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Year-End Tax Planning: More Important This Year Than Ever

Dec 19, 2018

It’s the holiday season! The next few weeks will be spent in winter festivities, getting together with friends and family, and rushing around to the sound of holiday music. Major Tax Changes Stem from the Tax Cut and Jobs Act But you know what that means. At the end of the holiday season stands the…

Tax Audits for Cash Businesses

Dec 13, 2018

Cash businesses generally do not leave the detailed paper trail that would enable a straightforward audit of gross income, expenses, and profits. Nonetheless, businesses that operate on a cash basis develop their own methodologies to track their revenues. The IRS, however, has its own auditing standards and methodologies for cash businesses. Discrepancies between those two…

Offshore Update: IRS Releases Memorandum Addressing Updates to Voluntary Disclosure Practice After Closing Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Brandon N. Mourges | Dec 4, 2018

Now, More than Ever, Taxpayers with Lingering Offshore Tax Non-Compliance Must Seek Professional Assistance November 30, 2018 On November 20, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (“the Service”) released a memorandum containing important updates regarding its Voluntary Disclosure Practice (“the Memo”).  Although the Memo provides significant guidance as a result of the closing of the Offshore…

What to Know About Wayfair and Its Impact on Maryland Sales Tax Audits

Brandon N. Mourges | Nov 12, 2018

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided on the much-anticipated case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, 585 U.S. ___, 138 S.Ct. 2080 (2018).  At issue was the validity of a statute applying sales tax to internet retailers that had very limited economic nexus to the state (i.e., without property or employees in the state).  By…

Tax Deductions for Small Business Owners

Oct 29, 2018

Small business owners make up the bulk of American businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, in 2010, there were nearly 28 million small businesses, making up 99.7% of U.S. employer firms. More than 50% of the small businesses were home-based, and nearly 75% were sole proprietors. The vast majority of Maryland businesses, then, can…

Negligence and Tax Fraud: What’s the Difference?

Aug 14, 2018

It’s not uncommon for both business owners and individuals to feel anxiety when they file their taxes. The U.S. tax code is complicated, after all.  Not only that, but the changes signed into law late last year will impact your filing for 2018.  So when April 15th rolls around, all filings must follow the new…

The Business Tax Audit: Risks and Consequences

Jul 19, 2018

At best, a business tax audit will consume only time and personnel resources. At worst, you and your business could face criminal charges and payments of additional taxes, fines, and penalties. Moreover, if the audit uncovers fraudulent activity, substantial underpayments of taxes, or unreported income an audit can be expanded from three to six years,…

To File Jointly? Or Separately? Considerations for Married Couples in Maryland

Jul 19, 2018

For married couples who reside in Maryland, the question of whether to file taxes jointly or separately can be a burdensome task. Many people assume that joint filing is expected or more advantageous, but the interaction of federal and state tax laws can complicate the decision. Baltimore-based tax law firm Rosenberg Martin Greenberg can help…

Colliot and Its Effect on Penalties for Potential FBAR Violations: Ruling Provides for Significant Limitation on Amount of Penalties

Brandon N. Mourges | Jun 5, 2018

On May 15, 2018, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas issued an important ruling concerning the application of willful FBAR penalties under 31 U.S.C. § 5321.  In United States v. Colliot, Case No. AU-16-CA-01281-SS (W.D. Tex. 2018), the court held that the Internal Revenue Service (“the Service”) could not assess…

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…

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