IRS Taxpayer Advocate

The IRS Taxpayer Advocate is Your Friend

Not many people seem to realize it, but the Internal Revenue Service maintains an independent organization within itself to represent the rights of Taxpayers. Called the Taxpayer Advocate Service, the Taxpayer Advocate exists to protect Taxpayers’ rights and ensure that Taxpayers’ receive fair treatment. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Taxpayers have rights and the Taxpayer […]

Late Filing Penalty

IRS Penalty Abatement

In my last blog post written a few days before the April 15th tax filing deadline, I warned people about the two penalties that the Internal Revenue Service imposes on Taxpayers that file their tax returns late and owe taxes. Well, today, the Internal Revenue Service issued a similar statement. It addressed both the late […]

Tax Extension

File a Tax Extension!

With only four days until April 15th, most of us have already filed our state and federal income tax returns. For those of us that haven’t, though, a tax extension should be a must! If you can’t get your records together in time, taxpayers can always get an automatic six month tax extension to file their […]

IRS Criminal Investigation

IRS Criminal Investigation Findings

The Internal Revenue Service released its 2014 IRS Criminal Investigation Division annual report earlier this week. It focuses on international tax fraud, tax return preparer fraud, questionable refund fraud, identity theft, public corruption, bank secrecy act violations, significant money laundering investigations and terrorist financing cases, The report shows that the IRS Criminal Investigation Division opened […]

IRS Reporting

Canadian Retirement Account Reporting

There are new IRS reporting rules today concerning Caanadian retirement plans.  The IRS advises that it has finally eliminated a special annual reporting requirement that long applied to taxpayers with an interest in two popular Canadian retirement plans. The two types of plans are known as registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and registered retirement income funds […]


The FBAR and the IRS

The IRS is reminding taxpayers that federal law requires U.S. citizens and resident aliens with a foreign bank account to report any worldwide income, including income from foreign trusts and foreign bank and securities accounts. In an IRS Newswire released today, the Service advised that most affected taxpayers need to complete and attach Schedule B […]

Back Taxes

Owe Back Taxes? You Need a Plan

With April 15th almost here, many of us  are busy preparing our own tax returns. Others are looking for that missing mortgage interest statement that somehow got lost between our shoebox full of W-2s, 1099s and the accountant’s office. Still others, though, are simply wondering how they’re going to pay the taxes due or, even […]

Tax Refund Offset

Tax Refund Offset to Pay Obligations

The IRS released a new tax tip today that I thought was worth passing on. It relates to the tax refund offset and certain federal or state debts. Under the Treasury Offset Program, the IRS is authorized to use all or part of your federal refund to settle certain unpaid federal or state debts. Here […]

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