What is the value of a piece of art that cannot be sold? In the case of "Canyon" by artist Robert Rauschenberg, the IRS claims it is worth $65 million. They also want to tax the heirs who now own the artwork over $29 million.  

Last week I had the privilege of appearing

With the November elections approaching, there is much political talk (I could call it something else, but I am writing for a family newspaper) about the income tax. Candidates and commentators throw around revenue projections, tax rates, and statistics like so much confetti. I am not sure they know what they are talking about

A patent is an exclusive right granted by the government to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention. A patent application must include one or more claims defining the invention which must be novel and non-obvious. The exclusive right that is given with the granting of a patent

The Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, and Congress have all identified "offshore tax evasion" as a primary enforcement target. The success of the enforcement effort so far has energized government efforts in these cases.

If you are an American taxpayer with an offshore account that you thought was secret, you have very little

An offer in compromise (OIC) is an agreement between a taxpayer and the Internal Revenue Service that settles the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. Don’t get too excited – it is not that easy. Unless there are special circumstances, an offer in compromise will not be accepted if the IRS

In February 2011, the IRS announced a second voluntary disclosure program for taxpayers with unreported foreign assets. It is called the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative – OVDI. The objective is to bring taxpayers who have used undisclosed foreign accounts and undisclosed foreign entities to avoid or evade tax into compliance with U. S.

The biggest changes from the 2010 Tax Relief Act that became law on December 17, 2010 were outlined in last week’s column: extension of the Bush individual and capital gains tax cuts for two years, a one-year payroll tax cut, a top federal estate tax rate of 35% and a $5 million exemption for the

The new tax legislation passed by the House, December 15, and the Senate, December 16, (not to mention signed by the President) is referred to as a tax cut. That’s a misnomer. In fact, the legislation keeps taxes where they are. It prevents taxes from increasing. But a cut? No, not exactly.

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