It’s Freezing Where?

Taxpayers across much of the Midwest and east coast have enjoyed a relatively light winter this year, with mild temperatures and little snow. But Old Man Winter made up for it last week. Temperatures dropped well below zero and wind chills broke records across the country. Friday morning saw thermometers dip below freezing in the Florida Everglades, and parts of North Carolina were colder than in Barrow, Alaska! Care to guess where else temperatures have been falling? If you said “in Hell,” you’re right. That’s because the House of Representatives, where gridlock appears to have found a permanent home, actually
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Keeping An Eye On Top Tax Payers

State governments collect billions of dollars in taxes every year, and they work just as hard to protect their revenue base as their friends at the IRS. Sometimes that means putting lots of eggs in one basket — then watching that basket very, very carefully. But one state acknowledges taking that particular strategy to a new level. In a move that falls somewhere between “I can’t believe they haven’t done this already,” and “Wow, that sure sounds like stalking,” the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has revealed they’re “keeping an eye” on their top 100 individual taxpayers to make sure
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Patriots 28, Seahawks 24, IRS Millions

You probably thought the holiday season ended when the last Christmas lights finally came off the house. But then you would have forgotten the closest thing we have to a national fair. We’re talking, of course, about the Super Bowl, our only nationally-televised event that makes people look forward to the commercials as much as the game! This year’s contest was another nail-biter that remained close until New England cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a Seattle goal-line pass with just 20 seconds left on the clock. (If the Patriots want the rest of the NFL to take their “dynasty” seriously, they’re
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The Postman Always Rings Twice

Getting mail from the IRS is rarely something to celebrate. If it’s a bill, consider yourself lucky — at least you can just pay it and be done. If it’s a “CP 2000” notice proposing a change to your taxes, get ready for a ride on the paperwork tilt-a-whirl. If it’s an audit notice, all bets are off. (Relax — it only feels like you’re a prisoner at a CIA black-ops site.) But one taxpayer may have won the booby prize for “worst IRS correspondence ever” when he got a letter helpfully notifying him he had died. Deceased. Croaked. Bought
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It’s Freezing Where?

Taxpayers across much of the Midwest and east coast have enjoyed a relatively light winter this year, with mild temperatures and little snow. But Old Man Winter made up for it last week. Temperatures dropped well below zero and wind chills broke records across the country. Friday morning saw thermometers dip below freezing in the Florida Everglades, and parts of North Carolina were colder than in Barrow, Alaska! Care to guess where else temperatures have been falling? If you said “in Hell,” you’re right. That’s because the House of Representatives, where gridlock appears to have found a permanent home, actually
Read More

Keeping An Eye On Top Tax Payers

State governments collect billions of dollars in taxes every year, and they work just as hard to protect their revenue base as their friends at the IRS. Sometimes that means putting lots of eggs in one basket — then watching that basket very, very carefully. But one state acknowledges taking that particular strategy to a new level. In a move that falls somewhere between “I can’t believe they haven’t done this already,” and “Wow, that sure sounds like stalking,” the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has revealed they’re “keeping an eye” on their top 100 individual taxpayers to make sure
Read More

Patriots 28, Seahawks 24, IRS Millions

You probably thought the holiday season ended when the last Christmas lights finally came off the house. But then you would have forgotten the closest thing we have to a national fair. We’re talking, of course, about the Super Bowl, our only nationally-televised event that makes people look forward to the commercials as much as the game! This year’s contest was another nail-biter that remained close until New England cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a Seattle goal-line pass with just 20 seconds left on the clock. (If the Patriots want the rest of the NFL to take their “dynasty” seriously, they’re
Read More

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Getting mail from the IRS is rarely something to celebrate. If it’s a bill, consider yourself lucky — at least you can just pay it and be done. If it’s a “CP 2000” notice proposing a change to your taxes, get ready for a ride on the paperwork tilt-a-whirl. If it’s an audit notice, all bets are off. (Relax — it only feels like you’re a prisoner at a CIA black-ops site.) But one taxpayer may have won the booby prize for “worst IRS correspondence ever” when he got a letter helpfully notifying him he had died. Deceased. Croaked. Bought
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