1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Keep All Tax Return Copies

    Mistakes Do Happen (So CYA) It is a good idea to keep everything you or your tax preparer file with the IRS. (Duh.) One of our recent cases gives an example of an IRS problem caused by failing to keep complete and accurate records. This case is being handled out of the Matteson IL office. This IRS location handles most collection cases from cities like Matteson, Frankfort, Mokena, Orland Hills, an…Read More

  8. IRS Innocent Spouse Relief

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJ4mALwPOw&feature=youtu.be We all know that our tax system allows couples to file their taxes together, but what can a spouse do when they find out their significant other has been filing taxes improperly, or worse, not at all? Is there a way to protect their assets? As it turns out, yes! This program is called innocent spouse relief, and you can file for it i…Read More