About Matt Cohen

Matthew Cohen graduated from the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Cohen is the Chief Strategy Officer of the Tax Resolution Institute.

Who Do You Pay and How Do You Do It?

The ins-and-outs of employees vs outside contractors Employee vs Independent Contractor – Overview If you run a business and get support from workers other than yourself, you have probably asked yourself the question "should I pay these people as employees or as outside contractors?" In order to convince yourself that you made the correct decision, maybe you thought that since you only use one person or just pay for part-time help that you qualify to pay your workers as independent contractors.  To save money and hassle, some people lean toward the latter and learn they made the wrong decision the [...]

The IRS Wants to See You Suffer!

In Their Resolution Outline, the IRS Ignores the Hardship Option When the IRS presents back tax resolution options to the public, why is it that IRS hardship status is not listed and an Internal Revenue Service option? In a recent official publication for taxpayers that outlines ways to resolve back taxes owed, the Internal Revenue Service ignores IRS hardship status as an option. If a taxpayer successfully claims hardship, they can either pay less than what is owed over the time the IRS has to collect (the 10-year collection statute) or possibly pay nothing by being placed into currently-not-collectible (CNC) [...]

2018-07-17T17:56:28+00:00July 17th, 2018|Tax Resolution Experts|

IRS Meets Robocop – The IRS Turns to Data Mining to Find Tax Evaders

Does tax evasion warrant widespread government spying? Welcome to the 21st Century.  The United States is fighting a "tech war" against its own citizens, assuming they are tax dodgers. By using "data mining", the IRS is seeking  to track down and collect taxes from those who move their income to Swiss banks and other offshore tax havens. Granted, these are “edge” cases, which were brought to light from the disclosures found in the Panama Papers (the set of documents from the Central American law firm Mossack Fonseca that were hacked by tech activist, Anonymous).. The question is “How [...]

“No Soup for You!”…The Company that Inspired Seinfeld Character has Big-Time Payroll Tax Problems!

Payroll tax problems can add up quickly In case you were worried, we should clarify that the original owner and Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” character inspiration Al Yeganeh has NOT been charged in this case. Rather, the company’s (Soupman, Inc.) CFO Robert Bertrand has. Apparently Mr. Bertrand has been "cooking the books" by paying employees in cash and stock in order to avoid the company’s tax obligations. The IRS estimates that based upon the amount paid “under the table”, the lack of Social Security, Medicare and Federal income tax deposits have led to a shortfall of about $600,000 in [...]

2017-06-08T10:25:29+00:00June 8th, 2017|Payroll Tax Problems|

IRS News: Nationwide Tax Professionals Forum and IRS Video Channels on Youtube

It's like Prom for tax nerds! The IRS has entered the 21st century.  With their embrace of popular new media tools to help both taxpayers and tax professionals navigate the ever changing sea of tax regulations, collections and compliance, the IRS continues to impress.  That's right, we said the IRS. Below you will find links highlighted in a recent tax circular that not only announce the video press release regarding the nationwide Tax Forum but also provide useful links to three alternate languages. Here is the blurb from the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums project: "If you are an enrolled agent, [...]

Can’t Afford to Pay your Taxes? IRS Testing Expanded Criteria for Streamlined Installment Agreements

by Matthew Cohen The IRS offers several options to taxpayers who filed their tax returns but can't afford to full-pay the amount they owe by the due date. For example, if a taxpayer is unable to pay the full amount owed over the 10-year statute of limitations on collection, they may claim hardship and end up paying a lower amount. On the other hand, if a taxpayer can full-pay their liability within the time allowed by the IRS which is currently 6 years (72 months), they may enter into a streamlined installment agreement assuming they meet certain requirements.  One such [...]