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IRS Announces 2015 Tax Changes

IRS Announces 2015 Tax Changes IRS Announces 2015 Tax Changes  – Although the Federal Reserve predicts that inflation will be under two percent again in 2015, the IRS has modified certain tax rates and ceiling amounts to cover the anticipated increase.  While none of the changes seem particularly significant, any or all of these can become important to an individual taxpayer or a business that is bumping up on one of the interval markers. The new list of 2015 inflation adjustments was released just a few days ago, on October 30, 2014. Some of the 2015 IRS inflation adjustments are highlighted below: Standard Deduction The standard deduction will increase to $6,300 for single taxpayers and $12,600 for married couples filing jointly (up from $6,200 and … Continue reading

Reality Stars Suffer the Consequences of Back Taxes

Reality Stars Suffer the Consequences of Owing Back Taxes Reality Stars Suffer the Consequences of Back Taxes – The recent indictments of reality television stars Mike Sorrentino and Teresa and Joe Giudice highlight the importance of staying current with the IRS. All three, together with Mike’s brother Marc Sorrentino, were charged multiple offenses that included failing to file federal tax returns, misreporting income and underpaying income taxes. While these individuals operated under the radar for years, their attempts to avoid paying income taxes eventually caught up with them. They now face serious consequences that seem much more painful that paying the back tax balances they originally owed. Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino and his older brother Marc, who was acting as his financial manager, were … Continue reading

Enrolled Agent Earns Prestigious Title

Professional Tax Resolution Enrolled Agent Earns Prestigious Title- Professional Tax Resolution is pleased to announce that one of our talented Enrolled Agents, Jean Krieger, recently earned the elite Fellow designation from the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA). This prestigious title is awarded each year to a select group of tax practitioners who complete all three of the rigorous levels of study offered by the National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI). The Fellow designation recognizes Jean’s expertise in the field of tax as well as her commitment to protecting taxpayer rights. For more information visit us at www.professionaltaxresolution.com. For more information about Jean and the rest of the talented staff at Professional Tax Resolution read About US or call us at (877) 889-6527.      

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

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