And Chicago tax lawyer Robert E. McKenzie, who has defended rich folks claiming losses on everything from deer farms to race horses to yachts, says the Romneys -–despite the fact that Ann Romney’s statements on what dressage has done for her personally suggests lack of profit motive– likely did all the paperwork right and can assert they thought they’d make a profit, even if they never do. “The way I would argue it is `this horse competed in the Olympics and we’ll breed it and make money off the foal’,’’ says McKenzie. “When you’re that rich you can afford to have talented tax advisers.”
IRS National Taxpayer Advocate Issues Scathing Report on the Folly of Cutting the IRS Budget.
Nina Olson, the IRS National Taxpayer Advocate, recently released her 2014 Annual Report to Congress. It is clear from that report that many in Congress are hell bent to destroy the Internal Revenue Service. By dramatically cutting the IRS budget, Congress is systematically destroying what was once the most efficient tax agency in the world.
The National Taxpayer Advocate’s conclusions are stark and disappointing for the 82% of Americans who fully comply with our tax laws. On the other hand, Congress has created great opportunities for the 18% of the American public who fail to fully comply with our tax laws.