1. Common Myths About Tax Audits – Part One

    Many people dread filing their taxes simply because it could end up with the IRS contacting them for an audit. Some have this idea that the IRS will show up on their doorstep and take all their personal assets away. However, what actually happens in these audits is drastically different. Most of the time, only about one percent of people who file their taxes get audited. This is because the IRS us…Read More

  2. 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

  3. How Was Rep. Mel Reynolds Convicted for Tax?

    Melvin Reynolds Many of you may remember Melvin Reynolds who represented the Chicago area in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995. We often see tax news about congressmen. He resigned from his position due to his conviction on criminal sexual abuse involving a 16-year-old campaign staffer. Mr. Reynold’s has also, since then, spent several years in jail for federal bank and campaig…Read More

  4. IRS Prosecution for Not Filing Income Tax Return

    Regardless of what you may have heard, it is Constitutional to pay taxes. Unless you make less than the federal exemption amount, everyone is required to file a tax return with the federal government. If you are found guilty of intentionally failing to file your tax return, you can end up with harsh penalties that include prison time and around $100,000 in fines—and that doesn’t even include t…Read More

  5. Reporting Taxes for Self-Employment Part 2

    In our previous blog post, we discussed the top three sections of your Schedule C form. If you are a sole proprietor, then you will need to prepare and file a Schedule C every year that you are in business. This is to show the IRS whether you had taxable profit or deductible loss during the past year. While this form may not seem that important, even the smallest mistakes can lead to the IRS knock…Read More

  6. Reporting Taxes for Self-Employment

    Schedule C If you are a sole proprietor, then you know that each year, you need to prepare and file a Schedule C with your 1040 in order to show the IRS whether your business has had taxable profit or deductible loss. While this can seem like an overwhelming task, filing will be simpler than you expect as long as you plan ahead and keep thorough records of your finances through the year. Today, we…Read More

  7. What Happens if the IRS Classifies Your Business as a Hobby?

    The IRS assumes that you have started your own business in order to be profitable. So if your business is claiming a net loss for years and years in a row, or your business doesn’t meet other requirements, the IRS may decide that your business is a hobby. This can get messy if you want to claim your deductions—you’ll have to prove that you had a valid profit motive. Earning Profit If you are…Read More

  8. Quick Tax Tips for Small-Business Owners!

    When it comes time to file taxes for your small business, you probably already know the basics. However, how can you make the most of this tax season and your tax returns? You probably know the simple tips, like keeping every receipt. They can add up to quite a few deductions! Also, keep track of everything in a log that you can consult when tax season comes. Carry Your Health Credit The health ca…Read More

  9. Taxes and Closing Your Business

    You may be planning to close your business, which means that you have a lot to think about before you can finally call it quits! Don’t forget to the put the IRS on your to-do list, as tax laws dictate that you need to keep the tax agency informed of your decision. Make sure you know what you do when you close your business, as any missteps could lead to the need for an IRS tax lawyer! Taxes: Dos…Read More

  10. How to Make a Charitable Donation Count on Taxes

    As many people know, charitable contributions to their community don't just make a difference—it also provides an opportunity to relieve your tax burden for the year. In fact, this tax benefit is a massive reason why so many donors give; more than two-thirds of donors with a high net worth have said they would decrease their giving amounts if they were not given such a nice tax deduction for doi…Read More