Archive for the ‘Tax news and tips’ Category

Singer Kelis Pays Down Huge Tax Debt

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

It’s great to report on celebrities who do a great job paying off their massive tax debt. Case in point: singer-songwriter Kelis Rogers, better known simply as Kelis who is paying down her enormous tax debt to the Internal Revenue Service and to the states of New York and California.

As first reported by TMZ, Kelis owed $741,027.59 in back taxes. She has since cut that debt in half,
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IRS Warns of New Phone Tax Scam

Friday, November 8th, 2013

According to a recent press release, the IRS is sounding a warning about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. We initially reported on this scam in a previous post during the government shutdown. It was clear that these brazen thieves were taking advantage of the fact they could continue their crimes essentially without getting caught.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and
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After Shutdown, Tax Collections Still Are a Priority

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

For 16 days, the government shut down effectively halted tax enforcement and collections. Now that the IRS is running at full steam again, should you be concerned?
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The government shutdown from October 1 to October 16 closed not only the most critical U.S. government offices; it also furloughed the most essential federal employees. For 16 days, the business of tax collections: analyzing returns, auditing taxpayers, and filing tax liens, effectively
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IRS Tax Problems-Agency Delays Start of Filing Season

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The government shutdown earlier this month did more than fray the nerves of citizens. It also delayed the start of the tax filing season. An article by MSN Money titled: “Shutdown causes IRS to delay tax filing season” cites an IRS press release sent out on October 22 announcing an up to two week delay to the start of the 2014 filing season due to the 16-day federal closure. The
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IRS Reminder – October 15th Tax Extension Deadline

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The IRS recently posted both a video and a press release to remind taxpayers that if they filed for an extension, the due date is October 15th, 2013. According to the IRS, many of the more than 11 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Below the video is information the IRS wants to make sure taxpayers are aware of:

Here are exemptions to
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IRS Tax Liens-How Often Are they Wrong?

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Tax liens can be filed by state and local taxing authorities to enforce collection activity for back taxes owed; when the IRS files a lien against someone, its serious business. However, after reading a recent Forbes article titled: “Many Tax Liens Are Wrong in DC, But How About IRS?” it appears that when it comes to property seizures, the IRS has fewer errors than others. Case in point: The Washington
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Tax Relief Tips-More Top Tax Audit Triggers to Avoid

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

A tax audit either by the IRS or state taxing authority is no picnic. The process is intimidating, time-consuming, and can be costly especially if you are assessed additional taxes. It’s important that you know how an audit is triggered so that you can prevent one from happening to you. The latest Tax Audit Defense Top Five Audit Triggers to Avoid infographic highlights five top triggers so you can avoid
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IRS is Going After Your Friends and Neighbors Too

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

It’s not just celebrities, industry titans and scam artists who are going to prison on tax charges. It’s everyday people — your friends and neighbors, and maybe you too.
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When most people think of tax cases that send defendants to prison or result in large fines, they think of the big cases — the celebrities convicted of tax evasion charges for not paying their bills to Uncle Sam.
Actors Nicolas Cage and Wesley
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Cayman Island Tax Haven No Longer Secret Due to FATCA

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

First it was banks, now it is the offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands who will no longer secretly shelter the assets of wealthy Americans. A Tax Connections article titled: “Caymans Makes it Tougher for Wealthy to Hide Money!” states that the Cayman Islands, a major financial center and home to operations for dozens of banks, funds and wealth-management entities, has made an agreement with the U.S. that it
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Tax Defense Partners Ranked Highest in Top Ten Reviews

Monday, August 26th, 2013

It was great to receive the news that Tax Defense Partners (TDP) was ranked the highest of all Tax Debt Relief Service providers on Top Ten Reviews. This first place review sighted the following reasons why TDP is the best option for representing taxpayers before the IRS:

The age of the company
The number of clients it has served
The fact that Tax Defense Partners can help with and negotiate any tax situation

It’s rewarding
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Tax Relief Tips-Turning Financial Failures into Tax Success

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Did you know August 15th was National Failures Day? Well, I didn’t either and it was only after reading an informative article from Don’t Mess with Taxes, Kay Bell titled: “Turning financial failures into tax-saving successes” that I thought there should be any reason to celebrate.
In the article, Kay Bell highlights the following financial “failures” that if deducted on your tax return may actually provide some benefit and possibly take
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Five Tax Help Tips to Keep IRS Audits at Bay

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Tax Defense Partners helps people resolve their tax problems and counsels clients on ways they can stay compliant and prevent future IRS tax issues. An article by Forbes titled “5 Steps to Keep the IRS Out of Your Hair” gives sound advice to taxpayers, reminding them to be proactive about preventing tax issues especially ones that have the potential to trigger an IRS audit.
Here are the top five tips Forbes
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IRS Help for Innocent Spouse Victims

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

I came across a Forbes article this week that should be good news for those folks claiming or who have already claimed the Innocent Spouse Defense. The article by Tax Girl Kelly Phillips Erb titled: IRS Proposes to Permanently Ease Restrictions for Innocent Spouse Relief, reports that the IRS proposes to do the following:

Extend the amount of time taxpayers can apply for equitable relief through an innocent spouse application. Under
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New York State Revokes Driver’s License for Tax Debt

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Due to federal budget cuts and a stagnant economy, states are more cash strapped than ever and looking for ways to generate revenue. New York State’s solution: revoke driver’s licenses of tax deadbeats. Tax Girl, Kelly Phillips Erb reports in her article titled: “You Can’t Drive 55: NY Suspends Driver’s Licenses for Tax Delinquents“, that beginning this year, drivers who owe more than $10,000 in state taxes face losing their
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Tax Help Tips-How to Avoid Tax Relief Scams

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

For fifteen years, I have been helping people resolve their tax problems. During that time, I have seen my share of tax scams and schemes. Some of the worst ones have been from so called “tax resolution experts” who, with no previous experience in tax problem resolution, prey on struggling and vulnerable taxpayers seeking IRS tax relief. But not all tax resolution firms or experts are created equal.
After reading a
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