Archive for the ‘Tax Resolution Options and Alternatives’ Category

James Gandolfini’s Estate to Pay Tax Man 40 Percent

Monday, July 8th, 2013

In spite of making millions playing tough guy Tony Soprano, it appears actor James Gandolfini was not as “tough” in keeping Uncle Sam’s hands off his estate. A New York Daily News article titled: “James Gandolfini will a tax ‘disaster,’ says top estate lawyer,” reports that giving 80 percent of his $70 million estate to his sisters and daughter as the will states is “disastrous” according to veteran estate tax
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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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For Those With Tax Debt, Solutions Are Available

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

If you have tax troubles that haven’t been addressed, it’s time for you to see a tax professional and get to know your options.
I remember his face, clear as day.
Panicked — that’s the only word to describe it.
I shook his hand; it was a clammy. He was nervous.
For the sake of this column, I’ll call him Bill. At the time, he was my newest client.
Bill was holding a copy of
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Taxes Turn 100-A Brief Look at the 16th Amendment

Friday, February 8th, 2013

On February 3, 2013, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution authorizing the federal income tax turned 100. The 16th Amendment has certainly had its share of controversy, especially in its early years. A Forbes article titled, “Guess Who Turned 100 This Weekend?“ highlights the history and tumultuous beginning of our tax system. Here are some of the interesting facts Forbes presents:
The Federal Income Tax is Born
On February 3, 1913, Delaware became
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TaxMan Episode Defines Installment Agreement Process

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The New Year is a great time to get a fresh start with financial issues specifically tax debt problems that can only get worse if ignored. I created the national network television show, TaxMan to show folks struggling with IRS debt the entire tax problem resolution process; from soup to nuts.
This episode of TaxMan focuses on the “resolution” phase and introduces a valued member of the Tax Team, Installment Agreement
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Make a New Year’s Tax Resolution to End Tax Debt

Monday, December 31st, 2012

If you have back tax issues, a New Year’s tax resolution should top the list. As I mentioned in a previous post, the IRS is getting more aggressive with consumers including celebrities who may be hiding income, cheating on taxes or ignoring their back tax debt.
The latest celebrity who should be considering New Year’s tax resolution is rapper Joseph Cartagena, aka Fat Joe. Accounting Today reports in their article: Rapper
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Year End Tax Tips for Resolving Tax Debt

Monday, December 17th, 2012

If you owe the IRS back taxes – you are not alone; 1 in 6 Americans has a tax problem. However, avoiding the IRS is a terrible strategy; the longer you wait the more serious and expensive your IRS issue becomes.
So, with a new tax year is approaching, I wanted to remind taxpayers facing tax challenges that there is a solution to every problem; even tax debts over $20 thousand
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Sales Tax Issues-Amazon & Texas Face Off

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

A recent blog post mentioned an article I wrote entitled “The E-Commerce Conundrum: Taxing Virtual Businesses and Their Investors and the Law”. In that article, I discuss at length the tax issues e-commerce and virtual business face, specifically tax pressures from state governments interested in capturing sales taxes from them. Well, this week the Houston Business Journal featured an article Amazon, Texas comptroller negotiating sales tax deal that demonstrates how
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Tax Relief Weekly News Round-Up

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Happy Friday! The common theme in last week’s news was aimed at giving tax relief advice to those who did not make the tax filing deadline of April 17.
Here are some of the highlights:

The IRS just released a video entitled Employee or Independent Contractor? aimed at getting employers to properly classify their workers as either an employee or independent contractor. Improper classification can result in steep IRS penalties but many
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Talking Tax Resolution with Fox 11 Tony Valdez

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

In the homestretch – less than a week until Tax Day!

During my recent appearance to the Midday Sunday Fox 11 with host Tony Valdez show, Tony and I discussed tax resolution and the burgeoning industry it has become. Highlights from the interview could prove helpful for those who may have back tax issues but be too overwhelmed to get help to resolve their tax burden.

These answers should
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Tax Resolution Expert-Five Reasons to Hire One

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

While taxpayers are allowed to represent themselves before the IRS, it doesn’t mean they should. There are instances where hiring a tax resolution expert such as a tax attorney or certified tax resolution specialist is highly recommended especially if your personal or business tax problems are too large, complicated and risky to handle on you own.
For example cases that involve IRS audit, IRS criminal prosecution, payroll/corporate tax issues and IRS
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Beware of IRS Frivolous Argument Tax Scam

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

No matter how you look at it, living in a civilized society means you are obliged to file your taxes; if you owe, you pay. While many could argue the usual tax talking points such as fairness and tax rates, most of us would agree that taxes collected generate revenue to help fuel the economy. Yet there are people who believe that paying taxes is wrong, immoral and in some
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IRS Bankruptcy-Five Tax Relief Options for Back Taxes

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

With the economy still sputtering, many tax stressed people teetering on the edge of IRS bankruptcy enter our offices wanting to know if their IRS tax debt could be wiped away with bankruptcy protection. While in some cases back taxes can be discharged (personal income tax), in most cases, they cannot. However,the good news is that taxpayers in this situation have options. Here are the five simple tax relief options
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Americans Abroad Propose Tax Changes to Worldwide Income

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

No doubt about it, the IRS is making headway in their efforts to bring Americans with unreported offshore accounts into tax compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and (FBAR) regulations. IRS enforcement and data sharing from European banks, has made it possible for the U.S. to gather account information on wealthy American clients; something just three years ago was impossible.
But an article in Forbes entitled Expats Lobby
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Delinquent and Unfiled Tax Returns? 8 Steps to Resolving Them

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

If you have unfiled and delinquent tax returns, you’re probably dreading this tax season; owing back taxes to the IRS is a big burden. Doing nothing to resolve them, however only makes matters worse and more expensive. Even if the IRS isn’t currently knocking on your door to remind you of your tax debt, you are not out of the woods and will need to devise a plan for
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