The new year is here. And like many years prior, Uncle Sam is coming to take his share of what you make. But as you prepare to file your tax return for the 2019 tax year, or you strategize as to how you will handle your 2020 tax obligations, there are a few tax changes that you might want to know about.Continue reading “Get Ready for 2020 Taxes”
The tax year is coming to a close. But before the year ends, consider these ten tax strategies that might be able to maximize how much money you can keep from Uncle Sam.Continue reading “Top 10 End of Year Tax Tips”
Many millions of individuals and businesses have to pay taxes. It’s about as inevitable as well…death and taxes. But how these taxes are paid will depend on several factors. For most taxpayers, taxes will be paid on a regular basis throughout the year, whether it’s from an automatic deduction from a paycheck or by making quarterly payments. But what happens when the taxpayer owes taxes that go beyond these regular payments, such as when there are back taxes owed? There are two common arrangements to choose from.Continue reading “How to Pay the IRS When You Owe Taxes”
What Is an Offer in Compromise?
If you’ve found yourself drawing the ire of the IRS due to unpaid tax debts, you might be wondering what your options are. Well, one of the most enticing is the offer in compromise, or OIC. This allows you to potentially satisfy your tax debt for less than what you fully owe. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? It is if you can get it, as the IRS has the right to reject a taxpayer’s OIC.Continue reading “Offers in Compromise”
One of the hallmarks of our country is the concept of due process. This refers to following the law when a government takes action against an individual. And if there is ever a time when the government takes action against an individual, it’s when they’re taking the individual’s money.Continue reading “Appealing an IRS Decision”
The threat of an audit is a powerful deterrent and does a good job of motivating taxpayers to pay the IRS what they owe. But sometimes this isn’t enough and taxpayers still forego their legal duty to pay their tax obligation. When this happens, the IRS will reach out to the taxpayer to collect an outstanding tax debt. But when asking nicely doesn’t work, the IRS can impose a tax lien and/or a levy.Continue reading “Getting Rid of an IRS Lien or Levy”
Tax season is about to start, which means it’s that time of year where you need to be on the lookout for tax documents such as W-2s and 1099s. But what other documents and information do you need to have ready to complete your tax return over the next few months? That precise answer depends on your unique tax situation, but the following guide will provide a good overview of what you might need to have ready when you or your tax preparer files your tax return this year.
Those who have read Lewis Carroll’s, Through the Looking Glass, may recall the Red Queen. This character explains to Alice that she must run as fast as she can merely to stay in one place. This is the origin of the Red Queen Hypothesis, which theorizes that living things adapt and evolve, not to gain an evolutionary advantage, but to survive. In other words, evolution doesn’t improve a species’ chances of survival, but prevents it from going extinct. Continue reading “Tax Scam Trends”
One of the things that keep many of us from going too far in our attempts to reduce what we owe Uncle Sam is the fear of a tax audit. In most situations, the audit process isn’t as scary as most people fear, especially if there is nothing to hide. The following blog post will provide an overview of the audit process and explain certain steps you can take to reduce the chances of being an audit victim. Continue reading “IRS Tax Audits”
The end of the calendar year offers a unique moment to save money on your taxes. Depending on your financial situation, you can take steps before January 1st and possibly reduce the taxes you’ll owe. Continue reading “Consider These Four Year-End Tax Tips”