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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

Tax Fraud Back in the Limelight

Tax Fraud Back in the Limelight The subject of tax fraud often makes the news headlines somewhere around the opening of tax season and it appears that Tax Season 2106 is no exception. Numerous state tax agencies, including Illinois, Hawaii, Utah and, most recently, South Carolina, have already announced tax refund delays due the threat of identity theft and tax refund fraud. Although the Internal Revenue Service has not issued any similar notices of delay, they have nonetheless issued bulletins warning taxpayers of potential fraudulent activity and suggesting precautions to take to combat it. The refund delays announced by certain states are the result of increased security measures that have been put in place to prevent identity theft and other types of tax fraud. A … Continue reading

Where is My Tax Refund?

Where Is My Tax Refund? The IRS has announced that the recently opened 2016 tax season started off on a good note. In fact, they reported the receipt of thousands of tax returns on opening day with no major filing issues. It has also been reported that the average wait time for a tax professional to speak to an IRS representative is ten minutes in comparison to wait times of over an hour last year. Although it is still very early in the game, expectations are high for a smooth and easy tax season. This includes the issuing of tax refunds which is the aspect of tax filing that is usually of highest interest to taxpayers. If you have filed your tax return and are anxiously awaiting your refund, you are … Continue reading

Some Critical Year-End Tax Considerations

Some Critical Year-End Tax Considerations Very few important tax decisions have been passed down in 2015 and, with only a few weeks to go, it appears that we may move into the New Year with some important tax matters still unresolved. Some of the critical tax issues hanging in the balance as we move into 2016 are the tax extenders legislation, internet taxation and the licensing of tax preparers. All of these topics are in one stage or another of being discussed and considered by Congress but have not made it through the legislative system to be signed into law. With less than a month to go, it will be interesting to see if any of these measures are enacted before the end of the … Continue reading

Security Summit Focuses on Identity Theft

Security Summit Focuses on Identity Theft In March of this year, all of the major players in the tax industry came together to focus on the problems of identity theft and tax refund fraud. Their aim was to have safeguards in place before the beginning of the 2016 filing season. This convocation, identified as the Security Summit, includes the IRS, state tax authorities, and representatives from the tax software and financial services industries. Tax Commissioner John Koskinen, who has called the Security Summit an “unprecedented effort,” maintains that income tax fraud “is not a battle the IRS can fight alone.” He went on to say that identity theft has “become a serious threat to the nation’s tax system” and one that must be dealt with … Continue reading

Charitable Contributions Require Documention

Charitable Contributions Require Documentation Although charitable contributions can amount to a significant tax savings, they can also have the negative affect of flagging a return from audit when they are claimed in excess or not reported according to preset IRS guidelines. A case in point is that of Kunkel versus United States Tax Commissioner. In this 2011 United States Tax Court case, the court disallowed over $37,000 in noncash contributions due to lack of substantiation. While the Kunkels maintained that the value of each donation was less than $250, the court questioned the total amount of the contributions. They pointed out that the total donation amount could have only been achieved by making almost 100 trips to various donation sites. In addition, the Kunkels had … Continue reading

Focus on Trump’s Tax Plan

Focus on Trump’s Tax Plan Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently proposed an innovative new tax plan that he maintains would simplify the tax code and reduce both individual and business taxes while, at the same time, remaining revenue neutral. With Trump currently the front-runner in several of the major polls, Americans were especially interested to hear what he had to say about income taxes. In a nutshell, his plan proposes simplifying the tax code by eliminating loopholes and reducing tax brackets, expanding the 0% income tax bracket for individuals, lowering taxes paid by businesses of all types and eliminating the estate tax. Here are some of the key provisions of his tax plan:  Simpler Tax Code Trump’s plan would drastically simplify the tax … Continue reading

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