Category: Tax

An Unusual Occasion to Get Penalties Paid Money Back from the Federal Government

By Robert S. Schwartz, Esq. On February 28, 2023, the United States Supreme Court held that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) exceeded its statutory authority by collecting excessive penalties on federal income taxpayers for their negligent failures to timely file accurate, annual foreign financial information reports, variously known as the Foreign Bank Account Report, or …

Herold Law Report on Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Tax Changes

Not the Same as President Biden’s Build Back Better Act Tax Changes Robert S. Schwartz, Esq. Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Legislative Process On November 19, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the last version of three significant versions of H.R. 5376, President Biden’s Build Back Better Act (“BBB”). We wrote about the versions’ extensive, …

What are Estate Taxes?

In the U.S., individuals and families with large estates and wealth must pay federal estate taxes, which apply to rich estates worth more than $12.06 million (as of 2022) or more than $24 million for married couples. This blog sheds light on what estate taxes are, what percentage heirs must pay, and how estate taxes …


“Reading the numerous exceptions and special rules of the new federal chemical excise taxes, I easily recalled the United States Tax Court’s recent description of the federal tax law as a whole: “One way to think about tax law is to view it as a series of general rules qualified by exceptions, and exceptions to …

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