all relevant taxes when they come due.Read More

IRS Announces Inflation Adjustments for 2021


Posted in on October 16, 2020

On October 26, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the annual inflation adjustments for the 2021 tax year. The full list of adjustments is contained in Revenue Procedure 2020-45; however, the IRS has highlighted the adjustments, “of greatest interest to most taxpayers,” in a News Release published on its website. Here, Washington D.C. tax attorney Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, discusses some of the most-notable changes for the upcoming year.

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How Can a Washington D.C. Tax Attorney Help You Voluntarily Disclose Offshore Assets to the IRS?

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on September 30, 2020

Under federal law, U.S. taxpayers have an obligation to report their offshore assets and income to the IRS. Failure to report offshore assets and income can lead to substantial penalties—and possibly even to criminal prosecution of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines that you have willfully withheld information about your foreign holdings or revenue sources in order to evade federal income tax liability. The IRS’ Voluntary Disclosure Practice provides taxpayers with the opportunity to mitigate the consequences of untimely disclosure, but making mistakes when attempting to take advantage of the program can lead to undesirable consequences as well.Read More

IRS to Small Business Owners: Don’t Abuse the Home Office Deduction


Posted in on September 25, 2020

Small Business Week was September 22 through 24. In recognition of the event, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took the opportunity to remind small business owners of the pitfalls of abusing the home office deduction. Here, Washington D.C. tax lawyer Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, provides an overview of what business owners who work from home need to know:

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IRS Office of Fraud Enforcement to Open During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Posted in on August 31, 2020

Earlier this year, we discussed the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) plans to create a new Fraud Enforcement Office. The IRS announced the initiative on March 5, just as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were beginning to be felt across much of the United States.

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