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David Gair is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the Leader of Gray Reed's Tax Controversy Practice Group. He focuses his practice on guiding businesses, high-net-worth individuals and tax professionals through all types of complex civil and criminal tax controversies, everything from audits and litigation to investigations and collection matters.

Divorce is messy, divorce is costly – and it should be avoided wherever possible.  Spouses should always attempt to mitigate their losses and one way to do this is to consider designing the divorce settlement to include alimony.

To many people, the idea of alimony can cause your blood to boil.  This negative attitude generally

Most people have some strong feelings about how they want their assets to be distributed upon their death.  Some want to give their money to their kids, others are charitably inclined.  However, I would guess that very few would like to see their money go to the IRS to pay the debts of their children.

Do you remember the controversy where the IRS was accused of targeting and unfairly auditing the Tea Party?

In an article Sunday from CNN’s Political Ticker by Sara Fischer, the IRS has claimed that it is unable to recover subpoenaed emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner. The reason given is a “computer crash.”

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The IRS announced the adoption of a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” Tuesday.   I have listed the rights below along with my commentary.  Just like our U.S. Constitutional Rights, these “rights” are and will be watered down.

All of us have certain rights we feel strongly about.  For instance, folks here in Texas are very concerned

The IRS just published Notice 2014-21 which explains the IRS’ vision on how general tax principals apply to “virtual currency” transactions like Bitcoin.

If you’re not familiar with Bitcoin, it’s a currency that isn’t issued by a central government. And just to be clear, there isn’t an actual “coin” associated with it either. The currency