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Examining what it means to make a willful violation of tax law

Georgia residents may be interested in an article discussing what the IRS views as willful violations versus innocent mistakes. This standard may be different than what most taxpayers think and the consequences can be harsh if careful attention is not paid.

New law provides IRS access to overseas accounts

On July 1, the Internal Revenue Service will get a better idea of funds placed in American held accounts in foreign banks and institutions. In short, reporting money and investments abroad will not rely solely on the honor system anymore. Instead, foreign financial institutions will provide access or be charged a 30 percent withholding tax on payments that can be withheld.

IRS settles NOM controversy

The IRS agreed to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 after it leaked information from a 2008 tax return that was later published in 2012 on the website of the Human Rights Campaign. The chairman of the NOM said that he was thankful that the IRS admitted to wrongdoing after a long and arduous process. There was no comment from the IRS about the ruling, and it cited privacy reasons for not commenting on the case.

IRS rules concerning non-profit groups to be rewritten

As the controversy concerning IRS proposed rules concerning 501(c)(4) organizations has not gone away, the Internal Revenue Service is now planning on revising these rule changes. The proposed rules ignited a storm almost from the very beginning. When the proposed rules were originally made available for publication, there were more than 140,000 public comments submitted. This is the most comments ever for any draft federal regulation.

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