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Tax Blawg

Tax Talk for Tax Pros

Introduction

Welcome to TaxBlawg, a resource for news and analysis of current legal issues facing tax practitioners. Although blawg.com identifies nearly 1,400 active “blawgs,” including 20+ blawgs related to taxation and estate planning, the needs of tax professionals have received surprisingly little attention. The Wall Street Journal's Tax Blog gives “tips and advice for filers,” and Paul Caron’s legendary TaxProf Blog is an excellent clearinghouse for academic and policy-oriented news. Yet, tax practitioners still lack a dedicated resource to call their own. For those intrepid souls, we offer TaxBlawg, a forum of tax talk for tax pros.

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Speaking Alert: Resolving IRS Tax Controversies

For our readers who are concerned about handling federal tax controversies, from audits and appeals to litigation, Kevin Johnson and I will be speaking next year at a new conference series, "Resolving IRS Tax Controversies, How to Prepare for Audits and Appeals, Resolve IRS Disputes, Mitigate Penalties and Understand Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods."  The course will provide information covering the entire spectrum of federal tax controversies, including:

  • An overview of the audit process
  • The tier issue program
  • IDRs and summonses
  • The use and significance of privileges
  • Penalty issues and the economic substance statute
  • Managing and resolving transfer pricing controversies
  • Closing an IRS exam
  • Alternatives to litigation
  • Litigation forums and key procedures
  • Interrelationship of IRS audits with financial statement preparation

Sessions will be held on February 14-15 in Las Vegas, on April 11-12 in Chicago, and on June 13-14 in New York City.  More information about the program is available at the BNA/CITE website.