Millions of Americans Are Waiting for Their Tax Refund

Millions of Americans Are Waiting for Their Tax Refund

The pandemic and recent changes in the tax code are causing unusually long delays in distributing tax refund checks. It’s May and many are checking to see when their refund check will arrive. Stories like the following from one taxpayer, Mr. Schoenherr in Indiana are growing. According to a WSJ article, “In February, Mr. Schoenherr,…

Justice Department Ramps Up Tax Avoidance & Fraud Investigations
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Justice Department Ramps Up Tax Avoidance & Fraud Investigations

Taxpayers are being urged to pay careful attention to the upcoming reporting and filing obligations according to the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. Willfully filing false tax returns or deliberate tax avoidance are serious criminal offenses. “Our criminal prosecutors are prepared for tax filing season too,” said Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg…

Unpaid Taxes Might Curtail Your International Travel Plans
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Unpaid Taxes Might Curtail Your International Travel Plans

In 2018 the Internal Revenue Service, at the direction of Congress, began a new policy of instructing the U.S. State Department to revoke or refuse to renew passports of taxpayers who owed $54,000 or more in unpaid taxes.   Last year, due to Coronavirus concerns, the program was put on hold.  Now it is back.   What…

Can a Good Tax Attorney Really Help Reduce Your Taxes?
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Can a Good Tax Attorney Really Help Reduce Your Taxes?

The answer is a very strong YES. Whether the case involves a failure to file tax returns, the failure to pay all of the taxes that are owed for prior years, the involvement in a bad investment, a spouse who did not pay all of the family’s tax, or a troublesome audit of your return,…

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Series: The Right to be Informed
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The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Series: The Right to be Informed

[This article is the first in a series of articles covering the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.] The Taxpayer Bill of Rights is a cornerstone document that highlights the fundamental rights taxpayers have when dealing with the IRS. The IRS continues to publicly highlight these rights to taxpayers and regularly reminds its employees about these rights…