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Over the years I've found that many taxpayers will NEVER challenge an IRS or state tax department “adjustment”.   Even though the proposed adjustments are often wrong, taxpayers will just pay the added tax without question.

That’s part of the problem with a new program by NYS Taxation and Finance.

The Department has been sending letters to taxpayers, shortly after their returns are submitted, indicating there are issues with their return, and their refunds could be delayed as much as 5 more months.

The message is simple and straightforward:  remembrance of the fallen, resolve to protect the living. 

Work is sometimes dangerous, but no one should die for lack of equipment, or lack of safety training.

But when IUOE 793 brings the message to Youtube,  it becomes  more immediate, more powerful.

You should take a few minutes to watch this, not only for the message it conveys, but to appreciate the force of digital delivery.

Labour unions, employers and various levels of government must work harder to make sure that safety is the top priority on construction sites and in workplaces across Ontario. That was one of the messages conveyed by Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher at a ceremony at the union’s head office April 28 to mark Canada’s National Day of Mourning.

OK, you just opened the letter form the IRS, and you are NOT in a good mood. 

I can help with that pending audit.  And in the meantime, maybe I can help with your mood.

There is a sense of resignation, and maybe gallows humor, surrounding the tax collector.  Below we have gathers some of the more notable pronouncements concerning taxes;

"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.'' — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice  ("Civilized society? Can I get my money back?" --  JTC)

"The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.'' — James Madison, U.S. President

"To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men." —  Edmund Burke, 18th Century Irish political philosopher and British statesman

A Department of Education program may forgive student loans for up to 50,000 students of closed Corinthian Colleges, including Everest Institute in Rochester.  The IRS has just announced it will not treat that debt forgiveness as taxable income. IRS will also not seek to recover prior year education credits or interest deductions attributed to these loans.

This applies to any taxpayer who took out Federal student loans to finance attendance at a school owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. that are discharged under the Closed School discharge process or the Defense to Repayment discharge process.

It's good to be the best.

And, it appears that it would cost me only $249 to achieve that distinction.  Kind of like buying a diploma from an imaginary university. 

Here's the text of an email that offers to crown me "The Best".

Congratulations, John T. Cheek! You have been selected to be the "Best Rated Tax Preparer" in Caledonia.

We currently need one Tax Preparer from Caledonia to submit to Google as the "Best Rated Local Tax Preparer in Caledonia".

The IRS no longer publishes a refund "cycle chart" that predicts when refund checks will be issued. Instead, it allows taxpayers to check the progress of their return up to the point the refund is issued.  The data is only updated daily, usually overnight, so don't bother to check more than once a day.  Here's how to track your refund.   

New IRS Guidance for DOMA Refund Claims

Same sex marriage became legal in New York State on July 24, 2011. The federal government did not recognize such marriages until the Supreme Court struck down DOMA on June 26, 2013. The time period between these two events gives rise to some interesting tax issues.

Prior to the Windsor decision, if an employer did provide spousal coverage for a same-sex couple, the value of the spouse’s coverage was considered additional taxable wages, reported on Form W-2, and the added wages were also subject to FICA and Medicare taxes. The IRS has just confirmed that taxpayers may be entitled to refund of such income taxes and FICA/Medicare taxes, provided the taxpayers were legally married under state law.

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