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Other - MISC Estate & Tax Shelters

  1. How can I recognize an abusive tax shelter?
  2. The IRS corrected my return and sent me an additional refund. Does this mean I am also entitled to an additional refund on my state tax return?
  3. How do I deduct the administration expenses of my father's estate?

Rev. date: 08/27/2012

How can I recognize an abusive tax shelter?

Taxpayers can minimize their tax liability through legitimate investment, but they cannot invest in abusive tax shelters to minimize or eliminate their tax liability. Tax shelters reduce current tax liability by offsetting income from one source with losses or deductions from another source. An abusive tax shelter:
There is current information on irs.gov covering abusive tax shelters including:

Rev. date: 08/27/2012

The IRS corrected my return and sent me an additional refund. Does this mean I am also entitled to an additional refund on my state tax return?

Whether you are entitled to an additional state tax refund depends on the change that was made to your federal return. For example, if you used the wrong line on the tax tables to figure your tax on your federal tax return, this may not have an impact on your state tax return.  If, however, the change was made to the amount of your taxable income, it may have an impact on your state tax return.
Contact your state tax office for additional information. It is helpful to have a copy of your tax returns (federal and state) and a copy of the IRS notice when you call.  For contact information for the tax office of the state you need to contact, please go to our Alphabetical State Index.
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Rev. date: 08/27/2012

How do I deduct the administration expenses of my father's estate?