Years ago, I found myself sitting in law school in Moot Court wearing an oversized itchy blue suit. It was a horrible experience. In a desperate attempt to avoid anything like that in the future, I enrolled in a tax course. I loved it. I signed up for another. Before I knew it, in addition to my JD, I earned an LL.M Taxation. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. At one such audit, opposing counsel read my report, looked at his file and said, "Gentlemen, she’s exactly right." I nearly fainted. It was a short jump from there to practicing, teaching, writing and breathing tax. Just like that, Taxgirl® was born.

Ask The Taxgirl: Marriage & Money While Living Abroad


Taxpayer asks:

I have been married to my second wife for 1 year and I am in the process of finishing up my 2016 tax returns.

I have lived in Guatemala for 8 years and have only been in the USA two weeks the last 8 years. I will never spend more than a couple of weeks a year in the USA in future.… Read more

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Ask The Taxgirl: Filling Out A Form W-9 When You’re Paid In Cash


Taxpayer asks:

If I’m paid in cash can they make me fill out a w-9?

Taxgirl says:

Yes. How you’re paid – in cash, by check, in Bitcoin or barter – doesn’t matter when it comes to filling out a form W-9.

A form W-9 is used to provide your taxpayer identification number (such as your Social Security Number (SSN) or your Employer Identification Number (EIN)) to certain payers.… Read more

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IRS Introduces New Crime Boss

Don Fort, IRS-CI Chief

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially introduced the new Chief of the Criminal Investigation division. John D. (Don) Fort was appointed in June 2017 after former Chief Richard Weber announced his departure. This week, however, marked Fort’s first formal introduction to the media.… Read more

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7 Tax Favored Strategies To Plan For Retirement Now




Credit: Aliza Grant, Forbes staff

Thinking about retiring early? To ensure that you’ll have enough money to live off of in future years, sock away money now. Since income tax rates are typically higher than returns on investment, be sure to include tax planning when looking at the big picture.… Read more

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