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

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

Payroll Taxes: 5 Common Mistakes for Businesses to Avoid

For many business owners, payroll taxes come with the cost of running a company and are an unavoidable task each year. However, there are ways to make your life easier, and there are mistakes that can make the process that much harder. Let’s examine 5 of the most common mistakes that you can easily avoid:   Filing payroll taxes late - While it might not seem like missing the deadline for payroll taxes is Read More

4 Factors an IRS Appeals Officer Considers During a Hearing

Owing money to the IRS can be a tough pill to swallow, but what can be even more challenging is the idea that they think you owe money when you actually don’t or when the IRS tries to collect the money from you unfairly without following its own administrative procedures.  If you’ve received a notification from the IRS that you have a debt to pay, or if the IRS has filed a Notice of Federal Tax Lien against you or Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to the IRS Appeals Process

When you’ve worked diligently to complete your taxes and are satisfied with the results, it can be a shock to receive notification from the IRS stating that you actually owe more than you thought! If this occurs and you are absolutely sure that the IRS is incorrect in their calculations, you can choose to appeal their decision. The process to appeal isn’t complex, but must be followed correctly for the best Read More

Drawing Unwanted Attention: 8 Red Flags That May Trigger an IRS Audit

Two words often strike fear in the hearts of tax paying individuals: IRS audit. It’s often perceived that an audit is completely random, but in reality there are several red flags that trigger the IRS to take a second look. Keep in mind that these issues do not necessarily guarantee an audit, but rather might increase your chances. It’s never a good idea to falsify information to avoid these items, so it’s best to be Read More

A Brief Q&A on U.S. Tax Court

For most Americans, filing their taxes with the IRS each year is a straightforward process that ends once the amount of taxes owed to the government is paid. However, some taxpayers become engaged in a dispute with the IRS when they are notified that they owe much larger amounts of taxes than what their own calculations represent. When a dispute arises with the IRS, taxpayers have the option of presenting their case Read More

The Truth About Taxes: Exposing 4 Myths About IRS Audits

When tax season rolls around, few things are scarier than the risk of being audited. Whether you’re a business owner or a hard working employee, the thought of an audit can sometimes keep people from filing their annual return, or at the very least cause serious anxiety and procrastination. There are a lot of myths regarding IRS audits, and they often paint a very inaccurate picture of how the system actually works. Read More

Understanding the IRS Tax Lien

It’s true that you can’t go to jail simply for not paying the IRS (though, you can go to jail for lying to the IRS or trying to cheat on your taxes), but the IRS has other methods it can use to get money you owe them, and understanding them is vital.  For example, the IRS can file a tax lien against your house (or other real property), which will make it difficult for you to sell your house or refinance your Read More

Attracting the Wrong Kind of Attention

Attracting attention can be a fantastic thing. You can attract the attention of a boss who notices all the hard work you’ve been doing and gives you a bonus or a promotion. As a young athlete or performer you can attract the attention of a talent scout who wants to sign you to a contract. You can attract attention to a charitable cause through effective marketing tactics and promotion. But when is attracting Read More