It was a memorable and wonderful experience, even though I don’t intend to repeat it anytime soon. I went with a great crew (including my younger son), and a skilled and wise adult “co-advisor,” so mostly I just got to enjoy the scenery and work on my new Unabomber Cowboy look. I got a bunch of New Mexico mountain flora and fauna photos, many of which will be used as decoration on the Tax Roundups in the coming weeks.
I missed some tax stuff, which I will try to catch up on over the next few days. I especially need to ponder the implications of the Halbig decision by the D.C. Circuit, striking down tax credits for Obamacare, and, perhaps, the employer and individual mandates for non-exchange state residents.
For the record, I had to clear my spam filter of 50,852 assuredly wonderful comments, and another 128 that got through the spambox for moderation. If you made a non-spam comment that I deleted, I’m sorry. With so much spam, I have to take the spam filter’s word for it.
Today’s roundup will be abbreviated, as I still have to dig out from the usual post-vacation accumulation of chores.
Roger McEowen, D.C. Circuit Says IRS Illegally Created Obamacare Tax; Fourth Circuit Sees No Evil. “The D.C. Circuit’s decision relieves millions of persons from the penalty tax under I.R.C. Sec. 36B that the Congress did not state were subject to the tax. Most assuredly, the government will ask the full court to hear reconsider the decision.”
William Perez, List of Sales Tax Holidays in 2014. Iowa’s is this weekend.
Jana Luttenegger, Change in One-Per-Year Rollover Rules on IRA (Davis Brown Tax Law Blog)
Peter Reilly, Pulling IRS Into Your Business Dispute Might Not Be Such A Good Idea. No kidding.
Robert D. Flach just keeps Buzzing!
Christopher Bergin, Inversion Diversion (Tax Analysts Blog):
There’s a lot more wrong with the tax system than corporate inversions. But that’s not the point. With all that’s going on in the world, when President Obama jumps on the anti-inversion bandwagon, it will give the official seal of approval to inversions as this summer’s red herring.
The talk of corporations making tax moves as “deserters” is repulsive — as if their only duty is to generate revenue for Uncle Sam, without regards to their owners and customers.
Howard Gleckman, The Bring Jobs Home Act Won’t (TaxVox)
Joshua Miller, Richard Borean, Higher Education Tax Credits are a Windfall for Universities. Of course they are. You didn’t think they were for students, did you?
Accounting Today, Former IRS Employee Arrested in Identity Theft Ring. How do people think IRS regulation of preparers will stop fraud when IRS employment doesn’t.
TaxProf, The IRS Scandal, Day 445
News from the Profession. This Complete Idiot Cheated on the Open Book Ethics Exam, Ratted Self Out. (Adrienne Gonzalez, Going Concern)