Author Archives: Paul L. Mancinone

Commissioner Arrives Just in Time!

At our invitation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue Commissioner Mark Nunnelly came out to Western New England University and gave a fantastic presentation to those who attended. I cannot refrain of commenting on what I believe to be a … Continue reading

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Governor Baker Signs Bill to Expand EIC.

In researching my RIA materials this morning, I learned that MA Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that increased the MA earned income credit from 15% (of the Federal amount) to 23%. From a bipartisan standpoint, everyone should … Continue reading

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Are IRS Collection Procedures Running Amuck?

“An estimated 24,237 taxpayers may have been adversely affected because the Internal Revenue Service did not follow requirements to notify the taxpayers’ representatives of the taxpayers’ rights related to notices of federal tax liens, according to a new report.” This … Continue reading

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Welcome Commissioner Nunnelly!

I think changes are coming at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and I will tell you why. At a recent seminar in Boston, a former head of DOR audit was discussing what appears to be pending changes at the DOR. … Continue reading

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Docketed Cases. Hard Work (and a little luck!).

Our office has truly been blessed with good fortune over the past two weeks, both docketed cases before the United States Tax Court. The first came to us as a referral from a very talented estate planning attorney – a … Continue reading

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Taxpayer Advocate. Seriously?

In today’s Accounting Today, there is an article that illuminates the current problems with the Taxpayer Advocate’s Office. Apparently due to budget issues (continued thanks to Lois Lerner, the gift that keeps on giving, or vice versa, as the case … Continue reading

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“NO CHANGE AUDITS.”

We received a letter of no change with respect to an IRS restaurant examination yesterday.  There is a saying, “Better to be lucky than good.”  Our office probably fits that paradym when it comes to food service restaurants and audits … Continue reading

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IRS Paid Preparer Penalties. A Trend.

In our quest to monitor changes in the tax profession, we were asked by a good friend, Lucien Gauther, Esq., if we would make an inquiry under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information related to paid preparer penalties.  If … Continue reading

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IRS Woes. Is this just the beginning?

We believe the problems with the IRS, stemming from the tax-exempt organizations division, are just beginning. This reminds us of the Congressional Hearings of the late 1990’s, when hapless victims of aggressive IRS collection procedures were paraded up Capitol Hill to testify.  Albeit, … Continue reading

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