Posts Tagged ‘tax relief’

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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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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Willie Nelson and IRS Tax Liens Over Twenty Years Ago

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Today, I was reminded that it’s been over twenty years since Willie Nelson lost nearly all his possessions to IRS tax liens. Country music news website, The Boot featured an article titled: “23 Years Ago: IRS Places Liens on Willie Nelson’s Property for Back Taxes” that highlights the entertainer’s challenges with the IRS beginning on Sept. 21, 1990, when IRS placed $16.7 million in tax liens on his property. Here
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Madoff Victims Still Waiting for Investment Fraud Relief

Friday, September 20th, 2013

It appears that some of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme victims will have to wait a little longer get their money back. CNNMoney’s article titled: “More than $2 billion for Madoff victims is still in limbo” details information provided by Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) veteran and hedge fund founder Richard Breeden. Breeden was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice in December of 2012 as “special master” of the distribution
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U.S. Investigates Swiss Bank Rahn Bodner for Secret Accounts

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Another Swiss bank is experiencing the wrath of the U.S. Government’s focus on offshore tax cheats and revenue collection. A Reuters article titled: Another historic Swiss bank under U.S. tax spotlight reports that Swiss private bank Rahn & Bodmer is under investigation by U.S. authorities as part of a lengthy U.S. Swiss dispute over tax evasion.
The article provides a brief history of Rahn & Bodmer:

It is an old line Swiss
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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 Policy Study Shows More Americans Paying Taxes

Monday, September 9th, 2013

About this time last year one of the biggest tax news stories centered around a 2009 Tax Policy Center (TPC) report that showed 47 percent of citizens were not paying taxes. According to a Don’t Mess with Taxes, Kay Bell in an article titled: “More Americans are paying federal income,” recent analysis by TPC (a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution), and shows that the 47% group
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Tax Relief News in Review-Celebrity Tax Stories

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Happy Friday!
On this short holiday week, the tax news we featured mainly centered on celebrity tax stories. Here is a recap of what we featured:
Tax Problems-Michael Jackson Estate Gets Assessed by IRS – It appears that the estate of the late Michael Jackson and the IRS are engaged in a dispute over how much the estate of the “King of Pop” is really worth. An NBC News Business article
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Tax Problems-Michael Jackson Estate Gets Assessed by IRS

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

There are ways to value the worth of tangible items like real estate or cars for estate tax purposes. However, placing a dollar amount on the image of a celebrity is a more complicated and disparaging process as the estate of the late Michael Jackson is finding out. An NBC News Business article titled: “What’s Michael Jackson’s image worth? A $434 million question for the IRS“ reports on the giant
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Offshore Tax Evasion-US and Swiss Make A Deal

Friday, August 30th, 2013

After just reporting two days ago about the Cayman Islands reaching an agreement with U.S. taxing authorities, the U.S. and Swiss have finally reached a compromise deal for how Swiss banks will report account data on their American clients to the IRS. An ABC News article titled “US, Swiss Reach Deal on American Tax Evaders” reported that this agreement between the two countries will no doubt expose those American taxpayers
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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 Weekly News Round Up

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Happy Friday!
This week we featured tax relief stories about the following subjects: how tax resolution can help struggling taxpayers, turning financial failures into success, ways to pay off a large tax debt. We also covered stories about tax evasion, filing false tax liens and tax fraud.
Here’s the tax news recap:
The post How Tax Resolution Services Helps People Find Tax Relief was inspired by a video interview I had in February
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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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