Archive for the ‘Ask the Expert’ Category

How Tax Resolution Services Helps People Find Tax Relief

Monday, August 19th, 2013

If you want to know how the tax resolution process can help people get tax relief, I recommend watching this video interview I had this last February by KTLA Channel 5 Alan Mendelson host of “Best Buys with Alan Mendelson“ a television show that features the best deals and money saving ideas.
The video gives consumers a true understanding of the tax resolution process and that reputable firms like Tax Defense Partners
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Tax Expert Comments on IRS Restructuring and Reform Act

Monday, August 12th, 2013

It has been 15 years since the enactment of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. What most people don’t realize is that this was a once-in-a-generation transformation of the only federal agency most Americans will ever encounter. The purpose of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 was to help with the preservation of taxpayer’s rights and it has gone a long way to accomplish that.
Now, with the IRS
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IRS Troubles-Agency Spent $4 Million on Employee Conference

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

As if the intense scrutiny the IRS has faced over the last month wasn’t enough, a new report has emerged about wasteful IRS spending that has lawmakers demanding more answers from the new acting IRS Commissioner, Danny Werfel.
An NBC article and video clip from NBC titled: “2010 IRS conference featured ‘happiness expert,’ $17K art session” highlights a specific 2010 Internal Revenue Service conference in California where goofy, expensive video parodies were
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National Tax Expert Disputes Talk of IRS Audit Decreases

Friday, May 31st, 2013

I wrote this latest press release after reading a CNN Money article titled “Spending cut bright spot: Fewer IRS audits.” I needed to dispute the article’s assertion that there would be fewer questioned tax returns as a result of the sequestering budget by Congress. The CNN article states that over $600 million in cuts to the IRS could result in IRS employee layoffs including examiners who audit tax returns. I agree
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Tax Relief Weekly News Round Up-Top Tax Stories

Friday, May 31st, 2013

This was a short, yet busy week for tax relief news. Stories ranged from celebrity tax woes and prison sentences for tax evaders to tax tips and benefits for military personnel.
Actor Chris Tucker Pays Nearly $1 Million toward Tax Debt – Chris Tucker has been in the spotlight over the last few years, not so much for his talent but sadly, for his huge $12 million tax debt. A recent
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Actor Chris Tucker Pays Nearly $1 Million toward Tax Debt

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It appears actor and comedian, Chris Tucker is taking a bite out of his huge $12 million dollar tax debt. According to a TMZ.com article titled: “Chris Tucker’s Tax Debt – $1,000,000 Down, 12 More to Go!“, it seems that the actor recently wrote checks totaling $985.028.98 to pay off two Georgia state tax liens: one for $592,594.82 for tax year 2007 and $392,332.16 for tax year 2006.
We reported in
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Tax Relief Tips for Military Personnel

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Memorial Day gives us a chance to honor military personnel for their service and sacrifice. It also allows tax professionals the opportunity to remind service members of the tax benefits they are entitled to. A recent article from Don’t Mess with Taxes titled,”Memorial Day 2013: Remembering those who gave all, offering some tax help for those still giving“ provides tax tips using the IRS Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide. Here are
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IRS Question: Can I Erase Tax Debt in Bankruptcy?

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Question: I am filing bankruptcy to get out from underneath debt brought on by some bad financial decisions. Can I discharge in bankruptcy the IRS back taxes I owe for tax years 2008 and 2009 that amount to roughly $25,000? I am struggling financially to pay off all the debt I incurred in this mess but am particularly overwhelmed with the tax debt. Do I have any chance at tax
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IRS Criminal Investigation Report Shows Increases

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Just last week, the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) released its Annual Report for 2012 showing strong increases in enforcement actions and IRS penalties imposed on convicted tax criminals for the year ending Sept. 30, 2012. According to the IRS bulletin announcing the report’s release, the criminal investigation division investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner to foster confidence in the
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Tax Relief News Round Up: Top IRS Tax Stories this Week

Friday, May 10th, 2013

This was a busy week in tax relief and IRS news. The stories that caught our attention ranged from how long to keep IRS tax records, to celebrity tax woes and finding tax debt solutions to the pro’s and cons of IRS prepared returns.
This week started with a helpful post titled: Tax Relief Tips for How Long to Keep IRS Records. A general rule of thumb guideline suggests that
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IRS Prepared Tax Returns: Are They a Good Idea?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Recently, I have been asked for my thoughts on the IRS’ proposal to pre-filled tax returns. Under a proposed system, the IRS would pre-fill taxpayers’ returns with the data employers and financial institutions have already reported. I came across a Forbes article titled: “Are IRS Prepared Tax Returns the Solution to our Tax Woes?“ that presented a decent overview of what such a system would mean for taxpayers, tax preparers and
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Tax Relief Tips for How Long to Keep IRS Records

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Every year after the tax day, clients inquire as to what tax documents they need to keep and for how long. Last tax season I wrote a blog post on the subject, inspired by a Forbes article by Tax Girl, Kelly Phillips Erb titled: “How Long Should You Keep Records after Tax Day?” I thought the information would be helpful for those who may be wondering what documents to hold
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IRS Budget Cuts Hurt Offshore Tax Collection

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

I recently wrote a post for the Tax Matters blog about a newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing IRS budget cuts forcing the furlough of 100,000 employees therefore reducing the ability to audit taxpayers at the same rate. A Huffington Post article titled: “Offshore Tax Havens: Sequestration Damages IRS Battle with Tax Evasion“ provides additional GAO report information shining a light on how the sequester/IRS budget cuts will
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New Tax Resolution Services Commercial Advises Tax Relief

Monday, April 29th, 2013

For fifteen years, I have helped resolve IRS tax issues for good people who made past tax mistakes and got into trouble with the IRS. These folks got the the tax relief they needed because they hired expert tax representation capable of handling cases such as theirs. A new Tax Resolution Services commercial for The Blaze TV reminds taxpayers who owe back taxes how important hiring certified tax representation to handle
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IRS Commends NATRC on Tax Resolution Industry Improvements

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Many of us who have worked tirelessly to restore the credibility of the tax resolution industry were pleased to hear our efforts commended by the IRS’ Office of Professional Responsibility (“OPR”). Yesterday’s press release mentioned news of the OPR’s review of the National Association of Tax Resolution Companies (NATRC) code of conduct, and how it was commending the organization in a follow up letter for establishing meaningful standards for its
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