1. IRS Uses Private Debt Collection Agencies – Are My Clients Affected?

    IRS Uses Private Debt Collection Agencies – Are My Clients Affected? Beginning in 2016, IRS is allowed to assign a person’s tax debt to a private company for collection. Oddly enough, this fairly new law is both tax law and transportation legislation, namely, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (or “FAST”). The idea was to facilitate an expedited collection of tax, to e…Read More

  2. IRS Uses Private Debt Collection Agencies – Are My Clients Affected?

    IRS Uses Private Debt Collection Agencies – Are My Clients Affected? Beginning in 2016, IRS is allowed to assign a person’s tax debt to a private company for collection. Oddly enough, this fairly new law is both tax law and transportation legislation, namely, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (or FAST). The idea was to facilitate an expedited collection of tax, to expedit…Read More

  3. IRS Audits for Cash Intensive Businesses: Part 1 – Minimum Income Probes

    What does an IRS Revenue Agent look for when auditing a cash-intensive business? The short answer is this: correct gross receipts and reasonable accuracy of deducted expenses. But this article focuses more specifically on how IRS examines for unreported cash. You will want to understand that the IRS tax audit process is not set in stone, even though it follows a general path each time. A number of…Read More

  4. Intimidation, Secret Income and Nasty Divorces

    This is an unbelievable, yet true story. We counseled a man that was desperate for help in his divorce. He was afraid that his wife had the unfair advantage in the proceeding, and that she had become hostile and unyielding during the case. So he wanted to level the playing field. This is what the man asked: “Write me a letter, to give to my wife. Tell her that unless she cooperates with me in th…Read More

  5. I’m Going to Tell the IRS About His Money!

    A potential new client called. “I have this divorce case. I need a tax lawyer to send IRS a letter. I think my husband has been hiding income and investments. I don’t want to get burned when they find out about it all! He’s been hiding income for years, and now he’s hiding it from me.” She expected to hurt him by causing increased tax liability, and possibly a criminal tax investigation.…Read More

  6. Tax Law Offices Reduced Clients’ Taxes and Penalties by 99 Percent

    Tax Law Offices Reduced Clients’ Taxes and Penalties by 99 Percent Last year we accepted a new client with a serious IRS problem. The government sent a bill for almost $300,000. But we disagreed with that amount. Instead, we believed our client should only pay about 1% of that tax bill. We were right! After several months of work on this problem, we convinced the IRS that their bill amount was …Read More

  7. Do I Need an IRS Tax Attorney?

    Do I Need an IRS Tax Attorney? Yes, maybe. Large, serious tax problems are NOT easy to correct. Even worse, it they aren’t handled correctly, they will cost even more than if you hired a good IRS tax lawyer in the first place. Good tax return preparers and smart business owners know – these problems require the right help. I’m Smart – Can I Just Figure This Out Myself? These IRS problems a…Read More

  8. They Sent Form 1099, Not the W-2

    All employees, which easily includes unskilled laborers and most (near) minimum wage hourly workers, expect their W-2 Form in January. On the W-2, the employer reports last year’s wages and taxes withheld, employee benefits, etc. Those numbers are reported to the employee, the Social Security Administration, and to the Internal Revenue Service. This is the only standard method by which IRS and S…Read More

  9. I Don’t Have My W-2 Form

    Most every worker in the United States knows to expect his/her Form W-2 no later than January 31st. Even though many tax preparers will process your return by using your final pay statement for the previous year, you are still entitled to receive this form. There are steps you can take. Read on to learn more. Why Didn’t I Receive My W-2? As a tax defense attorney, I have seen dozens of reasons w…Read More

  10. Will a Government Shutdown Delay My Tax Refund?

    Another government shutdown could certainly slow down tax return processing. This could indeed delay refunds. Here are a few things to think about: 1) Anytime the government "shuts down," that event does not affect all employees the same. Generally, only non-essential employees are told to stay home. Similarly, only non-essential services are cut. However, these non-essentials include many of the …Read More