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How Does An IRS Bank Account Levy Work?

Some Common IRS Bank Levy Issues In most states, bill collectors can bully and threaten, but that is about it. Alas, the Internal Revenue Service is no ordinary bill collector, so it can do a lot of things that private debt collectors cannot do, and that includes an IRS bank account levy.  This all begs… Read more »

IRS Expands Automated Levy Program

Federal Payment Levy Program

How the Automated Levy Program Works In the fall of 2017, there was a lot of talk about tax reform, and GOP leaders assured everyone that their paychecks would be a little larger thanks to their tax cuts. That may or may not be true, but one truth we do know is that some people… Read more »

The Three Stages Of An IRS Lien Notice

  The Extended Process Makes Fighting a Tax Lien Easier Sometimes, it seems like a federal tax lien comes unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. In fact, most people do not know that the IRS files a statutory lien almost immediately and without notice, so the Service has the legal authority to collect the… Read more »

How Can The IRS Seize My Assets?

The IRS Asset Seizure Process A previous post examined the basic policies of tax seizures, and we learned that a lot of things must happen before the IRS takes action. However, once the IRS asset seizure process wheels start moving, they might very well grind you up. 

OIC Program Elements And Why They Matter

Why the IRS Accepts Offers in Compromise To better understand the elements of the Offer in Compromise program, one must first understand what this program is not. First, although the IRS substantially liberalized and broadened the program in 2006 and again in 2012, the OIC is not a lifeline to taxpayers. The overarching concern in… Read more »

What’s The Difference Between Tax Avoidance And Tax Evasion?

Simple Breakdown of Tax Avoidance v Tax Evasion So you may be asking yourself simply out of curiosity or perhaps even for personal reasons “what’s the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion?”  Either way…we don’t judge.  But allow us to break it down for you. The simple answer, courtesy of the IRS Fraud Handbook,… Read more »

The Offer In Compromise Program: Qualifications

An Overview of The Offer in Compromise Program Most of us have seen the television commercials. “I hadn’t filed a tax return since the George W. Bush administration and the IRS was threatening to levy my blood plasma. Then I called The Tax Terminator. All my IRS problems vanished, and I also received a lifetime… Read more »

Your Responsibilities As A Tax Preparer

Tax Preparer Audit

Basic Due Diligence Requirements for Tax Preparers Christmas usually comes a little late for most third-party tax preparers, as most of these professionals do the bulk of their business in the first quarter of the year. Although various do-it-yourself platforms, such as TurboTax, have cut into their market-share over the past several years, there are… Read more »

Innocent Spouse Relief Indications of Unfairness Explained

Filing for Innocent Spouse Relied can be a bit murky and rather frustrating and the IRS is very particular about the qualifiers.  The IRS takes into consideration all of the facts and circumstances in your case in order to determine whether or not it is unfair to hold you responsible for your spouse’s understated tax. … Read more »

IRS Now Using Private Debt Collectors

private collection agencies to collect for the IRS

New Rule Allows IRS to Use Debt Collection Agencies Beginning in the spring, four private collection agencies will start collecting for the IRS as mandated under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). If that does not send cold shivers of terror running down your spine, you likely do not fully comprehend the potential… Read more »