6 Common Deductions Taxpayers Overlook

Because the IRS extended the tax deadline by three months in 2020, it might seem like you were filing your taxes just the other day. However, it’s time to start thinking about paying taxes again, as there is no indication the yearly April 15 deadline will be moved again. Before you file, it’s worthwhile to ponder the deductions available to you. Many taxpayers are not aware of the numerous deductions and credits Read More

Own Cryptocurrency? Be Prepared for a Potential IRS Audit

At the risk of spreading a fear-mongering headline — theoretically, just about any U.S. taxpayer could be audited at any point by the Internal Revenue Service — it is true that cryptocurrency owners may now be at an increased risk of an audit. Recent actions by the IRS have given us clues that it is adding capacity to examine taxpayers who may not have complied with tax reporting requirements of cryptocurrency Read More

Payroll Tax Issues When You Misclassify Workers as Independent Contractors

No one wants to be in trouble with the IRS.  Most of the time, you may not even be aware that a specific action could lead to a dispute.  One of the most common mistakes is confusing whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.  Sometimes the lines are blurred and it’s less clear than it should be.  Here’s how the IRS defines the two: Employee - An employee is someone who works for you and you Read More

Three Types of IRS Summonses and How to Respond

Few things are more frightening to a taxpayer than receiving a summons from the IRS. You may automatically assume that you’ve been targeted for a criminal investigation when the reality is that the government regularly issues summonses for reasons that have nothing to do with suspicion of misconduct. Below is an overview of three types of summons you may receive from the IRS and how to respond appropriately. 1. For Read More

Practical Guidance on Filing Income Taxes Jointly or Separately

If you’ve recently wed, congratulations! One of the benefits of marrying the love of your life is being able to file one tax return for both of you. Are you still wondering why it’s beneficial to now file income taxes together, though? In this blog, we’ll break it down in an easy-to-understand way, plus we’ll give some essential information on claiming a child as a dependent.  Reasons for Filing Jointly vs. Read More

IRS Levies vs. Liens

You might have been warned about the power of the IRS to place a lien on your home, bank accounts, or other assets if you don’t pay your taxes. What’s more, the IRS can seize your assets with a levy to satisfy any tax debts they allege you owe. Liens and levies are two distinct tools used by the IRS to collect on your tax liabilities. This blog will explore the main differences between a federal tax lien and levy and Read More

Ensuring Your PPP Loan is Forgiven

In an economy that is constantly changing and shifting due to COVID-19 and subsequent stay-at-home orders, one of the more enduring programs has been the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Funding for the original round went quickly, with an additional round soon after and more, possibly, on the way.  For small business owners simply trying to keep afloat, there are many appealing features of the program. Even if Read More

Currency Transaction Reports: Has One Been Filed on You?

Plenty of otherwise innocent people are unaware that some of their large deposits or withdrawals to or from their bank are discreetly flagged in what is called a Currency Transaction Report (CTR). This report is completed by employees of financial institutions when cash transactions of $10,000 or more pass through the institution in some capacity. It also applies to transactions involving other negotiable instruments Read More

Owe Back Taxes?  Considering Bankruptcy?  Consider These Three Alternatives First

Many people who are facing overwhelming debt and struggling to make ends meet are aware that bankruptcy may be a way out.  Bankruptcy can be an effective solution, but it can have serious consequences and should only be taken as a last step. Bankruptcy may be your best option, especially if you have substantial consumer debt.  But bankruptcy will not always solve a person’s tax problems.  Certain types of back Read More

Innocent Spouse Relief

Generally, “my spouse did it; I’m innocent!” is not a great excuse to use in everyday life for obvious reasons. However, in cases where your spouse (or former spouse) is responsible for filing an erroneous tax return, a defense called “innocent spouse relief” can save you from the taxes, penalties, fees, and interest that are attributable to your spouse. Whether your spouse filed an incomplete tax return, Read More