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IRS Loosens Rules to Help Ease Hurricane Hardships

IRS rule changes to benefit hurricane victims in affected areas If you live in States such as Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, or Tennessee, you know the meaning of “problems” as they relate to hurricanes. In order to ease the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the IRS is allowing taxpayers to take emergency loans from their retirement plans. These hardship distributions are to be used to help hurricane victims as well as family members who were victims. This idea is not new. In fact it has been used to aid victims of earlier floods and hurricanes. We are fairly [...]

Supreme Court will NOT Review Whether IRS Must Explain Tax Notices

Important Supreme Court decision on Tax Notices Yesterday the highest court in the U.S. declined to hear QinetiQ US Holdings Inc.'s challenge to a lower court ruling that held the IRS does not have to provide an explanation for issuing a notice of tax deficiency. This means that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision stands. In the lower court's case Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan said the following: "After reviewing QinetiQ's tax return, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a Notice of Deficiency concluding that QinetiQ had not shown its entitlement to the claimed deduction. QinetiQ later [...]

2017-10-10T15:02:46+00:00 October 10th, 2017|IRS News, Tax Policy News, Tax Resolution Experts|

Yes It’s True…You Can Make Money by Overpaying Your Taxes?

Full Disclosure: To be fair, you may owe more if you pay too little... As part of their never ending quest to motivate everyone to file on time and full pay their taxes on time, the IRS recently announced that their prescribed interest rates will not change for the 4th Quarter of 2017. The rates will remain at: 4% for overpayments (3% for corporations) 1-½% for the portion of corporate overpayments exceeding $10,000 4% for underpayments (6% for underpayments by large corporations) Every quarter the IRS revisits their rates. This quarter they have chosen not to make a change. These [...]

Fraudulent IRS Callers Battling with IRS Assigned “Professional” Tax Collectors!

IRS warns that phone scammers are preying on people We have entered into a new and confusing landscape in which taxpayers receive fraudulent calls from robots and foreign nationals that compete with calls from recently approved tax collectors who collect on behalf of the IRS. The path forward for both taxpayers and tax professionals may be confusing, but we remain committed to providing practical advice to those in need. While fraudulent calls made by imposters may be so poorly executed that it is sometimes hard to believe that anyone falls for their tricks, the truth of the matter [...]

CA State Board of Equalization is NO MORE!

By any other name the Taxman! Well, you'll still owe taxes but it will now be to a different agency with a new name! What was formerly known as the "CA State Board of Equalization" (SBOE) will now be called the "CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration" (CADTFA). Better, huh? This restructure is a result of Assembly Bill 102, The Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017, which was recently enacted into law. The intent of this bill was the dismantling what was considered a troubled tax agency by some. Here's what the San Jose Mercury News [...]

U.S. Court of Appeals Says Payroll Tax Mistakes “Not Willful”…

Payroll tax problems? Call (818) 704-1443 for expert help. A recent case decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturns the findings of the lower court which held that Roger Byrne and Eric Kus of the Eagle Trim company were the responsible parties in "willfully" not paying payroll taxes. This case is significant owing to the rarity with which these cases are successfully defended. "ALICE M. BATCHELDER, Circuit Judge. The Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C.6672, permits the United States to recover unpaid trust-fund taxes from persons responsible for paying those taxes, if they willfully failed to pay [...]

If You Can’t Make Sense of Your IRS Letter, You NEED This Handy Transaction Code Pocket Guide

IRS Transaction Codes Pocket Guide The mail came again today and instead of containing numerous checks made out to you, and packages from Amazon.com has you hope each day, you got a letter from the Department of the Treasury aka the IRS.  Maybe this is the first time you received a notice like this, but probably not.  As is the case with most people in this situation, you sigh and contemplate whether to bother opening it.  I know this is not what you want to hear, but opening the letter is the first step to solving this problem. [...]

2017-06-27T11:56:54+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|IRS News, IRS Tax Relief, 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 [...]

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, [...]

Avoid These Tax Traps if you Need to File for Bankruptcy

Do you think that income taxes can be discharged in bankruptcy?  They can. One of the greatest pitfalls that prevents you from being able to discharge at least some of your tax liability in bankruptcy is having a clear picture of your complete tax situation. A crucial step (among many) your tax professional needs to take is to obtain copies of your IRS account transcripts for each year to ensure that you (1) know which years are filed (and when) and (2) if and how much you owe for each year. Once you have this information, you know where to [...]