When the IRS Can Take Your Passport Away

Every year, thousands of people take trips to destinations outside of the United States, and the purpose of their journeys vary—business, an exotic vacation, a desire to explore the remnants of past cultures, an admiration for medieval architecture, a religious pilgrimage to a holy city, etc. Most international travel requires the use of a passport. While most people are aware that the IRS can levy bank accounts, Read More

Understanding Your Options if You’re in Debt to the IRS

Every year, there are a large number of people who can’t afford to pay the IRS all the tax debts that they owe. Even though the quickest solution for your overdue taxes is to pay the full amount right away, sometimes circumstances prevent that from happening. The unfortunate truth about IRS debts is that the interest will continue to accrue on what you owe, even as you pay it down, and the penalties don’t go away. Read More

Tax-related Identity Theft

Identity theft. For many of us, it is something really don’t know much about, but that we dread – knowing that it can wreak havoc on our lives.  Thankfully, our modern banking institutions are well-equipped to combat banking fraud, and we have many services that render help when our identities have been compromised. But what happens when you’re the victim of tax-related identity theft? In today’s blog, I will discuss Read More

What Does it Mean if the IRS Selects Me for an Audit?

The IRS has three years to audit tax returns. This means that you might not be in the clear even if it’s been a few years since you filed a tax return and you haven’t heard from the IRS. Generally, the IRS will audit an account if it finds a significant understatement of income. If it does, then it could look back even further than three years, though not by more than six. But what do you do if the IRS selects you Read More

The Basics of a Business Plan

I've written many blogs discussing tax issues relating to individuals and small businesses. Today, I’d like to focus on restaurants and discuss one of the most important and essential items for opening a restaurant, the business plan. A business plan is your road map to navigating the rises, falls, and unexpected curves in operating your restaurant. In this blog, I will briefly go over what you should include in Read More

How Do I Remove a Federal Tax Lien on My Property?

A federal tax lien is where the government has a legal claim against your property because you did not pay a tax debt. The purpose of the lien is to protect the government’s interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property, and financial assets. Tax liens are created automatically once the IRS assesses your tax liability, sends you a bill that explains what you owe, and you fail or refuse to Read More

Understanding the 4 Most Common Business & Occupation (B&O) Tax Classifications in Washington State

The Basics The Washington State Business & Occupation (or B&O) tax is a tax that is imposed against a person or company that is engaged in certain business activities. The tax itself is measured by the value of products, gross proceeds of sales, or the gross income of a business and is included in a business’ overhead. Unlike a sales tax, the B&O tax is not imposed on the purchaser or customer. In Read More

Taxing Tips for the Restaurant Employer

In the previous blog about employee tips, we noted that our city is host to many restaurants with tantalizing dishes and wait-staffs that strive to make patrons feel welcome and comfortable; and that we reward the experience at a fine dining establishment with a tip.  While that blog post focused upon taxing tip responsibilities for employees, this month, I’d like to discuss the taxing tip responsibilities for the Read More

The Pros and Cons of IRS Installment Plans

If you are an individual or business owner with significant tax debt that you are financially unable to pay, you may be eligible to enroll in an installment agreement with the Internal Revenue Service. An installment agreement is essentially a payment plan that enables you to pay off your taxes over time. To qualify, you must file all required tax returns and disclose all of your assets and cash to the IRS. This is Read More

Taxing Tips for Restaurant Employees

Seattle possesses a wealth of delicious dining establishments with wait staff that really ensure customer satisfaction. As patrons, we reward this job well done with tips. Tips require special treatment when reporting for tax purposes. Both the employee and the employer of a tipping establishment have their own responsibilities for the accurate reporting of tips. This post covers employee responsibilities. Tips Read More