Start a New Business to Avoid Old Taxes

Payroll taxes kill businesses. It is very easy to get behind, whether the business owner uses the funds to pay other expenses or due to a mistake. Once there is a payroll tax balance, it can be very difficult to catch up. The penalties and interest compound the problem. If you’re a business owner and…

Avoid Late IRS Installment Agreements

The concept of “judicial activism” refers to situations where judges do more than simply interpret existing laws. They venture into creating new laws or policies through their rulings. This encroaches on the legislative power of Congress, which creates the laws, and the executive agencies, which create policies to implement the law. This type of discretion…

Late-Filed Tax Returns & Excess Collections

Life happens. We all experience it. There are times when life events can result in tax returns being filed late. Our tax laws offer little in way of leniency when this happens. The IRS will assess late filing penalties. Worse yet, amounts that were already timely paid to the IRS may not be refunded to…

The “Process” of the IRS Appeals Collection Hearing

The government establishes processes to carry out its essential functions. These processes handle a myriad of different types of cases and cases with nuanced fact patterns. These processes allow the government to process a high volume of cases. They often do so in bulk. The process is a like well-trodden path. The path may take…

The IRS’s Ability to Collect Foreign Assets

Those who have unpaid taxes owed to the IRS may have assets located in foreign countries. If the IRS cannot collect from assets located in the United States, it may seek to collect from foreign assets. This is often a very difficult task. While the IRS has a number of tools to collect from foreign…

Settling Back Taxes for a Probate Estate

Executors who administer probate estates often have to deal with back taxes that the decedent owed. They may also have to deal with estate tax liabilities owed by the estate. While the probate process is governed by state law, state law gives way to Federal law when it comes to back taxes. The IRS has…

Married Filing Separate Spouse Liable for Tax

Marriage, Divorce & Taxes

Marriage presents a number of difficult tax questions. One question is whether both spouses can be held liable when they file separately and one spouse fails to pay their taxes. This is a common marriage tax question that we are asked. One might think that the married filing separate status fully protects the other spouse.…

When Withdrawing IRS Tax Lien Facilitates Collection

The IRS’s collection efforts can impact different taxpayers differently. While the IRS has broad collection powers, there are some taxpayers who are largely immune from the IRS’s collection efforts. This varied impact is partly due to the range of collection tools Congress has provided to the IRS. The IRS lien notice provides an example. Many…

The IRS “Effective Tax Administration” Settlement

Life has a way of getting in the way. Whether it is a health issue, a financial setback, or some other circumstance. The IRS often finds itself having to contend with these situations experienced by taxpayers. This often comes up when there are back taxes. Or when the life issue results in back taxes. Taxpayers…