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Did you Miss the Tax Extension Deadline?

Did You Miss the Tax Extension Deadline? Tax Deadline Reminder – September 15, 2014 – Did You Miss the Tax Extension Deadline? Final deadline for 2013 Corporate Tax Returns if an extension was requested. Final deadline for 2013 Partnership Tax Returns if an extension was requested. Final deadline for 2013 Trust Income Tax Returns if an extension was requested. Did you Miss the Tax Extension Deadline? Do you have Tax Issues? We can help. Don’t let Tax Liabilities ruin your life. Is the IRS demanding full payment for unpaid taxes? Have you received an IRS Notice of Deficiency or a State Tax Notice? Is there a lien against your property or have your wages been garnished? The Professional Tax Resolution team, which has over 100 years of … Continue reading

Know Your Tax Settlement Options

Know Your Tax Settlement Options – Concurrently with stepping up their efforts to identify taxpayers who owe back taxes, the IRS has been introducing new tax settlement programs to help these individuals resolve their tax debts. Because ignoring overdue taxes can result in such serious consequences as wage garnishments, tax liens and tax levies, in addition to the accrual of interest and penalties, delinquent taxpayers should be encouraged to resolve their back tax balances as quickly as possible. The worst choice a taxpayer can make is to ignore an outstanding tax liability and allow the consequences imposed by the Internal Revenue Service to escalate! The following list outlines some of the alternatives available for resolving a back tax balance: Paying the Balance in Full When … Continue reading

Is an Offer in Compromise Right for You?

Is an Offer in Compromise the Right Tax Settlement Option for You?  An Offer in Compromise is a tax settlement option that allows a delinquent taxpayer to settle a back tax balance for less than the full amount owed. While it is an excellent way for a taxpayer who meets the IRS eligibility criteria to resolve a tax debt, not all taxpayers qualify. Because the acceptance criteria are specific and the application process is long and complicated, it is often best to consult a qualified tax professional for help with this tax settlement option. What are the Offer in Compromise eligibility criteria? A candidate for an IRS Offer in Compromise must meet one of the following three eligibility criteria:  1) doubt as to whether they … Continue reading

Back Tax Balance Negatively Affects Credit Score

  Back Tax Balance Negatively Affects Credit Score – Back tax balances have a number of consequences, one of which is a negative impact on the delinquent taxpayer’s credit score. A back tax balance has the potential of reducing a person’s credit score by over 100 points, depending on the specific circumstances. If a taxpayer negotiates an Offer in Compromise or other tax settlement agreement that resolves a tax debt for less than the full amount owed, their credit score will be negatively affected for seven years from the date the partial payment settlement agreement is finalized. If, on the other hand, the back tax balance is not resolved and the IRS attempts to collect the tax debt by placing a tax lien on the … Continue reading

Skinny on the Net Investment Income Tax

The Skinny on the Net Investment Income Tax The Skinny on the Net Investment Income Tax – The Net Investment Income Tax is a 3.8% surtax imposed on capital gains, interest, dividends, gains from the sale of property and passive business income such as rents and royalties. It applies to taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income in excess of $200,000 ($250,000 for a married couple) and is imposed on the total amount of a person’s net investment income or the amount by which that income exceeds the income threshold, whichever is less. Although the Net Investment Income Tax took effect on January 1, 2013, the IRS did not issue the regulations governing the tax until sometime in November. Because of this time lag,  taxpayers … Continue reading

Do Not Ignore Mail from the IRS….

Why You Should Not Ignore Mail from the IRS – Although the issuance of an IRS Notice of Deficiency is usually the first step in the collection of an outstanding tax liability, ignoring it can have serious consequences. The Notice of Deficiency is an official communication from the IRS informing a taxpayer that the tax amount due shown on their tax return is less than the amount owed according to the calculations of the IRS. Because the IRS is allowed to collect a tax debt without proof that the debt exists, a taxpayer who receives an IRS Notice of Deficiency must either pay the tax liability shown on the notice or file a petition with the United States Tax Court contesting the tax amount owed. The … Continue reading

Tax Deadline for Citizens Living Abroad

Tax Deadline for Citizens Living Abroad – The tax filing deadline for United States citizens living abroad is on the horizon. That deadline is June 15th (pushed to June 16th for 2014). This automatic two month tax extension is granted to all overseas residents and does not require an extension request. The only condition for claiming the extension is for the taxpayer to attach a written statement when the return is submitted stating that both the primary residence and main place of business are outside of the country. If a taxpayer residing abroad is unable to file a tax return within the automatic two month extension period, they must then file a written request to gain an additional four month extension. Although neither a late … Continue reading

Government Employees Have Delinquent Tax Balances

Government Employees Have Delinquent Tax Balances – Various government workers have been in the news recently for their delinquent taxes. One article reported that over 1100 IRS employees who owed back taxes and had other tax related problems had, in fact, received bonuses. Another recent report divulged that, as of September 2013, various federal government employees and government retirees owed over three million dollars in unpaid taxes. In a nutshell, it appears that government employees are no different than the general population of taxpayers. Some do not pay their tax bills. A recent audit of the IRS revealed that over 1000 IRS employees who were in violation of one or more of the tax guidelines set by the  very agency they work had received bonus … Continue reading

The Tax Debt Debate

The Tax Debt Debate – One interesting provision of the Tax Extenders Bill that is currently stalled in the United States Senate is the privatization of tax debt collection activities. The Tax Extenders Bill, which is unlikely to be voted on again this month, contains a clause that suggests turning delinquent tax accounts over to private collection agencies. This idea, which has actually been tried before, is the subject of much debate. While proponents believe that private companies specializing in debt collection will be better equipped to collect outstanding tax liabilities, opponents believe that their tactics may be unfair, especially to those taxpayers who are unable to pay their tax debt. The tax gap, which is the difference between the dollar amount of taxes owed to the … Continue reading

Foreign Tax Compliance in the News

Foreign Tax Compliance in the News – In response to the global financial crisis, many countries have stepped up their surveillance of the tax obligations of companies within their tax jurisdiction, especially those that have multinational subsidiaries. In fact, tax compliance and tax avoidance were two of the key issues discussed at the G8 summit held last year in Northern Ireland. Since that time, multinational companies such as Google, Starbucks and McDonalds, among others, have come under increased scrutiny for tax practices that may have resulted in reduced tax bills. Dolce and Gabbana Last week the owners of clothing company Dolce and Gabbana were convicted of tax evasion for failing to pay taxes on over $1.3 billion in royalties concealed in a Luxembourg holding company. The … Continue reading

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