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It Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Life: Four Ways to Minimize the Damage from an IRS Tax Dispute

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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An IRS controversy is every taxpayer’s worst nightmare. Most people have heard horror stories about IRS abuse from a friend, relative, or colleague who found themselves in a tax controversy.

And while we have seen firsthand just how aggressive the IRS can be, it’s important to understand that you can keep your tax controversy under control if you act quickly. Too often, taxpayers make strategic mistakes which end up making their situation worse. Here are four steps to take immediately:

1) Don’t miss deadlines. It’s tempting to ignore your IRS problem in hopes that the agency will leave you alone. But this won’t happen, and all you will do is make matters worse and accumulate additional penalties and interest. Don’t miss IRS deadlines.

2) Don’t give the IRS more than they ask for. When the IRS requests information from a taxpayer, often the taxpayer decides to “go the extra mile” in order to impress the IRS, and so they provide information above and beyond what the IRS requested. But by doing so, the taxpayer invites the IRS to scrutinize this additional information as well, which often ends up making the situation worse. Give the IRS what they require and nothing more.

3) Get your documentation in order. In most tax disputes with the IRS, the critical factor is documentation. As a taxpayer, the more extensively you can document your tax filings, the better off you will be. If you find yourself in an IRS dispute, an early priority should be to gather and organize all documentation relating to the dispute.

4) Hire an experienced IRS attorney. Don’t take on the IRS by yourself. The IRS relies on intimidation and aggressive tactics, and they are very good at bullying taxpayers into compliance. An IRS attorney, on the other hand, won’t be intimidated. He or she will know what the IRS can and cannot do, enabling them to keep the agency in check. Don’t face the IRS alone!

Nobody wants to face an IRS dispute. But by taking action quickly, you can keep the matter from escalating and taking over your life. If you would like to learn more, or if you are facing an IRS dispute yourself, please contact us today!


Don’t Get Suckered: Five IRS Myths Exposed

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

irs-tax-audit-imageAn envelope with an IRS address can strike fear into any taxpayer’s heart. A call from an IRS agent makes most people want to run and hide.

The IRS is among the most well-known and most disliked government agencies in the United States. And it’s no accident. While the IRS does have a wide range of powers and the ability to make a taxpayers life miserable, they also rely on unfounded fears and exaggerations to scare taxpayers into complying. At the same time, many taxpayers have heard IRS “tips” and “strategies” that are flat-out incorrect. In this article, we’re going to expose and correct some of this misinformation so that you can have a better understanding of what the IRS can and cannot do.

1) There’s no way to avoid paying your full tax bill. The IRS would love if every taxpayer paid their tax debt in full. And they are certainly not eager to tell you that there are alternatives. But in reality, there are a variety of programs available to help taxpayers settle their IRS debts. Of course, making sense of your options and handling the paperwork aren’t easy tasks, but we can help.

2) The IRS can do whatever they want in order to collect. Yes, the IRS has vast powers. They can seize assets, close down businesses, and even file criminal charges. Yet, they are still governed by rules and regulations. A tax lawyer can ensure that the IRS plays by the rules and doesn’t take advantage of taxpayer ignorance.

3) You can escape IRS trouble by moving out of state or out of the country. Some taxpayers think that they can outrun the IRS. This is not advisable. The IRS has access to government records and much of your personal information, and they are likely to track you down. Even leaving the country won’t solve your problem. Don’t try to outrun the IRS… we can help you find a much better solution.

4) If you drag your feet, the IRS will eventually let the matter go. Many taxpayers hope that they can just ignore their IRS problem and that it will eventually go away. This is absolutely not the case. The only thing that avoiding your IRS problem will do is pile on more penalties and interest. It’s important to address your IRS controversy head on.

5) If you’re not a high income earner, the IRS won’t audit your tax return. Many taxpayers think that if they aren’t making a lot of money, the IRS won’t bother to scrutinize their tax returns. And while it is true that the IRS is more likely to audit high-income earners, every tax return is exposed to the possibility of an audit. If you’re violating the tax code with the assumption that the IRS won’t care because you’re not making six figures… you are setting yourself up for problems down the road.

The IRS is a formidable foe for taxpayers and business owners. But it’s important to separate fact from fiction and understand what the IRS can and can’t do. If you’d like to learn more, or if you need assistance navigating an IRS dispute, we can help. Please contact us today to learn more!


Enough Already… Put Your IRS Tax Controversy Behind You!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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There’s nothing worse for a taxpayer than an IRS tax dispute. The IRS is a powerful, intimidating agency – and they’ll do whatever it takes to collect every last penny from taxpayers. The agency has the power to go after your bank accounts, to garnish your paycheck, to shut down your business, and even to throw you in jail in certain circumstances.

Below are four facts you need to know in order to put your IRS controversy behind you.

1. The longer you wait, the worse your situation becomes. No taxpayer wants to deal with an IRS dispute, and the common first reaction for many people is simply to ignore the matter and hope it goes away. But this NEVER happens with the IRS… and the longer you wait, the higher the penalties get. So take action immediately.

2. IRS settlement programs are available and can save you money. If you owe a large sum to the IRS, you’re probably overwhelmed and panicked. It can often seem impossible to come up with everything you owe to the agency. The good news is that in many cases, you can actually settle your tax debt for less than the original amount. A tax attorney can help you review your specific situation and discuss whether you qualify.

3. Without legal representation, the IRS may take advantage of you. Believe it or not, there are rules and regulations that the IRS has to follow, and there are laws to protect taxpayer rights. But without an attorney on your team, the IRS may overstep their bounds in order to pressure you. It’s important that you have a lawyer on your team to keep the IRS honest.

4) If you give the IRS more information than they ask for, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Many people attempt to go “above and beyond” in order to comply with the IRS. But giving the IRS more information than they’ve asked for only opens the door to additional scrutiny. So don’t do it!

If you’re facing an IRS dispute, we understand the stress that you’re under, and we can help. Please contact us today to learn more!


Don’t Let the IRS Pull a Fast One: Five Ways the IRS Takes Advantage of Taxpayers

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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As a taxpayer, the last thing you want is a dispute with the IRS. The IRS is known for its intimidating tactics and brutal collection process. And because the tax code is hopelessly complicated, the IRS knows that the average taxpayer doesn’t fully understand it, and therefore the IRS can get away with a lot more than they should be able to.

In this article we cover five ways that the IRS takes advantage of taxpayers. Don’t let this happen to you – make sure to have an experienced tax attorney on your team!

1) The IRS doesn’t always inform you of your rights. As a taxpayer, you do have rights in a dispute with the IRS. But the IRS knows that you may not be aware of your rights, and they will often take advantage of this ignorance in order to gain an advantage in your dispute. It’s important to have an attorney on your team to hold the IRS accountable.

2) The IRS knows you don’t have specialized knowledge of the tax code. The tax code is impossibly complicated, and the IRS knows that most taxpayers today don’t have a thorough understanding. So they’ll take advantage of your lack of knowledge, fully aware that you may be leaving money on the table in your tax controversy. Don’t take on the IRS without a tax lawyer on your side.

3) The IRS relies on fear to intimidate. The IRS has a tremendous amount of power – the power to seize your assets, garnish your bank account, and even press criminal charges. They’ll use these powers however they deem necessary, and they’ll threaten taxpayers in order to encourage compliance. A tax attorney knows what the IRS can and cannot do, and he or she will keep the agency in line.

4) The IRS seizes on any additional information you provide. Many taxpayers mistakenly give the IRS more information than they asked for. The IRS doesn’t care if this was a mistake or not – they’ll use any information you provide to strengthen their case against you. It’s critical that you don’t give the IRS anything more than they are legally entitled to demand.

5) The IRS will make your life miserable until you give them what they want. The IRS has the ability to make your life miserable – threatening phone calls, intimidating letters, even in-person visits from a revenue officer. And they’ll continue to intimidate you and your family until you give in. That’s why you need a lawyer on your team, fighting for your rights!

If you’re facing an IRS dispute, we can help. Please contact us today to learn more!


Facing IRS Controversy: Where to Begin

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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If you are facing an IRS dispute, you are probably feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Don’t worry – we understand. We have seen firsthand how devastating an IRS dispute can be. The good news is that, no matter how grim your situation may appear, there is always a solution.

The key is that you don’t ignore the problem. Many taxpayers are so overwhelmed that they fail to take action, hoping that the situation will somehow resolve itself. But that never happens. Instead, you must take action. And here are five places to begin:

1) Contact an experienced IRS attorney. Taking on the IRS by yourself is a mistake. The tax code is so complicated that it’s impossible for the average taxpayer to make sense of, and the IRS takes advantage of the situation. It’s essential that you have an experienced tax lawyer on your team.

2) Organize your records. Any dispute with the IRS boils down to records – and the more information you have at your disposal, the better your chances are for success. As soon as your dispute begins, obtain and organize all of the records that you can.

3) Don’t miss IRS deadlines. The IRS typically demands information or action within a certain timeframe, and failing to meet that timeframe makes matters significantly worse. Know your deadlines and never miss them. This alone will make your dispute much less painful.

4) Don’t give the IRS more than they ask for. When the IRS asks for information, give them what they’ve asked for – and nothing more! Sending them unsolicited information only invites additional scrutiny. It won’t help your cause, and it could make your situation much worse.

5) Identify your options. Finally, begin thinking about your options. Are you unable to pay the IRS what you owe? Can you arrange a payment plan? Do you qualify for IRS programs which could wipe away a portion of your debt? It’s important that you understand your options – and an IRS attorney can help you do just that!

If you’re facing an IRS dispute, it’s important that you take action. Please contact us today to learn more!


IRS Tax Controversy: Six Ways the IRS Will Make Your Life Miserable if You Owe Them Money

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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The IRS is likely the least popular organization in America. But have you ever wondered exactly what the IRS has done to earn this reputation?

The answer: they’ve ruined a whole lot of lives.

When a taxpayer fails to pay his or her tax bill, the IRS has the power to utilize a wide variety of tactics in order to collect what is owed. The IRS is the world’s most aggressive collection agency, and if they decide to come after you in full force, they’ll make your life miserable. Here’s a partial list of what to expect in an IRS controversy. The IRS may…

1) Harass you with threatening phone calls and letters. Typically this is where it starts. If you owe money to the IRS, they’ll send threatening letters and harass you with phone calls. These can be disconcerting, to say the least.

2) Send an IRS revenue agent to meet with you in person. The IRS will often send a revenue agent to your home or place of work. This agent will explain the situation to you, generally in a very unfriendly way, and will often threaten severe penalties if you do not comply.

3) Assess significant penalties and interest on unpaid tax debt. If you are late to pay the IRS, or if you fail to pay everything you owe, they’ll quickly start assessing penalties and interest. If the situation is unresolved, you may find that the accrued penalties and interest are nearly as bad as the original tax debt itself.

4) Garnish your wages. If you don’t pay the IRS in a timely manner, they actually have the ability to garnish your wages. And unlike other creditors, they don’t even have to seek a court judgment to get permission. They’ll garnish your wages, leaving only the minimum amount required by law for you to live on.

5) Seize your property. In order to satisfy your tax debt, the IRS even has the power to seize your assets and sell them. The IRS may seize property like boats, cars, and sometimes even real estate. If this feels like a shocking and un-American violation of individual rights, we don’t blame you –but that’s the reality.

6) File criminal charges. As if all of the financial penalties weren’t enough, in some cases the IRS will actually file criminal charges against taxpayers. These charges can lead to significant fines and even jail sentences in certain circumstances.

Now you have an idea of why the IRS is so unpopular. There is good news, however. If you work with an IRS attorney early in this process, before the dispute gets out of hand, you can usually avoid the more severe consequences listed above. What’s more, in many cases you will actually be able to settle your tax debt for less than you owe the government. Please contact us today if you’d like our help defending your interests against the IRS!


IRS Tax Controversy: Three Reasons for Optimism

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

 

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They say that the only two inevitable things in life are death and taxes, and while nobody looks forward to dying, it’s still quite possibly more popular than dealing with the IRS!

Nobody wants to be stuck in an IRS dispute. That’s a given. But the truth is that, no matter how bad your situation may seem, you do have options, and there is reason for optimism. In this blog entry, we’re going to highlight three specific reasons for optimism. However, please keep in mind that resolving your IRS dispute requires action on your part – the problem will not go away on its own. Please contact us today to learn more. Now, three reasons for optimism despite your IRS controversy:

1) The IRS is generally willing to settle for less than you owe. Many taxpayers don’t realize that, despite the IRS’ brutal collection tactics and their aggressive revenue collection, in many cases they are actually willing to settle tax debt for less than you owe. They won’t advertise this fact and they won’t make it easy to settle, but with an experienced tax attorney on your team you have a strong chance of reducing your IRS debt.

2) A tax attorney can force the IRS to back off and play by the rules. The IRS knows that most taxpayers don’t understand the intricacies of tax law – how could they? As a result, IRS agents frequently overstep their legal authority in order to pressure taxpayers. A tax attorney will force IRS agents to play by the rules.

3) An IRS attorney can face the IRS on your behalf. One of the most stressful aspects of an IRS dispute is the constant harassing phone calls, threatening letters, and intimidating in-person visits. It’s enough to drive most people crazy. But when you work with a tax attorney, he or she can actually negotiate with the IRS on your behalf and put a stop to the harassing calls and letters. This simple step can go a long way towards reducing your stress levels!

If you’d like to learn more about your options while facing an IRS dispute, please get in touch with us today!


IRS Tax Controversy: Five Facts to Help You Avoid IRS Trouble

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

There are few things that most taxpayers are more afraid of than an IRS dispute. The IRS is known as a powerful, unforgiving agency – and for good reason. Their revenue agents have the power to garnish paychecks, seize assets, and potentially even repossess the home of a taxpayer who is unable to pay his or her tax bill.

As IRS attorneys, we have seen firsthand the devastation that an IRS controversy can cause if it isn’t professionally resolved. If you’re facing an IRS dispute, please contact us today to learn how we can help.

Of course, the best thing is to avoid the dispute in the first place. Here are five facts that may help you avoid IRS trouble.

1) You can file late… but you can’t pay late. Most taxpayers know that there are extensions available if they are unable to prepare their tax return on time. What some of them don’t realize, however, is that payment is still due in full. If you file an extension and don’t pay by the April 15 deadline, you’ll owe penalties and interest to the IRS. These penalties can quickly accrue, making it much more difficult to pay your bill.

2) Ignoring your IRS dispute only makes things worse. For many taxpayers, the first reaction upon learning of an IRS dispute is to ignore the situation and hope that it goes away. This will lead to disaster, unfortunately. The IRS is nothing if not persistent, and so the best thing to do is to immediately pursue a resolution of the dispute. We can help with this!

3) Without a lawyer on your team, the IRS will take advantage of the complicated tax code. The tax code is impossibly complex, and becomes more difficult each and every year. Without a specialized, ongoing education, it’s impossible to stay up to date. And the IRS will take advantage of your ignorance. This is why it’s so important to have a tax lawyer on your team.

4) The IRS is open to settling disputes for less than a taxpayer owes… if you know how to ask. Many taxpayers are surprised to learn that there are ways in which their debt can be settled for far less than they owe. It’s true… but it’s not an easy process to complete. If you have no way of paying your IRS debt, we can help. Contact us today to learn more!

5) The IRS doesn’t have time to comb through every detail of a tax return, so they look for “red flags” in order to determine who to audit. Rather than going through each and every tax return, the IRS relies primarily on computer systems which look for “red flags” that may indicate mistakes or attempts by taxpayers to illegally reduce their debt. If you’d like to learn more about avoiding these red flags, get in touch with us today.

An IRS dispute can be a miserable process. If you find yourself involved in an IRS controversy, we can help. But it’s better to avoid an IRS dispute to begin with, and these five tips will help. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more!


IRS Tax Controversy: How to Increase Your Chance of Being Audited

Friday, April 18th, 2014

A protracted IRS controversy can be a nightmare for any taxpayers. This is something I’ve seen over and over again – when the IRS sinks their teeth into a taxpayer, they don’t like to let go. Penalties, interest, asset seizure, even criminal prosecution… the IRS will use every weapon in their arsenal to get what they want.

If that’s the situation you find yourself in, don’t worry, we can help! Contact us today to learn how.

Even better, of course, is avoiding the situation in the first place. In this blog entry, we are going to examine four easy ways to raise red flags with the IRS and increase your chances of being audited.

Obviously you’ll want to avoid making these mistakes, unless you’d like to have your life turned upside down by the IRS!

1) Make math errors. Simple mistakes while adding or subtracting can result in an audit – and they are easily avoided by simply checking your work, or hiring a professional to prepare your taxes.

2) Claim a dependant that someone else has also claimed. This is an easy way to raise a red flag, so if you are in a situation in which another taxpayer may be planning to claim the same dependent as you are, make sure to straighten things out.

3) Not reporting all of your income, especially if it has been reported by someone else. It’s important to report all of your income, as tempting as it can be to conceal some of it. The IRS has many methods by which they can cross-check your reported income, and if they do find that you failed to declare all of your income, you can count on an auditor showing up.

4) Claim excessive business deductions. If you claim business deductions at a higher rate than others in your industry, it will raise red flags with the IRS. That’s not to say you shouldn’t claim them if they are legitimate, just be prepared to document your claims, and understand that there’s a higher chance that you’ll be audited.

Keep these four points in mind while filing your taxes and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding an audit. But should you find yourself in a dispute with the IRS, don’t panic. We can help – contact us today to learn more!


Avoid an IRS Dispute Before it Begins: Seven Tips to Avoid IRS Trouble

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The last thing any taxpayer wants is to be caught up in an IRS dispute – and that’s why an audit notification is one of the most dreaded items that could ever arrive in one’s mailbox. At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we specialize in representing taxpayers in the midst of IRS disputes. We work hard to ensure to make the process as stress-free as possible, and of course to settle the matter on the most favorable possible terms.

But even better than a successfully resolved IRS dispute is an IRS dispute that is avoided altogether! And since it is tax filing season, in this article we’re going to share a handful of practical tips to help you avoid IRS trouble to begin with:

1) Only claim legitimate business losses as deductions. The IRS looks skeptically on claims of business losses, especially if the business has been in operation for more than a year. That’s not to say you shouldn’t claim legitimate business losses—but be prepared to document them.

2) Be prepared to substantiate excessive donations. The tax code encourages charitable donations – but the IRS also expects that your charitable giving will be in line with your income. Claiming an outsized amount of donations is a sure way to attract IRS attention. Again, that’s not to say you shouldn’t claim legitimate deductions, but be prepared to document them!

3) Proofread your return for typos and simple mistakes. Simple mistakes, such as incorrectly listing your address or forgetting to sign your return can raise red flags with the IRS. Simple arithmetic errors will often trigger extra scrutiny as well. So take your time and double-check your work.

4) Don’t claim a tax credit that you’re not eligible for. There are a wide variety of tax credits available, ranging from childcare and education credits to homebuyer credits and more. But before claiming any tax credit, it’s critical to ensure that you meet the qualifications. We can help you with this process!

5) Don’t work with a disreputable tax preparer. Unfortunately, there are many fly-by-night tax preparers who will break the law in order to reduce your tax liability. Sooner or later, these scammers are found out, and you’ll end up in the middle of the mess.

6) Report all of your income. Attempting to conceal income is a sure way to get in hot water with the IRS. Whether it is cash payments in the form of tips, supplementary income, or business income, you’re required by law to report it. Should the IRS suspect that you are concealing income, you can expect a detailed (and painful!) audit process.

7) Don’t double-claim dependants. Finally, ensure that you’re not claiming dependants who have been claimed elsewhere—or who are claiming themselves as independents. A mistake in this area will draw immediate attention from the IRS.

Questions or comments? Are you facing an IRS dispute? We want to help – contact us today to learn more!


Facing a Tax Dispute? Don’t Let the IRS Intimidate You

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

As a taxpayer, if there’s anyone you don’t want to receive a letter from, chances are it’s the IRS! The IRS has built a fearsome reputation for itself over the years—and this is no accident. In fact, the agency knows that their most effective method of ensuring taxpayer compliance is through intimidation. The IRS knows that taxpayers are far less likely to cheat on their taxes if they are worried about the repercussions, and so they make sure that taxpayers across the nation know exactly how powerful they are.

But the IRS doesn’t only use intimidation to “encourage” taxpayers to file their taxes accurately—they’ll also turn their agents lose on any taxpayer unlucky enough to be facing a dispute with the agency. In many cases, the scary threats and intimidating phone calls from revenue agents are enough to persuade a taxpayer to roll over and give the IRS everything they are demanding.

If you’re facing an IRS dispute, don’t be intimidated. Below are three things you need to know:

1) The IRS must respect your rights. The IRS doesn’t want you to know it, but you do have rights under the law. However, it can be difficult to understand your rights, and the IRS certainly won’t make it easy for you.

2) The IRS can’t seize your assets without due process. Many taxpayers have nightmares about the IRS seizing their car, their business, or even their home. And while this is, unfortunately, a possibility, understand that the IRS can’t do any of this without due process. You’ll have plenty of time to work out your case. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t worry about IRS threats – but you shouldn’t panic.

3) A tax attorney can help defend your rights. If you’re facing an IRS dispute, we highly recommend that you seek out an experienced and qualified tax attorney. A tax lawyer will defend your rights and will take on the IRS so that you can focus on living your life.

If you’d like to learn more, or if you need help resolving an IRS dispute, please contact us today!


IRS Tax Relief: Six New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Avoid IRS Trouble

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The New Year is right around the corner, and if you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing IRS controversy in the past, one wish that I’m certain you have for 2014 is to stay out of trouble with the IRS!

We want to help this wish come true, and if you’ve never had IRS trouble in the past, we want it to stay that way! For that reason, today we are going to look at six key steps to help you avoid IRS trouble, and to help you minimize the damage should a dispute occur:

1) Document your deductions. With the IRS, documentation is the name of the game. If you’re claiming deductions due to charitable giving, business vehicle usage, or anything else… make sure you can produce the paperwork to support your claim!

2) If you own a business, keep careful records. Business owners must keep careful records, including documenting their income and expenses. The IRS will often demand this information, and if you can’t produce it, business expenses may get added back to your taxable income.

3) Keep your tax information organized and accessible. Documentation doesn’t do any good if you can’t find the information you need. Spend a few hours and create a system to keep your records straight!

4) Don’t take on the IRS by yourself. If you’re facing an IRS dispute, get help. A tax attorney will keep the IRS honest and work for the best possible resolution. The IRS has thousands of lawyers on their team – you need one on yours.

5) Don’t ignore IRS problems. It’s tempting to just ignore the issue and hope it goes away. But the IRS is relentless- and ignoring the situation will only make things worse.

6) Don’t panic. The situation is never hopeless. Don’t panic, no matter what. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do, give us a call, we can help!

We at the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth sincerely hope that 2014 will be a wonderful year… and free of IRS disputes for you, your business, and your family. These six steps will help, but please contact us today if you need further information!


Five Steps to Take if You’re Stuck in an IRS Dispute

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

As a taxpayer, the last thing you want is to find yourself stuck in an IRS dispute. If you have ever gone through this process before, you know exactly what we mean. And if you haven’t, trust us, you want to keep it that way!

The New Year is here, and if there is one wish we have for the taxpayers of Texas, it would be that nobody has their life turned upside down by an IRS dispute. Unfortunately, we know that this wish is not going to come true.

Thousands of taxpayers will in fact go through the trauma of an IRS tax dispute. And if it should happen to you, below are five important things to keep in mind:

1) Don’t panic. When the IRS communicates with you, it’s intimidating. This is true whether they’re corresponding by mail, over the phone, or in person. And it’s no accident – the IRS knows exactly what they are doing, and they’ve calculated their approach to create fear and anxiety in order to get taxpayers to comply. So while your first instinct will likely be to panic, fight the impulse. Remain calm and remember that the IRS is bound by law, and you do have rights as a taxpayer, even if the IRS doesn’t want you to know it.

2) Examine the correspondence carefully. Once you’ve calmed down, carefully review the correspondence from the agency. What exactly is the IRS asking you to do? Make note of any specific deadlines, as one of the worst things you can do is fail to produce required information in time. Before you move on, ensure that you clearly understand the situation and what the IRS is asking of you.

3) Get help. It is almost always a mistake to take on the IRS by yourself. Instead, hire an IRS attorney that has experience representing taxpayers in disputes against the agency. A qualified lawyer will force the IRS to “play fair” and will defend your rights. Without years of education and practical experience, it’s virtually impossible to thoroughly understand your rights – so get a lawyer on your team to do just that.

4) Get your records straight. Documentation is the name of the game with the IRS. Once you know what they’re asking for, get your records straight so that you can document your case. Work closely with your lawyer during this stage so that you’re well prepared to take on the agency.

5) Don’t give the IRS more than they ask for. Finally, while corresponding with the IRS, don’t give the agency any more information than they require. Sending additional information, such as another year’s tax return that wasn’t requested, only opens you up for additional scrutiny. Your lawyer will be able to discuss this point with you in more depth.

Are you facing an IRS dispute? Please don’t take on the IRS by yourself! Our team of tax attorneys wants to help. We’ll handle your dispute with the IRS so you can focus on living your life. Contact us today to learn more!


Attention Small Business Owners: Four Ways to Stay Out of Trouble with the IRS

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Small businesses form the background of this country’s economy. So, you would think that the government would go out of their way to assist small business owners, especially given the current economic struggles we are facing.

Unfortunately, it sometimes seems like the government is doing exactly the opposite – at least as far as the IRS is concerned. I couldn’t even count the number of small business owners that I have worked with over the years, who have come to me frustrated and frightened that the IRS is going to ruin everything they’ve worked for.

If you own a small business and you’re having IRS problems, we can help you!

If you’re not having trouble with the IRS, we want to help you keep it that way. Below are four principles which will help keep you out of hot water with the agency:

1) Keep your personal bank accounts separate from your business accounts. Always keep your business transactions separate from personal transactions – even if you’re a “one man shop” and all of the money is yours to begin with. Separate banking and accounting allows you to paint a clear financial picture for the IRS – which ultimately saves you money.

2) Stay on top of payroll tax obligations. Many business owners find themselves in hot water because they can’t meet their payroll tax liabilities. Don’t “put off” these withholdings, because if you can’t afford it now, chances are you won’t be able to afford it later, either.

3) Document your expenses. Claiming expenses on your tax return? You’d better be able to document them or the IRS may disallow them. Organize and save receipts and invoices.

4) Plan ahead for “tax day.” Many business owners are shocked to discover just how much money they owe to the IRS on tax day. And in many cases, they can’t pay because they haven’t been saving the money or making estimated payments. Your accountant should be able to help you project your tax bill—plan ahead so that you don’t find yourself unable to pay.

Questions or comments? Do you need help solving an IRS tax problem in your business? Give us a call today!


Is Your IRS Dispute Making You Miserable? Here’s What You Need to Know

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

If you are in the midst of an IRS dispute, you may feel that your life is coming apart at the seams. It sounds dramatic to those who have never been on the wrong side of an IRS tax dispute, but we have personally seen the stress and misery that the IRS inflicts on taxpayers and business owners across the country.

The truth is that an IRS controversy is far worse than other situations, such as credit card debt, because of the way the IRS approaches the debt. Sure, credit card debt is no picnic. But when is the last time that a Visa or MasterCard agent showed up at your door threatening to kick you out of your house, seize your car, or put a lien on your bank account?

The IRS is a brutal collections agency, and they are very good at intimidating and threatening taxpayers until they get what they want. They know that most taxpayers aren’t thoroughly versed in the latest changes to the tax code, and they use the fear that most people have of the IRS as a tool.

But there is good news. You aren’t powerless against the IRS, even if they want you to believe that you are. If you’re currently facing an IRS dispute, don’t panic. Instead get out your pencil and take notes, because there are four things that you need to know.

1) Ignoring the problem will only make it worse. Many taxpayers initially try to take the “ostrich” approach—they bury their heads in the sand and think that if they can’t see the problem, it will cease to exist. But throwing that letter from the IRS in the trash, or letting it gather dust in a file somewhere, will only make things worse. Yes, it’s stressful. Yes, you don’t want to deal with it. But ignoring the problem will make things significantly worse, so don’t do it.

2) The IRS won’t stop until they get what they want. If you are hoping for compassion or mercy from the IRS, you are going to be disappointed. Quite frankly, the agency doesn’t care how financially desperate you are, or how much stress you are facing. Their agents have one goal: to collect every last penny that they say you owe. And they won’t stop until they’re done.  

3) A tax attorney can force the IRS to play by the rules. A tax attorney can stand up to the IRS and force them to play by the rules. The IRS relies on fear and intimidation to get their way, but a tax attorney can see through their efforts and work towards a fair settlement for you.

4) We will deal with the IRS so that you don’t have to! Perhaps the best news of all is that we can take on the IRS so that you don’t have to deal with them! Our team will correspond with the IRS and work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the best possible resolution of your tax debt.

Questions or comments? Do you need help resolving an IRS dispute? Please contact us today to learn more!


Poor and Elderly Are Victims of D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

In Washington D.C, it’s not unheard of for the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue to make the mistake of counting property owners as delinquent even after they paid their taxes. This can result in liens on their properties which are mistakenly sold to investors. These unfortunate and often stressful mistakes make it so people have to fight for their homes in some cases for years. Often times, the owners are elderly and poor, making it even more difficult to fight for their home and clear their name.

In one instance, according to The Washington Post, a 48-year old math teacher paid his taxes in 2007, but the tax office took his $1,400 payment and applied it to the wrong house, crediting a completely different taxpayer. Fortunately, the mistake was found with enough time to save his home.

This was not the case for a ninety-five year old that lost her home due to a $44.79 tax debt even after paying her taxes. The office officials have claimed that they have taken steps to cut back on their errors, but have also blamed many of the canceled liens on property owners due to not paying their tax debt in time. Even if this is the case in some instances error rates have been at 21% over the last several years. Most find this to be unacceptable. To learn more about these types of errors read the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2013/09/10/mistakes-put-homes-in-peril/


Two Heads Are Better Than One: Why Both Partners Should Know About the Family Finances

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

In a recent study, it was surprising to find that only 28% of couples were confident that either spouse could handle the finances alone if there was a death, divorce or accident that left one disabled. Most couples don’t like the idea of having to think about the possibility of something so unnerving, but it is important for both to have an understanding of the family finances on both sides. The Wall Street Journal article, “What Each Spouse Should Know About Finances,” gives a helpful list of tips so that each partner is able to manage their financial affairs alone if they have to.

Creating an inventory of assets is the first step to help you make informed decisions if something unexpected happens. Make a list of financial accounts, 401(k)s, and insurance policies-including where they are held along with a note of the beneficiary listed for each. It is also recommended to itemize physical assets  including houses, cars or boats. Atypical assets are often forgotten-airline miles or valuable collectables, but these can become helpful forms of financial help if need be.

Having your assets organized and discussing options before something sudden happens will help prepare you to make smart decisions during difficult times. To find out more, read the full article:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323394504578609623238153836.html?mod=WSJ_Taxes_MoreHeadlines

 


Give Back to Move Forward

Monday, November 4th, 2013

At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we believe in giving back to the community. Aside from helping our clients through difficult tax issues, I have made a commitment to the non-profit organization Esperanza International. Esperanza International has been working for almost thirty years to empower women in impoverished countries to start small businesses of their own.

Just as I have a passion for helping my clients get back on their feet, so is helping to free families from poverty. Through Esperanza-mothers who come in feeling hopeless-are given a new start.  They are able to generate an income, get an education, and renew self-worth. Their knowledge and skills are then able to reverberate through their family and community, creating a ripple effect of a wonderful outcome.

I would like to invite you to contribute to this amazing cause by investing in the Bank of Esperanza Sponsorship. When you donate a gift of $4,500 or greater, you provide microfinance services in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as Christian ministry. The sponsorship that you provide will let you invest in the loans of at least fifteen women and men. You are given access to the client management system and are able to directly see how your loans are being used and the amazing results they create.

Join me in the power of giving back. The experience on both sides is life changing. To donate or learn more visit my site at http://www.myirsteam.com/giving-back


The Right Way To Tax Resolution Is The Path For Peace of Mind

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

For over 15 years I have had the privilege of helping people resolve their IRS tax issues. I strongly believe that the success we have at our law firm comes from our commitment to doing things the right way. Tax law is complicated and if you try to fight a case without truly understanding the ins and outs of the IRS, the outcome can be devastating.

Not only do I value having as much knowledge as possible when it comes to tax law, I also believe in treating every client and issue as a completely unique case. There is no exact formula for each problem, which means getting to know your financial history, concerns, and needs one-on-one. Taking the time to understand your IRS problems, and constantly staying on top of the ever-changing tax code, is essential to finding an agreement that satisfies everybody.

I want to keep the IRS as far away from you and your assets as possible until I find the most manageable and PERMANENT solution. My goal is to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes again and fall into the same trap in the following years. Often times, national tax relief companies will only fix the immediate problem. This creates a vicious cycle of unfiled taxes, debts, and eventually having to go back to the tax relief company. My hope is that after I solve your IRS problems we won’t have to see each other again, unless it’s just for a friendly hello.

Saving money for you is only one part of my dedication to each client. Giving someone peace of mind is what truly makes me happy. The IRS can be unrelenting. Too many people live in fear of the next knock on their door being someone with a badge and a levy notice. Let me and my team at the Law Office of Nick Nemeth help you. Call today for a free consultation so the weight of your tax problems can finally be lifted for good.

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IRS Tax Controversy: IRS Keeps Cranking Out Levies, Despite the Government Shut Down

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Federal government reached new levels of dysfunction in recent weeks, culminating in a partial shutdown. While polling has shown that a majority of Americans are disgusted with both political parties and with the government in general, some taxpayers may have spotted a “silver lining” to the situation owing to the fact that the IRS has largely shut down as well.

Unfortunately, this silver lining turned out to be a mirage. Not only do taxpayers still owe money to the agency, but the IRS computer system is continuing to run, cranking out levies and liens at a frightening pace.

In fact Forbes recently reported that the IRS heavily relies on their automated computer system to perform much of the leg work related to “enforcement.” These computers produce millions of tax assessments, as well as liens and other penalties, year in and year out. Normally, human IRS agents are at least able to supervise the machines and potentially override them when the situation calls for it, but not during the shutdown.

The IRS computer system was responsible for more than one million liens placed on taxpayer property in 2012. That is one million families that were forced to face the very real possibility of losing their home or other personal property due to IRS collection efforts. It’s alarming to realize just how easy this process has become for the IRS – it doesn’t require much human effort or time in order to turn a taxpayer’s life upside down.

The IRS has long been known as an inflexible and often brutal collections agency, and for good reason! And while many taxpayers may have expected a break from the aggression during the government shutdown, the situation has actually gotten even worse.

If you’d like to learn more, or if you need help defending yourself, your business, or your family from IRS aggression, we are here to help. We will take on the IRS on your behalf, so that you can focus on living your life. Get in touch with us today!


When Playing the Waiting Game-The IRS Will Always Win

Friday, October 25th, 2013

There’s a famous analogy that a college chemistry professor used to teach his students about stress. If you hold out a glass of water for a few minutes, nothing will happen to you physically. If you hold the glass of water out for an hour though, it will undoubtedly become uncomfortable. Keep holding the glass of water for 24 hours and you would probably be in extreme pain. All the while though, the weight of the water never changes. Finally, the professor asks how you could avoid the pain and the class responds that you should put down the glass of water.

This same analogy can be used when dealing with the stress of the IRS. The glass of water represents your IRS problems and the level of discomfort depends on how long you carry the burden of unfiled or unpaid taxes. As soon as you make the decision to finally hire a tax attorney or speak with the IRS, the weight of financial stress can be lifted. While getting IRS help and solving tax problems isn’t easy, the problems won’t go away by ignoring them.

As an experienced tax attorney I understand the mixed feelings of fear, embarrassment, and frustration of having the IRS and tax problems looming over your head. There are many solutions to tax problems, but the first step is to take action quickly! Ignoring payments and notifications will only result in more penalties. The following tips can be applied to all IRS problems and will help guide you to a solution:

1.     File your taxes – While this sounds simple, it can be one of the steps that is most difficult for people after holding on for so long. The longer you wait, the fewer legal options you may have for IRS help.  Often, the IRS views not filing your taxes worse than not paying and can put you in trouble legally.

2.     Hire a tax attorney – Hiring a tax attorney, such as myself, will alleviate a majority, if not all of the stress and questions you have about your situation. Every tax problem is different and trying to navigate through the situation by yourself can be very confusing. Avoid further penalties and fines by hiring a professional who knows how the system works.

3.     Can you appeal? – It is a guaranteed legal right for all taxpayers to be able to appeal IRS actions. If you disagree with the IRS, you have the right to ask the IRS Appeals Office to review your case.

4.     Request your tax file – Your IRS tax file is the starting point to determine how to best solve your IRS problems. You can access your tax records by simply requesting them. Again, it is best to have a tax attorney look at these with you in order to understand them to the fullest.

Taking these initial steps will help with getting the process started and hopefully begin to alleviate some of the stress. Put down the “glass” you’ve been holding out and find relief. Contact us today for a free consultation or request a free awareness guide, How to End IRS Problems Forever.


Is A Payment Installment Agreement Right For You?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

If you are experiencing IRS tax issues, the most important thing to realize is that YOU HAVE OPTIONS. Believe it or not, the IRS wants to work with you to ensure that your debt is paid. A payment installment agreement is worth considering.

Dealing directly with the IRS can be challenging. Make sure to work with an experienced attorney when negotiating with the IRS. For more information regarding payment installment agreements, visit: http://taxes.about.com/od/taxdebts/ht/Partial_Pay_IA.htm


They Can Take Your Pay, But They Can’t Take Your Job

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

If you’ve had your wages garnished, you are likely feeling overwhelmed, scared and embarrassed. In the midst of the chaos, stand firm and know that you still have rights. For example, did you realize that garnishment does not justify being fired by your employer?

If the IRS is garnishing your wages, it’s important to work with an experienced law firm. To read more on this topic, visit: https://newbiznews.jux.com/1049206


Report The Fair Market Value Of All Barters and Trades

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Running a small business involves keeping many moving parts functioning properly along the way. Some small business owners seek out strategic alliances with other professionals in hopes of trading services to save money and increase profits. While synergistic relationships offer many benefits, it’s important to make sure that all activities are legal. This can become an issue for individuals who barter, or exchange services, with others.

According to the IRS’s article “Four Things To Know About Bartering”:

In today’s economy, small business owners sometimes save money through bartering to get products or services they need. The IRS wants to remind small business owners that the fair market value of property or services received through barter is taxable income.

If this is an issue for your business, the Law Office of Nick Nemeth can help you resolve your IRS tax issue. For more information, read: http://www.myirsteam.com/blog/dont-let-irs-disputes-ruin-your-life-how-to-prepare-for-an-audit.php


Fixing IRS Mistakes

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

If for any reason you’ve made an error on your tax return, the IRS can make your life a living torment. The IRS is known to be relentless in the process of an audit. The Law Office of Nick Nemeth is experienced with successfully resolving even the most challenging IRS cases. And, we look forward to working with you.

The best way to avoid an IRS audit is to ensure that your taxes are filed properly each year. Unfortunately, even the most well-intentioned taxpayer can make mistakes. If you’ve made an error, there are several IRS-recommended tips to correct such mistakes. Read full post:

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IRS Tax Strategy: IRS Audits May Increase in 2014

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

You wouldn’t know it if you were unlucky enough to deal with an IRS audit or tax dispute in recent years, but the IRS has actually reduced the number of “enforcers” on their payroll over the past couple of years. That meant less audits and less intimidating tactics—although, again, if you were unfortunate enough to face an IRS dispute you wouldn’t have known the difference.

Now, it is possible that this recent trend is going to reverse itself, allowing the IRS to “beef up” by hiring more auditors moving forwards. Bloomberg reports on these recent trends, but notes that the Obama administration has increased a larger IRS budget for the upcoming year:

The IRS shed 8,000 full-time positions from 2010 to 2012 including 5,000 front-line enforcement workers. That represents a 14 percent reduction, according to the report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

House Republicans are proposing to cut the IRS budget by 24 percent for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. In seeking to make their case, they point to overspending on agency conferences and bonuses to IRS executives involved in the scrutiny of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.

“Our concern is where the next step is arbitrarily cutting the budget,” said Edward Karl, vice president for taxation at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Washington. “Oversight is appropriate. Effective administration is appropriate. But so is full funding.”

The Obama administration proposed a $1 billion, or 9 percent, increase for the IRS for the coming fiscal year. Danny Werfel, the agency’s acting commissioner, is scheduled to testify today before a House Ways and Means subcommittee.

What would an increase in the IRS budget mean for you? Quite simply, more IRS agents means more audits, more threatening letters, and more unhappy taxpayers. If you have ever experienced an IRS audit, you know exactly what we mean. An audit is a stressful and time-consuming experience… and that’s the best case scenario. The worst-case scenario involves huge financial penalties, which may lead to bankruptcy, and can even include prison time. We have seen businesses closed and homes foreclosed on due to IRS disputes, and it’s heart breaking every time.

And now, the IRS wants to expand their reach. It remains to be seen what will happen, but we will certainly keep you posted.

In the meantime, should you be contacted by the IRS, we can’t stress enough how important it is that you don’t face the agency alone. The IRS relies on intimidation and fear in order to get their way—and unsuspecting taxpayers will quickly find themselves in hot water. Because the tax code is hopelessly complicated, it is almost impossible for a taxpayer today to understand their rights and take action to protect themselves. A tax attorney, on the other hand, is prepared with the experience and the information necessary to take on the IRS on your behalf.

If you would like to learn more, please get in touch with us today!


Bankruptcy Can Happen To Anyone

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, bankruptcy is generally not the result of frivolous finances and whacky scams on the part of the taxpayer. Most bankruptcy cases are a result of financial hardships like medical bills or other huge life changes such as the death of a loved-one, loss of a job, unexpected economic factors, or the end of a marriage. Unfortunately, these life changes usually take a huge emotional toll. In these situations, it’s nice to know that there is an experienced Dallas tax team that is ready to help you navigate the rough waters.

In the midst of a highly emotional financial storm, responsible people can find themselves on the wrong side of an IRS dispute. For many, the realization that they are over their heads financially is hard to comprehend and difficult to overcome. At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth we focus on providing the right solutions to IRS tax problems. We understand that you didn’t intend to wake up one day with an catastrophic tax issue. And, we are here to help you get your life back on track.

Bankruptcy is a viable option for individuals who have experienced a huge decrease in their income, or a sizable increase in their debt. If you are in over your head financially, it’s better to find out, sooner than later, if bankruptcy is a viable option for you. The reason timing is so critical is that filing for bankruptcy can get creditors off your back, at least temporarily. It can also halt foreclosure proceedings. Ignoring the problem can result in garnishment. Being proactive is the best solution to this complicated problem. During a free consultation, Nick Nemeth’s team of experienced Dallas tax lawyers can determine if bankruptcy is an option for your situation.

As you may already know, there are two types of bankruptcy options. One is Chapter 7, which allows you to basically walk away debt-free. This is available to individuals who are in over their heads so much that a payment plan, of any type, is not viable. The other bankruptcy option is a Chapter 13, which allows an individual to work out a debt repayment plan that is to be settled within 3-5 years. When determining which route to take, it’s very important to work with a local tax attorney who knows the intricacies of Dallas tax law. The Law Office of Nick Nemeth can help by providing the best step-by-step process for your particular situation. We are here to assist you, when needed most.

We know that you want to fix your IRS problem. If bankruptcy is in your future, avoid the temptation to go it alone. Do research, ask questions, gather all your tax forms and paperwork. And, work with a seasoned team of Dallas tax attorneys. In the long run, hiring an attorney can improve your settlement terms, save you money, and ensure that you get the best outcome from your bankruptcy. At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we are committed to providing timely resolution to levies, garnishments, seizures and other common problems associated with IRS tax debt. To learn if chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy is an option for your situation, contact our office today. Call us at 972-484-0TAX (0829) or visit our website today: http://www.myirsteam.com/


IRS Tax Disputes: Is An “Offer in Compromise” the Solution for Your IRS Dispute?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Thousands of taxpayers across the nation find themselves in trouble with the IRS every year – and many of them owe tens of thousands of dollars, or even more, to the IRS.

What’s more, many of these taxpayers have no idea how they’ll be able to pay this debt. This often leaves them feeling frustrated, stressed, and scared. If that’s your situation, you’re not alone. And we may have some good news for you.

The IRS has created a program, called an “Offer in Compromise”, which gives qualifying taxpayers the opportunity to settle their tax debt for less money than originally owed.

What’s an “Offer in Compromise”?

An Offer in Compromise is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that resolves the taxpayer’s liability for a reduced amount. The IRS is required by Congress to settle or compromise federal tax liabilities by accepting less than full payment if certain conditions are met. The compromise process is available to provide taxpayers with a fresh start, hopefully making it possible for them to comply with tax law going forwards.

Submitting Your Offer in Compromise is a Complex Process

Unfortunately, submitting an Offer in Compromise is a complicated process. You cannot simply call the IRS and offer a certain amount of money. In-depth financial disclosures must be made to the IRS and the process involves completing several IRS forms, gathering and organizing necessary financial records, complying with the IRS tax regulations and ultimately filing the “offer” for review with the IRS.

Simple Mistakes in Your Offer in Compromise Can Lead to Rejection

The final decision as to whether an Offer in Compromise is accepted ultimately rests with the IRS but, if accepted, the tax debt is effectively settled for a significantly reduced amount. Unfortunately, many taxpayers who file an IRS “offer” have it returned by the IRS for “technical” reasons, like an improperly completed form. This means that the “offer” never makes it to a point of final IRS review. That’s why it’s important to have a qualified tax attorney on your team, to make sure that all of the details are properly managed and your offer has the best possible chance of being accepted.

If you’d like to learn more about this process, and discuss whether it is right for your specific situation, please get in touch with us today!


There Are Five Options To Pay Off Your Tax Debt-Liberate Yourself From The IRS

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Not even in death do you have the option to not pay your taxes. Simply put-there is no miraculous loophole to get out of paying back taxes. However, there are five ways to pay off your taxes and liberate yourself from the harassment you feel from the IRS.

1) Paying monthly on the amount owed will reduce the debt much quicker than most people think.

2) Partial payment installments is another option. This is a long-term commitment to pay your taxes often at a reduced rate.

3) Another option to consider is an “Offer In Compromise.” This requires making payments either in a lump sum or short-term payment plan. There are some incentives with this payment as it can resolve tax debt for less than what was originally owed.

4) Through an agreement with the IRS you may be eligible for a year of bereavement from paying taxes. “Not Collectable At This Time” puts payments on hold and the IRS does not attempt to collect the debt during this time.

5) Strict rules apply to this last option and should be taken seriously. If you consider filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy you may be able to discharge tax debt. Asking a tax professional about this option is necessary so you are informed and supported while making this important decision.

To learn more about these payment options read here: http://taxes.about.com/od/taxdebts/a/tax_debt.htm

 


What Not to Do: Seven Easy Ways to Attract Attention From the IRS

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

If you have never been forced to deal with the IRS, trust us: you want to keep it that way! And if you have experienced an IRS dispute or audit in the past, the last thing you want to do is relive that nightmare.

Trust us, we understand!

That’s why today we are going to highlight seven ways to attract IRS attention on yourself or your business. Obviously, you’ll want to avoid these mistakes unless the idea of a thorough and often costly IRS audit appeals to you!

1) Conceal offshore assets. Many people have a misconception that it is illegal to have overseas assets. It’s not illegal, in most cases. But it IS illegal to conceal those assets while filing your tax return. The IRS works hard to gather information from foreign entities about American investors, and there’s a very good chance that they’ll find out about your foreign assets. If you didn’t report them, you can count on hearing from an IRS agent very soon.

2) Underreport your income. It’s tempting to underreport your income and save some money on your taxes. But the IRS has an extensive computer system which specializes in tracking down and identifying any discrepancies. Long story short: Honesty is the best policy, even if it costs you money in the short term.

3) Claim excessive charitable deductions. There’s nothing wrong with giving extravagantly to charity. In fact, it’s great to do so. But if you do make sizable donations, you’d better be ready to document them. If you claim a level of charitable donations that doesn’t seem to make sense when compared with your income level, the IRS will want an explanation.

4) Use too many “round numbers” while claiming deductions. Round numbers make everyone’s life easier, but the IRS knows that in the “real world” round numbers are relatively rare. So if your tax return is packed with round numbers, the agency may suspect that you don’t have documentation and therefore are just estimating. And that’s a red flag for every auditor.

5) Make mistakes while filing your return. Simple errors, like arithmetic mistakes or even forgetting to sign your return are a good way to attract extra attention. And that’s the last thing you want – so double check your work before filing!

6) File late… or not at all. Some taxpayers are under the impression that if they don’t file a return at all, they’ll somehow slip through the system. This is most definitely not the case. Your best chance of avoiding IRS trouble is to file your return on time!

7) Regularly claiming a home-based business loss. If you are claiming a home-business loss year after year, the IRS is going to have questions for you. If this is legitimately the case, you’ll need to be prepared to prove that you’re actually trying to make a profit. Again, honesty is the best policy – don’t claim a business loss if it’s not a legitimate business loss!

Questions or comments? Give us a call today to learn more!


Avoid Tax Trouble-File Your Taxes On Time

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Many people are confused about why they owe the IRS and how – in some situations – it feels like the problems came overnight with no warning. Did you know the best way to stay out of tax trouble is to simply file your taxes? Protect yourself by following a few steps during the year so when it is time to file your taxes you are prepared.

●      Try to be organized with receipts and tax documents. Keep them in a safe place. Use an organizer for receipts. If you find that you do not have the necessary W-2 or other documents you can request them from the IRS for free.

●      You may decide to file your taxes yourself or with the help of a tax professional. It is important to know that if you owe back taxes, you can use software to prepare your taxes however, you cannot file your back taxes electronically. You may even be entitled to a return but you will not know until you complete the necessary tax forms and file them.

●      In many instances late filers actually get a return. If you are eligible for a return pay close attention to the amount and if it will be applied to past tax years debt.

●      If you are self-employed or if you claim more dependents that will create tax debt at the end of the year plan to pay if you owe. You can pay monthly, quarterly or in a lump sum.

It is true that these steps may take a little patience on your part. Planning ahead and staying organized is the best way to stay out of tax trouble and owing the IRS. There are time limits for receiving a refund. To avoid penalties and tax liabilities file your taxes on time! One last thing to remember-seek the advice of a tax professional when doubt. To see more information and steps to file your current and back taxes visit this link http://taxes.about.com/od/taxtrouble/a/back_taxes.htm


The Right Way To End Tax Problems Forever

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

There are many ways to handle problems with the IRS. You can choose to handle the issues yourself, which may create more problems along the way. When you are not informed, and you do not have the tools or “behind the scenes” knowledge it takes to deal with skilled IRS agents you could be making matters worse. You could actually be helping the IRS by giving them information you are not required to give. Don’t hesitate to stop talking to the IRS until you have an attorney who can do it the right way.

When you do choose an attorney to help you with IRS issues make certain they are informed and have the experience you deserve on your side. Many tax resolution specialists claim to have the knowledge and often give open promises for which they cannot deliver. We guarantee to find tax resolutions for you. We will speak to the IRS on your behalf. At the law office of Nick Nemeth we believe in doing things the right way from beginning to end. Call us for your free, confidential consultation at (972) 484-0TAX (0829). We also offer a free tax analysis and a free special report. End your tax problems forever! Find out how http://www.myirsteam.com/our-firm/our-staff


IRS Tax Controversy: Five Ways to Keep Your Business Out of Hot Water with the IRS

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Running a business is difficult – particularly a small business. If you are like many of our small business clients, you find yourself wearing numerous hats every day. From marketing director to accountant to HR director, you do it all.

And one thing you can’t afford to waste your time on is the IRS. Unfortunately, thousands of businesses across the country find themselves facing IRS trouble each and every year. In order to help you avoid this predicament, here are five tips to keep in mind

1) Separate business and personal funds. It sounds obvious, but you would be surprised how many business owners mix up their business funds with their personal funds. This leads to a giant nightmare in the event of an IRS audit. It’s critical that you maintain separate bank accounts and credit cards for your business and your personal expenditures.

2) Document expenses. Should your business be audited, the IRS is almost always going to ask for documentation of your expenses. Don’t have any? Then the IRS won’t consider your deductions valid. Document your expenses, even though it can be tedious!

3) Make estimated payments throughout the year if applicable. One way to avoid the shock of a huge tax bill on April 15 is to make estimated payments throughout the year. In many cases, you will be penalized if you don’t do this. Making estimated payments will make your final tax bill much more affordable.

4) Don’t conceal income. It’s very tempting for a business owner to conceal income from the IRS. But this is a bad road to go down. Should you be caught, you’re going to face serious consequences. And if you find yourself in a position to sell your business, the income listed on your tax return will be important in establishing the value of the business. So don’t short-change yourself!

5) If you do face an audit or IRS controversy, don’t “go it alone.” Finally, if you do find yourself in trouble with the IRS, hire a qualified tax attorney to assist. The IRS loves to use intimidation in order to get their way, but a lawyer with an understanding of tax law will ensure that the agency plays by the rules.

Questions or comments? Get in touch with us today to learn more!


There Is A Straightforward- No-nonsense Approach When Dealing With the IRS

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Your concerns regarding IRS tax issues are justifiable. The IRS has tremendous power that can threaten your livelihood and ability to care for yourself, your family, and your business. You may be challenged with unfiled tax returns, tax liens, bank levies and wage levies. All of which can feel paralyzing. Without legal help, the IRS-governmental entity-can and will garnish wages and seize assets when there is unresolved tax debt.

It is important to have an attorney with a no nonsense-straightforward approach that can keep the IRS away from you, your money, and your assets. Your attorney can negotiate a suitable solution for your tax issues. Once there is an agreement-setting goals for the future should be a priority so that you never find yourself in this situation again.

Nick Nemeth is proud to serve the Dallas/Fort Worth area -the community he lives in. He will keep the IRS away from you and your assets. He will negotiate with the IRS to help resolve your current tax issues. Nick Nemeth has over 15 years of experience dealing with the IRS- his focus is to improve taxpayers’ financial well-being. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.

If you or someone you know is experiencing stress and fear dealing with the IRS we can help! We understand no two situations are the same. We understand there is a right way to do things. We will begin finding your permanent solution right away. Contact us! http://www.myirsteam.com/our-firm/our-staff


The IRS Extends Tax Relief For Innocent Spouses By Eliminating Two-Year Limit

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Divorce can be a difficult-life changing-event in our lives that impacts us emotionally and financially. The process of divorce is usually fueled with emotion making the dissolution of marriage a life-changing event. Imagine going through this emotional grieving process along with the Internal Revenue Service expecting payments on income that you were not aware of. Unfortunately some spouses do have to go through the intense process of divorce and are faced with the IRS demanding payments. That is why there is a benefit known as “Innocent Spouse Relief.” This may be the one “get out of jail” card you will ever get.

In the past there were many mitigating factors that applied to this benefit. One of them being the amount of time you had to apply for Innocent Spouse Relief. There has been a two-year window of opportunity to claim this benefit however; the IRS recently eliminated the two-year time limit, which will extend help to more innocent spouses.

There are specific requirements that apply to certain relief requests. An individual must meet one of the three criteria to qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief.

●      “Your spouse reported erroneous items, creating an understated tax.”

●      “You didn’t know-or have any reason to know-of the understated tax.”

●      “Holding you accountable for the taxes (and penalties/interest) would be unfair.”

This information was obtained from http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/New-Rule-for-Innocent-Spouse-Relief

A few other guidelines to consider when applying for Innocent Spouse Relief include:

  1. The amount of information you were privy to during the tax period. Having no knowledge about the financial activity or manipulation of financial records.
  2. You did not have access to or share bank account information.
  3. Your lifestyle did not benefit from the manipulation of records.

There are also conditions that must be met to qualify for the Innocent Spouse Relief:

  1. A joint return was filed and has an understatement of tax.
  2. Your spouse must have manipulated the erroneous items.
  3. At the time you signed the joint return you did not know there was an understatement of tax, you had no reason to know that there was an understatement of tax.
  4. With all of the facts and information it would be unfair to hold you liable for the misinformation.

Finally, upon filing the Innocent Spouse Claim, the information will be verified by the IRS. You will be required to validate your story and information. During this process you should seriously consider having an experienced tax attorney to help guide you through the process, help you organize and prepare your financial documentation, and to communicate with the IRS on your behalf.

As you can see this is an extremely complicated process. If Innocent Spouse Relief is approved you may not have to pay the taxes you owe or the interest and penalties related to your spouse (former spouse). Also, due to the nature of this type of request, your personal information (current address, location, phone numbers) is confidential to the IRS so that your privacy and safety are considered and respected.

Divorce, manipulated-understated taxes by your former spouse can be an overwhelming process. If you or someone you know is dealing with a situation like this it is important to have support and legal representation as you proceed. We are here to help you! Contact us at (972) 484-0TAX (0829). Or visit our website for more information. http://www.myirsteam.com/areas-of-practice/spouse-tax-relief


IRS Tax Controversy: What to Remember if You Face an IRS Dispute

Friday, July 26th, 2013

One thing that no taxpayer ever wants to experience is receiving a letter from the IRS in their mailbox, and then opening it to see that they’ve been selected for an audit… or worse.

An IRS dispute is incredibly stressful. And unfortunately, the feeling of panic that most taxpayers experience can cloud their minds and keep them from handling the dispute in the best possible manner.

While we certainly hope that you never face an IRS dispute, if you do, we want you to be prepared. So today we are going to cover seven key points to remember if you should find yourself stuck in a dispute with the IRS.

You can’t ignore the issue. The first instinct many taxpayers have upon being notified of an IRS audit or a dispute is simply to hope that the problem goes away on its own. They are already stressed and busy, and the last thing they want to think about is an IRS dispute. But this strategy has a 100% failure rate. Ignoring the issue only makes matters worse.

Documentation is critical. In most disputes, the ability to document the claims you have made in your tax returns is critical. Taking the time to locate and organize your records will make things easier in the future.

The tax code grows more complex every year. Unfortunately, the tax code is so complex that even the most brilliant minds out there usually can’t make sense of the law without years of study. This is a significant problem, as you will see, because…

The IRS won’t defend your rights. You do have rights under the law. But because the tax code is so complex, it can be hard to figure out what they are. And one thing you can be sure of is that the IRS will not protect your rights. In fact, IRS agents love to deal directly with taxpayers who have no idea what their rights are—because it makes it easier for the agents to collect.

The IRS will threaten and intimidate. The IRS may be a government agency, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t stoop to the level of using fear and intimidation to get their way. They’ll start with threatening letters. Next may come phone calls or even a visit to your home. They’ll threaten to take your home, your cars, or your business. They’ll do their best to scare you into compliance.

The IRS will back up their threats. However, there is a difference between threats and idle threats. And the threats the IRS makes are not idle. They really will seize your home, your car, or your business should they deem it necessary.

You shouldn’t face the IRS alone. For all the reasons we’ve just discussed, it is a mistake to take on the IRS by yourself. You need a qualified tax attorney who will fight the IRS on your behalf. The IRS won’t respect your rights—so partner with a lawyer who will force them to.

Questions or comments? Do you need help resolving your IRS dispute? Please contact us today! 


Starting a Business? Consider these Tax Implications

Friday, July 19th, 2013

If you are considering starting a business or if you recently have, it’s important to be aware of your tax responsibilities. The first question is what type of business should you start? Sole proprietor, C-Corp, LLC, S-Corp, partnership? Each type entails different tax laws. Next, you should know there are different types of taxes in business. Self-employment tax, employment tax, income tax and excise tax. It is important to know which of these will affect you. Next, your new business needs a tax id number or EIN (employer identification number) in order to open a checking account and to file taxes. This can be accomplished easily online through the IRS. (www.irs.gov)

As your business opens its doors, it is important to keep records of your expenses and incoming payments. Also track your mileage and travel expenses if they pertain to your business- these can be used as itemized deductions. Detailed records will make preparing your tax return easier and help with creating your financial statements. It is also important to budget estimated tax payments so you aren’t caught off guard come tax day. Estimated tax payments allow you to make payments to the IRS monthly or quarterly.

Lastly, each business must decide and adhere to a certain accounting method. Each method has its own rules. Two of the most common accounting methods are cash and accrual. To learn more about these and other tax implications of starting a business, see this informative article on Investopedia: http://www.investopedia.com/university/small-business/understanding-small-business-taxes.asp

 


IRS Tax Controversy: Even the Rich and Famous Aren’t Safe from the IRS

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

IRS tax disputes can have severe consequences, as many of you know. In addition to severe penalties and interest charges, taxpayers can even face jail time in certain circumstances. Singer Lauryn Hill found out the hard way that the IRS takes their collection efforts very seriously.

According to the USA Today:

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.

Hill, who started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, pleaded guilty last year in New Jersey to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Her sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million.

The lesson?

First of all, no matter who you are, don’t think that you can evade the IRS. The agency employees thousands and thousands of revenue agents who spend all of their time tracking down taxpayers—and sooner or later, they are going to find you.

Secondly, if you are engaged in an IRS dispute, don’t kid yourself into believing that it will resolve itself. I understand—you’re busy, you’re stressed, and the last thing you want to do is worry about an IRS dispute. But ignoring the problem will only make it worse. If you’ve been selected for an audit or are engaged in a dispute, you must address the situation, as unpleasant as that may sound!

Finally, if you’re involved in an IRS dispute, seek help from a qualified tax attorney. Many taxpayers elect to represent themselves to the IRS—a decision that often leads to disaster. Our tax code is so complex that unless you have spent years studying the law, there is no way that you can properly understand your rights. And unfortunately, the IRS won’t protect your rights. It is your job to demand them—and that is why you need an attorney who thoroughly understands the law on your team!

Don’t try to out-run the IRS—because as Lauryn Hill found out, eventually you will pay the price. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more!


Tax Credit on Child Care Expenses

Monday, July 15th, 2013

If you and your spouse work full-time and utilize daycare or an in-home caretaker during the summer months, I have good news for you. Your childcare expenses may qualify for a tax credit. In fact, if you incur child care expenses anytime during the year, you may be eligible for the tax credit.

In order to qualify for the tax credit you must have earned income from either wages or self-employment. If married filing jointly, your spouse must also have earned income. If your spouse is a full-time student or unable to care for themselves due to mental or physical issues, you can still qualify. The child(ren) receiving childcare for must be under 12 years old and must be claimed as dependent(s). The childcare expense can qualify for either in-home care or a daycare facility. Please note that overnight camps or summer tutoring do not qualify. If you pay other members of your family to babysit, this does not qualify. Keep your receipts and records to document this expense.

If you have tax questions or tax problems call us today at 972-484-0829 and see http://www.myirsteam.com/

 


Taking on the IRS by Yourself?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Sometimes I hear of someone who decides to take on the IRS on their own. Maybe they haven’t filed for a few years and now the IRS is hunting them down. This person may try to deal with the IRS and figure out for themselves how to handle the situation. In reality this can be a dangerous method. The tax law is so complex and constantly changing that it is difficult for someone to know what their options are and how to handle them correctly. One wrong step and you could end up in deeper trouble than you already are. One wrong word and the IRS can use it against you.

In situations like these it is best to work with someone who knows how to do the right thing. What is right for your friend who faced a similar problem is not necessarily the best option for you. This issue you are facing is probably new for you. What are you going to do?

I work in this industry because I love getting things done the right way, especially complex problem like IRS and tax issues. With over 15 years of experience and thousands of successful outcomes, I am an expert in this area. I can guide you. I can make sure you get the best result from a difficult situation. Do not go it alone. Serious tax problems need a skilled attorney.

At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, PLLC there are systems in place to handle even the most difficult tax cases. We find the best course of action to get you to your goals and ensure that everything is done correctly. From dealing with the IRS on your behalf to developing manageable solutions, we provide competent, dependable tax resolution for our clients that allow them to move on with their lives. More details here: http://www.myirsteam.com/areas-of-practice

 


The New Scam: IRS Tax Identity Theft

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Imagine this scenario. You send in your tax return, excited for your refund to arrive. Instead the IRS kicks your return back and tells you a refund has already been claimed under your name and social security number. You’ve just been victimized by the latest form of identity theft. Dishonest people get your information and file a false tax return and claim a refund from the IRS. If this happens it is important to act quickly. You need to file a report with the local police or sheriff and present the report to the IRS along with a paper tax return. (You may not e-file in this situation.)

Another identity theft scam is receiving an email from the IRS. The IRS NEVER sends emails. If you get an email from someone appearing to be the IRS, DO NOT open it. This is a scam and one way that identity thieves try to get your personal information. Be aware that the IRS can call you and they will if you haven’t filed or paid your tax returns. In some cases a revenue officer may come to your door, but they will never email. If you get an email that is posing as the IRS you should forward it to phishing@irs.gov so they can take steps to resolve the problem.

The identity theft problem has skyrocketed as many people have switched to filing electronically. Should you choose to e-file your taxes next year there are a few preventative steps you can take to decrease the odds of identity theft. Do not use a public computer to file, and do not use a public network either. Always shred or burn your old tax records that you no longer need. (You don’t need to keep paperwork older than seven years.) And never open an IRS email as discussed above. If you are a victim of tax identity theft or if you have issues with the IRS please call my office today at 972-484-0829. Learn more about what we do: http://www.myirsteam.com/our-firm/dallas-tax-attorneys

 


Your Tax Attorney Explains What Happens if You Haven’t Filed Your Tax Return

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

April 15th has come and gone. Before you know it will be time to start pulling together tax documents for 2013. But what if you still have not filed or paid your taxes from last year or a previous year? The best action you can take is to file as soon as possible. Interest and penalties are adding up, causing your tax burden to grow month by month. The longer you put off paying the more these penalties accrue against you. Not to mention that failing to file a tax return is a felony. In other words you could end up in jail in a worst-case scenario.

What is the penalty?

The penalty for filing late is approximately 5% of the unpaid taxes you owe for each month (or part of the month) the tax return is late. This percentage can go up to 25%. For example, if you owe $10,000 your first penalty for the month is $500. But there’s more. There is also a penalty for failing to pay. This penalty is one half of one percent of the unpaid taxes. Similar to the failure to file penalty, this penalty cannot exceed 25% of the net amount of taxes due. Most of my clients are shocked when they learn about the severity of these penalties.

What is an extension?

A lot of people think that by filing an extension with the IRS it allows them more time to pay their tax bill. This is false. An extension merely affords you more time to file your return. If you think you’ll owe taxes that amount is still due April 15th. If you are going to owe money you need to send an estimated tax payment in with the extension. For instance if you think you are going to owe $10,000, it was still due April 15th. The extension deadline to file is October 15th. The extension to pay is….no extension.

What if I haven’t filed with the IRS for a couple years?

The first priority is to get you caught up on your filings. Once we know the total amount you owe including interest and penalties, I may be able to negotiate with the IRS and get you set up with a payment plan. You may qualify for an Offer In Compromise in which the IRS agrees to settle for an amount less than what you owe. I handle those negotiations with the IRS for you. It is best for a tax professional to handle these situations because I know how to talk to the IRS. The taxpayer may say things that are not in their best interest and could be used against them.

If you haven’t filed, sometimes the IRS will file a tax return on your behalf. This option is not in your best interest either. They are trying to get you into compliance with the tax code, but usually you end up owing much more than if you filed on your own. The IRS doesn’t itemize any deductions and of course they use the highest possible tax rate. By letting the IRS file for you you’re just hurting yourself.

On the IRS Watch List

If you haven’t filed in a while the IRS will probably send you a notice. What you do with this notice is very important. If you fail to respond to it, the notices will start arriving more often and they’ll start getting nastier. If you continue to do nothing you will get a notice that warns you that a levy will be placed on your bank account or your wages because you haven’t paid any attention to previous notices. If it gets to the point where the IRS is threatening to levy bank accounts and wages, they will be quite aggressive and fairly difficult to deal with. They have already decided you are not willing to cooperate.

So Far, So Good

If you are in good standing with the IRS or at least working towards getting into compliance, it is wise to begin preparing for 2013 tax time. Start by checking your withholding. Adjust the withholding to have more taxes taken out of your paycheck if you are employed. If you are self-employed it is best to budget estimated tax payments. Set the money aside throughout the year. It is difficult to part with this money when you run a small business, but you will be much happier and more prepared come April 15th if you do. Also it is helpful to keep detailed records, mileage logs, charity receipts, etc. If you get audited you will need to produce detailed records.

I am here to help you with your tax problems whether you are late in filing, paying late, receiving threats from the IRS, or facing an audit. I can help you get into compliance and plan for a better future that is free of IRS problems. Call today and let’s begin working toward resolution together. Call 972-484-0829 or online at http://www.myirsteam.com/contact-us


IRS Tax Controversy: Seven Lessons from Recent IRS Scandals

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

In the wake of recent IRS scandals, there are thousands of taxpayers across the United States who are thinking to themselves that “it’s about time these abusive practices were publicized!”

You see, while it took revelations of improper IRS targeting of conservative political groups to attract the glare of media spotlights, this type of IRS bullying is nothing new. The fact is that the IRS relies on bullying and intimidation to collect from taxpayers, and this has been the case for decades. Here are seven lessons relating to the IRS that have been made clear in recent years:

1) IRS disputes are expensive. It’s not easy to go toe to toe with the IRS. But the results of these battles can be even worse, as taxpayers can find themselves owing enormous sums of money to the agency after penalties and interest accumulate.

2) IRS disputes are stressful. As the victims of improper IRS scrutiny will attest, entering into a dispute with the agency is highly stressful. The IRS is always quick to point out that prison time and massive fines await if you make a mistake.

3) The IRS doesn’t always play by the rules. One of the “saving graces” of the IRS has been, for many years, the perception of the public that the IRS operates fairly. Few people like the IRS, but as long as it operates fairly most Americans understand that it’s necessary to keep the country running. Recent revelations have proven that this isn’t always the case any longer!

4) IRS agents will do whatever it takes to extract revenue from taxpayers. IRS agents thrive on intimidation. From scary letters to threatening visits, the IRS loves to apply pressure to taxpayers in order to compel them to give the agency what it wants. And when the agency has the weight of the law behind it, this pressure can be very frightening indeed.

5) IRS agents make more errors than you might expect. You would expect that the IRS, an agency that expects taxpayers to account for just about every penny they earn, would be very disciplined and accurate themselves. But a number of stories featuring major IRS blunders (such as the issuance of improper refunds) prove otherwise.

6) When you don’t have a lawyer, IRS agents’ eyes light up. IRS agents prefer to deal directly with taxpayers for the simple reason that taxpayers are not generally able to demand their rights in a way that an attorney can. The tax code is simply too complex to digest for non-specialists, and IRS agents love to deal with taxpayers who may be unaware of, or unable to defend, their rights.

7) You can’t solve an IRS issue by hoping it goes away. The IRS is relentless. They will stop at nothing to collect revenue from taxpayers, and ignoring the issue and hoping it goes away only makes matters worse. If you’re facing an IRS dispute, you can’t afford to ignore it!

Questions or comments? Do you need help resolving an IRS dispute? Please get in touch with us today!


Billionaire Sues IRS for a Refund

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Along with all of the recent scandals and investigations that the IRS is now facing they are also being sued. Forbes online reported recently that billionaire investor Peter R. Kellogg and IAT Reinsurance Co. Ltd. are suing the Internal Revenue Service for refunds of $186 million in taxes and interest that they paid the IRS. Court documents show that Kellogg and IAT state that the IRS officials were “unduly prejudiced” against them and that that prejudice was politically motivated.

Whether the judgment in this specific case will be for or against the IRS is still to be determined. However, even if you do owe the IRS money there is the potential that they can get details wrong and demand unnecessary payments or judgments against you. If you are facing tax problems make sure you get help to deal with the process and find a tax attorney that will look into any potential mistakes or unjust actions the IRS is guilty of. To read the rest of the Forbes Article about billionaire Kellogg suing you can go here. http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2013/06/17/billionaire-seeks-186-million-tax-refund-claims-irs-biased-by-politically-charged-atmosphere/


Five Reasons to Hire a Tax Attorney to Handle Your IRS Tax Dispute

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The IRS has been in the news a whole lot recently. You’re probably aware that the agency recently admitted to inappropriately targeting non-profit organizations for extra scrutiny, based on their political views. Unfortunately, this scandal is just another reminder that the IRS doesn’t always abide by the rule of law. That’s why it’s so important that you have a qualified tax attorney on your team while you are battling the IRS. Along those lines, here are five important reasons to consider hiring a tax attorney during your IRS dispute.

1) The IRS doesn’t always play by the rules. As we were reminded last month, the IRS certainly can’t be trusted to play fair. They have been known to bend the law in the past, and will do it again. A tax attorney can fight back and keep them honest.

2) The IRS uses intimidation to get their way. The IRS thrives on using intimidation to extract revenue from taxpayers. They know that threatening letters and intimidating phone calls are very effective. A tax attorney won’t be intimidated because they know exactly what the IRS can and cannot do.

3) The tax code is incomprehensible to most taxpayers. Unfortunately, the tax code is so complex that it takes years of study before it can begin to make sense. If you don’t have the time (or the desire) to learn the tax code backwards and forwards, you’re at a disadvantage to the IRS. Hire a tax attorney who thoroughly understands the law!

4) Dealing with the IRS is time consuming and stressful. Most taxpayers have better things to do than deal with the IRS. And nobody enjoys the stress that the situation creates. A tax attorney will deal directly with the agency so that you don’t have to!

5) You do have rights, but the IRS won’t tell you how to use them. As a taxpayer in this country, you do have rights. But the IRS hopes you won’t exercise them. An experienced tax attorney knows will enable you to exercise your Constitutional rights in order to achieve the best possible result.

Questions or comments? Would you like help resolving your IRS dispute? Please contact us today to learn more!


How to Face a Tax Audit

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Facing a tax audit can be extremely stressful. Often the first feeling someone has when they get a letter from the IRS informing them of the audit is absolute dread. However, there are some things to keep in mind if this happens to you. First, there are different types of audits. Not all IRS audits are full audits. Sometimes the IRS contacts you for a specific item on your tax return or they only challenge a portion of your taxes. Many times these types of audits can be taken care of by just supplying the receipts or items that pertain to the specific area in question.

Even if you do have a full audit on your hands you need to remember that you have rights. If you are worried about your specific situation, feel that the IRS is being unfair towards you, facing penalties or you owe back taxes you should speak with a tax attorney. Many people get confused and feel intimidated by IRS investigations. Having someone on your side who knows how to handle the IRS the right way helps relieve your stress and worry. To read the article “What to do when you are facing a tax audit” on Smart Money Resources go here. http://www.smartmoneyresources.com/86/what-to-do-when-you-are-facing-a-tax-audit/


Why IRS Problem Solving Should Go Beyond Saving You Money

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Yes, successfully solving your IRS problems can include saving you money. However, there are more devastating issues that can be associated with having tax problems. For this reason our firm looks at the burden of stress and other hardships that may  be affecting our clients and we do everything that we can to help them overcome the devastation. Saving money is important but saving your health, sanity, relationships and sense of empowerment are also necessary for you to move past your tax problems.

Many clients who come to us start out in a state of fear. They are feeling intimidated and confused. When a client has delinquent tax returns they often don’t fully even understand what they owe and why they may owe it. At our office we walk them through the process step by step. We help them file past returns and we stand between them and the IRS. We want to make sure that they work out their tax problems from a place of understanding, not fear. To learn more about our practice read here. http://www.myirsteam.com/our-firm/meet-nick-nemeth


Taking Care of Tax Problems the Right Way So That You Can Confidently Move Into the Future

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

You have finally decided to face your IRS problems. You have chosen to face the dreaded lump in your stomach and the fear in your heart. You have started to research, to ask questions, to look for help.

You need to in order to move away from the burden of fear and stress that hangs on your shoulders. You need to in order to sleep again. You need to so that you can walk out your front door without feeling like you have to look over your shoulder.

You need relief so that the stress doesn’t burden your health. You need relief so that you can move away from the financial devastation caused by liens and levies. You need relief so that you do not fear losing your families financial future.

This is a time that you want to work with a tax attorney that believes in doing things the right way. You do not want to increase your IRS burden by avoiding a straightforward assessment of your situation and your options. At this point what you need is to make sure that this is the last time you are faced with this situation. You want to make sure that all aspects of your tax problem is taken care of correctly. Then you can feel confident to move forward out of the burden of your past tax problems and into a future free of them forever. http://www.myirsteam.com/our-firm/meet-nick-nemeth


Home Remodeling. Is it a Tax Deduction or Tax Burden?

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Are you thinking of remodeling your home? Maybe you feel it is time for a new addition. Maybe you wanted to add a swimming pool or some professional landscaping. Perhaps the remodel is something that just needs to get done, a new roof or furnace.

When you consider remodeling your home it is normal to look at your finances. However, have you considered how such remodeling will affect your taxes? No? Well, you probably should. There are two ways that remodeling your home may significantly affect your taxes. Knowing how will help you make good decisions for yourself. So, before you call in the handyman look at each scenario and decide, from the beginning, just how you might handle this from a tax standpoint.

Remodeling and your property tax.

If extensive remodeling takes place it could lead to an increase in property taxes. While this might not be significant enough to make you want to not remodel and enjoy your home you should be aware of the possibility. This is especially true if an increase in your property tax will have a huge negative affect on your personal finances.

Keeping the improvements on the inside of your home is one way to minimize a property tax increase. Indoor improvement can significantly increase the quality of life and increase your homes value but they do not get noticed by the County assessor. If your home is old enough than upgrading flooring material, remodeling the kitchen or replacing the bathroom fixtures can actually be considered repairs and may not qualify for an increase anyway.

On the other hand adding visible outside improvements will be more likely to increase your tax. For instance, installing a swimming pool, a noticeable home addition or high-end landscaping becomes something that the County assessor may take note of when determining your property taxes. Again, these home improvements have a significant value to your personal quality of life so you need to weigh the potential consequence of raised taxes to the value you gain in the home improvement.

You should also know that if you are in a neighborhood that already has many people making noticeable large home improvements your property tax will likely inflate as their homes are improved upon. If this is the case then making improvements yourself on your home will likely have little effect on a property tax that is already rising.

So now that we have looked at the potential tax downside of home improvements lets look at a way that you can gain some tax perks by putting in that new swimming pool.

Remodeling and Tax Deductions.

If you make any home improvements on your house then the first thing you should do for your own tax benefit is SAVE THE RECEIPTS.  Why? Well, doing so may reduce your tax burden on any capital gains income that comes to you the day that you sell. This is good to know, especially if your home improvements have drastically increased your homes value or you have lived in your home for a very short time and do not qualify for any tax-free profit.

Let’s say that you have only lived in your home for one year but the value of the house has risen significantly.  You have not lived in the home long enough to avoid paying capital gains taxes. For that reason when you sell the house for 40,000 dollars more than what you bought it for then you will be required to pay taxes on that 40,000 dollars. However, if you have receipts and can show that you spent 25,000 dollars on qualified deductible repairs and remodeling then you will only need to pay the taxes on 15,000 dollars.

This can be applied even if you have lived in your home and qualify for tax-free profit. For instance, if you are single and have lived in your home long enough then you can profit up to 250,000 dollars without needing to pay capital gains taxes. However, if you make 300,000 dollars you will be required to pay taxes on the 50,000 dollars extra profit. Again, if you have proof of qualified home repairs you can deduct those costs from that 50,000 dollars.

Remodeling and improving your home can bring great satisfaction to your life. Doing so can also increase your home value and potential profits when you sell. However, knowing what to expect when it comes to taxes can help you avoid surprises and can also assist you in deciding what to improve on and when. You can get a list of deductible home improvements from the IRS Publication 523 and make sure you follow current tax rules as they can change through time. As with any tax decision, if you are confused or have questions then make sure you speak with a qualified tax professional to help answer those questions and make sure that you file and use your deductions in the right way.

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IRS Tax Controversy: What to Do When the Agency Targets You

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The IRS has been in the headlines quite a bit in the last several weeks – most notably as the story of improper scrutiny being given to conservative groups has emerged. But even before that scandal broke, much has been written about the increasing size of the IRS as well as their plans to target high-income individuals and business owners for scrutiny while processing tax returns.

We speak to taxpayers every day—and many of them are increasingly nervous. We get questions all the time relating to the IRS and their aggressive tactics. Today, we would like to take some time to discuss the first steps you should take if you are targeted by the IRS for an audit or some form of dispute. Note that for specific advice pertaining to your specific situation, you should always speak to a professional.

1) Don’t panic. First and foremost, don’t panic. Nobody likes receiving a letter from the IRS. And certainly nobody is happy to receive notification that they have been selected for an audit… or worse. But panicking simply makes the situation worse. Despite the threatening language and intimidating letterhead, you do have rights and plenty of opportunity to prove your case. So don’t panic!

2) Get organized. You shouldn’t panic—what you should do is get organized. Locate whatever paperwork and supporting documentation you have relating to the matter. Whether you deal directly with the agency or work with a professional, you will need to have this information accessible and well organized.

3) Don’t ignore the notice. Many taxpayers are so overwhelmed and intimidated that they simply ignore the correspondence. This is similar to an ostrich burying his head in the sand and thinking that he is invisible—it doesn’t work. And it only makes the matter worse. Read the notice, take note of the actions required and the deadline, and make a plan of action. Addressing the issue promptly and directly is the best way to resolve a tax dispute quickly.

4) Speak to a professional. Unfortunately, the US tax code is impossibly complex. And the IRS is extremely good at intimidating taxpayers in order to achieve the results they desire. For that reason, we highly recommend working with a professional in these matters. Professional tax attorneys know the law and they know the process. The eyes of IRS agents light up when they have the opportunity to deal directly with a taxpayer… because they know that their job will be that much easier.

5) Know your rights. The IRS may not make you feel this way… but you do have rights. The law provides a number of specific protections and courses of action for taxpayers involved in a dispute with the agency. Again, we strongly recommend working with a professional that can represent these rights on your behalf—but even if you decide to “go it alone”, don’t let the IRS push you around!

Questions or comments? Would you like help resolving your IRS dispute so that you can get back to enjoying your life? Please contact us today to learn more!


Catholic Professor May Be Another IRS Target

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The IRS has been in the news lately for targeting conservative groups trying to file for tax-exempt status. Here is yet another story from a noted Catholic professor and sociologist, Dr. Anne Hendershott. She claims the IRS targeted her with a 2010 audit that was emotionally and financially draining and scared her into silence until now. Apparently, the IRS demanded to know which groups were paying her and for additional background information about them. The Dr. wrote critical articles about President Obama’s policies and George Soros’ funding of liberal Catholic groups and thinks this may have prompted the audit.

The IRS called her and said they needed to audit her on “business grounds” for her writing activities. Hendershott found this strange considering she doesn’t run a business per se, and usually doesn’t show a profit for her writing endeavors. Many of the organizations she writes for don’t pay her at all. Her husband, the bread-winner of the house, was not included in the audit even though they file jointly. This also raised a red flag.

Hendershott has been rather vocal against progressive Catholic groups in her writings and can’t help but wonder if her controversial writings lead to the audit. She was frightened by what happened and has only recently spoken out about her story in light of the recent IRS scandal that is surfacing now. Read more in this detailed article: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/15/exclusive-prominent-catholic-prof-claims-irs-audited-her-after-speaking-out-against-obama-and-demanded-to-know-who-was-paying-her/

 


It’s Not Too Early to Get Organized for Tax Season

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

We are well into 2013. Tax day has come and gone and you might not want to think about taxes right now. However, now is the best time to start getting organized for 2013 tax time. The more organized you are upfront the smoother your process will go next year. Here is a list to get organized.

Set up your 2013 tax file
Set up your 2013 tax calendar
Update your address/name
Get a special IRS pin

Some of the items on the list are meant for January so the deadline has already passed, yet this article also offers detailed info on the items listed above plus these important tax goals for the rest of the year:

Resolve to pay no more than your share of taxes.
Resolve to pay no penalties and interest this year.
Resolve to take advantage of every tax credit and deduction legally available to you.
Resolve to make your tax return audit-proof.
Resolve to read MarketWatch’s tax columns year-round.

Read the full article here: http://articles.marketwatch.com/2013-01-07/finance/36182471_1_tax-calendar-tax-year-tax-return


IRS Controversy: Five IRS Myths Exposed

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The IRS is a powerful, intimidating agency. And because of the negative impact that IRS audits and other IRS controversies can have on taxpayers, there is a great deal of fear surrounding the agency as well.

But in addition to the legitimate fears and concerns, there is plenty of misinformation regarding the agency. Today, we are going to examine five common myths relating to the IRS:

1) Only “high income” businesses and individuals get audited. While the IRS may look for certain “red flags” in a tax return which increase the likelihood of an audit, the truth is that every single taxpayer faces the possibility of an audit. So don’t try to “get away” with anything illegal just because you think that the IRS won’t audit your return.

2) Being audited always results in penalties. Sure, nobody ever wants to be audited by the IRS. But the truth is that many IRS audits actually end up with the taxpayer receiving a check from the government, because the taxpayer actually overpaid. As long as you’ve filed your tax returns properly, there’s no reason to worry!

3) Ignoring the problem will make it go away. Many people think, for whatever reason, that simply ignoring IRS correspondence will cause the problem to resolve itself. This couldn’t be farther from the truth—the longer you ignore the issue, the worse off you will be. Take action and resolve your IRS dispute… we can help!

4) IRS audits happen soon after filing tax returns. Many taxpayers believe that once the IRS processes their tax return, they are “out of the woods” as far as an audit is concerned. In fact, the IRS can audit your return up to three years after you filed it – and sometimes even later. So keep your records!

5) The IRS can do whatever they like to satisfy my tax debt. The IRS can levy your bank account. It can seize assets, even cars and homes. But it’s not all-powerful. It must comply with the law. You still have rights. And we can protect them!

Questions or comments? If you’d like to learn more, or if you’d like help resolving an IRS dispute, please contact us today!


What I Stand For as Your Tax Attorney

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I believe there is a right way to get things done. I apply this belief in everything I do, including the way I run my tax resolution law firm. When a client has a problem with the IRS and doesn’t know where to turn, the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth offer a no-nonsense, proven system that resolves tax issues and brings much needed peace of mind.

With over 15 years of legal experience, I know exactly what each individual client must do in order to get into compliance with the government and stay there. I have set up a process that takes my clients smoothly from their initial one-on-one consultation to completion of their case, covering all of the details and checking off every requirement of the IRS along the way.

Serious tax problems deserve the attention of a skilled attorney — an attorney who is dedicated to handling issues with the IRS in the right way. I take the time to explain the entire process to my clients so they are clear on the choices available to them. Once their current situation is fully assessed, I map out the specific steps and correct sequence of events that will end their tax problems once and for all. Call today to get started on your path to tax resolution. 972-484-0829, http://www.myirsteam.com/our-firm/dallas-tax-attorneys


Lauryn Hill’s Battle with IRS Ends in Jail Sentence

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Famous people have their share of making the news for reasons not associated with their area of fame. Rather their stories hit the news because they are evading taxes. The latest casualty is Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill. She recently appeared before the judge and said she intended to pay her tax debt she just wasn’t sure when. The judge reminded her that we don’t get to choose when we pay and we all have the same deadline. Hill was then sentenced to three months in federal prison, which will begin July 8.

The vocalist has been in hot water with the IRS for a while now. She failed to pay taxes for three years on more than $1.8 million in income. She was then sentenced to three months of home confinement and a year of supervised probation. She must still pay her debt plus penalties and a $60,000 fine.

Hill stated that although her music has sold millions of copies she has seen very little of that as the bulk of the money was “earned for other people”.

“Someone did the math, and it came to around $600 million,” she said. “And I sit here before you trying to figure out how to pay a tax debt? If that’s not like enough to slavery, I don’t know. This wasn’t a life of jet-setting glamour. This was a life of sacrifice with very little time for myself and my children.”

Yet the IRS was not sympathetic. Her lawyer stated, “Ms. Hill did not get a slap on the wrist and let off with just paying a certain amount of money but has had to go through this entire criminal prosecution.”

If you are in a bit of trouble with the IRS, don’t let it get this far! I strongly encourage you to call my office today. Let’s get you back to a life of freedom. 972-484-0829 http://www.myirsteam.com/

 


Dallas Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth Publishes New Blog Discussing Allegations of the IRS Targeting Conservative Groups

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

“Knowing what we know now, the IRS was at best being far from forthcoming, or at worst, being deliberately dishonest with Congress.”

This quote is by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. What is he referring to? To put it bluntly, the latest IRS scandal. Speculations have been circulating about the IRS targeting tea party groups who filed for tax-exempt status. However, as more evidence surfaces the allegations are no longer merely speculations and tea party groups are not the only ones being inspected. IRS officers in multiple branches have been probing for information about these groups’ donors and other aspects of their operations.

Employees of the IRS are even admitting fault now. Lois Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS said these “absolutely inappropriate” actions were taken by “front-line people” at the IRS office in Cincinnati. Apparently groups were targeted who used words such as “tea party”, “patriot”, or “9/12” in their name. Additionally the IRS is said to have targeted organizations focused on the Constitution, government spending, or those who are critical of how the country is being run.  According to one news source, the additional scrutiny of these groups began in 2010 and the list of their targeted groups has grown since then. These actions by the IRS are creating delays in organizations receiving their tax-exempt status.

One media report defends the IRS saying that it has been a long-standing practice of the IRS to make sure similar groups receive similar tax treatment. In this case the groups seeking a status of “social welfare” are grouped into hospitals, churches, or political actors to name a few.

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell called on the White House “to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.”

Opposingly, NAACP spokesman Julian Bond said that scrutiny of tea party groups is just and correct because these groups are “overtly racist” and the “Taliban wing of American Politics”. Even if such sweeping generalizations were true, the point is it appears the IRS has expanded its activities to aim at more and more organizations so now any group classified as “conservative” may be under scrutiny.

On the surface it is easy to justify the IRS’s actions. When filing for tax-exempt status it is not permissible to have a primary purpose of election-related activities or to overtly support political candidates. It is possible the IRS may have targeted groups with certain names to be more efficient in their investigations under the limited resources of the organization. Yet one must wonder why the names chosen are predominantly associated with conservative groups. Has the IRS gone too far? Many are saying, “Yes.”

President Obama called the IRS’ actions “intolerable and inexcusable.” The Justice Department is now investigating the IRS for further proof in this widening probe.  I will continue to follow this story and report here how it unfolds in the upcoming months. In the meantime check out more of my articles here: http://www.myirsteam.com/news

 


The Law Offices of Nick Nemeth Have a New Look on Facebook and a New Way to Reach Out to Clients

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Dallas, TX, May 1, 2013

Respected Dallas tax attorney, Nick Nemeth, has a newly updated Facebook page and is using it to reach out with information to anyone who is struggling with IRS debt. The Law Offices of Nick Nemeth is successfully using the social media platform, Facebook, to open up communication between attorney and client. The use of Facebook allows Mr. Nemeth to provide up-to-date information on tax law and tax resolution to anyone in the Dallas area and beyond who has questions.

The Law Offices of Nick Nemeth’s Facebook page is located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Law-Offices-of-Nick-Nemeth-PLLC/361713033841139. The law firm created the page as a resource for clients and other interested parties to find current information regarding IRS debt and collections. Mr. Nemeth and his staff regularly post videos, helpful tips, and articles on the new and improved Facebook page. This information is meant to inform followers on ways they may be able to resolve their IRS tax debt problems.

The use of social media networks, like Facebook, allow The Law Offices of Nick Nemeth to provide current information about dealing with the IRS, updates about their Dallas office, and testimonials from previous clients. Using Facebook allows Mr. Nemeth and his team to effectively communicate their services to followers in Dallas and the surrounding areas.

About The Law Offices of Nick Nemeth

Nick Nemeth believes that there is a right way to get things done, and this is exactly how he runs his tax resolution law firm. With over 15 years of legal experience and a no-nonsense, proven system that resolves tax issues, Nick Nemeth is the Dallas tax attorney to turn to if you have a tax problem. Call the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth PLLC today for a free consultation at 972-484-0829 or visit his website http://www.myirsteam.com/ for more information.

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Tax Season is Over: Make Sure You “Stay Out of Trouble” with the IRS this Year

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Tax season is behind us for another year, and millions of taxpayers and business owners across the country are breathing a sigh of relief.

But for many taxpayers, preparing and filing tax returns is a stressful process—and if you’re like many people that we’ve spoken to, you may be fearful that you made a mistake which will come back to haunt you.

And while this year’s return is already filed—now is the perfect time to make changes which will ensure that all of your “i’s” are dotted and your “t’s” are crossed moving forwards. Here are three specific suggestions to make tax filing easier, and more importantly, to keep you out of trouble with the IRS!

1) Create a system for recording your deductions. Whether it’s child care, medical expenses, student loan payments, or whatever… it’s important that you be able to document your deductions should the IRS question them. Trying to go back and recreate these records can be a nightmare—so be sure that you’re documenting these expenses throughout the year.

2) If you expect to owe taxes on tax day, start saving now. If you are self-employed or if your employer is not withholding enough from each paycheck, you’ll end up with a bill on tax day. This can be a shock if you’re not prepared for it—so be sure you’re saving a portion of your income all year long.

3) Make sure you can account for all of your income. Should you be chosen for an audit, in some cases the IRS will actually examine your bank statements in search of income that you may not have reported. Keep records and ensure that you can account for your income.

Nobody enjoys writing a check to the government each year, but it is something that we all have to do. To ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible, and to stay clear of IRS trouble, it is critical that you are keeping clear and organized records all year long. These three steps will help.

If it’s too late and you’re already facing an IRS audit or a dispute, don’t worry, we can help! Give us a call today and let us deal with the IRS on your behalf.


The Best Way to Resolve an IRS Dispute is to Avoid it in the First Place: Five Steps to Stay Out of Trouble

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Our practice is focused on helping taxpayers resolve their IRS problems once and for all. As you know if you have ever faced a dispute with the IRS, it can be an extremely stressful and unpleasant experience. Our mission to help taxpayers get through these difficult times and get back to enjoying life.

Of course, the ideal course of action is to avoid IRS problems in the first place. And as this year’s tax filing season wraps up, now is a good time to look ahead to the future and ensure that you’re taking steps to avoid IRS trouble. Below are five keys to keep in mind.

1) If you’re self-employed, withhold income from each check. If you are self-employed, you can’t depend on your employer withholding taxes from your paycheck in order to ensure that you are able to pay your bill each year. It is up to you to plan ahead and withhold a portion of your income—and failing to do this often results in a tax bill that you can’t pay. 20% is often a good amount to withhold, but you may need to adjust that number up or down depending on your specific situation.

2) File on time. This is simple advice, but many taxpayers get themselves in trouble because they don’t do it. Even if you have a complicated situation, even if you can’t afford to pay your taxes—make sure you file on time. Otherwise you will face significant penalties and further complication.

3) Document your deductions. If you are claiming deductions beyond the standard deduction, it is critical that you carefully document them. The IRS often looks at deductions very skeptically, and a high level of deductions can raise red flags at the agency. This isn’t intended to scare you away from claiming deductions that you are legally entitled to—just a reminder to be sure that you can substantiate them if the IRS demands it.

4) Keep careful records. Beyond your deductions, it’s important to maintain careful records of income, expenses, and other circumstances. It’s important that you keep these records for several years of prior returns as well, as IRS audits can occur three (or sometimes more) years after filing. Clear, accurate records are your best friend should the IRS have questions about your returns.

5) Don’t try to beat the system. None of us like to pay taxes. We would all prefer to keep our hard-earned money in our own pockets. But paying taxes is the law, and while there are plenty of legal strategies you can pursue to minimize your tax liability, trying to outright cheat the system is a sure way to find yourself in trouble. Discuss your tax strategy with a qualified professional, do all that you can to minimize the amount that you owe—but play by the rules.

These suggestions will help you avoid IRS trouble. But if it’s too late and you’re already facing an audit (or worse), don’t worry! We can help. Contact us today and let us handle your IRS dispute so that you can get back to enjoying your life. We’re standing by to assist.  


US and Swiss Crackdown on Foreign Tax Evasion

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The US and Switzerland have agreed to work together to crackdown on tax evaders. The two countries have made changes to the protocol, now allowing more sharing of information between each other. Discussions between the two became necessary after the giant Swiss Bank UBS was reprimanded for helping thousands of US customers avoid taxes in America. “This treaty will increase our ability to enforce our tax law and will help bring an end to an era of offshore accounts and investments being used for tax evasion,” said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

US authorities have been pushing the UBS to share information on about 52,000 people suspected of tax evasion. The Swiss were avoiding the request saying it would violate their own laws, so a new protocol was needed. UBS has already paid $780 million in fines and restitution to settle allegations of helping US citizens avoid paying taxes. Read more about this case in this ABC News Report: http://abcn.ws/YzQh3d


Paying Estimated Taxes- Don’t be Stuck at Tax Time

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Running a business requires successful navigation of many moving parts. Sometimes money needed for one thing gets used to pay for other things and before you know it it’s tax time and you underestimated the amount you owe or maybe even forgot about it in the midst of paying other bills.

It is important to make estimated tax payments if you’re worried your current withholding won’t cover your total tax liability for your business. There are two lines on your tax return that can help you estimate your quarterly or monthly estimated payments. Look at your total tax and your total withholding. (On Form 1040 that’s line 62 and 63.) Subtract the two lines and this gives you the unfunded tax liability for the year.

Read this step by step guide on how to calculate your estimated tax payments to ensure you won’t be scrambling to come up with the extra money come April 15th! http://taxes.about.com/od/taxplanning/ht/estimated_taxes.htm


IRS Disputes: What to Do If You Are Selected for an Audit

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Earlier this month we discussed steps that you can take as a taxpayer to minimize your chances of being audited by the IRS. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate this possibility, as a small percentage of taxpayers are audited at random each year. If you own a business, your chances of being audited are even greater, as the IRS typically scrutinizes self-employment deductions and other items very closely.

So while we certainly hope that you never find yourself facing an IRS audit, today we are going to take some time to discuss the steps you need to take should you be selected for an audit. Below are four keys to keep in mind:

1) Remain calm. Don’t panic. Sure, it’s not pleasant to receive an audit notification. But keep things in perspective. Believe it or not, oftentimes IRS audits end without the taxpayer owing any additional tax—and in some cases even result in a refund. If you have kept proper records and filed your return properly, you have nothing to worry about. Even if you’re concerned that you may have made some mistakes, don’t freak out.

2) Do what the IRS asks. It sounds ridiculous, but you would be surprised how often taxpayers simply ignore their audit notification. Ignoring it will not make it go away. The best course of action is simply to follow instructions. If the IRS has simply requested further information, make sure to get it them by their deadline. However, don’t make the mistake of sending the agency anything more than they’ve requested. Many taxpayers get themselves in trouble by providing more information than necessary, giving the IRS an opportunity to find additional problems. It’s normally a good idea to talk to an accountant or lawyer at this stage.

3) Get your records together. If you’re being audited, odds are good that the IRS is going to demand additional information from you. Save yourself stress down the road by taking the time right now to find and organize any records that may be relevant to your case. “I don’t know where it is” is never an excuse the IRS will accept, so make sure that you’ve got all the information you need.

4) Collect “supporting evidence”, especially if you’re a business owner. If you’re self-employed and facing an audit, you can count on the IRS to focus specifically on the deductions you claimed. In particular, the IRS will closely examine items such as a home office deduction, travel expenses, and vehicle mileage. Hopefully, you’ve kept records to back up your claims. If you haven’t, you’ll need to look for other ways to prove your case. This is an area where a tax professional can be very helpful.

There is a good chance that you won’t ever be selected for an IRS audit and therefore you won’t need this information. But in the event that you are audited, keep these four tips in mind. And please let us know if you would like further assistance!


Levies vs Liens. What’s the Difference and How Your Tax Attorney Can Help

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The IRS has ways of getting their debts paid. Two of their most extreme collection methods are levies and liens.

A lien secures another party’s interest in your personal or business property for the purpose of getting paid for debts owed to them. A lien can be placed by the state or even by contractors who don’t get paid. It could mean you cannot sell the property until the lien is removed. Your credit rating can be negatively impacted too. In this case we are referring to a federal tax lien placed on your property by the IRS. Once the IRS has assessed your liability and sent you a notice regarding the amount you owe, if you neglect or refuse to pay the full amount on time, the IRS can then file a lien on your property. Obviously the best way to get rid of a lien is to pay it off or at least make arrangements to do so. The IRS must release the lien within 30 days after receiving payment.

Perhaps the most feared tactic of the IRS is the tax levy. The IRS may seize property to satisfy the tax debt. No court order is needed to perform this action and seizure by any means is permissible according to the IRS code section 6331. The levy can be placed on personal assets such as property. But a levy can also be placed on third parties such as the taxpayer’s bank or brokerage house. Levies can be placed on a person’s wages, bank accounts, social security benefits, accounts receivable, insurance payoffs, and real property. Typically the IRS will prefer to place a levy on bank accounts. This allows them easier access to liquid cash much quicker than confiscating tangible assets and selling them.

We have several options we look at with our clients to ensure they don’t get to this point. When we decide to take a case, we solve that case. Granted, your expectations must be realistic. If you owe the IRS money it is unlikely you will end up paying nothing. We are very upfront about that. However, if you are motivated to take control of your tax issues, we can help. Call us today for more information. 972-484-0829 and visit: http://bit.ly/179zN5C


IRS Disputes: Three Steps to Minimize Your Chances of Being Audited

Monday, March 18th, 2013

At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, our practice is devoted to helping taxpayers resolve their IRS disputes. The IRS and their agents are extremely aggressive and will stop at nothing to collect every penny that they can from taxpayers—and it’s our job to step in and represent the rights of the taxpayer.

Of course, the better course of action as a taxpayer is to avoid getting involved in an IRS dispute to begin with. And while there is no way to completely eliminate the possibility of an IRS audit, there are several steps that you can take while preparing your returns to dramatically reduce your chances of being audited:

Triple-check your math. Figures that don’t add up are a sure way to attract the attention of the IRS. If you are doing your taxes yourself, it’s critical that you double and triple-check your work. That includes checking your math, as well as ensuring that you’ve completed the right fields, used correct personal information, and so forth. This is also another reason not to delay filing until the last moment, because you’re more likely to make mistakes when you’re in a rush.

Don’t fail to report any income. Yes, it can be very tempting to conceal income to avoid paying taxes on it. But if you’ve been issued a W-2 or a 1099, the IRS also has a copy. And even if you aren’t issued such a form, there are a variety of ways by which the IRS could ascertain your income. If they suspect that you aren’t reporting everything, you can expect them to audit you with a fine-tooth comb!

Don’t claim an unreasonable amount of business expenses. Writing off personal expenses as business losses may seem like a great way to reduce your tax liability. And it is… but the IRS is fully aware of this reality. As a result, they pay close attention to business expense claims and will quickly flag your file for an audit if they have reason to believe that you may have abused the system. Don’t risk it!

The best way to resolve an IRS dispute is to avoid it in the first place. These steps will help you avoid raising red flags with the IRS – contact us today if you’d like to learn more!


My Mission as Your Dallas Tax Attorney

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Hi, I’m Nick Nemeth, and I believe in doing things the right way. If you are in Dallas and have a problem with the IRS, even if you feel like you’ve waited too long to do anything about it, I can help. I take care of tax problems the way they should be taken care of – I don’t sugar coat your options on how to solve your problem – and I make the right decisions so you get the best results. Handling your case this way sets you up for success, giving you a permanent solution so that you can move on with your life.

My ultimate goal is to get the IRS out of your hair once and for all. Everything at my Dallas office is done in an organized way – we have systems set up and a step by step process that gets results. We do the required research to find out exactly what options you’re eligible for and once those goals are set, we move towards those goals. It’s a step-by-step process that get’s you out from under your tax issues and free to live your life.

Maybe you’ve neglected to file your tax returns for years – maybe you filed but couldn’t pay – maybe you have payroll tax problems in your business – I have been helping people like you in the Dallas – Fort Worth area for over 15 years, and I can help you too. When you come to my office you will have face-to-face time with me and I will look over every detail of your case.

If you have an IRS problem, don’t wait any longer to fix it. It will not go away on it’s own. Contact my office today and we will deal with the IRS on your behalf. We will fix your IRS problems from the past and, we will help you get compliant and stay compliant to ensure you won’t have problems in the future. Call me so that we can discuss how to resolve your tax problems the right way.


Your Dallas Tax Attorney Explains Taxes and Your Unemployment Benefits

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

If you have been out of work and receiving unemployment benefits, you may be unfamiliar with how to handle this situation when tax time comes. So how do you deal with this? The short answer is that if you received unemployment benefits, you must report them on your federal income tax return. You must include all unemployment compensation you received in your total income for the year. You should receive a form 1099G, Certain Government Payments. It will show the amount you received plus the amount of any income tax that was withheld from your payments.

There are several different types of unemployment benefits. The first and most common type includes benefits paid by the state from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF). This fund is a division of the United States Treasury which holds accounts for each state plus District of Columbia, The Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Each state account holds the contributions and reimbursements collected by each state. Each account earns interest that is credited to that account and the monies paid out are for people who have lost their jobs.

Railroad unemployment compensation benefits are specifically for railroad workers. This benefit is allowed if the worker meets certain criteria such as a working for a specific number of months. There is a maximum amount that can be received per day and per month.

The next form of unemployment benefit is disability payments from a government program paid as a substitute for unemployment compensation. This would occur if unemployment is the result of an injury.

Next are trade readjustment allowances under the trade act of 1974. This program offers income support for people who have exhausted regular unemployment compensation and whose jobs were affected by foreign imports. These benefits include paying for training for a new job, financial help in performing job searches in other areas, or relocation to an area where jobs are more available.

Finally, an individual may receive unemployment assistance under the disaster relief and emergency assistance act. Here, an employee would be eligible if their employment (or self-employment) has been lost or interrupted as a result of a major disaster AND if the person is not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. A “major disaster” refers to no longer having a physical place to work, the place of work cannot be reached, or the place of work has been so damaged that work cannot be performed at that location, or if an injury was caused due to the disaster.

In addition to reporting unemployment income, you must also include benefits from regular union dues paid to you as an unemployed member of the union. However, other rules apply if you contribute to a special union fund and your contributions are not deductible. If this applies to you, only include in your income the amount you received from the fund that is more than your contribution.

You can chose to have federal income tax withheld from your unemployment benefits. You can make this choice using form W4V, Voluntary Withholding Request. If you complete the form and give it to the paying office they will withhold tax of 10%. If you chose to not have tax withheld you may have to make estimated tax payments throughout the year. It is always best to spend a little extra time upfront to prepare your tax return properly in the first place than dealing with IRS problems in the future. I hope you have found this helpful. If you have any questions about this or any other tax problem you may be facing, I encourage you to give me a call at 972-484-0829 or www.myirsteam.com/contact-us


IRS Tax Disputes: Sometimes, It Really Does Seem Like the Agency is Out to Get You

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Logically, we know that the IRS wasn’t created with a specific mandate to harass taxpayers and make their lives miserable. We know that the agency was in fact created to be the mechanism by which the government collects revenue, enabling the government to defend citizens and provide important services.

But sometimes, it doesn’t seem that way. As someone who has spent the vast majority of his career doing battle with the agency, I can tell you firsthand that the IRS sometimes seems to be on a mission to make taxpayers miserable.

Take IRS penalties. Originally intended to be a “slap on the wrist” to encourage taxpayer compliance, they have now become destructive weapons. The onslaught of penalties can be so overwhelming and so fast that it leaves a taxpayer or a business with no choice but to give up and declare bankruptcy—and in many of these cases, the taxpayer was guilty of nothing more than a simple mistake!

And if you owe the IRS money, the agency doesn’t mess around. They start with threatening phone calls and letters. You will often receive an intimidating visit from an IRS agent who threatens you with financial ruin. And if you can’t come up with the money that you owe the agency, you’ll wake up one morning to find that they are taking money directly from your paycheck. Or, you’ll discover that they’ve seized your car and other assets.

The net result of these activities, for thousands of taxpayers, is extreme financial and emotional stress. The financial stress exists for obvious reasons, but what you may not realize until you experience it is just how emotionally stressful an IRS dispute is. The IRS seems to delight in creating fear and uncertainty in the minds of taxpayers… and they’re very good at it!

The good news is that, even though the IRS may seem like it is out to get you, we can help. If you’re facing an IRS dispute, give us a call today and let us get the agency off your back!


The Consequences of Not Filing Your taxes

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Nothing good comes from refusing to file your taxes. Even if a taxpayer is afraid to file their taxes because they fear they will not be able to pay what is owed they should know that not filing is one of the worst mistakes they can make. The consequences can be harsh and you may face a drain on your bank account or possible jail time.

The penalty fees for failure to file are ten times worse then the late payment penalty. On top of the failure to file penalty a 0.5% fee is assessed on any unpaid taxes every month until the balance is paid. Those fees can double if the IRS issues a letter demanding payment. To learn more about failure to file tax consequences view this article. http://www.prweb.com/releases/IRS-Attorney/Dallas-fort-worth/prweb9674328.htm


Payroll Tax Problems for Dallas Companies

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Every employer must withhold from an employee’s pay a certain amount of money to cover income tax liability. In addition to income tax an employer also has to manage withholding and paying the employees social security and Medicare taxes. The combination of these withheld taxes are called “trust taxes” and is considered money that still belongs to the employee since it was withheld from his/her pay.

When a business has unpaid employment taxes the IRS will seek to collect those debts from the business assets. If a business cannot pay the IRS will seek out an individual that can be held personally responsible for this type of debt. Similar options used to resolve individual problems with the IRS may be available to resolve payroll tax problems.

Whether or not your company is still operating we can help guide your business through the payroll tax maze. Make sure that your tax situation is handled correctly and get help facing the IRS.
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Have You Considered an IRS Tax Installment Agreement?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

If you owe taxes but cannot pay the entire amount all at once then one of the options that might be available for you is an IRS Tax Installment Agreement. The Installment Agreement request will generally prohibit the IRS from taking enforcement collection actions against the taxpayer. However, it can be tricky to make sure you lock in an agreement that includes a payment you can afford.

The IRS wants it’s money as quickly as possible but the taxpayer wants (and most likely needs) a payment that is manageable. Unfortunately, many taxpayers agree to monthly payments they cannot afford and this causes hardship. Learn more about what an IRS Tax Installment agreement can do for your tax situation and see if it is something you might be able to manage. http://www.myirsteam.com/areas-of-practice/irs-tax-negotiation


IRS Problems Won’t Go Away on Their Own

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Thousands of taxpayers across the United States are impacted by tax disputes each and every year. Obviously, these disputes aren’t pleasant. They can obviously be expensive financially, and IRS disputes and penalties can also cause extreme stress—both mental and physical. IRS disputes can bankrupt businesses, shake up families, and ultimately make life very difficult for the taxpayer. And this is true whether you’re at fault or not!

But here’s some good news: there is hope. No matter how bad your situation may seem, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve seen difficult situations resolved favorably many, many times. But it is vital that you understand that IRS problems will not go away on their own! It is up to you, as the taxpayer, to take action. And we can help!

For instance, many taxpayers are surprised to learn that they may be able to avoid paying IRS penalties that have already been assessed. The fast-paced life we all lead can make it easy to file late or make mistakes, which results in penalties—but if you can provide a valid explanation, in many cases some or all of your penalties may be forgiven. But the truth is that you are presumed guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of the IRS. And because the IRS can be so intimidating, many taxpayers are afraid to take action and plead their case.

The IRS has the authority to hand down approximately 140 different types of penalties, including common penalties such as “failure to pay” and “failure to file”.

But when the IRS applies these penalties to business owners and taxpayers, it happens automatically. It’s done by a computer system that doesn’t take the circumstances of the case into account. You may have a perfectly valid reason for filing late, but it won’t matter if it’s left up to the automated system.

This is just one example of the way that taxpayers end up with often overwhelming IRS penalties. At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we can help. Whether it’s contesting penalties that have already been assessed, fighting for the removal of liens or other collection efforts, or resolving the most complicated tax disputes, we’re here for you. We understand that IRS disputes are stressful and confusing. We recognize that the IRS takes advantage of their power to intimidate taxpayers, and we want to fight the agency on your behalf.

But the first step must be taken by you. If you don’t get in touch, we can’t help. And ignoring the IRS isn’t a good option either—penalties and interest will continue to accrue until you take action.

So if you’re facing an IRS tax dispute, it’s important to understand that the IRS won’t leave you alone until you take action. If you are ready to put your IRS dispute behind you and get back to enjoying your life, give us a call today and let us take on the IRS on your behalf!


Shoot for the Stars but Don’t Forget to Pay Your Taxes

Monday, February 18th, 2013

They may have fame and fortune but even America’s Superstars need to pay their taxes. Some Hollywood Idols tax problems include, Pamela Anderson’s consistent problems with tax liens, Nicolas Cage’s overwhelming $6,000,000 dollar back tax debt, Willie Nelson’s assets being seized in the 1990’s and actor Wesley Snipes being convicted of three misdemeanor accounts for failing to file in 2008 which ultimately led to his imprisonment in 2010.

While we might find reports about these stars problems entertaining the truth is that there are a couple of valuable lessons that everyone can learn from these cases. One, nobody is immune to the scrutiny of the IRS and actually bringing in large amounts of income can even increase your chances of having your tax returns being investigated. Two, when looking at the details of these Hollywood cases it can become obvious that many of the issues were based on bad money management or misinformation on the parts of these stars. Don’t let the same thing happen to you or your business.

Many of us looking at these cases believes that “Surely this can’t happen to me. I’m not a multimillion dollar movie star.” However, the truth is tax problems can happen to anyone and they need to be taken seriously. The same IRS scrutiny can be applied to the average day taxpayer or small businessman. Bad money management or misinformation can get a taxpayer in trouble whether they make $30000.00 a year or $3000000.00.

First, take your IRS obligations seriously, even if you don’t make very much money. Don’t make the mistake of not filing your returns like Wesley Snipes and face potential imprisonment. If you do have some unfiled tax returns then make sure you file them. Not filing is bad and definitely do not purposefully falsify your tax returns when you do file. Mr. Snipes faced misdemeanor charges but if he had purposefully falsified his returns he would have faced felony charges.

Along with filing your tax returns also pay attention to your money and learn how to manage your personal income, business and taxes correctly. If you are worried about your taxes and/or confused about how to handle your situation find knowledgeable and reliable professionals who can help you process your taxes or face your tax problems correctly. Don’t make the mistakes of these Hollywood millionaires and ignore your finances.

Musicians and actors are not the only professional who can go from making next to nothing to suddenly pulling in millions, this can happen to a small business as well. If you have a small business, make sure you know what you need to do with your finances as your company grows. Sometimes small businessmen who have spent years not making a huge income find their business growing and do not know how to deal with the extra growth, income and inevitable taxes. It can be easy to mismanage your money if you are not prepared to suddenly face a higher tax bracket or tax laws you never had to deal with before your company gained success.

Again, if you are confused or facing current tax problems make sure you get help to handle your problems correctly. Hiring an informed attorney who is familiar with the current tax laws can be extremely beneficial. If you already have tax problems then you do not have to face the stress of dealing with the IRS alone. Act now and contact us for a free consultation so that you can be properly informed about what your options are.


IRS Tax Disputes: The IRS Continues to Crack Down on Foreign Bank Accounts

Friday, January 25th, 2013

It’s not news to anyone that the IRS has begun to crack down on Americans with overseas assets over the past several years. The IRS has come to realize that many taxpayers, particularly wealthy taxpayers, often invest overseas—sometimes in an attempt to evade paying taxes on the assets.

Naturally, the IRS wasn’t happy about this state of affairs, and so they took action. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, the agency implemented policies and procedures that make life very difficult for taxpayers, even when the taxpayers are trying to play by the rules. From extreme penalties to mountains of paperwork required to disclose overseas assets, it has been very difficult indeed for many taxpayers to comply.

Many taxpayers have found themselves in hot water thanks to these policies. Forbes.com reports:

It’s no secret the IRS is taking a hard line on undisclosed foreign bank accounts. An IRS voluntary disclosure can bring accounts into compliance with finite penalties and no criminal prosecution for those who come forward before being discovered. For those who don’t participate, the odds of being treated harshly seem to be increasing.

What’s harsh? Consider Mary Estelle Curran of Palm Beach, Florida, who pleaded guilty to filing false 2006 and 2007 tax returns. Her husband died in 2000 leaving her Swiss and Liechtenstein accounts which she failed to report from 2001 through 2007. The IRS lost out on approximately $667,716 in taxes. By 2007, the accounts totaled over $42 million.

Her penalty? 50% of the highest balance: $21,666,929, and that’s not all. She has not yet been sentenced but faces a potential prison term up to six years. The IRS and DOJ have more and more resources at their disposal and urge taxpayers to address compliance failures before it’s too late.

Disclosure and finite penalties are vastly better, especially when discovery by the IRS is more and more likely. Merely closing a foreign bank account does not solve disclosure problems.

Now, it is important to note that tax evasion can carry a prison term up to five years and a fine up to $250,000. Filing a false return can mean up to three years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Failing to file FBARs can carry penalties up to $500,000 and prison up to ten years.

In other words, the stakes are very high. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, we can help—get in touch with us today.

But IRS overreach isn’t limited to those with assets overseas. Every year, thousands of hardworking taxpayers and business owners find themselves engaged in IRS disputes. And the penalties can be just as devastating, even when the individual is only guilty of an innocent mistake. The bottom line is that the IRS has more resources than most taxpayers do—and that’s why it’s important to seek help from a firm that can fight back. At The Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we can help you put your IRS problems behind you. Get in touch with us today and let us know how we can help!


When it Comes to Collecting from Taxpayers, The IRS is Nothing if Not Persistent

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

At times, the IRS seems completely incompetent. Simply filing a form or requesting information from the agency can seem impossible. On the other hand, when it comes to extracting money from hardworking Americans, the IRS will stop at nothing to get the job done.

A recent example of the IRS’ persistence involves OJ Simpson. Simpson is currently imprisoned—but that hasn’t stopped the IRS from tracking him down. South Florida’s GossipExtra reports:

The Internal Revenue Service filed its second tax lien against imprisoned football icon O.J. Simpson, according to Miami-Dade County records.

The recent one covers Simpson’s income taxes for 2011, a total $17,015.99.

Simpson, who lived in Kendall, Florida until he was arrested for robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in 2007, may have a valid excuse for not filing.

He is, after all, serving 33 years at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.

But while the former Buffalo Bills runner cools his heels in the desert, he’s still getting a nice NFL pension, believed to be about $19,000-a-month — and the IRS claims it hasn’t been getting its cut!

The IRS hit Simpson with a first lien on his Kendall house last year, this one for a total $179,437 in unpaid incomes taxes between 2007 and 2010.

Meanwhile, a trial is scheduled in a Miami-Dade court Jan. 30 in the foreclosure action that JP Morgan Chase undertook against Simpson for his not paying the mortgage on his $575,000-house.

Yale Galanter, Simpson’s lawyer, didn’t return a call for comment about the new filing, which guarantees that Simpson’s taxes would get paid when his house is sold.

If you need a form filed with the IRS or an answer to a simple question, forget about it. The bureaucratic nature of the agency makes it seem impossible to get anything done. But when the IRS spots an opportunity to collect from a taxpayer, watch out! They spring into action and do whatever it takes to get what they want.

Unfortunately, if you’re engaged in an IRS dispute, the agency will do their best to make life miserable for you. As OJ Simpson’s story shows, they will stop at nothing to collect every penny.

The good news is that we can help. If you’re tired of the stress caused by your IRS dispute, let us take on the IRS on your behalf! Contact us today to learn more!


Even Cities Aren’t Immune to IRS Disputes

Friday, December 28th, 2012

If the IRS will come after big businesses and celebrities, there’s no question that they will come after individuals like you and I. We’ve discussed many of the celebrity run-ins with the IRS in this space, but today we’ve got something new. The city of Brighton, Alabama, recently had a levy placed on their bank account due to their tax dispute. As AL.com reports:

The Internal Revenue Service has given the city of Brighton 30 days to come up with a plan to pay back about $800,000 in unpaid federal payroll taxes, interest and penalties.

The agency will also allow the city to operate normally and pay its employees during that 30-day period.

These were the primary outcomes of a meeting held December 19 in Birmingham between the IRS and Brighton city officials, according to Mayor Barbara Watkins.

The meeting was held to discuss a way forward for the cash-poor West Jefferson community after the agency placed a levy, or hold, on its bank account Monday.

“We have 30 days to come up with a definite plan, so if we renege on this plan, we will be right back where we started,” said Watkins, who took office in November and inherited significant financial problems. “(The IRS) said, ‘We understand your situation, and we want to work with you, but you must work with us and do exactly what we tell you to do.’”

Beginning January 1, the city will also be expected to promptly pay new taxes owed, in addition to making good on the old debt.

Watkins described the IRS hold on Brighton’s account as “a one-time levy” and said she was told that the city will be allowed to use any additional revenues that continue to come in.

“The money that we collect and put in the bank, that is not part of the levy unless we renege on our payment plan we finalize in 30 days,” Watkins said.

In addition, the agency will release enough of the city’s money already in the account for them to make payrolls, including one this week, according to the mayor.

“We are going to continue to operate,” Watkins said.

Attending the meeting today with Watkins were Councilwoman Annie Woods, chair of the city’s finance committee; Councilwoman Rhonda Bean; City Clerk Hazel Williams; and the city’s accountant.

In addition to the IRS debt, Brighton in 2011 defaulted on $1.12 million in warrants issued in 2003 to buy police cars and a garbage truck.

Here’s one thing you can certainly say for the IRS: they are consistent—at least in their willingness to take on anyone or anything that owes them money. The IRS has made life miserable for millions of taxpayers over the years, subjecting them to phone calls, threatening letters, and even in-person visits from aggressive IRS agents. And now, they’re employing the same tactics against an entire town.

If you’re facing a similar situation, we can help. Let us get the IRS off your back so that you can enjoy the rest of the holiday season… and a pleasant, stress free 2013! Give us a call today.


IRS Problems: If It Can Happen to Pamela Anderson, it Can Happen to You

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Over the years I’ve spent working with individuals and business owners who are struggling with IRS disputes, I’ve identified a relatively common emotion that many of these individuals share: a feeling of shame or embarrassment. There’s a stereotype out there that people who are on the “up and up” don’t run into tax disputes.

As a result, many people who are facing serious IRS trouble don’t seek the help that they need—because they are conditioned to believe that they are the ones at fault. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen good, honest men and women run into IRS problems by making a simple mistake and not catching it in time.

But you don’t have to take my word for it—because it seems like every couple of weeks news breaks that another a-list celebrity is in trouble with the IRS. These people have plenty of money and can afford great accountants—and yet, they aren’t immune to IRS problems. Recently, news broke that actress Pamela Anderson is facing IRS trouble. TimesColonist.com reports:

Pamela Anderson has run afoul of the Internal Revenue Service, TMZ.com reported Monday.

Anderson, 45, reportedly owes more than $370,000 in total, according to tax liens filed against the actress and model. Anderson reportedly owes $259,395 to the IRS and $112,119 to the state of California, both for the tax year 2011.

The Vancouver Island native has faced tax troubles before.

In 2009, a tax lien by the state of California was filed against Anderson for $493,144. People magazine, quoting L.A. County records, reported in 2009 that Anderson owed $1.1 million to “various construction companies for remodeling work on her Malibu home, as well as back state taxes.”

At the time, she also owed $252,360.39 in back taxes and penalties for 2007, according to People.

If it can happen to celebrities like Pamela Anderson, it can happen to you. If you’re facing IRS problems, you’re not alone. Thousands of Americans each and every year run afoul of the agency. And if that’s you, we can help! Give us a call today and let us face the IRS on your behalf—so that you can go back to enjoying life!


Don’t Let the IRS Ruin Your Holiday Season

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The holidays are here, and millions of Americans around the country will be enjoying quality time with family and friends.

Unfortunately, if you’re in the midst of an IRS dispute, you may find that it’s impossible to enjoy the season.

When you’re dealing with IRS problems, it can often seem like there is no hope for the future. Between the penalties and interest which continue to compound and the repeated phone calls and visits from overly aggressive IRS revenue officers, many taxpayers feel trapped and completely helpless. And these circumstances make it impossible to enjoy the holiday season!

If that’s you, we have good news: no matter how hopeless it seems, you CAN solve your IRS problems.

But it’s equally important to understand that they won’t go away by themselves!

In fact, IRS problems will only get worse if you ignore them. Penalties and interest continue to accumulate and the threatening IRS letters become even more aggressive and threatening.

IRS penalties were initially designed to be a slap on the hand in order to help taxpayers learn from their mistakes and avoid them in the future. But they have now evolved into a sledgehammer which pounds taxpayers so far into the ground that there appears to be no way out.

It is essential that you take the first step in order to solve your IRS problems. We work with taxpayers who are tired of the endless cycle of IRS harassment—and we can help you, too!  But you have to take the first step. Fortunately, it’s an easy first step to take: make up your mind that enough is enough and that you aren’t going to take it anymore!

And then, give us a call! We are standing by to discuss your unique circumstances—and to deal with the IRS so that you don’t have to.

You CAN resolve your IRS dispute—and we’ll help you do it. Get in touch with us today and let us help you put your IRS dispute behind you… so that you can relax and enjoy your family and friends this holiday season!


IRS Aggression Causing Americans to Give Up Their Citizenship

Friday, November 16th, 2012

If you’ve had the displeasure of experiencing an IRS dispute, you know how miserable the agency can be to deal with. But despite the reputation of the IRS as an aggressive, unpleasant bureaucracy, most Americans consider the agency a “necessary evil” that must be dealt with.

That’s why reports such as we are going to share below have been raising eyebrows—because many Americans living abroad are reportedly planning to renounce their citizenship thanks to IRS aggression. As the Huffington Post reports:

In 2005, Richard Morrison made a major life change. He moved from the sunny climate of San Diego to the chillier environs of London. It was a good move for his career and allowed him to climb the corporate ladder to where he is today, a legal counsel for an energy investment firm.

But now he’s ready to make another life change: Morrison plans to ditch his American passport and become a British citizen. It’s not because Morrison, 37, loves the London fog, but because his Yankee credentials will soon bring the Internal Revenue Service’s gaze where it’s unwanted: his workplace.

Under a new rule that is part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, all foreign financial institutions must report any accounts that have an American co-signer. Information required includes accounts used for personal and business reasons, and banks will face a hefty fine if they don’t comply. American citizens abroad will also now be required to disclose certain types of assets.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Morrison said he fears the new regulations will make him appear as a liability to his employer, hindering a hoped-for move the partner level at his firm. “If I am a signatory, all the firms’ accounts will be monitored by Uncle Sam,” he said. While it’s not Morrison’s employer that is required to report to the IRS, but rather the bank that holds the firm’s accounts, Morrison said he is taking no chances.

The rule change followed legislation made in the wake of the financial crisis that was meant to help the U.S. government close the tax gap and combat tax evasion. But the FATCA rule change is shaping up to be an administrative and diplomatic nightmare for some foreign banks. For expats, it is complicating life overseas, curtailing opportunities in everything from jobs to getting bank accounts — and, of course, potentially raising their tax burden. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Swiss banks are shutting Americans out from their client lists, as the institutions just don’t want to bother with the administrative headache of having to answer to the U.S. tax bureau.

Renouncing your citizenship may sound extreme—but stories like this make it easy to understand why Americans living abroad may consider it.

The larger point in this story is that the IRS is growing out of control. They will stop at nothing to gather information (not to mention money!) from taxpayers, regardless of the complexity their efforts create. While most Americans won’t find themselves contemplating whether or not to renounce their citizenship, IRS aggression takes a heavy toll on millions of Americans each and every year. If you’re currently engaged in a dispute with the IRS and need help getting the agency off your back, get in touch with us today!


Small Business in the IRS Crosshairs

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

As a small business owner, does it ever seem like the IRS is on a mission to make your life more difficult? If so… it’s not just your imagination. In recent years the IRS has focused their audit and collection efforts on small business. As RealClearPolitics.com reports:

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney continue to tussle over tax rates and deductions. Ignored, however, have been questions about tax collection and enforcement—tools presidents use to achieve their economic policy goals. Hit a wall ramming your tax hike or cut through Congress, simply increase or decrease tax enforcement and audits.

Under the Obama Administration, the Internal Revenue Service has placed small and medium-size businesses—the engines of job creation—in its auditing crosshairs.

According to IRS statistics, from 2009 to 2011, the coverage rate (number of audits as a percentage of total returns filed) for corporations with assets between $10 million and $50 million has increased 32 percent. The coverage rate for corporations with assets between $50 million and $100 million has increased at the same rate. Some businesspeople file individual returns, and those with incomes higher than $1 million have experience a 94 percent increase in their coverage rate, and a 29 percent increase in the actual number of exams since 2009. Those with incomes $200,000 and higher have seen a 36 percent increase in their coverage rate.

So, has ratcheting up audits on small and medium-size businesses produced more revenue bang for the IRS’s buck? Hardly.

Using 2011 IRS data, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University found that audits of a company with assets between $10 and $50 million yielded $702 in recommended additional taxes per hour. For large corporations with assets of $250 million or more, the recommended additional taxes are $9,173 per hour. Yet while the coverage rates of companies with assets between $10 to $50 million are up 32 percent, rates for companies with assets of $250 million or higher are up just 7.4 percent.

In short, for every hour the IRS spends auditing a small or medium business, it would have recouped $8,471 more dollars auditing a large corporation. Nevertheless, the IRS continues to aggressively increase audits on small and medium companies over their larger counterparts.

If you own a small business, you’re probably not surprised by this information. The IRS has made a concerted effort to squeeze more revenue out of small businesses over the past several years.

But there is good news—if you’re stuck in an IRS dispute, we can help. Give us a call today and let us deal with the IRS so that you can go back to running your business… and enjoying your life!


The Most Controversial Way To Get Out of Debt With The IRS

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

One way to get out of debt with the IRS seems to have attracted more abuse than any other…

This method has become downright controversial – so much so that the IRS made changes to the “rules” regarding this debt relief method for both taxpayers and tax relief specialists…

So what is it about the Offer-In-Compromise that’s attracted so much attention?

When President Clinton signed into law the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, it opened the door for taxpayers to potentially have crushing tax debt actually forgiven by the IRS.

According to the Act, a taxpayer could make settlement proposals to the IRS and “plead their case” that they could not otherwise pay the debt by making an “Offer-in-Compromise”.

Also, according to the Act, while an OIC offer is pending (and 30 days beyond if rejected), the taxpayer’s property could not be seized.

Although there were (and still are) other ways of paying down the debt with the IRS, this was the only method that had the potential of having a portion of the debt forgiven entirely, until 2005.

In 2005, the IRS implemented the Partial Payment Installment Agreement option, which is also a way that a taxpayer may be able to negotiate with the IRS to pay less than the full debt owed.

Needless to say, if a person could possibly have the option of having their tax debt erased completely – it’s going to attract a lot of attention…and abuse.

All of a sudden, late night TV became filled with commercials from “Offers-In-Compromise mills” promising troubled taxpayers the chance to “pay pennies on the dollar to the IRS”.

These scams usually just fill out the OIC paperwork, and send it to the IRS regardless if a client meets the criteria for being accepted or not. Either way, the “mills” get their money…even if the client never had much of a chance of being accepted.

Not only has this practice created huge numbers of people getting ripped-off, it may have caused an actual reduction in Offers-in-Compromise  which are actually being accepted by the IRS.

 


Surprise, Surprise: The IRS Routinely Botches Reports of Fraud

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Why is it that the IRS seems so incompetent in so many different areas—except when it comes from draining every last penny from a taxpayer during a dispute? Forbes.com highlights the agency’s mistakes when it comes to managing reports of fraud:

Reporting fraud to the IRS can be effective and isn’t a waste of time. Yet review the report issued by the watchdog Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, you might wonder if it’s worth the bother. Tipping the IRS with evidence of fraud may not produce results.

Here are some rather grim statistics about reports of fraud to the IRS in fiscal 2011:

  • The IRS website for reporting fraud was visited 501,218 times–they do keep statistics.
  • The IRS received a whopping 116,307 submissions on IRS Form 3949A. Innocuously, this form is called an Information Referral. It is distinct from Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information, the IRS Whistleblower form.
  • The Report concludes that the IRS is “not efficiently or effectively” processing these forms.
  • Reporting guidelines are confusing and inconsistent. For example, the Instructions to Form 3949A don’t explain what types of fraud or tax violations to report. They tell you to check boxes for various tax violations like False Exemption, False Deductions, Multiple Filing, Unsubstantiated Income, Kickbacks, False or Altered Documents, Failure to Pay Tax, Unreported Income, Failing to File Returns, Failing Withhold, etc.
  • People often report something besides tax fraud or violations. You aren’t supposed to use Form 3949A for reporting identity theft but many people do. Even if you use Form 3949A as intended, it just isn’t specific enough. In many cases a completed form doesn’t provide the IRS with enough ammo to take any action.
  • Many tips provided to the IRS don’t meet IRS criteria to take action. Do they follow up? Apparently not or not well.
  • The IRS treats identity theft reports on a Form 3949A as “regular correspondence.” That means the IRS delays action on identity theft cases.
  • A lack of IRS quality review results in some of the forms simply being destroyed! For example, about 3,000 Forms 3949A used to report identity theft were destroyed because there was no procedure on how to process these claims. What’s more, the identity theft victims weren’t even notified.
  • Ineffective IRS routing procedures and oversight allow Forms 3949-A to be sent to the wrong parts of the IRS.
  • Some of the forms are mistakenly considered unworkable. Does the IRS follow up and try to get more data? Well, the forms are retained for 90 days and then destroyed.

Unfortunately, as many taxpayers and business owners have learned the hard way, the IRS is not nearly so incompetent when it comes to squeezing every penny from a taxpayer who finds himself or herself in a dispute. If you’re in the midst of an IRS dispute, we can help. Call us today—because while the IRS may be incapable of managing reports of fraud, they are highly skilled at making taxpayers miserable until they have paid in full.


The IRS Will Do Whatever it Takes to Crack Down on Taxpayers

Monday, October 1st, 2012

We’ve told our clients for years that the IRS will stop at nothing to collect every last dime that it is owed by taxpayers. This month, we were reminded again of this reality. Paying a tax evader over $100 million dollars to blow the whistle on fellow conspirators may seem over the top—but that’s exactly what the IRS just did. The New York Times reports:

Sometimes, crime does pay.

Bradley C. Birkenfeld, a former banker at UBS, recently served two and a half years in prison for conspiring with a wealthy California developer to evade United States income taxes.

But Mr. Birkenfeld, 47, has a lot to show for his time and effort: The Internal Revenue Service acknowledged on Tuesday that information he had provided was so helpful that he would receive a $104 million whistle-blower award for revealing the secrets of the Swiss banking system.

By divulging the schemes that UBS used to encourage American citizens to dodge their taxes, Mr. Birkenfeld led to an investigation that has greatly diminished Switzerland’s status as a secret haven for American tax cheats and allowed the Treasury to recover billions in unpaid taxes.

In addition to paying $780 million in 2009 to avoid criminal prosecution, the bank turned over account information regarding more than 4,500 American clients.

The disclosure of Swiss banking information — which caused a fierce political debate in Switzerland before winning approval from the country’s Parliament — set off such a panic among wealthy Americans that more than 14,000 of them joined a tax amnesty program. I.R.S. officials say the amnesty program has helped recover more than $5 billion in unpaid taxes.

Mr. Birkenfeld’s award, the largest ever paid by the I.R.S., is also a milestone for the agency’s whistle-blower program, which offers informants rewards of up to 30 percent of any fines and unpaid taxes recouped by the government.

The program was revamped in 2006, offering higher rewards and more incentives for citizens to report tax dodges, in an effort to help recover more of the estimated $100 billion a year in underpaid taxes. But the program has been dogged by bureaucratic delays and institutional resistance within the I.R.S., causing some members of Congress to complain that it was being undermined.

Though Mr. Birkenfeld’s $104 million award is far less than the billions he sought, its sheer size — more than $4,600 for every hour he spent in prison — could spur a surge in new whistle-blower complaints.

“The I.R.S. sent 104 million messages to whistle-blowers around the world — that there is now a safe and secure way to report tax fraud,” said his lawyers, Dean A. Zerbe and Stephen M. Kohn, in a written statement.

So there you have it – in addition to conducting their own extensive investigations, the IRS is willing to fork over huge sums of cash for whistle-blowers. Now obviously, you shouldn’t be breaking the law. But these whistle-blowers can report taxpayers and business owners for innocent mistakes, as well. The bottom line is that the IRS will do whatever it takes to collect as much money as it possibly can. And once the agency comes after you, it doesn’t stop. If you’re currently in the midst of an IRS dispute or are concerned about running afoul of the agency in the future, please get in touch with us today!


IRS Hypocrisy: Government Agencies Can Pay Their Taxes Late… Why Can’t You?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

If you have ever dealt with the IRS, you know that the agency is anything but flexible. In fact, the IRS is your textbook example of a cold, rigid bureaucracy when it is dealing with taxpayers. Late to file your returns? You face potential penalties and interest. Need a little more time to pay your debt? You better expect to be penalized!

That is why it so shocking to learn how differently the IRS treats other government agencies as opposed to everyday citizens. BusinessWeek reports:

The IRS needs to take a closer look at the federal government in its search for tax scofflaws.

That’s right — a Treasury Department watchdog office said Thursday that 70 federal agencies owed about $14 million in unpaid taxes at the end of last year.

Federal agencies are exempt from paying federal income taxes, but they are responsible for turning over employment taxes, mainly Social Security and Medicare taxes, that their employees must pay.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said 40 of these delinquent tax accounts totaling about $2.6 million were still open three years after being identified, and in 80 percent of those cases, the investigations had been suspended. The offending agencies were not identified.

The $14 million isn’t a lot compared to the $768 billion in employment taxes the IRS collected in 2011.

But Inspector General J. Russell George stressed that “federal agencies must comply with the same filing and paying standards that apply to all American taxpayers.”

They “must comply” – but they clearly don’t. Now, if that was you, or I, or any taxpaying citizen in this country, how do you think the IRS would respond? They’d do their best to make the taxpayer’s life miserable. They’d send threatening letters. They’d call at all hours of the day. They’d show up at your house or place of business.

It’s infuriating, but it’s a reality. And unfortunately, the reality facing everyday taxpayers is that we must comply with the IRS… or face the consequences. If you’re in the midst of learning this lesson the hard way, and you need help solving your IRS dispute, please get in touch with us today!


Taxpayers Get More Relief As IRS Proposes Compromise

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Flexible Programs Help With Tax Debt

If you are feeling the pinch when it comes to taxes, the IRS is going to do more for those who are financially strapped and unable to clear tax debts.

When the Fresh Start initiative started in 2008, the IRS announced that it would provide taxpayers with lien relief if they were trying to sell or refinance a property. New flexibility was added in 2009, along with expanded thresholds for small business owners.

In January of 2012, the IRS agreed to a tax installment agreement that would allow taxpayers to set up payment arrangements with the taxpayers who have had to provide a large amount of financial information to the IRS in the past.

The federal government is also allowing taxpayers to pay back their student loans including delinquent local and state taxes under the most recent phase of the Fresh Start initiative.

The IRS is also revising the way it calculates the future income of taxpayers and is expanding the amount of living expense allowances.

The Fresh Start was put into place to assist individuals who have faced extreme financial hardship. An OIC allows tax liabilities to be settled for less than the amount owed. The IRS will look at the income of the taxpayer to determine the reasonable potential for collection. An OIC is usually not accepted if the Internal Revenue Service believes that the debt can be paid back through payment arrangements or a lump sum.

When it comes to calculating a reasonable collection from the taxpayer, the IRS will look at one year of potential future income instead of the previous 4 years, if the tax debt is paid in 5 months or less. All accepted offers must be paid in full within 24 months.

The IRS understands that many individual taxpayers are finding it tough to pay their bills and have been making changes to the Fresh Start program that relates to real life situations. The new National Standard includes a miscellaneous allowance that taxpayers can use for bank fees and credit card payments.

Because of the changes, some taxpayers will be able to resolve their tax issues in as little as two years, as opposed to the five or six that it took in the past.

 


IRS Compliance: What to Know if You’re Giving to Charity

Monday, August 27th, 2012

These days, even something as simple as donating to your favorite charity can create all sorts of trouble with the IRS. We often hear from business owners and individuals who are interested in supporting a charity but don’t know how to begin. A recent article on Patch.com offers several important factors to keep in mind:

Tax-exempt status. Contributions must be made to qualified charitable organizations to be deductible. Ask the charity about its tax-exempt status, or look for it on IRS.gov in the Exempt Organizations Select Check, an online search tool that allows users to select an exempt organization and check certain information about its federal tax status as well as information about tax forms an organization may file that are available for public review. This search tool can also be used to find which charities have had their exempt status automatically revoked.

Fair market value. Cash contributions and the fair market value of most property you donate to a qualified organization are usually deductible. Special rules apply to several types of donated property, including cars, boats, clothing and household items. If you receive something in return for your donation, such as merchandise, goods, services, admission to a charity banquet or sporting event only the amount exceeding the fair market value of the benefit received can be deducted.

Records to keep. You should keep good records of any donation you make, regardless of the amount. All cash contributions must be documented to be deductible – even donations of small amounts. A cancelled check, bank or credit card statement, payroll deduction record or a written statement from the charity that includes the charity’s name, contribution date and amount usually fulfill this record-keeping requirement.

Large donations. All contributions valued at $250 and above require additional documentation to be deductible. For these, you should receive a written statement from the charity acknowledging your donation. The statement should specify the amount of cash donated and/or provide a description and fair market value of the property donated. It should also say whether the charity provided any goods or services in exchange for your donation. If you donate non-cash items valued at $500 or more, you must also complete a Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, and attach the form to your return. If you claim a contribution of noncash property worth more than $5,000, you typically must obtain a property appraisal and attach it to your return along with Form 8283.

Timing. If you pledge to donate to a qualified charity, keep in mind that for most taxpayers contributions are only deductible in the tax year they are actually made. For example, if you pledged $500 in September but paid the charity just $200 by Dec. 31 of that same year, only $200 of the pledged amount may qualify as tax-deductible for that tax year. End-of-year donations by check or credit card usually qualify as tax-deductible for that tax year, even though you may not pay the credit card bill or have your bank account debited until after Dec. 31.

It’s important to remember that every case is different, and while this general information should be helpful, if you’d like specific advice, please give us a call today. The ever-increasing complexity of our tax code has made it easier than ever to get in to trouble with the IRS—so don’t take any chance


IRS Fraud: Never “Assume” That the IRS is Correct

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The IRS is deeply unpopular with taxpayers and business owners, and understandably so. Receiving a letter from the IRS sends chills down most spines! That said, most taxpayers tend to assume that the agency is all-knowing and all-powerful—that the IRS is judge, jury, and executioner.

The truth, however, is that the IRS consists of agents who are people just like you and I. They make mistakes. They screw up. They break the law… as this recent article published on Philly.com illustrates:

A former mail-room worker at a Philadelphia IRS office admitted in federal court Tuesday that she used a database at work to steal her landlord’s identity and open credit-card accounts – and got caught when she tried to pay a $1,003 utility bill with a fraudulent Capital One card.

Domeen Flowers, 48, a Philadelphia native now living in Winter Park, Fla., was hired in 2007 to work at the IRS, authorities said. She was renting a house from the landlord, identified only as “E.R.,” on Hale Street near Brous Avenue in Mayfair, when she tapped into the system in June 2009.

Capital One placed a hold on one of the cards when Flowers tried to pay the large utility bill, and the company mailed a letter to E.R. at the Hale Street address saying it needed additional information to remove the hold.

Several days later Flowers drafted a bogus letter on IRS letterhead and sent it to E.R.’s residence to obtain more identifying information so she could get the hold removed. The letter said the IRS would audit her unless she faxed copies of her driver’s license and Social Security card to the IRS. The letter instructed E.R. to fax the documents to Flowers’ work area.

Flowers subsequently was transferred to IRS offices in Maitland, Fla., before authorities informed her that she was a target of the investigation, Assistant U.S. Attorney Floyd Miller said. The prosecutor said Flowers quit the IRS last year.

Now, this type of criminal behavior is certainly not common. But the point is that the IRS is fallible and does make mistakes. If you find yourself in the midst of a dispute with the agency, do not assume that they are correct. If you’re currently going through an IRS dispute, please don’t hesitate to contact us! It just may be the most valuable phone call you ever make.


Avoid IRS Disputes: How to Fix Errors

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

If you have ever had the misfortune of experiencing an IRS dispute, you know exactly how stressful and difficult the process can be. The IRS is often referred to as the “world’s most brutal collection agency”, and for good reason. Once it has determined that you owe it money, the IRS will employ a wide variety of tactics designed to extract their payment as quickly as possible. These tactics include garnishing checks, seizing assets, and much more.

There is a bit of good news, however, if you are in the midst of such a dispute. Though the IRS doesn’t want you to know this, the truth is that you do have rights and you can fight back. Contact us today if you are in the midst of such a dispute and need help to get the IRS off your back.

Of course, the best way to avoid an IRS dispute is to make sure that you file your taxes properly each year. Unfortunately, it’s easy for even the most well-intentioned taxpayer to make a mistake. Today, we’re going to share information provided by the IRS which discusses the process of correcting such mistakes. Below are several tips—to read the full story, click here.

 When to amend a return.  Generally, you should file an amended return if your filing status, number of dependents, total income, tax deductions or tax credits were reported incorrectly or omitted. Additional reasons for amending a return are listed in the instructions.

When NOT to amend a return.  In some cases, you do not need to amend your tax return. The IRS usually corrects math errors or requests missing forms – such as Forms W-2 or schedules – when processing an original return. In these instances, do not amend your return.

Form to use.  Use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to amend a previously filed Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ. Make sure you check the box for the year of the return you are amending on the Form 1040X. An amended tax return cannot be filed electronically.

Multiple amended returns.  If you are amending more than one year’s tax return, prepare a separate 1040X for each return and mail them in separate envelopes to the appropriate IRS processing center (see “Where to File” in the instructions for Form 1040X).

Form 1040X.  The Form 1040X has three columns. Column A shows original figures from the original return. Column B shown the changes you are making. Column C shows the corrected figures. There is an area on the back of the form to explain the specific changes and the reasons for the changes.

If you’ve made a mistake on a tax return and you catch it on your own, the information provided above will help you correct the situation. However, if you didn’t catch your mistake on time and are now dealing with an IRS dispute, get in touch with us today. Nobody should take on the IRS by themselves, and with the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth on your side, you don’t have to!


How Will The IRS Handle Health Care Reform?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Love it or hate it, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known to many as “ObamaCare”, has passed the test of constitutionality and is the law of the land. Of course, one side effect of this law is increased responsibility for the IRS. How will they handle the law, and what does this have to do with you? MSNBC.com breaks it down:

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s health care law will come home to roost for most taxpayers in about 2½ years, when they’ll have to start providing proof on their tax returns that they have health insurance.

That scenario puts the Internal Revenue Service at the center of the debate, renewing questions about whether the agency is capable of policing the health care decisions of millions of people in the United States while also collecting the taxes needed to run the federal government.

Under the law, the IRS will provide tax breaks and incentives to help pay for health insurance and impose penalties on some people who don’t buy coverage and on some businesses that don’t offer it to employees.

The changes will require new regulations, forms and publications, new computer programs and a big new outreach program to explain it all to taxpayers and tax professionals. Businesses that don’t claim an exemption will have to prove they offer health insurance to employees.

The health care law “includes the largest set of tax law changes in more than 20 years,” according to the Treasury inspector general who oversees the IRS. The agency will have to hire thousands of workers to manage it, requiring significant budget increases that already are being targeted by congressional Republicans determined to dismantle the president’s signature initiative.

“Knowing the complexity of the health law, there’s no question that the IRS is going to struggle with this,” said Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-La., chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. “The IRS wants more resources. Well, we need to start digging down into what are they doing with the resources and personnel.”

If you are like most taxpayers, the idea of a beefed-up IRS doesn’t please you—no matter what you may think of the President’s reform. At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we deal with the IRS every day on the behalf of our clients, and we understand the frustration and anger than many of you are feeling. Whatever happens over the next two years, you can count on us to continue to work hard to resolve your IRS disputes.

If you’re facing an IRS dispute, please don’t delay. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!


Don’t Let IRS Disputes Ruin Your Life: How to Prepare for an Audit

Monday, June 25th, 2012

IRS disputes make life miserable for thousands of taxpayers and business owners each year. At The Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we specialize in resolving these disputes and allowing our clients to get back to living their lives.

Of course, the best way to resolve an IRS dispute is to avoid it in the first place—and today we are going to share several tips to help business owners. FoxBusiness.com offer three valuable tips for small businesses:

Tip No. 1: Maintain your books and records on computerized software and reconcile your bank accounts.

Auditors are trained to detect unreported bartering income. Remember that even if no money changes hands, you are required to report all bartering income, and the IRS knows this is an area of high noncompliance. It’s a tough economic climate right now, and many entrepreneurs turn to bartering to help protect cash flow.

Agents know to look for Forms 1099-B filed with the IRS, which report barter income, and they will look around your place of business for stickers or plaques that announce your participation in a bartering exchange club. They will check your website to see if you’ve listed a bartering exchange organization. While examining your books, agents will look for fees paid to bartering exchanges. And of course, an agent will straight up ask about your participation in bartering activities. Tell the truth, and take the knocks if you must. Remember, the agency has ways of finding out.

Tip No. 2: Make it a matter of course to record all bartering activity in your books at its fair market value.

Assigning income to other parties—such as another business that you own to reduce net operating losses in that company and avoid self-employment and income tax on the income can be a hairy issue. If the auditor goes through your contracts and finds one that appears to be unfulfilled (because the income was shifted), be ready to provide copies of tax returns for your other businesses for examination.  Do I hear the popping sound of the can of worms being opened?

In the case of Lucas v. Earl, U.S.T.C. 496 (1930), the Supreme Court ruled that income is taxable to the one who earns it regardless of the fact that he may enter into a legally-binding agreement to have it paid to another.

Tip No.3: Don’t play games with the money. Keep your businesses separate from each other and record all income and expenses accordingly.

When looking at bank statements, an auditor will add up all the bank deposits for the year and compare them to your reported sales. If there is a discrepancy, the agent will want an explanation.  Amounts deposited that exceed the amounts reported on a tax return will raise eyebrows, but there may be plausible explanations. You may have transferred personal funds into the business account to remedy a cash flow problem, or there may be deposits of other nontaxable income such as loan proceeds, or a cash gift from mom and dad.

Following these steps will help you reduce the chances of experiencing a costly and stressful IRS dispute. If you’d like to learn more, or if you need help resolving an IRS dispute, please contact us today!

 


Even the Rich and Famous Aren’t Safe from the IRS

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

IRS disputes impact thousands of Americans each and every year. And while the financial repercussions are severe, in many cases the emotional turmoil is even worse.

One of the worst parts, for many taxpayers that we have spoken to, is feeling all alone. The IRS is intimidating, and many people just don’t know where to turn.

If that’s your situation, understand that you do not have to face the IRS alone! We can help. At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we understand the stress that our clients feel when they have the IRS breathing down their neck. Needless to say, any organization as powerful as the IRS with the authority to levy or seize your property without having to go to Court can be tremendously intimidating. Our primary goal for our clients is to alleviate the stress and fear associated with tax problems and devise a solution to resolve existing or future IRS problems.

You should also know that you are far from the only person facing IRS issues. Even the “rich and famous” aren’t exempt. Findlaw.com reports:

Things might be looking a little rosier for Nicholas Cage’s IRS tax troubles. The “Ghost Rider” star has paid the government $6,257,005 in back income taxes from 2007, ABC News reports.

The multi-million dollar payment got the federal government to remove a lien that was placed on the actor’s real estate holdings in 2008.

This all sounds pretty groovy for Cage, but the reality is still pretty grim for the Hollywood star.

That’s because Cage still owes over $6 million more to the tax man, TMZ reports.

Cage’s tax problems date back to 2002. He claims it was his former business manager that was responsible for his current predicament and has since hired new management.

That explanation might help keep a person from going to jail, but it won’t stop the IRS from still wanting its money. And they’ll employ pretty creative ways to get it. From wage garnishments to liens, like the one placed on Cage’s property holdings.

Nicolas Cage’s tax troubles will continue to haunt him for now. But until his IRS problems are solved, it’s probably safe to assume we’ll be seeing him pump out a lot more movies.

And Nicholas Cage isn’t alone. In fact, Grammy Award winning songwriter Lauryn Hill recently made headlines after being charged with failing to file and pay three years worth of back taxes. If she is found guilty, Hill could potentially face fines of up to $100,000 for each count—in addition to possible prison time.

The lesson? It’s easy for anyone, no matter how much money they have, to run into trouble with the IRS. In fact, in most cases, it is a perfectly innocent mistake that lands a taxpayer in hot water to begin with.

Are you facing IRS disputes? If so, we can help. The IRS is powerful and intimidating—but you don’t have to face them alone. Get in touch with us today and let us deal with the IRS so that you can get back to living your life.


Warning to Small Businesses: More IRS Audits Are on the Way

Friday, May 4th, 2012

There are few words that sound worse to a taxpayer than “The IRS has selected your return to be audited.” Unfortunately for taxpayers, and in particularly for small business owners, audits stand to become even more frequent in the future.

As OnWallStreet.com reports:

The IRS is beefing up its ranks of auditors, and doing more audits, according to a leading accountant addressing the Financial Planning Association of New York’s spring forum.

“With everybody losing jobs, the biggest hire is the taxing authorities. They are hiring left and right to do audits,” said Mark Josephson, partner at New York City-based Murray & Josephson. “Contrary to what you might be reading in the press, when I speak to an auditor, and they say, ‘Yeah we just hired 31 people in our department,’” he said.

He added that as the IRS is auditing more taxpayers, including small business owners, the audits are taking longer because the agents are demanding more details. He said on every audit he’s seen recently, agents have demanded every brokerage statement, every bank statement, and any other type of financial statement. He noted that they always had a right to demand this documentation, but only asked for it occasionally in the past. “One of the main reasons is they want to add up all the deposits and make sure you’re picking up all your income. The audits are becoming more and more tedious,” he said. 

Murray highlighted one particular new disclosure requirement that is getting extra scrutiny: small businesses must disclose if they were required to issue 1099 forms to outside contractors, and then disclose whether they did or not. He said many do not want to bother with the extra chore and expense of issuing these forms, and skip it. If the small business owner then declares on her taxes that she was not required to issue 1099 forms, and she should have, it’s perjury, he said. At that point, the client is facing both penalties and possible criminal charges.

Got that straight? Not only is the IRS adding agents and performing more audits than ever, but now a simple mistake could have you on the hook for criminal charges in addition to penalties! It’s more important than ever that you file your taxes properly.

Unfortunately, even an honest mistake can lead to a stressful and costly dispute with the IRS. At the law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we can help! We only deal with IRS disputes. Our primary goal for our clients is to alleviate the stress and fear associated with the tax problems and devise a solution to resolve existing or future IRS problems.

If you are facing IRS problems, it’s critical that you seek professional guidance immediately. The problem will not go away by itself, and the longer you wait to address it, the worse it will become. Don’t get stuck in the destructive cycle of IRS penalties and interest—contact us today to learn more!

 


IRS Penalties Are Worse Than Ever: Could The IRS Soon Confiscate Your Passport?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

If you have had the misfortune of dealing with an IRS dispute, you know that the agency will stop at nothing to collect—and won’t hesitate to make things worse by slapping on penalty after penalty.

Each year, hard working business owners and citizens across the country have their lives turned upside down by IRS disputes. Incredibly, the IRS may become even more powerful in the near future. As Investors.com reports:

The Republican House of Representatives may soon follow the Democratic Senate and give the IRS the power to confiscate your passport on mere suspicion of owing taxes. […]

‘America, Love It Or Leave It” might be an obsolete slogan if the “bipartisan transportation bill” that just passed the Senate is approved by the House and becomes law. Contained within the suspiciously titled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” or “MAP 21,” is a provision that gives the Internal Revenue Service the power to keep U.S. citizens from leaving the country if it finds that they owe $50,000 or more in unpaid taxes — no court ruling necessary.

It is hard to imagine any law more reminiscent of the Soviet Union that America toppled, or its Eastern Bloc slave satellites.

In his 1967 CBS “Town Meeting of the World” debate with Bobby Kennedy, Ronald Reagan declared, “we don’t want the Berlin Wall knocked down so that it’s easier to get at the throats of the East Germans. We just think that a wall that is put up to confine people, and keep them within their own country instead of allowing them the freedom of world travel, has to be somehow wrong.” […]

As Reuters reported Monday, overtaxation has led to close to 1,800 Americans living abroad renouncing their U.S. citizenship last year or turning in their green cards — many of them with broken hearts because of their love for this nation. The record number of former U.S. citizens is nearly eight times more than those who renounced U.S. citizenship in 2008, and it exceeded 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

They did it because of the nightmare the U.S. government puts them — and non-American spouses — through, sniffing over any and all of their finances.

As a taxpayer, the last thing you want to hear is that the IRS is becoming more powerful. The agency already has the capability to turn an individual’s life into a nightmare, creating an endless cycle of penalties, interest, and more penalties. But it seems highly likely that now, Americans won’t even be able to leave the country if they owe the IRS a significant sum of money.

If you’re dealing with IRS problems, here is what you need to understand: They won’t go away on their own. You have to take action. You CAN resolve your IRS dispute—and we’ll help you do it. Get in touch with us today and let us help you put your IRS dispute behind you!


Stop IRS Problems Before They Begin: Mistakes to Avoid

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

IRS disputes, if they are not properly addressed, can make your life miserable. They can put incredible pressure on you, your family, and your business. In addition to the financial difficulties IRS disputes create, they take an emotional and a physical toll as well. But there is hope, no matter how dire the situation may seem. If you’re in the midst of an IRS dispute, contact us today for a confidential consultation and let us go to work resolving it for you.

Of course, the best way to resolve IRS issues is to avoid them to begin with. Today, we’re going to examine several common mistakes—and how to avoid them. The following is information published by the IRS in order to help taxpayers avoid mistakes:

  • File electronically. If you choose to e-file, many of the common errors are avoided or corrected by the computer software. If your income is under $52,000 you may be able to e-file for free using IRS Free File.
  • Use the peel-off label if you choose to mail a paper return. You may line through and make necessary corrections right on the label. Be sure to fill in your Social Security number in the box provided on the return. If you do not have a peel-off label, fill in all requested information clearly, including the Social Security numbers.
  • Check only one filing status on the tax return and check the appropriate exemption boxes. Enter the correct Social Security numbers for each of those exemptions.
  • Use the correct Tax Table column for your filing status.
  • Double check all figures on the return. Math errors are common mistakes.
  • Make sure that the financial institution routing and account numbers you have entered on the return for a direct deposit of your refund are accurate. Incorrect numbers can cause the refund to be delayed or misdirected.
  • Sign and date the return. If filing a joint return, both spouses must sign and date the return.
  • Attach all Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and other forms that reflect tax withheld to the front of the return. Attach all other necessary forms and schedules.
  • Do you owe tax? If so, enclose a check or money order made payable to the “United States Treasury” and Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, if used. Or, you may choose to pay by credit card by contacting one of the credit card service providers.

Of course, it’s entirely possible to make mistakes—even when you’ve done your best to comply with the convoluted tax code we face today. Unfortunately, the IRS is quite unforgiving—and it’s easy for an innocent mistake to spiral out of control and result in thousands of dollars (or more) in penalties and interest. If you’re facing an IRS dispute, give us a call today and let us help! If not, consider yourself fortunate—and pay attention to the tips we’ve shared above in order to avoid future problems.


How to Solve IRS Problems: There IS a Light at the End of the Tunnel

Monday, March 26th, 2012

If you are dealing with IRS problems, it can often seem like there is no hope for the future. Between the penalties and interest which continue to compound and the repeated phone calls and visits from overly aggressive IRS revenue officers, many taxpayers feel trapped and completely helpless.

If that’s you, sit up and pay attention: no matter how hopeless it seems, you CAN resolve your IRS disputes. But it’s equally important to understand that they won’t go away by themselves!

Not only do IRS problems not go away, they actually get worse if ignored. Penalties and interest continue to accumulate and the threatening  IRS letters become even more threatening .  Many taxpayers experience extreme emotional duress and physical signs of stress, in addition to the obvious financial fallout.

Originally, IRS penalties were designed to be a slap on the hand in order to help taxpayers learn from their mistakes and avoid them in the future. But they have now evolved into a sledgehammer which pounds taxpayers so far into the ground that there appears to be no way out.  And as the situation continues to escalate, the IRS begins to make life increasingly miserable for the taxpayer. The IRS will utilize bank levies, wage garnishments, and may even seize your assets to satisfy a tax debt. My experience dictates that the IRS collection official has no concern for your well-being … their objective is simply to get as much money from you as quickly as possible by using any of the weapons at their disposal.

That’s why it is essential that you take the first step in order to solve your IRS problems. Our firm works with taxpayers who are tired of the endless cycle of IRS harassment—and we can help you, too!  But you have to take the first step. Fortunately, it’s an easy first step to take: make up your mind that enough is enough and that you aren’t going to take it anymore!

Then, you’ve got three choices:

1. Call our office for a Free Tax Analysis, 972-484-0TAX (0829) or 1-800-287-0626

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2. Complete the “Free Tax Analysis” section near the top right of this page. We will contact you promptly.

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3. Should you simply wish to obtain a copy of our FREE special report entitled “How to End IRS Problems Forever,” simply fill out the Free Report section near the top right of this page and one will be mailed to you immediately.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. You CAN resolve your IRS dispute—and we’ll help you do it. Get in touch with us today and let us help you put your IRS dispute behind you!


IRS Penalties: A Never-Ending Nightmare

Monday, March 5th, 2012

It is not an exaggeration to say that IRS disputes can make your life miserable.  If you or your business has dealt with IRS problems in the past, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t, you’re fortunate!

The fundamental mistake that many people make when confronted with IRS disputes is to ignore the problem and hope that it goes away.

But let me tell you… after more than 15 years in this business, I can say with certainty that IRS problems NEVER go away by themselves.

In fact, they only get worse. Why?

Because during the period of time that you are ignoring the issue, the IRS is slapping your account with penalty after penalty. If you file late, you’ll face a penalty. If you pay late, you’ll face a penalty. If you make a mistake, you’ll face a penalty. If fail to disclose certain information, even if it’s an innocent mistake, you’ll face a penalty. If you own a business and you fail to withhold the proper amount for your employee compensation, you’ll face a penalty and remember, interest never stops accruing in addition to the penalties.

And the longer you wait to address the issues, the worse it gets.

As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for things to get out of hand.

To illustrate, here’s a story we’ve seen time and time again:

A business owner makes a relatively minor mistake while preparing his return. (When you consider how complicated our tax code has become, it’s easy to understand why mistakes happen!) The IRS, in turn, assesses a penalty. The business owner is already stretched thin dealing with the day-to-day management of his business and doesn’t respond to the matter. The IRS steps up their efforts the contact him, causing further stress and anxiety. By the time he actually addresses the matter, the amount he owes has skyrocketed thanks to additional penalties, fees, and interest.

What was initially a manageable bill is now a nightmare. Now, the business owner has no chance of paying what he owes—but the IRS won’t back down. The stress this causes is overwhelming, and it’s not uncommon to see businesses go belly-up as a result. Of course, in many cases even bankruptcy doesn’t stop the IRS, as they can often pursue an individual’s assets as well, depending on how the business was structured. All the while, the penalties and interest continue to accrue.

How does this saga end? It doesn’t—until you consult with a tax law professional. At the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth, we only deal with IRS disputes. Our primary goal for our clients is to alleviate the stress and fear associated with the tax problems and devise a solution to resolve existing or future IRS problems.

If you are facing IRS problems, it’s critical that you seek professional guidance immediately. The problem will not go away by itself, and the longer you wait to address it, the worse it will become. Don’t get stuck in the destructive cycle of IRS penalties and interest—contact us today to learn more!


Just What Taxpayers Want To Hear: The IRS Will Receive an Additional $940 Million Starting in 2013

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Great news for everyone who enjoys the prospect of a beefed-up IRS: the Obama administration has requested that, starting in 2013, the agency receive an additional $944.5 million over its budget for fiscal year 2012. For those scoring at home, that brings next year’s IRS budget to approximately $12.8 Billion.

Michael Cohn of Accounting Today explains:

 “The fiscal 2013 budget includes $403 million for new IRS enforcement activities, which are expected to raise $1.48 billion in revenue annually at full performance, once new hires are fully trained and develop broader experience by fiscal 2015, representing a 4.3-to-1 return on investment.

‘The return on investment is even greater when factoring in the deterrence value of these investments and other IRS enforcement programs, which is conservatively estimated to be at least three times the direct revenue impact,’ said the IRS.

The enforcement budget also includes $200 million in additional examination and collection programs that the agency anticipates will generate more than $1.1 billion in additional annual enforcement revenue by fiscal 2015. The IRS plans to use the money to improve international tax compliance by businesses and individuals, in part by hiring more international technical specialists, and to expand its efforts to identity tax refund fraud and tax-related identity theft. The IRS also plans to use the money to implement new information reporting requirements and enhance oversight of complex financial situations, including transfer pricing and uncertain tax positions.”

What does that mean for individuals and business owners?

What the IRS refers to as “return on investment” means increased tax revenue. More agents, more audits, more penalties, and more collection enforcement.

And when you factor in the Administration’s current plan to allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for many individuals and families, the bottom line is simple: Americans, particularly high-income earners, are going to see their tax bills climb.

Of course, you can take action to protect your hard-earned income. Contact the Law Offices of Nick Nemeth today if you are facing IRS debt that you simply cannot pay.

The tax code is more complicated than ever—and it’s essential that you seek professional help to minimize your liability… and reduce the likelihood of liens, levies, garnishments and seizures. Contact us today to learn more!