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Category Archives: Tax News

Congratulations Carmela Walrond!

We’d like to offer a HUGE congratulations to Spar Bernstein Attorney Carmela Walrond who was recently appointed to the prestigious IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). After a lengthy and extremely competitive application process, several interviews, and a thorough review of her law career, she was selected for the Internal Revenue Service’s TAP program. The panel…
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The Tax Plan proposal by President Trump will Drastically Reduce Refunds for Many Taxpayers

Photo © Shutterstock.com By Carmela Walrond, Managing Tax Attorney Under the plan, taxpayers will have three tax rates: 35%, 25%, 12%. The plan does not state which rate would apply to someone earning $20,000 or $50,000 would pay. The standard deduction (currently $6,300 for individual, $9,300 Head of Household, Married filing jointly $12,600) would double.  In…
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Taxpayer Bill of Rights and Importance of Paying Taxes

The push to have the IRS issue TABOR to clearly define a taxpayer's rights was spearheaded by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent office within the IRS, headed by the National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. In fact, Olson in her 2013 Fiscal Year Report to Congress listed the adoption of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights as her top objective for the IRS. She articulated in her report that "[a] thematic, principle-based list of core taxpayer rights would serve as an organizing principle for tax administrators in establishing agency goals and performance measures, provide foundational principles to guide IRS employees in their dealings with taxpayers, and provide information to taxpayers to assist them in their dealings with the IRS." 1
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