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Who Qualifies for This Massive Tax Break?

May 8, 2018

Small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) were quick to cheer the new 20% deduction on pass through income that Congress included in the new tax law. As with so many tax and legal issues, however, the devil is in the details. The tax attorneys at the Baltimore law firm, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP, note that…

Responding to an IRS Letter 5935 and IRS Form 15023: What to Do (and Not Do) to Resolve Your Offshore Tax Issues

Brandon N. Mourges | May 2, 2018

In recent months, the Internal Revenue Service (“the Service”) began the process of issuing follow-up letters to taxpayers who either requested preclearance to participate in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”) or who submitted a voluntary disclosure letter within the OVDP.  For those that receive these letters – IRS Letter 5935 and IRS Form 15023…

Planning to Travel Abroad? Don’t Let the IRS Stop You at the Border. Understanding Recent Guidance Regarding Passport Revocation Rules Under I.R.C. § 7345

Brandon N. Mourges | Apr 30, 2018

As part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”) of 2015, Congress mandated that the State Department deny any passport application for an individual, or revoke any previously issued passport for an individual, if the Internal Revenue Service (“the Service”) certifies that the individual has a “seriously delinquent tax debt.”  In early 2018,…

Reporting Cryptocurrency Gains and Hard Forks

Michael J. March | Apr 18, 2018

Due to the inherent structure of cryptocurrency trading most users consider their transactions completely anonymous. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) estimates three million individuals transact in cryptocurrency each year. However, only about 800 to 900 people disclose the capital gains on their Federal Income Tax Returns. Due to the lack of disclosure, in November of…

2017 Tax Act: Pass-Through Tax Cut Raises Questions

Mar 9, 2018

Since Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) on December 20, 2017,  tax professionals and the general public alike have been grappling to understand the Act’s full implications. One noteworthy change brought about by the Act is a new 20 percent deduction of certain business income for qualifying pass-through entities. The pass-through…

Faster, Higher, Stronger, and Tax-Free

Brandon N. MourgesSeth Groman | Feb 9, 2018

Winning a medal at the Olympic Games comes with a number of benefits: the adulation of millions, appearances on late night talk shows and reality TV shows, lucrative endorsement contracts, and until recently, substantial federal and state tax bills. In addition to gold, silver, and bronze medals (which are worth up to approximately $600), Team…

Maryland State Lawmakers Propose Bills to Reduce Taxes

Feb 6, 2018

The recently-unveiled federal tax plan promises to lower the taxes of most Americans, but a significant portion of Marylanders do not fall within that group. Instead, state legislators estimate that 92 percent of Maryland residents will pay more in taxes because of the change, amounting to as much as $1 billion in additional federal taxes…

Continuing an Annual Trend, Comptroller Opens Tax Season by Suspending Tax Preparers

Brandon N. Mourges | Feb 5, 2018

On February 2, 2018, the Comptroller issued a press release announcing that he has suspended the processing of electronic tax returns for nine additional tax preparers.  A copy of the press release can be found here.)  The Comptroller acknowledged that these preparers were suspended based upon technology designed to spot instances of fraud used by…

Gov. Hogan Seeks Legislation to Protect Maryland From State Tax Increases

Jan 29, 2018

One of the expected consequences of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted by the Federal government at the end of 2017 is that residents of higher-tax states, including Maryland, may see higher state tax bills. Maryland’s governor and legislature are examining ways to shield Maryland taxpayers from tax bill increases. The Maryland tax attorneys…

Tax Changes for Nondisclosure Agreements Relating to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse Lawsuits May Have Consequences for All Parties Involved

Brandon N. MourgesSeth Groman | Jan 29, 2018

For those litigating cases involving alleged sexual harassment or sexual abuse, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“the Act”) made an important change that might easily be overlooked.  In pertinent part, Section 13307 of the Act amends Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code (relating to the deductibility of trade or business expenses)…

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