IRS Collection

Getting Thru the IRS Collection Maze

The twists, turns and switchbacks of the IRS collection maze are frustrating, confusing and daunting.  Here are 5 insights on how to make it through the maze as quickly and easily as possible. Entering the Maze:  IRS Collection Letters IRS Publication 594 sets forth a general description of the IRS collection process.  It details what a […]

Form 433-a

The Form 433-a and IRS Collection Actions

When a taxpayer can’t fully pay his or her taxes, the Internal Revenue Service usually allows the taxpayer to make payments through IRS an Installment Payment Agreement, or IPA.  Depending on the amount of the tax debt, the IRS may require that a taxpayer fill out tax forms such as the file a Form 433-a as […]

Innocent Spouse Relief

Innocent Spouse Relief

Obtaining innocent spouse relief from income tax obligations isn’t an easy task.  I recently had a client come in and ask for help applying for relief and was reminded of the difficulties involved in obtaining that relief. In addition to the instructions for the Request For Innocent Spouse Relief (see below), IRS Publication 971 provides guidance about the process […]

Revoked Passport

Passports and Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt

According to the IRS website, seriously delinquent tax debt is about to become a problem for US travelers. Starting as early as March of this year, the US State Department might not issue or renew a passport for you. Under law about to be implemented, upon notice from the IRS, the State Department may deny, […]

New York OIC

New York State Offer in Compromise

I was recently researching  a New York State Offer in Compromise (OIC) for a client and thought it might make an interesting topic for this blog. New York Offer in Compromise (OIC) Similar to the Internal Revenue Service’s Ofrfer in Compromise, a New York State Offer in Compromise (OIC) allows financially distressed taxpayers a way to […]

FBAR Filing

FBAR Filing Deadlines Are Approaching

All U.S. citizens are required to report their worldwide income to the Internal Revenue Service and that FBAR deadlines are fast approaching. The FBAR, or Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, has an upcoming deadline that’s unrelated to their usual April 15th income tax return filing deadline. Under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act […]

IRS Notice

Got an IRS Notice? How to Respond…

So you just got an IRS notice.  The tax season is over, you got your tax return filed but you’re being notified that something’s amiss. What do you do? Don’t Panic! For starters, don’t panic. The IRS mails millions of notices and letters to Taxpayers each year for a variety of reasons. IRS letters typically are […]

IRS Facts

10 Tips to Ease Tax Withdrawal!

As we approach the end of April, I can’t help but reflect on the end of tax season just a couple of weeks ago. Today, I thought I’d put together ten fun IRS tax factoids, gleaned from Wikipedia, about the Internal Revenue Service. 1. The first income tax was a temporary measure, assessed in 1862 […]

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