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ABA Tax Section Comments on Virtual Currency Guidance

Thursday, March 26, 2015


In a letter this week, the ABA Section of Taxation outlined its concerns with the Service's guidance last year for transactions involving "virtual" currencies such as Bitcoin.

All Cash Merger

Thursday, March 26, 2015

By gifting stock to a charity in exchange for a CGA, taxpayers minimize the burden of paying capital gains tax, receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction, and provide for a lifetime income stream.

IRS Explains Sharp Increase in PLR User Fees

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Responding by e-mail to an inquiry from Tax Analysts, an IRS spokesperson commented the recent spike in user fees for private letter rulings is the result of a more accurate assessment of the average time spent by lawyers in the Office of Chief Counsel.

IRS Releases 2014 Data Book

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rates, Tables & Statistics

The Service issued its 2014 Data Book, reporting on the agency's activities during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. The report includes data on returns filed and taxes collected, enforcement activity, taxpayer assistance, and the agency's budget and workforce.

W&M Markup Today Includes Estate Tax Repeal, (c)(4) Reforms

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to mark up four tax measures today, including a bill that would repeal the estate tax, another that would provide that contributions to social welfare organizations, trade unions, and business leagues are deductible for gift tax purposes, a third that would enable an organization to seek declaratory relief with respect to its status as a 501(c)(4) organization, and a fourth that would require IRS to terminate an employee who undertook official action with respect to a taxpayer for political purposes.

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