Monthly Archives: November 2013

Disappearing Deductions

Disappearing Deductions
As tax planning for the oncoming year 2014 get into full swing, it may be helpful to highlight some of the popular deductions that are currently slated to become unavailable to taxpayers by year-end. Of course, your New York Tax Attorney can give you fuller details and tell you how each of the deductions specifically apply to you.

1. A $250 deduction available to taxpayers, for expenses related to their jobs, is currently set to expire by December 31, 2013.

IRS Fast Track Settlement Program

Yesterday, November 6, 2013, the IRS expanded nationwide, its streamlined Fast Track Settlement program (FTS), which aims to help small businesses and self-employed individuals under audit settle their differences with the IRS over their tax debts more quickly. The Fast Track Settlement program is designed to help small businesses and self-employed individuals who are under examination by the IRS.

The FTS program uses alternative dispute resolution techniques to help taxpayers save time and avoid a formal administrative appeal or lengthy litigation. As a result, your New York Tax Lawyer can resolve audit issues within 60 days, rather than months or years that it otherwise may take. Taxpayers nonetheless retain all of their rights to appeal even if they take advantage of the FTS program and they are not pleased with the outcome.