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…

IRS Offer In Compromise: The Deemed Acceptance Rules

The IRS has missed just about every deadline in the past few years. Most of the IRS’s employees have basically been on paid vacation for the past few years. When Covid-19 first emerged, IRS employees were sent home. They were paid not to work. While private-sector employees scrambled to find ways to work, many IRS…

Contesting the IRS’s Passport Certification for Back Taxes

The IRS has a lot of tools available to help it collect unpaid taxes. This includes liens, levies, and even seizing property. Congress added the ability for the IRS to certify passports for those who owe back taxes and have refused to pay. Congress provided a judicial remedy for erroneous certifications. There have not been…

Does Nominee Tax Liability Extend to Employees?

There is a large segment of our population that owe back taxes to the IRS. Whether you know of their situation, chances are good that you know someone who owes back taxes. Chances are good that you have unwittingly transacted business with an individual or business that owes back taxes. You may have even worked…

IRS Collection Hearings: How Thorough Does the IRS Have to Be?

IRS collection hearings are one of the procedural safeguards Congress created to prevent the IRS from taking certain actions without first confirming that they have followed the law. These safeguards are needed as the IRS works a lot of cases and the volume can result in the IRS not following the law. The IRS also…

IRS Lien on Trust Assets

Irs Lien On Trust Assets

As long as the government tries to collect taxes, there will be taxpayers who try to find ways to not pay the taxes. These tax payment avoidance options often involve co-ownership of property or, in many cases, trusts. The recent United States v. Simones, No. 1:20-cv-00795-PJK-SCY (D.N.M. 2021) case shows how the IRS is able…

When Does the IRS Issue a Lock-in Letter?

Increased Tax Withholding & The Irs’s Lock-in Letter

When Does the IRS Issue a Lock-in Letter? Many taxpayers get behind in paying the IRS as a result of IRS audits. Others have tax balances as they are self-employed or contractors and they simply do not make estimated payments. There are others who owe tax as they instruct their employers to withhold too little…

IRS Collectors Influence on Settlemet Offer

Irs Collectors Influence On Settlemet Offer

The IRS makes decisions about tax returns, back taxes, etc. These decisions may be made by one or more persons within the IRS. These decisions may be made by IRS employees whose job functions and missions are not the same. This is most evident in the context of IRS audits. The IRS auditor’s mission is…

Tax Debts & the Dreaded Dissipated Asset

Tax Debts & The Dissipated Asset

It is very difficult to run a business and to do so in full compliance with all of our laws. Having worked with thousands of business owners, the message is the same. Something always seems to give. If the business focuses on the operational side of the business to comply with industry regulations or to…