irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: 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)

irs problems: Richardson TX - What is a Collection Due Process Hearing with the IRS - 04/21/19 04:41 PM
he two main avenues of collection activities by the IRS is through 1) the NTFL (Notice of Federal Tax Lien), and 2) levies including bank levies and wage garnishments. Whenever the government files a Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL) or issues a final notice of threat to levy, the taxpayer has 30 days to request a Collection Due Process (CDP) hearing with an appeals officer.
 
In order to do so, the Taxpayer will file IRS Form 12153, Request For a Collection Due Process or Equivalent Hearing. It is important to file Form 12153 properly or it will be rejected.
 
There … (0 comments)

irs problems: Richardson TX - What If You Can't Pay Your Income Taxes? - 04/19/19 10:49 AM
With most of my tax clients that come into our Richardson, TX, tax office, they get their tax returns filed timely, and are either able to pay their taxes timely, or we immediately get them set up a payment alternative early on and minimize the problem. However, I often do meet with taxpayers who come to us and who 1) did not file their returns timely, and due to a variety of circumstances, 2) did not pay the balance due. Often years go by, and eventually they get a point of a bank or wage levy, a seizure of an asset, … (0 comments)

irs problems: Richardson TX - IRS Offer-In-Compromise - Lump Sum Vs. Deferred Offer - 04/14/19 11:59 AM
As we discussed over the past few weeks, many of the taxpayers who come into our Richardson, TX, office want to know more about the IRS Offer-In-Compromise program. When you choose to make an Offer to the government, there are two main types of settlement options to choose from. These two options differ in how the offer is calculated and when the payments need to be made. The two options are -
The Lump Sum Offer, and The Deferred Offer  
Lump Sum Offer –
$186 Application Fee (Non-Refundable) plus 20% down when offer is made. If offer is rejected, taxpayer loses the … (0 comments)

irs problems: Richardson TX - Non Filers - Why You Should File Your Tax Returns - 04/11/19 05:32 PM
 
 
As the old saying goes, “There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes.” Have you ever wondered what would happen if you filed your tax return late or worse, did not file at all? Well, you are looking for trouble if you do not file your tax return.
 
There will be a penalty for not filing your return equaling 5% per month up to 25% of the tax due. Then, there is another penalty of .5% per month up to 25% of the tax due for failure to pay the tax. An example is if you owe $1000, it … (0 comments)

irs problems: Richardson TX: Offers-In-Compromise - Why Tax Compliance is Critical - 04/09/19 11:21 AM
When taxpayers who owe money to the IRS come into our office in Richardson, TX, one of the most common questions we get is to how to settle their debt for pennies on the dollar, as they hear in commercials. While under that they want to begin the process at the end, I usually have to explain to them that before we can even determine if they qualify for an Offer-In-Compromise, on of the things that we must do is to verify that they are in Tax Compliance, and if they are not, get them in it. You may be thinking … (0 comments)

 
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