IRS Sports Industry Campaign: Sport Teams and Owners Targeted

On January 16, 2024, the IRS Large Business and International division announced a new compliance campaign: the IRS Sports Industry Campaign.  While the announcement is recent and certain details are not yet available, let’s discuss the general direction of this IRS new compliance tax enforcement effort.

IRS Sports Industry Campaign: Background Information

In the mid-2010s, after extensive tax planning, the IRS decided to restructure LB&I in a way that would focus the division on issue-based examinations and compliance campaign processes. The idea was to let LB&I itself decide which compliance issues presented the most risk and required a response in the form of one or multiple treatment streams to achieve compliance objectives. The IRS came to the conclusion that this was the most efficient approach that assured the best use of IRS knowledge and appropriately deployed the right resources to address specific noncompliance issues.

The first thirteen campaigns were announced by LB&I on January 13, 2017. Then, the IRS added eleven campaigns on November 3, 2017, five campaigns on March 13, 2018, six campaigns on May 21, 2018, five campaigns on July 2, 2018, five campaigns on September 10, 2018, five campaigns on October 30, 2018, and so on.  The IRS Sports Industry campaign is the latest one to be announced at the time of this writing.

IRS Sports Industry Campaign: What Does the IRS Say?

The IRS stated that it will conduct its Sports Industry Losses campaign to identify partnerships within the sports industry that report significant tax losses in order to determine whether the income and deductions driving the losses are reported in compliance with the applicable sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

IRS Sports Industry Campaign: Main Target

It is clear from the announcement that the IRS now decided to target sports teams for the losses that they are reporting.  It is indeed true — in the industry renowned for its high profits, the reporting of losses may look suspicious.  

However, when one looks at the fact that it is sports-related partnerships who report much of the losses, it becomes clear that the IRS is really after the beneficial owners of these partnerships.  Who are their owners? Ultra high-net-worth individuals, who are at the center of the IRS newly-funded (by the Inflation Reduction Act) effort to bridge the so-called “tax gap”.

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If you have been contacted by the IRS as part of this campaign, contact Sherayzen Law Office for professional help. We have helped hundreds of US taxpayers around the world with their US tax compliance issues, and we can help you!

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June 17 Connecticut Deadline Tax Relief | US Tax Lawyer & Attorney

On January 22, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service announced tax relief for individuals and businesses in parts of Connecticut affected by severe storms, flooding and a potential dam breach that began on January 10, 2024.  These taxpayers now have until June 17, 2024, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

June 17 Connecticut Deadline: Areas Affected by Tax Relief

The IRS is offering relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently, this includes New London County, including the Mohegan Tribal Nation and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Individuals and households that reside or have a business in these localities qualify for tax relief.  The same relief will be available to any other Connecticut localities added later to the disaster area. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on

The IRS automatically provides filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. These taxpayers do not need to contact the agency to get this relief.

It is possible an affected taxpayer may not have an IRS address of record located in the disaster area, for example, because they moved to the disaster area after filing their return. In these kinds of unique circumstances, the affected taxpayer could receive a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS for the postponement period. The taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.

June 17 Connecticut Deadline:  Deadlines Affected

The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred from January 10, 2024, through June 17, 2024 (“postponement period”). As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until June 17, 2024, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period.

This means, for example, that the June 17, 2024, deadline will now apply to:

  • Individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024.
  • 2023 contributions to IRAs and health savings accounts for eligible taxpayers.
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments normally due on January 16 and April 15, 2024.
  • Quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on January 31 and April 30, 2024.
  • Calendar-year partnership and S corporation returns normally due on March 15, 2024.
  • Calendar-year corporation and fiduciary returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2024.
  • Calendar-year tax-exempt organization returns normally due on May 15, 2024.
  • In addition, penalties for failing to make payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after January 10, 2024, and before Jan. 25, 2024, will be abated as long as the deposits are made by January 25, 2024.

The IRS disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments and tax-related actions qualifying for relief during the postponement period.

In addition, the IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.

June 17 Connecticut Deadline: Additional Tax Relief

Individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area who suffered uninsured or unreimbursed disaster-related losses can choose to claim them on either the return for the year the loss occurred or the return for the prior year. Taxpayers have extra time – up to six months after the due date of the taxpayer’s federal income tax return for the disaster year (without regard to any extension of time to file) – to make the election.  Be sure to write the FEMA declaration number – 3604-EM − on any return claiming a loss.

Qualified disaster relief payments are generally excluded from gross income. In general, this means that affected taxpayers can exclude from their gross income amounts received from a government agency for reasonable and necessary personal, family, living or funeral expenses, as well as for the repair or rehabilitation of their home, or for the repair or replacement of its contents.

Sherayzen Law Office continues to monitor the situation concerning IRS tax reliefs for natural disasters and other events.

2013 Minnesota Income Tax Rates

Below, I list the information provided by the Minnesota Department of Revenue with respect to 2013 Minnesota Income Tax Rates. Notice, the new 9.85% tax bracket that was created last year and introduced a radical new change to 2013 Minnesota Income Tax Rates. Taxpayers who file estimated taxes may use this information to plan and pay taxes beginning in April 2013.


For income between $ 0- 24,270: 5.35%
For income between $ 24,271-79,730: 7.05%
For income between $ 79,731-150,000: $7.85%
For income $150,001 and above: 9.85%

Married Filing Jointly

For income between $ 0-35,480: 5.35%
For income between $35,481-140,960: 7.05%
For income between $140,961-250,000: 7.85%
For income $250,000 and above: 9.85%

Married Filing Separately

For income between $ 0-17,140: 5.35%
For income between $17,741-70,480: 7.05%
For income between $ 70,481-125,000: $7.85%
For income $125,001 and above: 9.85%

Head of Household

For income between $ 0- 29,880: 5.35%
For income between $ 29,881- 120,070: 7.05%
For income between $ 120,071- 200,000: $7.85%
For income $200,001 and above: 9.85%

Estimated Tax Payments are due on June 15, 2012

Estimated tax payments for the second quarter (April 1 –  May 31) of 2012 are due on June 15, 2012. The estimated tax payments should be made using Form 1040-ES. Note, if the due date for an estimated tax payment falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the payment will be considered on time if it is made on the next business day.

Mortgage Debt Forgiveness: Key Points

Under the current U.S. tax law, canceled debt is normally taxable to you, but there are exceptions. One of those exceptions is came into existence under the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007.

Under this law, married homeowners whose mortgage debt is partly or entirely forgiven during tax years 2007 through 2012 may exclude up to $2 million of debt forgiven on their principal residence. The limit is $1 million for a married person filing a separate return.

The exclusion applies to both, debt reduced through mortgage restructuring and mortgage debt forgiven in a foreclosure.

Not just any type of debt is entitled to the exclusion. In order to qualify, the debt must have been used to buy, build or substantially improve your principal residence and be secured by that residence. Refinanced debt proceeds used for the purpose of substantially improving your principal residence also qualify for the exclusion. If, however, the proceeds of refinanced debt were used for other purposes (for example, to pay off credit card debt), then such proceeds do not qualify for the exclusion.

Other examples of debt that does not qualify for the exclusion include debt forgiven on second homes, rental property, business property, credit cards or car loans. In some cases, however, other tax relief provisions (e.g. insolvency) may be applicable.

If your debt is reduced or eliminated you should normally receive a year-end statement, Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt, from your lender. By law, this form must show the amount of debt forgiven and the fair market value of any property foreclosed. Examine the Form 1099-C carefully. Notify the lender immediately if any of the information shown is incorrect. You should pay particular attention to the amount of debt forgiven in Box 2 as well as the value listed for your home in Box 7.

In order to claim the special exclusion, you should fill out Form 982, Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness and attach it to your federal income tax return for the tax year in which the qualified debt was forgiven.