bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - What is Innocent Spouse Relief and Who Qualifies? - 06/11/19 10:22 AM
Most married taxpayers file using the Married Filing Joint filing status. This makes sense in most cases since it typically results in the lowest combined tax for the taxpayers. However, one impact of filing Married Filing Jointly, is that by default, each spouse is jointly and severally liable for the taxes due on a joint return, regardless of who earned the income, and the IRS can collect from both spouses.
 
This is usually fair and equitable as joint filers, but what happens if one spouse was unknowingly the victim of fraud or misstatement on a tax return? Is the “Innocent” spouse … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Small Businesses and the Home Office Tax Deduction - 06/09/19 10:47 AM
A common question that comes up with small business owners who visit our Richardson TX office is whether they can get a tax deduction for their Home Office. Today we’ll spend a little time discussing the Home Office Deduction for a small business owner who files on Schedule C of their tax return.
 
Before we move into the deduction for small business owners, one of the impacts of the Tax Reform Act of 2018 was that it took away the potential deduction as an employee. An employee who used the home office deduction took it as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Beginning in … (2 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Removing IRS Penalties For Reasonable Cause - 06/05/19 07:27 AM
In our last blog, we discussed IRS Penalty abatement using the First Time Abatement option. Today, we will talk about getting your penalty abated using Reasonable Cause to resolve the issue. Tax Penalties are a common issue for taxpayers that come to our Richardson TX office to discuss tax problems. Penalties can double your tax debt (or more) over time. The IRS does not simply remove penalties upon request. It is the government’s position that penalties serve as a valuable tool in compliance. However, you may be able to remove penalties using Reasonable Cause if you qualify.
 
How Do I Qualify Using … (1 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Removing IRS Penalties Using First Time Abatement - 06/02/19 07:54 AM
Today, we’re going to spend some time talking about how to have an IRS Tax Penalty removed if it is your first offense or the first in 3 years.  This is a common issue for taxpayers that come to our Richardson TX office to discuss tax problems.  Penalties can double your tax debt (or more) over time.  The IRS does not simply remove penalties upon request.  It is the government’s position that penalties serve as a valuable tool in compliance.  However, First Time Abatement, is a circumstance in which you may be able to get your penalties abated. 
 
What Qualifies as … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Strategies to Minimize IRS Payroll Tax Debt - 05/31/19 09:06 AM
Payroll Tax Debt can become a nightmare for a taxpayer who gets behind. In addition to the potential penalties to a corporation, LLC, or partnership for unpaid taxes, there is also the potential for personal liability. When taxpayer’s come into our Richardson TX office with Payroll tax debt, one of our priorities is to minimize personal exposure while effectively removing the taxes.
 
Today we will discuss three strategies to reduce liability, including personally liability, if faced with Payroll Tax Debt. How you will address the payroll tax debt is highly correlated with the taxpayer’s unique circumstances. Remember from our past discussion … (1 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Personal Liability for Business Payroll Tax Debts - 05/28/19 08:22 AM
Payroll Tax Debt can become a nightmare for a taxpayer who gets behind. In addition to the potential penalties to a corporation, LLC, or partnership for unpaid taxes, there is also the potential for personal liability. Today, we will cover Payroll Taxes and personal liability. When taxpayer’s come into our Richardson TX office with Payroll tax debt, one of our priorities is to minimize their potential personal exposure.
 
Remember, from our previous article that there are two Sides of Payroll Withholdings -
Trust Funds – the fiduciary portion withheld from the employee’s pay and includes Federal Income Tax withheld as well … (1 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - The Nightmare of Payroll Tax Debt - 05/26/19 08:56 AM
Payroll Tax Debt can be a true nightmare for a taxpayer. It can impact both the business of the taxpayer, as well as put their own personal assets at risk. It’s critical to understand these issues when working resolve tax debt related to payroll.   When taxpayer’s come into our Richardson TX office with Payroll tax debt, we make special efforts to educate them and work to resolve the tax debt, while minimizing their potential personal exposure. This article is the first in a series of articles related to payroll tax. Today will be an overview of the consequences of Not Timely … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - How To Seek Relief From IRS Penalties - 05/24/19 07:21 AM
In our last blog installment, we had an overview discussion on IRS Tax Penalties including a brief overview of Tax Penalty Relief. If you’re like most clients who come into my Richardson TX office with Tax Penalties, they feel that the IRS should just remove their tax penalties. As discussed, the IRS does not simply remove penalties upon request. It is the government’s position that penalties serve as a valuable tool in compliance. However, in certain situations that is possible. Today, we’ll dig into those alternatives a little further.
 
First Time Penalty Abatement –
If the taxpayer qualifies, this is typically … (1 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Everything You Need to Know About Tax Penalties - 05/21/19 07:45 AM
Have you ever heard the late night commercials where the person says that they can remove all of your IRS penalties?   We often get taxpayers who come into our Richardson, TX office have hard the commercials, and they want to know how they can have all of their penalties removed. The reality is in some cases, it is possible, but it depends on your situation. Today, I’ll give an overview of tax penalties and a quick discussion on penalty relief.   In the next week, we’ll cover the topics in more depth.
 
Unfortunately, the IRS does not simply remove penalties as a matter … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - How To Get Rid of an IRS Tax Lien - 05/19/19 09:26 AM
When taxpayer’s come into my office in Richardson, TX related to IRS tax debt problems, IRS Liens are often the major issue they are working to resolve, and taxpayers want to know how to get rid of an IRS lien. 
 
As mentioned in a previous blog, there are two types of liens –
General or “Silent Lien” – automatic by statute.  No one including the taxpayer is notified. A Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL) – publicly filed  
The NFTL is what causes pain to the Taxpayer, harming their ability to access credit and transfer assets.  The IRS is permitted to … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - The Notice of Federal Tax Lien and the IRS - 05/17/19 10:48 AM
When taxpayer’s come into my office in Richardson, TX related to IRS tax debt issues, threat of or Notice of a Federal Tax Lien is one of the major reasons. Taxpayers often don’t understand the process, how a Tax Lien impacts them, and what they can do to avoid one or remove one. This is one in a series of articles discussing the IRS Tax Lien.
 
 
The Types of Liens
There are two types of liens that Congress has authorized the IRS to use under Section 6321 of the Internal Revenue Code, to use when a taxpayer is liable to pay any … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - What is the IRS "Silent Lien"? - 05/15/19 01:21 PM
When taxpayer’s come into my office in Richardson, TX related to IRS tax debt issues, one of the major reasons is that either they fear a lien or have received a Notice of Federal Tax Lien. Taxpayers often don’t understand the process, how a Tax Lien impacts them, and what they can do to avoid one or remove one. This is one in a series of articles discussing the IRS Tax Lien.
  
The Types of Liens
There are two types of liens that Congress has authorized the IRS to use under Section 6321 of the Internal Revenue Code, to use when a … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - How Does an IRS Lien Work - 05/12/19 10:04 AM
I manage a tax practice in Richardson, TX, and one of the major issues that taxpayers come to me with are problems related to IRS Liens. Taxpayers often don’t understand the process, how a Tax Lien impacts them, and what they can do to avoid one or remove one. This is the first in several articles that I will write on the lien process. In the following articles, I will dig deeper into the process as well as what to do if the IRS places a lien on your assets.
 
The Impact of the Tax Lien
An IRS lien is a very powerful … (4 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Can the IRS Levy My Retirement Accounts? - 05/10/19 08:09 AM
The Tax Levy
The Levy is a powerful tool available to the IRS to deal with delinquent taxpayers. It quickly gets the Taxpayer’s attention and is the most common reason that new clients come to our Richardson, TX office. There are many different types of assets that the IRS can levy. One of these categories are Retirement Accounts. Some people believe that the IRS cannot touch retirement accounts, however, that is not true. Today, we’ll discuss what the IRS can and cannot levy in regards to Retirement Accounts.
 
The IRS and Retirement Accounts 
The IRS is exempt from the anti-alienation provisions of REISA have … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Am I Running a Business or a Hobby? - 05/07/19 09:53 AM
Are you running a business or do you have a hobby? In most cases, it is very straight forward. We have put our hearts and souls into our businesses, the business provides the main source of survival for ourselves and our families, and while we may enjoy what we do, if income was not a priority, we might spend less or no time with the activity.
 
In other cases, it’s not as clear cut. Let’s say I’ve grown up around horses and love horses. Let’s also say that I am very highly paid in my day job and have disposable cash … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - The IRS Tax Levy and What They Can't Take - 05/04/19 09:52 AM
The Tax Levy
The Tax Levy is probably the IRS’s most potent tool to deal with delinquent taxpayers. It quickly gets the Taxpayer’s attention and is the most common reason that new clients come to our Richardson, TX office. In prior blogs, we’ve discussed the Levy Process and what to do if you find yourself levied. In this installment of the IRS Levy series, we’ll take a look at what the IRS CAN NOT levy.
 
What the IRS Can’t Levy
Certain Property is Exempt from Levy. This Property includes –
85% of Unemployment Benefits (Meaning 15% is available for levy) 85% of … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - Private Debt Collectors and IRS Debt. Is it a scam? - 05/03/19 01:42 PM
Many taxpayers in collection have recently received notices that their IRS accounts have been turned over to Private Debt Collectors. I have met with several in our offices in the Plano, TX area, in the last few months, who have received such notices. Why is this happening and what does it mean?
 
Since 2003, the IRS has had the right to use debt collectors if they chose to. However, except for a period in 2004, that option was not often utilized. What has changed recently that it’s now occurring? The FAST Act, passed by Congress, requires that the IRS use Private Debt … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - I've Been Levied By the IRS. What Do I Do? - 04/30/19 07:55 AM
A tax levy is the actual seizure of a taxpayer’s property by the government in order to resolve delinquent tax debt. The tax levy is probably the IRS’s most potent tool to deal with delinquent taxpayers. It quickly gets the Taxpayer’s attention and is the most common reason that new clients come to our Richardson, TX office. The IRS issues tax levies after they have sent several notices to the taxpayer that have gone unanswered, or the taxpayer has failed to stick to an agreement.
 
What You Should Do If You Receive a Final Notice of Intent to Levy?
Before you are levied, … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson Plano TX - IRS Levies - The Regular vs. The Continuing Levy - 04/26/19 02:56 PM
The Tax Levy is probably the IRS’s most potent tool to deal with delinquent taxpayers. It quickly gets the Taxpayer’s attention and is the most common reason that new clients come to our Richardson, TX office.
 
Types of Levies
A regular levy is a levy that is effective against only the taxpayer’s property being held at the time the levy is served. Examples are Bank levies, levies on receivables, and retirement accounts. As an example, here’s how a regular levy works for a bank levy. Banks will hold money for days before sending it to the IRS.On Day 1, bank receives … (0 comments)

bob jablonsky: Richardson TX - What is an IRS Levy and How Does It Work? - 04/25/19 02:37 PM
How Do Tax Levies Work?
Probably the most frequent reason that I have clients come into my Richardson, TX office, related to IRS debt, are when they are levied by the IRS. Being levied, or even the threat of a levy, is a horrible experience for most people, and when it happens, taxpayers are either extremely frightened or angry when they come to my office. This is understandable and we often work with clients to remove the levies and get life back to normal.  Today, we’ll address the overall process. In our next blog, we will discuss in greater detail how to … (0 comments)

 
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