September 12th, 2016

When Negotiating with the IRS Build Trust and Create Value

When working with the IRS on an issue that is gray in nature such as valuation, research credit or transfer pricing, there are various shades of gray associated with these types of issues.  The easy issues are clearly black and white.  It is important to recognize the “easy” issues and to tentatively work these “easy issues” before proceeding to the “harder – grayer issues.”   It is suggested t

September 6th, 2016

In Negotiations Try Appreciation

From the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation blog this

August 30th, 2016

Tax Cheating Is About to Rise

The IRS knows it, the American people know it, and now the Washington Post exposes it so that it is very clearly articulated.  Catherine Rampell, an opinion writer for the Washington Post spells it out in this

August 29th, 2016

What Employees Think About Their Employer’s Tax Policies

I downloaded this publication regarding a thousand employees being asked questions about their firm’s views on US corporate tax policies.  These were some of the key findings from the report.

August 22nd, 2016

Stereotypes and the IRS Relative to Negotiations

When you hear the term IRS, what comes to mind?  How about, taxes, accountant, serious person, not much personality, bottom line oriented, not there to negotiate – there to enforce the law based on the facts, something else?  

August 15th, 2016

How to Conduct a Mediation During a Crises

This article from the Harvard Program on Negotiation Daily Blog demonstrates “how conflict management skills used by negotiators can help during crises negotiations.”  The article explores difficulties internationally from a historical perspective in Ireland, the Middle East, th

August 10th, 2016

Five Sources to Help with Conflict Resolution

How we live our lives and interact with others every day is a choice. Today I want to share five sources of information that you may find useful to help you with the choices you make on how you interact with others and work to resolve conflict at work, home and with others.

August 8th, 2016

How to Work with Millennials and Others

I read this article from the AICPA entitled “5 established phrases established leaders should never say again”.   Each of the stateme

August 3rd, 2016

Treasury Proposes Regulations on Estate and Gifts and Others

The Treasury Department has come out with proposed regulations related to certain restrictions on the transfer of right of liquidations.  Officially these are: DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Part 25 [REG-163113-02] RIN 1545-BB71 Estate, Gift, and Generation-skipping Transfer Taxes; Restrictions on Liquidation of an Interest AGENCY:

August 2nd, 2016

Where is the IRS Headed?

They are searching.  In the month of August all 500+ managers in the Large Business and International (LB&I) division (assets more than $10 M) are meeting in one of 17 locations for four days to discuss the Future Focus of the IRS.  This is not an answer to “what will the IRS be doing specifically”, but a solicitation of manager’s ideas with oversight from

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