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Tax Watch: How much tax goes unpaid? Don't ask the IRS

March 19, 2001

The government is reportedly losing billions of dollars in unpaid income taxes each year. According to a growing chorus of tax experts, the government's tax collector, the Internal Revenue Service, doesn't really know how much, and it can't...

Tax Watch: IRS tailors site to small business, self-employed

March 5, 2001

In its first visible outreach to small-business taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service has unveiled a website tailored to the nation's 45 million small-business and self-employed taxpayers. It represents the first stage in the agency's revamping...

Tax Watch: House quizzes IRS on ID-matching for returns

February 19, 2001

Dan Burton, the Indiana Republican who heads the House Government Reform Committee, has written to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti asking about the agency's policy for verifying Social Security names and numbers on...

Tax Watch: IRS' e-filing system suffers from PIN drop

February 12, 2001

According to the Internal Revenue Service, paperless tax filing is a reality. Now, if they could only get it to work. Many taxpayers are reportedly encountering problems with the new paper-free e-filing system. About 90% of those individuals...

Tax Watch: IRS taking showbiz approach to education

February 5, 2001

The Internal Revenue Service has caused a lot of taxpayers to tear their hair out, so it's fitting that its new monthly forum was designed by the same company that won praise last spring with its launch of a hair-coloring product. The target...

Tax Watch: IRS introduces timesaver for routine problems

January 29, 2001

A new Internal Revenue Service initiative will allow taxpayers to check a box on their individual tax return to authorize a paid preparer to represent them in resolving problems processing returns. The initiative will be a significant timesaver...

Tax Watch: Futures on single stocks get the go-ahead

January 22, 2001

Futures contracts on single stocks have become legal under one of the provisions of the omnibus appropriations bill that President Clinton signed into law just before Christmas. The provision modifies the Commodities Exchange Act to address...

Tax Watch: Tax-exempt bonds are getting a closer look

January 15, 2001

The Internal Revenue Service's exempt-bond unit is working to bolster its audit and outreach activities, according to Mark Scott, director of tax-exempt bonds. Speaking at the National Association of College and University Business Officers'...

Tax Watch: New IRS program seeks to head off disputes

January 8, 2001

The Internal Revenue Service has announced an Industry Issue Resolution Pilot Program. Its objective, according to IRS Notice 2000-65, is to resolve frequently disputed tax issues that are common to a significant number of large or midsize businesses....

TAX WATCH: Buying into funds? Check those distributions

October 16, 2000

Tax law requires capital gains distributions when a fund sells a stock at a gain. If the fund doesn't have offsetting losses, investors are required to report their share of that gain on their individual tax return. The problem arises for those...

TAX WATCH: Three choices for treating commissions

October 9, 2000

Effective Oct. 2, Revenue Procedure 2000-38 provides guidance on three accounting methods that mutual fund distributors may use to account for commissions paid on the sales of mutual fund B shares. Under all three methods, the distributor capitalizes...

TAX WATCH: Annuity owners can offset now, pay later

October 2, 2000

The Internal Revenue Service recently ruled that the owners of single-premium annuity contracts could offset their annuity income with a portion of the basis but that they must recognize any payments of excess interest as income when received....

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