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When To Call A Tax Attorney

Taxes, audits, filings can all be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know whom to call when the questions start to pile up. You can always contact the IRS directly with general questions about tax returns or even notices they may send you about past due balances. Sometimes it can be intimidating to talk [...]

What To Do When You Owe Taxes

A lot of people actually get excited about tax season. Why? Because they are lucky enough to get a tax refund. But what happens when you aren't so lucky and you owe taxes one year? What if you weren't expecting to owe and you don't have any cash to spare – what do you do [...]

Taxpayer Rights Can Be Hidden in the Fine Print

The IRS is required to provide a notice of rights to the taxpayer, however, this important information is typically written in a fashion that can easily go unnoticed by the average person and even a seasoned tax professional. Most people, even on important documents, can get into a bad habit of skim reading looking for [...]

Reducing Tax Debt with Penalty Abatement

When a tax debt is owed and the deadline to pay the amount in full has passed, the IRS begins to apply late payment penalties against the debt. This in turn increase the amount of debt owed, which can make it harder to pay if the taxpayer is already having trouble pay the original tax [...]

IRS Warns About Fake Tax Notice Scam

As the new tax season approaches it is important for taxpayers and tax preparers to be extra diligent and aware of possible tax scams. Review IRS.gov for up to date announcements and reports of phishing and scams. In 2015, scammers emailed taxpayers a counterfeit notice, labeled CP2000. In these notices, taxpayers were being sent [...]

IRS Fresh Start Program Helps Taxpayers Who Owe the IRS

The IRS created the Fresh Start Program, sometimes referred to as the Fresh Start Initiative, to help taxpayers pay off their tax debt and avoid penalties or liens. The program was started as a way for debts to be paid while lessening the burden on individuals and business to qualify for some of the repayment [...]

IRS Audits

The IRS performs audits to verify the accuracy of tax returns and insure that taxpayers are in compliance with tax law. Many people are afraid of being audited but it should be known that audits don't always lead to any penalties like fines, additional taxes owed, or other legal action. If you have received a [...]

Filing for Separation of Liability Relief

When you file jointly on a tax return both you and your spouse are held liable for any taxes due to the government. This is called joint and several liability. This can also apply to any tax the IRS determines in addition to your return, even if the tax is from income, deductions, or credits [...]