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Private Agencies Begin Collecting Tax Debts

Earlier this month, Congress gave the IRS the go ahead to begin using private collection agencies to collect back taxes. Although proponents of privatizing tax debt collection say that it will help to generate extra tax revenue, opponents are quick to point out its shortcomings. National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olsen, highlights the fact that over three fourths of delinquent tax accounts that could potentially be turned over to private collection agencies belong to taxpayers that are below the poverty line. For this reason, she believes the program will not accomplish its intended objective of increasing tax revenue. According to Olsen, the previous attempt to generate tax revenue through the use of private collection agencies which took place under the administration of George W. Bush “undermined … Continue reading

Converting a California C-Corp to an S-Corp

As companies grow and change over the course of their lifetime, certain structures that were set up at the beginning of the venture may grow obsolete and need to be changed. Legal forms of organization that were once appropriate and helpful to the business may come to work against it. There’s an importance in noting that in most cases where tax and business considerations allow, it is possible to convert a company’s organization to better suit current and emerging goals. Can You Convert a California Corporation to Other Entity Forms? Generally, domestic stock corporations can convert into other official California business entities. California limited liability company (LLC), limited partnership (LP) or general partnership (GP) can convert into a California or foreign other business entity. Provided … Continue reading

Bill Gates Proposes Tax on Labor Replacing Tech

Is it possible to cover the loss of income tax to governments local and federal and in between? During 2016’s Presidential race, there was no discussion of automation. As opposed to globalization, which dominated large segments of the debates. The true driver of job loss between 2000 and 2010 was in fact the rise of the robot with greater than 80% of losses jobs attributed to it. The questions include the determination of effective tax rates, the future of human capital, and the potentials of a Universal Basic Income proposed and championed by Elon Musk and other futurists. For all his “techno-optimism” Gates still believes that the tax will only slow the tide of machines taking over as a preferred source of labor. In discussing … Continue reading

Net Operating Loss Deduction in the News

Net Operating Loss Deduction in the News A net operating loss occurs when the allowable business tax deductions for any given tax year exceeds gross income for that year, thus generating a negative taxable income. Beginning with the Revenue Act of 1918, tax law has allowed for the carryover of such losses, making them a valuable tax planning tool for reducing taxable income in any year where a profit is generated. The federal carryback and carryforward periods, which have fluctuated over the years, are currently set at two and 20 years, respectively. Many states also permit the carryover of a net operating loss although the allowable the time periods and rules governing the deduction vary considerably from state to state. At the present time, the … Continue reading

Tax Penalties to Increase in 2017

Tax Penalties Set to Increase in 2017 According to the annual Bloomberg BNA report of projected tax rates, tax penalties are set to increase in 2017. The projected tax penalty increases will be applied pretty much across the board. They include penalties such as the Failure to File Penalty and the Failure to Pay Penalty imposed on individual and business taxpayers as well as significant increases in penalty assessments for tax preparers. Although the adjustments represent the expected annual increases due to inflation, they are also a result of the heightened focus by the IRS on collecting back taxes as well as tightening up the regulations governing tax preparation. The Failure to File Penalty is one of those sharply affected by the 2017 tax penalty … Continue reading

Two Candidates – Two Different Tax Plans

  Two Candidates – Two Different Tax Plans Although both Donald Trump and HillaryClinton seem to agree on certain points such as making the country’s tax structure more attractive to business, ending the carried interest tax break and expanding the tax deduction for childcare, they differ on how to best accomplish these tasks. Their tax plans deviate from one another on other important issues as well. These include individual income tax brackets, capital gains tax rates and the estate tax, among other things. Clinton’s tax plan includes many of president Obama’s current tax proposals while Trump’s strategy has adopted many of the line items suggested in the tax reform agenda set forth by congressional Republicans. The following is a comparison of some of the important … Continue reading

IRS Targets International Businesses

IRS Targets International Businesses Over the last few years, the IRS has faced many dramatic cutbacks which have caused them to decrease their services and drastically reduce the actual number of IRS employees. However, in spite of the downsizing, the agency is determined to collect the money they are owed, especially that owed by larger taxpayers. They have responded to slashes in the number of staff members by focusing most of their efforts and resources on going after the big guns while sweeping up any other delinquent IRS taxpayers they can find along the way. Using this creative approach, they hope to recover a large portion of the millions and billions of dollars that are dishonestly and fraudulently withheld from the IRS. One of the changes recently announced by the IRS … Continue reading

What Happens If You Can’t Pay Your Taxes?

What Happens If You Can’t Pay Your Taxes? What happens if you owe tax money to the IRS and you cannot afford to pay it? Most importantly, do not ignore the IRS. They have a lot of information on you and are not going to forget about the money that is owed. To prevent the IRS from initiating aggressive collection techniques such as freezing your bank accounts and garnishing your wages, it best to contact them promptly. A tax problem will not go away. On the contrary, it will only compound and increase over time until it is resolved. There are several options available for resolving a tax debt. Some of these options can be initiated directly with the IRS. However, if your tax problem is complicated, it may be in … Continue reading

Taxes Due Today!

Tax Day 2016!!!! April 18, 2016 is the deadline for filing taxes and is the income tax due date. If you have tax questions or a tax debt you are unable to pay, our tax settlement professionals are happy to discuss your tax resolution options free of charge. For more information about our services, visit us today at or call us at 877.889.6527. With over 16 years in the business of resolving tax debt, we have a thorough understanding of tax law together with the experience to know which settlement option will be the best fit for your specific set of circumstances

Tax Debt May Result in Loss of Passport

Tax Debt May Result in Loss of Passport One of the numerous bills passed by Congress toward the end of last year was the Fast Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act). Executed on December 5, 2015, the main focal points of the bill are improving the county’s transportation infrastructure, strengthening public transportation and improving highway safety.  However, in addition to the Fast Act’s focus on these transportation related issues, it contains an important line item which allows the State Department to go after United States citizens who owe back taxes by interrupting their use of a passport. The bill allows the government to refuse to issue a passport, fail to renew a passport or revoke a current passport if a taxpayer owes back taxes in … Continue reading

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