IRS Appeals | Offer In Compromise | Tax Relief Help

IRS Settlement Officers

Recently I was engaged in a heated discussion with an IRS Settlement Officer. The subject was an Offer in Compromise (Tax Settlement) I had filed on a client’s behalf. The IRS did not want to approve our Offer because they noticed that my client had been late with a few tax payments during the time …

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Fraudulent Tax Return | IRS Fraud | Identity Theft | TaxFortress

Identity Theft and the IRS – Beware of Identity Thieves Stealing “Your” Tax Refund

You’ve been overpaying your taxes all year long, saving money in your IRS ‘refund account’ with the expectation that you will get that big fat juicy refund early next year. You get some software and prepare your own return or hire a tax preparer exclaiming big money is waiting for you. That vacation is just …

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IRS Civil Penalty | Discrepancy Notice | TaxFortress

How to Eliminate IRS Civil Penalties

One of the most frustrating situations my clients confront is the IRS’s addition of large amounts of tax or Civil Penalties to tax periods that ended a long time ago. There can be several reasons for additions to tax or Civil Penalties, but the most common ones I encounter are reporting and reconciliation deficiencies across …

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Innocent Spouse Relief | Separation of Liability Relief | Equitable Relief

Innocent Spouse Relief Can Relieve Your Spouse of a Joint IRS Liability

If the IRS is pursuing collection action against you for an income tax liability for which you believe you are not responsible because the liability was derived from a spouse (or former spouse), you may be correct and have legal grounds to dispute the liability. The IRS has a specific provision called innocent spouse relief …

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OIC | IRS Offer in Compromise | Free Tax Help | TaxFortress

Get a Tax Pro to Settle Your IRS Tax Liability (OIC) Offer in Compromise

If you or your business have gotten behind with the IRS, a tax settlement, also known as an Offer in Compromise (OIC), might be the best way to get rid of your tax liability—if you qualify. There are three general categories of OICs: Doubt as to Liability (I don’t actually owe this tax), Effective Tax …

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S Corporation | Penalty Abatement | S Corp | TaxFortress

Exploring the Consequences of Paying S Corporation Shareholders Unreasonably Low Wages

If you are a shareholder in an S Corporation and you also work for that S Corporation, it is critical that that you pay yourself a reasonable wage. Many S Corporation owners take little or no compensation in the form of wages and, instead, disproportionately pay themselves in the form of distributions. This can lead …

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IRS Installment Agreement | Notice of Default | CP523 | TaxFortress

IRS Installment Agreement Defaults

OK, so you’ve negotiated an IRS Installment Agreement for your IRS tax liability, and can finally breathe easy because you will not have to deal with your Revenue Officer anymore. Time to celebrate, right? Not so fast. IRS employees frequently tell me that the vast majority of Installment Agreements default before the balance is paid …

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Notice of Federal Tax Lien | Certificate of Discharge | TaxFortress

How to Sell an Asset That is Subject to a Notice of Federal Tax Lien

If you owe taxes to the IRS, a tax lien automatically arises against you and attaches to just about everything you own.  This is sometimes called a secret lien since the government’s claim does not initially appear in any public records.  Rather, the lien automatically comes into existence when the tax liability is assessed.  Eventually, …

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1040 | Penalty Abatement | Failure to Pay Penalty | TaxFortress

It’s Almost April 15th, and I Can’t Pay My 1040 Tax. What Do I Do?

April 15th is right around the corner, and if you expect to owe 1040 income tax, but don’t have the resources with which to pay it, you are in the same boat as many Americans.  First of all, don’t panic.  Federal officers are not going to show up at your home on April 16th to …

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IRS Offer in Compromise | Fresh Start Initiative | Form 656

IRS Offer in Compromise: Common Challenges to Approval

You have read the Form 656, IRS Offer in Compromise booklet, the rules under the Fresh Start Initiative, and perhaps even hired an attorney or other representative to help you submit your Offer in Compromise to the IRS.  You feel you have sent in a complete Offer, with all documentation attached.  You feel the IRS should …

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EFTPS | Electronic Federal Tax Payment System | IRS Form 941

Payroll Tax Deposits | 941 Employer Taxes

Starting a new business comes with an enormous amount of responsibilities.  One of the most commonly overlooked, though, is the responsibility to learn how, when, and why to report different types of taxes the business may be obligated to pay and file.  Payroll taxes, also known as employer withholding taxes or 941 taxes, are among …

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IRS Penalty Relief | Tax Penalty | Penalty Abatement

IRS Tax Penalties: Is it Possible to Eliminate My Tax Penalties?

It is possible for some taxpayers to reduce or eliminate their IRS tax penalties by obtaining an abatement of penalties.  This article will explore the fundamentals of IRS penalties as well as how to go about getting them removed.  Taxpayers with a state tax liability may also qualify for an abatement, depending on the state.  …

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IRS Installment Payments

IRS Installment Payments: Can I Avoid Back Tax Penalties

Answer: Depending upon the specifics of your situation, it may be possible to avoid hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in penalties simply by “designating” IRS installment payments applied toward your tax liability.  Keep in mind that payments made in accordance with a formalized installment agreement are not considered voluntary, so you have no right …

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IRS Garnishment | Will The IRS Garnish My Wages | IRS Levy

Will the IRS Garnish My Wages?

Question:  Will the IRS garnish my wages or Levy my wages? How can I avoid this? Answer: In order to answer this question effectively, some background and definitions with regards to IRS procedures are warranted.  A levy on wages is where the IRS effectively takes a portion of ones wages and applies it to the …

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941 Tax | IRC 6672 | Trust Fund Recovery | TaxFortress

Personal Liability for Unpaid Employer Withholding Taxes

Can I be held personally liable for unpaid 941 employer withholding taxes?  What can be done to avoid this/protect personal assets/income? If you are an owner, officer, check-signer or decision-maker at a business that is behind on 941 taxes, you are at risk of being personally assessed with a penalty – called the Trust Fund …

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IRS Payment Plan | Installment Agreement | TaxFortress

IRS Payment Plan & Installment Agreements

Any time a taxpayer incurs a balance due to the IRS, the IRS’s first response is almost invariably to demand that the debt be fully paid, immediately.  However, in many situations, the taxpayer does not have the ability to fully and immediately pay the tax debt.  This inability to quickly resolve the liability can lead …

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IRS Asset Seizure | Tax Levy | Notice of Levy | TaxFortress

Will the IRS Seize Assets or Force the Sale of Them?

Will the IRS take your assets or force you to liquidate assets in order to satisfy your IRS back tax liability? The IRS can, with a few limited exemptions, seize your assets to satisfy your IRS back taxes. However, if you have competent legal representation, this should not happen to you unless every other collection …

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IRS Fresh Start Initiative | Offers in Compromise | TaxFortress

The IRS Fresh Start Initiative – A Welcomed Relief to Taxpayers

In 2008 the United States, along with much of the rest of the world, witnessed a financial crisis of devastating proportions.  In response, the federal government issued bailouts to the major banks after deeming them ‘too big to fail.’  Small businesses, however, were trying to get back on their feet but were being denied even …

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