Common Reporting Mistakes Made with Offshore Bank Accounts

U.S. citizens and permanent residents engage in financial activity overseas for a variety of reasons. Despite the stigma surrounding offshore bank accounts and other assets held overseas, they are completely legal and not exclusively used by the ultra-wealthy for tax evasion. Sometimes, citizens might have familial or other personal connections to individuals in foreign countries and want to keep an account Read More

The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of IRS Installment Agreements

Do you owe back taxes to the IRS? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent report, an estimated 1 in 5 people who file returns for 2019 expect to owe the IRS and last year 24% of the people who filed tax returns owed money to the IRS. Taxpayers who are unable to pay all the taxes they owe at the time of filing can be in for some nasty surprises. Unpaid taxes can come with big problems including wage Read More

4 Payroll Tax Mistakes Business Owners Can Make

You wear many hats and have many responsibilities as a small business owner. While pursuing your ultimate goal of making your business profitable and sustainable, it’s normal that some duties and obligations get allocated to the backburner. Paying attention to payroll taxes for your employees can be one of these obligations, but running afoul or federal and state tax law can land you in hot water with governmental Read More

IRS Bank Levies: When “Yours” Becomes “Theirs”

When you were a kid, you probably had a piggy bank. As you filled it with your treasured coins, you understood that, once the piggy swallowed your hard-earned allowance, the money was safe inside until you decided to take it out and spend it. Ah, the naivete of youth. As a tax-paying adult, it’s important to understand the concept of a bank levy. Think of it this way: the IRS snatches up your piggy bank and all Read More

Fast Facts: The IRS Fresh Start Program

Don’t you wish you could hit the “reset” button on your unpaid taxes? If you could just go back to when they were first due and avoid all those expensive fees, penalties and interest, wouldn’t life be so much easier? With the IRS Fresh Start Program, you can do just that and more! Read on to find out more about this debtor-friendly program and don’t forget to schedule your free consultation with the legal team at Read More

Explaining Offers in Compromise

What if you find yourself unable to pay your full tax burden to the Internal Revenue Service? Or, let’s say you are able to, but paying your tax liability in full would create an extreme financial hardship on you. What can you do about that?  Fortunately, the IRS offers something called an Offer in Compromise that may be available to you if you find yourself in these types of situations. If you are indeed eligible Read More

Understanding Section 179 Deductions

If you buy certain types of assets such as vehicles, machines, or cameras for your business’s use, you will qualify for tax deductions. These deductions are applied over the life of the property that you purchased to help offset the decreasing value of the asset. This concept of depreciation of assets is covered under Section 179 of the IRS tax code. Understanding how this section works and the deductions related to Read More

The Consequences of Owing Taxes to the IRS: Worst-Case Scenario

As Benjamin Franklin rightly said, “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Although the IRS wasn’t established until 1862, Franklin’s 1789 quote is timeless and still applies today: if you owe taxes, the government will use the full extent of the law to get the money they are owed. Penalties for non-payment of taxes are severe. Wage garnishments, liens, bank levies, seizure Read More

A Brief Overview of IRS Trust Fund Penalties

Even if you’ve dealt with collection agencies in the past, the experience won’t prepare you for the IRS. If you’re delinquent in paying your federal business taxes, it can levy your company assets, bank accounts, accounts receivable, and even your personal property. Many business owners shield themselves from personal liability for company debts by forming a corporation or LLC. While this strategy can prevent Read More

Private Debt Collection Agencies

  In April of last year, the Internal Revenue Service revived its private debt collection program.  Under this program, authorized by 26 U.S.C. § 6306, the IRS can give certain taxpayer accounts to private contractors for collection and can pay them commissions of up to 25% of the amount collected.  Taxpayers can be sent to private contractors to collect the tax debt when their accounts are in collections Read More