1. 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

  2. Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” Has Gotten Himself into A Situation

    Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” Has Gotten Himself into A Situation For those of you who remember, MTV had a show dedicated to the Jersey Shore life. It was basically a show about young Italians who go to the Jersey Shore to party every summer. There was, of course, a lot of drinking, fist pumping, and hooking up. One of the main characters of this show was Michael “The Situation” Sorrent…Read More

  3. Surprise Visits from IRS?!

    Surprise Visits from IRS!! IRS Revenue Officers, whose responsibility is the collection function, may sometimes make visits completely unannounced to both individuals and businesses that owe back or unpaid taxes. Also, they may also call on businesses that have stopped making their federal tax deposits. How Does One Validate an IRS Official? A few years back, we had a person in Schaumburg IL that …Read More

  4. Jeffrey Collins Named Top 100 National Black Lawyer

    IRS tax attorney Jeffrey Collins has been recently listed as one of the Top 100 National Black Lawyers. In order to be named to this prestigious list, lawyers must be carefully screened and invited for membership. Criteria includes: Reputation among peers, the judiciary, and the public The previous year’s achievements in the practice area of specialty Board Certifications in area of specialty No…Read More

  5. Former Congressman Charged with Tax Fraud, Filing False Income Tax Returns

    Failure to report income received is a common criminal tax investigation matter. We counsel our existing and prospective clients on the after-investigation process once a tax-related investigation has begun. Lately, most of our inquiries have come from Joliet, IL; Aurora, IL; and in the Naperville, IL general area. But also, because we regularly speak with special agents in the Downers Grove offic…Read More

  6. Expectations for Working Moms Under Trump Tax Plan Explained

    President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan is surprisingly very detailed.  Without advocating, defending, or bashing the plan, I want to summarize what to expect. Trump Tax Plan Easily Boosts Net-of-Tax Incomes for the Wealthy First, Trump spoke to the “working class.” He promised to "massively cut taxes for the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this c…Read More

  7. Common Tax Refund Scam

    Every year the Internal Revenue Service releases its “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. For 2016, one of the leading scams is Falsifying Income to claim large refunds on a tax return. Back when I was working at the Internal Revenue Service, I warned my managers of the way this scam would develop. Especially with the Earned Income Credit, this scheme allows tax return preparers to assist their cl…Read More

  8. Worst IRS Nightmare … Ever!

    Before you read another paragraph here, I must first explain: This is an embarrassingly true story of how dealing with the IRS Criminal Investigations can affect—no, TRANSFORM—a person. There is always a cost, but you have to protect what matters most. What’s The Worst That Can Happen? Some time ago, I gave a legal consultation to a very troubled man with IRS problems. He was visited by the …Read More

  9. IRS Revenue Officers Can (and Do) Make Unannounced Visits

    Adapted from NATP, March 3, 2016 A good IRS tax attorney knows what the IRS can and can't do. If you think they won't visit you at your home or place of business, think again. IRS Revenue officers do visit individuals and businesses that owe taxes. They also call on businesses that have stopped making federal tax deposits. Revenue Officers always carry credentials, maroon with gold printing on the…Read More

  10. Avoids 10+ Years in Prison and $200,000 Tax

    Background: A business owner, after his IRS audit, closed his construction company and retired. His audit was referred to IRS Criminal Investigation. The government believed, and gathered evidence that the business owner defrauded the government of tax, by intentionally concealing unreported income during several years. After a grand jury hearing, the government sought conviction on multiple felon…Read More