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10 Things to Remember When You Owe the IRS

10 Things To Remember When You Owe The IRS

The Restructuring and Reform Bill of 1998 for the IRS was a law that really put respect for the taxpayers back into the system. It forces the IRS to actually communicate with the public and grant due process rights to the taxpayers.

Below are 10 things to remember when you owe the IRS

When the IRS comes to collect, eventually you will have to face the music. If you begin to play games with a tax collector, the system has been designed to make your life horrible. Below are some important things to remember when you owe the IRS:

1. Don’t Ignore the IRS notices.

Most people will get into more trouble than bargained for just because they ignored the notices from the IRS. Some IRS notices are sent through certified mail, if you believe that you can ignore the notices by not going to pick them up, then you are wrong. Respond to the IRS each time.

2. The IRS has to explain your rights during your IRS interview.

The IRS Collection Process that was revised in 2015 states that you have the right to be represented and you have the right to be treated in a courteous and professional manner. If you don’t like how you are being treated, then you can stop that interview and ask to talk to a supervisor.

3. Before going to the IRS, spend time with a tax expert or accountant

This may be the best time that you have spent in a while. An expert will let you know how you could prepare to meet for a tax interview, how you should act, and make you aware when a revenue officer is trying to take advantage of you. Just remember the Revenue officers job is to collect money for the government. Furthermore, hiring professional bookkeeping and accounting services can help you avoid ever having problems with the IRS in the first place.

4. Never go to the IRS alone.

Collection interviews aren’t fun and you need representation. Chances are that you will have better results if you have representation.

5. The IRS isn’t Infallible.

The IRS was actually audited by the General Accounting Office and it looks like the IRS needs a bit of cleaning up. Often times, the IRS can’t track how much you actually owe, especially if you have been making regular payments. The IRS can make mistakes, so don’t take their word for everything.

6. You have due process.

The IRS can’t just take your home, bank account, business, car, or even do wage garnishes without making sure that they have given you a notice or an opportunity to challenge the IRS. When you challenge the IRS, everything stops.

You can take the IRS to court and they can’t collect until the judge makes a decision. You can tie their hands for years. The IRS isn’t going to tell you what to do or how you can protect yourself.

7. You are a possible innocent spouse.

Are you separated, widowed or divorced? Do you have tax issues that came from any former spouse? You may state yes, then you could get relief for being an innocent spouse. This could cause your whole tax bill being wrote off.  There are states that offer this as well.

8. If you don’t pay, you won’t go to jail.

No one will go to jail for owing taxes. You can go to jail for cheating on your taxes and you can go to jail for tricking a tax collector, but you can’t go to jail because you owe the IRS and your unable to pay.

9. You have options when you owe the IRS.

People who owe taxes whether to their state or the IRS, will have options. If you owe and can pay in full, then do so. However, if you can’t pay in full, 4 options may be for you:

  • Hardship suspension. This allows the IRS to temporarily leave you alone. Your account will be reviewed over time and even though the IRS leaves you alone, interest is accruing on the account is compounded daily.
  • Installment payments. The IRS will let you may monthly payments. The IRS will want the bill paid off in 3 years. You will need to fill out a financial statement and pursue a bank loan. Interest will accrue and is compounded daily.
  • It isn’t for everyone, but sometimes you could discharge your tax bill with Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Other chapters let you pay the bill off with monthly payments with no interest or little interest. Bankruptcy rules are complicated so talk to an attorney who understands tax and bankruptcy laws.
  • Offer in compromise. The IRS will accept the payment of a smaller sum for a large tax debt. Some states have similar procedures. If you do this and its accepted, all of your tax liens will be removed and you can start over. You need to talk to an attorney who specializes in tax laws.

10. Respect the tax collector power.

IRS tax collectors have more power than most in the federal government. They have very little rules. They can make life easy or miserable. Most success when dealing with a tax collector is done with communication in a prompt manner. They can do these items if you don’t pay your taxes:

  • Levy your bank account
  • Close your business
  • File a tax lien against you
  • Garnish your wages
  • Damage employment and business relationships
  • Seize and sell your home
  • Put you in a monthly payment plan that is too high
  • Assess you personally for corporate employment taxes
  • Go after third party transferees
  • Contact your friends, bankers, neighbors, and any relationship for business about tax liabilities.

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If you happen to owe taxes to the IRS and are unsure of how to pay it, you will want to have professional assistance. A tax debt advisor may help to find a plan that works for you and your budget, while making sure that proper procedures are followed. Start today by having your situation evaluated by a local tax expert for free. If you would like a free tax evaluation, Give Scott from Tax Debt Advisors a call today at 480-926-9300.

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How To Make Unfiled Tax Returns Okay with IRS

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When you get backed up on filing taxes, it can be a scary journey of doubt and questions regarding how to make things right again with the IRS. Luckily there are some steps that you can take to make sure the IRS is satisfied and you get back in the system.

10 ways to correct unfiled returns and get back on track:

  1. In many cases, it is required by the IRS for the past six years of tax returns be filed to indicate that you are compliant and current. To reference, Internal Revenue Manual 4.12.1.3. and the IRS Policy Statement 5-133. Making sure the previous six years of tax returns are filed is the starting point.
  2. Collect your records. It is significant that you do your best to gather all of your records for the years that were not filed. The records may include W2’s or 1099s that was received for work, interest, mortgage interest paid, stock sales or dividends. If you are missing records, don’t stress over it, you are just starting.
  3. You will supplement your records by securing internal IRS transcripts which indicate what was reported to the IRS. This is going to offer you a comprehensive list of all W2’s and 1099s that you received. This will be used for cross-checking with your records to discover anything that may be missing.
  4. IRS transcripts are simply the checking point. If there are amounts of income earned that does not appear on these transcripts, you should do your best to figure out the income and add it to the return.
  5. If you’re self-employed, business income as well as expenses should be figured out. There are several methods available for putting together the income, including total bank deposits or 1099s that report to the IRS (supplemented using income that was not reported). By going backwards, you can discover what was spent on living costs (housing, food, auto expense, utilities, etc.) and you can cross reference that with your income records using the presumption you earned at least the amount you spent and saved.
  6. Prior to preparing returns, you should conduct a financial review to discover how any taxes may or may not be repaid to the IRS. Dealing with unfiled tax returns is a twostep process. First, you must get everything prepared and filed. Second, you must negotiate solutions for balances due to the IRS collections. Doing this involves conducting a review of your current income, property, debts and living expenses. Once doing this, it is commonly found the amount owed for unfiled returns simply cannot be repaid, which may result in being qualified for a compromise offer, or you could be considered to be in financial hardship. In these cases, the debt amount owed to the IRS collection is put on forbearance (also called uncollectible). Bankruptcy may eventually wipe out tax debt as well.If you are unable to pay either way, taking the time to collect every possible business expense for your returns could be a useful effort if you are going to owe more than you can pay with or without receipts. If this is the case, you may be best off to file “gross” return, where you list the income amount and leave out the expenses, simply focus on solutions for collections.
  7. In the event that you are married, and only one spouse brought in an income, you should strongly consider having the spouse that developed the liability to file separately. By filing separately, it can put limitations on who the IRS is able to collect from, which can protect the innocent spouse.
  8. If you had been employed and received wages that had taxes withheld, you may find that you do not owe anything to the IRS. The amount withheld from your wages, along with other types of deductions (such as mortgage interest) will factor into this.Only balances due will incur penalties and interest charges by the IRS. Therefore, if you do not owe them, there are no penalties. Also, if you were due a refund, you may even receive those for the past three years of tax returns. However, if you have any balances rom other years, the refund will first be applied to those balances.
  9. There are times that the IRS will actually file a return for you in the event you do not file. In IRS terms, this is referred to as a Substitute for Return or an SFR. However, it is common for the IRS SFR’s to get things wrong, which can end up charging you for reported income on 1099s and W2s, but not providing any exemptions or deductions. You might have even received a bill due to the IRS substitute for Return. If this is the case, the estimated returns can also be corrected to lower the taxes, you just have to file an original tax return.
  10. If you have the option, you should hand file the unfiled returns using an IRS walk-in center. You will need to have an extra copy for the IRS to stamp as proof that you filed. If you’re working through an IRS Revenue Officer, you need to file directly through that person. The process can take several months once filed with the IRS, you should keep an eye out for billing notices in the mail which show the returns were processed by the IRS and that you’re now in the system again. If any balance is owed, the following step will be finding solutions to the balance due, which often consists of an installment agreement, compromise, uncollectible or bankruptcy.

You are able to become current on unfiled tax returns and get yourself back into the system using these steps. You should have the same goal the IRS has, getting your returns filed and providing financial disclosures so you reach a solution for any owed balances.

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Work with Tax Debt Advisors in Mesa: Representing taxpayers since 1977

Tax Debt Advisors in Mesa AZ offers a number of tax services.  Among those services are preparing unfiled back tax returns and settling IRS debts.  To be able to properly handle those two aspects it is important to give Scott Allen EA IRS power of attorney to be able to represent you through that entire process.  Scott Allen EA will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your tax matter.  During that appointment he will lay out the 3-steps to getting a proper resolution. Every case is a different problem which requires its own unique resolution process.

For your reference a recent success by Scott Allen EA is attached below. Due to an audit the IRS added an additional $4,000 of taxes.  Cherie met with Tax Debt Advisors in Mesa and were able to appeal that decision with proper documentation and get the tax debt reduced. This was a savings of over $4,000 for the taxpayer.

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If you feel you might need the services of Tax Debt Advisors in Mesa for your tax matter consider speaking with Scott Allen EA today. He will only take on your case if it is in YOUR BEST INTEREST.

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Five Suggestions for Happy Living Despite Having an IRS Problem, Part 12

  1. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.—Mahatma Gandhi
  2. There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.—Freya Madeline Stark
  3. I guess what I’m trying to say is.  I don’t think you can measure life in terms of years.  I think longevity doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with happiness.  I mean happiness comes from facing challenges and going out on a limb and taking risks.  If you’re not willing to take a risk for something you really care about, you might as well be dead.—Diane Frolove and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Northern Lights
  4. If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness.—Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse
  5. The secret of happiness in not in what one likes to do, but in what one has to do.—James M. Barrie
There are several options available to settle your Phoenix AZ IRS tax debt.  Each settlement options has pros and cons—something good about it as wells as something not so good.  However, one is always better that the rest and is usually quite obvious once the facts have been presented to you without prejudice towards any one solution.  That is why Scott Allen E.A. should be your choice when confronted with a serious Phoenix AZ IRS problem.  Whether you need to file back tax returns in Phoenix AZ, have Phoenix AZ unfiled tax returns, or Phoenix Arizona back tax debt call me today!  Click here to visit the “meat” of my website and learn more.

Scott Allen E.A. has witnessed the success of his family’s Phoenix AZ IRS resolution practice first hand and is carrying on the tradition to the second generation.  Tax Debt Advisors, Inc. near Phoenix Arizona has been helping individuals like you with IRS tax problems since 1977.  You will only work with Scott Allen E.A. from start to finish.  Scott is licensed to represent you before the IRS in all 50 states.  He will only take your case if it is in your best interest.  That is why our family business is enjoying its 37th year.  Scott Allen E.A. promises straight answers and follow through service and guarantees the most aggressive Phoenix AZ Tax preparation and IRS settlements allowed by law.  Call Scott to schedule your free initial consultation at 480-926-9300.  He will make today a great day for you!  For more information go to www.stopIRSaction.com.

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Suggestions for Happy Living Despite Having an IRS Problem, Part 3

  • Happiness is a state of the spirit and an attitude of the mind.—David O. McKay
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.—Anonymous
  • As you are getting ready for the day, practice smiling in the mirror.
  • Set a goal of consciously smiling at people you don’t know during the day.
  • Write the name of someone who makes you happy on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket.  Refer to it during the day and always smile when you think of that person.
There are several options available to settle your Chandler AZ IRS tax debt.  Each IRS settlement options for Chandler AZ taxpayers has pros and cons—something good about it as wells as something not so good.  However, one is always better that the rest and is usually quite obvious once the facts have been presented to you without prejudice towards any one IRS debt solution.  That is why Tax Debt Advisors should be your choice when confronted with a serious Chandler AZ IRS problem.  We offer a free consultation.

Scott Allen E.A. has witnessed the success of his family’s IRS resolution practice near Chandler Arizona first hand and is carrying on the tradition to the second generation.  Tax Debt Advisors has been helping individuals like you with IRS tax problems since 1977.  Scott is licensed to represent you before the IRS in all 50 states.  He will only take your case if it is in your best interest.  That is why our family business is going on its 37th year.  Scott Allen E.A. promises straight answers and follow through service and guarantees the most aggressive Arizona tax preparation and IRS settlement allowed by law.

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Call Scott Allen E.A. if you need help with your Collection Appeal Rights in Phoenix AZ

If you want to appeal the decision of the IRS Revenue Officer, Automated Collection System, or IRS Agent, you may be inclined to try to take your matter to the Appeals Office in Phoenix Arizona.  The web site below is a good place to start if you are a “do-it-your-selfer.”

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1660.pdf

If after reviewing this information, you may decide to seek professional assistance.  The Appeals Office is your last chance to get a different outcome.  Scott Allen E.A. has the expertise to help you put together a proposed settlement option that will be accepted.  His company, Tax Debt Advisors has been helping clients like yourself appeal unfavorable rulings by the Internal Revenue Service since 1977.  Call Scott today to schedule a free consultation at 480-926-9300.  He will make today a great day for you!

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Request the IRS Withdrawal of Notice of Federal Tax Lien in Phoenix AZ

IRS Form 12277 is the Application for Withdrawal of Filed Form 668(y), Notice of Federal Tax Lien.  If the IRS determines to withdraw the Notice of Federal Tax Lien the IRS will file a Form 10916(c) Withdrawal of Filed Notice of Federal Tax Lien in the recording office where your tax lien was filed.  For those living in Maricopa County, this would be the Maricopa County Recorder office.  The IRS will also provide a copy to you.  If the IRS decides not to withdraw the Notice of Federal Tax Lien, you will be notified and provided information regarding your rights to appeal their decision.  If the IRS agrees to withdrawal the tax lien, the taxpayer or their representative must provide the names and addresses of the credit bureaus, financial institutions and any other creditors you want to be notified.

Scott Allen E.A. if you live near Phoenix AZ.  He has the expertise to navigate through the IRS bureaucracy to get your Arizona IRS tax lien removed if you qualify.  Scott provides a free initial consultation.  Contact him today at 480-926-9300 to see what rights you have regarding your IRS lien.

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Scott Allen E.A. has expertise with Scottsdale Arizona Trust Fund Recovery Penalties

If you received a notice from the IRS regarding not paying in payroll taxes withheld from your employees—take this very seriously.  The Scottsdale AZ IRS will pursue the collection of these taxes more than other tax debts.  The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) code is 6672.  The reason the penalties are so burdensome is that funds were held in trust—not paid to the employee and held in trust to pay to the IRS.  The IRS will hold all individuals responsible to paying these taxes.  This would include owners, accounting personnel, and those with check signing privileges that knew taxes were not being paid and willfully neglected to pay these taxes to the IRS.

Scott Allen E.A. minutes from Scottsdale AZ has expertise with Code Section 6672 penalties.  Call Scott to schedule a free consultation to see which option is best for you.  Scott Allen E.A. can be reached at 480-926-9300.  Scott will make today a great day for you!

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See Scott Allen E.A. before you pay someone to Abate IRS Interest in Gilbert AZ

Unless it is a mistake made by the IRS, it is almost impossible to get IRS interest abated (removed).  Even when the IRS will abate penalties, interest is considered a legitimate charge by the IRS because you owed money and interest should be paid.

Many IRS help web sites say that they can get rid of IRS interest.  Before you pay good money to get bad advice, call Scott Allen E.A. of Gilbert AZ for a free consultation at 480-926-9300.  If you have a legitimate reason to petition the IRS for interest abatement Scott Allen E.A. will get it done.

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Do I need an Arizona IRS Tax Attorney for IRS Tax Relief Programs?

No, IRS tax relief programs are not a legal matter.  Your Arizona IRS Problem can be resolved without going through an Arizona IRS Tax Attorney.  The most common tax relief programs are:

  • Installment Arrangements
  • Current Not Collectible Status (CNC)
  • Offer in Compromise
  • Filing Delinquent returns
  • Protesting Substitute for Returns
  • Penalty Abatement
  • Qualifying Taxes for Discharge in Bankruptcy.

Scott Allen E.A. has expertise in helping you choose the best option and getting the IRS to accept that option.  Call Scott Allen E.A for a free consultation at 480-926-9300.  Scott will make today a great day for you.

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