1. How Tax Non-Filers Apply for COVID-19 Stimulus Payment

    How Tax Non-Filers Apply for COVID-19 Stimulus Payment UPDATE: U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment, due to the financial domino effects of COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, receiving the payment requires filing a 2019 or 2018 tax return. Here is how to get COVID-19 stimulus payments for people that do not file tax returns. QUICKLY, THE BASIC RULES Just a quick refresher on the rule…Read More

  2. Tax Law Offices: What to Expect During COVID-19

    Tax Law Offices: What to Expect During COVID-19 A lot has changed over the recent weeks. At Tax Law Offices, we are still here for you, just as before. Here's the IRS business you should know right now: 1) IRS has not frozen direct debit payments during COVID-19. IRS will continue to debit payments from your bank for Direct Debit Installment Agreements (DDIAs) during the COVID-19 suspension period…Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Obamacare Repeal: These Taxes Could Go Away

    Obamacare Repeal: Quick Reference on Suggested Tax Decreases As a firm that handles IRS representation, rarely are we asked to comment on national tax policy. Our clients, whether in Naperville or Aurora, Illinois, or further away like the Carolinas, Nevada, or even Puerto Rico, all have weighed in their opinions on the tax changes by the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." As Congress repeals …Read More

  9. How to Deal With Difficult IRS Agents

    Have you ever dealt with reasonable IRS collections officers? Does it seem like they are overly uncooperative? Do they make requests for documents that seem unnecessary, and maybe impossible to gather? Did they refuse to give some relief when it would help you the most? Trust me, this is just a challenge. You can overcome the troubles of dealing with aggressive IRS collections. You just need a few…Read More

  10. Due Process Hearing Takes Control Away from the Collection Officer

    Due Process Hearing Takes Control Away from the Collection Officer Every person subject to IRS Collections is entitled to the “due process of the law”. This concept of due process is a constitutional right. IRS has been required by Congress to allow any taxpayer a right to be heard and considered, by an independent Appeals Officer. Complete and file Form 12153, Collections Due Process or Equiv…Read More