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 of [...]

By |2021-04-22T13:49:22-04:00|IRS, News, Tax Collections, Tax Fraud, Tax Penalties|Comments Off on Justice Department Ramps Up Tax Avoidance & Fraud Investigations

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 [...]

By |2021-05-10T13:37:29-04:00|IRS, News, Tax Collections|Comments Off on Unpaid Taxes Might Curtail Your International Travel Plans

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, [...]

By |2021-04-13T10:56:22-04:00|Business Taxes, IRS, News, Tax Collections, Tax Penalties|Comments Off on Can a Good Tax Attorney Really Help Reduce Your Taxes?

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Series: The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax

[This article is the third 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 as it [...]

By |2021-04-13T10:56:55-04:00|IRS, Tax Collections, Tax Deductions, Taxpayer Bill of Rights|Comments Off on The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Series: The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax

Collection Agencies Will Now Be Helping The IRS Collect Back Taxes

Originally published at AVVO.com Pursuant to a law passed by Congress last year, the IRS has hired four private debt collection agencies to contact taxpayers about their back taxes. This is highly unusual, and can cause fear and confusion among citizens who owe tax, but also have heard of the many tax scams currently going [...]

By |2021-04-13T10:59:44-04:00|Tax Collections, News, Tax Penalties|Comments Off on Collection Agencies Will Now Be Helping The IRS Collect Back Taxes

Understanding Bankruptcy and IRS Law: Can I Get Rid of my Tax Debt?

There is an age-old saying - the two things in life that are guaranteed are death and taxes. Surprisingly, when tax law intersects with bankruptcy law, some taxes may actually be dischargeable in bankruptcy. Understanding taxes and how they are handled in bankruptcy can be complex. If you are considering bankruptcy, you will want to [...]

By |2021-01-25T14:53:54-04:00|Tax Collections, Bankruptcy|Comments Off on Understanding Bankruptcy and IRS Law: Can I Get Rid of my Tax Debt?

How Can Natural Disasters Affect My Tax Filings?

In most years, for most people, natural disasters play no part in filing their federal income tax returns. Nonetheless, 2017 was that rare year when natural disasters likely affected millions of tax filings. In August and September 2017, three powerful hurricanes in rapid succession struck U.S. territory: Hurricane Harvey created historic flooding in Texas, Hurricane [...]

By |2021-07-22T12:47:30-04:00|Tax Collections|Comments Off on How Can Natural Disasters Affect My Tax Filings?

Innocent Spouse Cases

Spouses who file joint tax returns are typically both responsible for any deficiency. For example, if the couple pays less than they owe, the IRS can go after either spouse to recover any unpaid amounts. However, sometimes it is unfair to hold one spouse responsible for unpaid taxes, and the IRS will sometimes grant an [...]

By |2018-01-10T21:44:06-04:00|Tax Collections|Comments Off on Innocent Spouse Cases

Mediating an IRS Dispute

Sometimes the IRS makes mistakes. And when they do, you should fight to receive a fair and just result. Fortunately, the IRS has created an appeals process that involves negotiated settlement instead of litigation, which can save you time and money. However, you shouldn’t appeal any IRS decision without an experienced IRS tax lawyer by [...]

By |2018-01-19T18:58:18-04:00|Tax Collections, Tax Penalties|Comments Off on Mediating an IRS Dispute

Can I Ask the IRS to Reconsider an Audit?

Going through an audit is bad enough as is, but what happens if at the end of the process you think the IRS is wrong about how much you owe? Helpfully, a process exists to ask for reconsideration. You must carefully follow the correct steps to ask the IRS to take a fresh look at [...]

By |2018-01-10T21:39:29-04:00|Tax Collections, Tax Penalties|Comments Off on Can I Ask the IRS to Reconsider an Audit?