1. How Do Regular Gamblers Handle IRS?

    How Do Regular Gamblers Handle IRS? Regular gamblers, gamers, off-track betters and wagers all take losses. No matter whether they file a tax return, get audited, have a tax lien, or try setting up an installment agreement, they usually get a raw deal from IRS about their gambling losses. All gambling losses should be deducted to reduce tax! Let’s start there. Here is the general rule: Gambling …Read More

  2. How to Spot IRS Phone Scams

    How to Spot IRS Phone Scams If someone calls demanding money for IRS tax, is this a legitimate call? Probably not, because IRS just doesn’t make collection phone calls. One of the more popular scams now is the caller who threatens to arrest you today. Usually a male voice, he will claim to be an “IRS Revenue Officer”. The caller will provide a name (no, it’s not his real name), and maybe e…Read More

  3. I lost my house in divorce. Will I have capital gains later?

    I lost my house in divorce. Will I have capital gains later? Avoid tricky tax problems in divorce property settlement! Here’s the common situation: Let’s suppose that you are the primary spouse on marital home’s mortgage. You plan to give your spouse all rights to your home, in the divorce. Your spouse will keep the home, but cannot refinance or remove your name off the mortgage. You might e…Read More

  4. Can an IRS Levy Be Released for a Hardship?

    Can an IRS Levy Be Released for a Hardship? The federal tax levy is issued by IRS to enforce tax collection. But certain circumstances (outlined under IRM section 5.11) authorize for the Release of Levy. One of those circumstances is Economic Hardship. Under IRS Tax Code §6343, a federal tax levy must be released when IRS determines the levy creates an economic hardship. So What Are the General R…Read More

  5. Holiday Travelers – Has IRS Blocked your Passport?

    Holiday Travelers – Has IRS Blocked your Passport? If you have unpaid IRS tax debt, your international travel could be in danger. By Department of Treasury procedure, IRS can request to block the issuance or renewal of U.S. Passports for those who owe significant tax debt. If the debt remains without payment arrangement, IRS can request a full revocation of a passport. This applies to anyone who…Read More

  6. Tax Resolution for Business: 3 Secrets About the IRS Offer in Compromise

    Offer in Compromise is an opportunity offered by the IRS to help anyone who is behind on taxes — individuals or businesses —to get caught up. While it may sound like an ideal way to handle back taxes, penalties, and interest while also getting square with the IRS, it is not as straightforward as that. Ideally, Offer in Compromise is a way to help individuals and businesses reach solvency witho…Read More

  7. Tax Resolution for Business: Planning the Offer in Compromise (OIC)

    An Offer in Compromise is a good way to potentially reduce how much you or your business owe to the IRS in taxes, interest, and fees. Of course, it is not as simple as simply shooting off a quick application and watching your tax woes disappear. The Offer in Compromise is a good option to find tax resolution if you qualify, but the process is a bit more in-depth than an online application. Here’…Read More

  8. Tax Resolution for Business: Satisfying the IRS Trust Fund Penalty

    The IRS has measures in place to get paid, just like any other business. In order to ensure that businesses appropriately withhold — and pay — their employees’ income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes, there are, of course, penalties. Any business that willfully fails to pay the required payroll taxes is going to be subject to the trust fund recovery penalty (TRFP). This is what you need …Read More

  9. IRS Just Took My Payroll Funds!

    Whoa! This problem is an emergency. It needs a real solution, right now! (Or else employees won’t get paid.) This situation is called an “IRS Bank Levy.” The IRS will use various forms of collection enforcement to collect unpaid federal tax. Initiated by either by an IRS Revenue Officer or IRS’s automated system, a “Notice of Levy” is issued to your bank. This levy is one of the IRS' c…Read More

  10. Handling IRS Audits – IRS Information Document Request (Form 4564)

    As a Certified Public Accountant, you may represent your clients in an IRS tax audit, and you need to know how to handle the IRS Information Document Request (IDR). It’s important to know that there are several different types of IDRs also known as Form 4564. More specifically, each IDR Form 4564 can be different per client due to the IRS requesting specific information per your clients’ tax s…Read More