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The Bassin Law Firm PLLC filed a major substantive brief last week in Silver v. IRS, an interesting lawsuit pending in federal district court in Washington, DC (Case No. 19-247).

Did the IRS Just Buy Off the Tea-Party?

You may have missed the small item in the tax press describing the latest embarrassment for the Service arising out of the agency’s handling of applications for tax exempt status submitted by “tea party” organizations. The taxpayers, their ...

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Another Circuit Court Upholds DISC Retirement Account Transaction|
Stu Bassin quoted in Tax Notes article

By Nathan J. Richman The IRS has lost a second appeal of its attempt to reclassify transactions between a domestic international sales corporation and Roth IRAs, unsuccessfully arguing that the substance-over-form doctrine should ...

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The Next Government Shutdown: A Legal Perspective

Published in on February 12, 2018 We welcome back guest blogger Stuart J. Bassin who writes about a topic recently on everyone’s mind, the government shutdown. Whether you are a government employee who must spend endless hours at the water ...

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Reality Debunks Myths of Corporate Tax Reform

We all know the talking points underlying the corporate tax reform provisions in the recent tax legislation. We were told that corporations were taxed at a roughly 35 percent rate, that tax reform would reduce corporate tax liabilities, and that the ...

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Is IRS Backing Away From Its Transfer Pricing Initiative

In recent years, transfer pricing issues have been a major priority for IRS audits.  While the IRS has made headlines by bringing a number of big-dollar cases against large multi-nationals, the courts have not been impressed.  Within the past few ...

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Last Minute Tax Planning For Maryland Residents (and others)

December 26, 2017 by Stuart Bassin You have probably heard that one “feature” of the new tax law is its treatment of deductions for state and local taxes.  To simplify, under the new law, deductions for state and local taxes (both income and ...

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Procedurally Taxing Blog Post on Ninth Circuit Argument in Altera

October 17, 2017 Today we welcome back guest blogger Stu Bassin for his take on the argument in the Altera case. Stu has blogged with us on several occasions. Because of the importance of the case, we are providing two views of the argument in ...

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Stu Bassin quoted in BNA and Tax Notes articles on Treasury Department announcement

Daily Tax Report Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Tax Audits: A Ban on Outside Lawyers in IRS Audits Is Past Due, Lawyers Say By Alison Bennett The possibility of a Treasury Department proposal to keep private-sector counsel out of tax ...

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Law 360 Reviews Tax Court Petition for Administrative Costs Filed by The Bassin Law Firm

Ex-Arthur Andersen Exec Sues IRS After Tax Shelter Fight By Jimmy Hoover Law360, Washington (August 25, 2017, 5:51 PM EDT) — A onetime executive of defunct accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP has sued the IRS for legal fees after he fought off ...

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IRS Increases User Fee for Enrolled Agent Exam by 700 Percent

“Enrolled agents” are tax specialists authorized by the IRS to represent taxpayers in tax disputes in many of the same ways as tax attorneys and CPAs.  To obtain an “enrolled agent” designation, an applicant must pass an IRS competency ...

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