Cancellation of Debt is Taxable if Not Insolvent – By John R. Bullis

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Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton got student loans to finance the education of their adult son (Andrew). In 2008 Mr. Hamilton was permanently disabled due to a back injury. In June of 2011 he asked to have the loans discharged (cancelled). In 2011 two lenders did cancel loans totaling $158,511. In 2011 Mr. Hamilton had some “erratic spending behavior” so Mrs. …

Pastor Charged with Selling Worthless Bonds – By John R. Bullis

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Recently a federal grand jury gave a 13-count indictment accusing Rev. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, age 64, and Gregory Alan Smith, age 55, of selling more than $1 million of worthless Chinese bonds. The grand jury indictment indicated the Chinese bonds were sold to 29 vulnerable and elderly investors. It alleged the two were guilty of wire fraud, money laundering and …

Health Savings Account – By John R. Bullis

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The Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) give great tax savings for folks under age 65. When you turn age 65 and are eligible for Medicare, you can not make contributions to your HSA. Whatever is in the account at age 65 is not lost. You can still use it to pay (or reimburse yourself if you paid) doctor, dentist, eye glasses …

What is Happening With the IRS? – By John R. Bullis

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IRS audit rate is relatively low. Individual returns had about one out of 167 returns audited. Most of those were done by mail with just one or two issues to be resolved. The audit rate for C corporations (regular corporations that pay their own tax) was about 1% in 2017 for C corporations that had assets of $5,000,000 or more. …

Document Non-Cash Charitable Contributions – By John R. Bullis

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Mr. and Mrs. Moore lived in Ohio and their individual income tax returns for 2013, 2014 and 2015 were selected for audit by IRS. The audit report showed the taxpayers failed to report cancellation of indebtedness income; failed to report wages; failed to report retirement income and failed to keep detailed records of the non-cash contributions. IRS also assessed a …

Son Defrauds Parents – By John R. Bullis

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Shirley and Roger Bailey owned Rig-Up Electrical Services, Inc in Arkansas. They were considering retirement in 2007 and left their son Jeffrey in charge of managing the company. In 2008 Jeffrey started a new company called Rig-Up Services, LLC and wanted to buy the assets of the parent’s company. Jeffrey hired Roy Johnson as the chief financial officer of the …

What Is Obstructive Conduct with IRS? – By John R. Bullis

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IRS investigated Carlo Marinello’s activities for years 2004 through 2009. In 2012 IRS charged him with violating several criminal tax statutes under Code Section 7212(a). That Section makes it a felony to corruptly or by force obstruct or impede the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code. IRS claimed Marinello failed to keep corporate books and records, failed to provide …