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    Fresh Start Program Helps Taxpayers Who Owe the IRS Back Taxes

    April 19, 2013 | Tax Debt

    Fresh Start Program Helps Taxpayers Who Owe the IRS Back Taxes If you owe back taxes,  the Internal Revenue Service offers a Fresh Start initiative that makes it easier to pay back taxes and avoid tax liens.  This program can benefit small business taxpayers and individual taxpayers and 1) help back taxes, and 2) give some certainty to your tax problem. The Fresh Start program changes best practices in federal tax liens, installment agreements,... CONTINUE READING

    Unfiled Tax Returns

    April 17, 2013 | Unfiled Tax returns

        Unfiled Tax ReturnsNew York Tax Attorney offering tax help with unfiled tax returns (aka back tax returns or past due tax returns) for clients who are unable to pay the taxes owed. Let us help you put an end to your tax problems, including wage garnishments, income tax liens, and income tax levies. As an experienced tax attorney, we know how to navigate the system to get the best result for you. Once the IRS contacts you regarding your unfiled tax... CONTINUE READING

    Itemizing vs. Standard Deduction

    April 1, 2013 | Tax Compliance

    Itemizing vs. Standard Deduction Each tax season taxpayers have to choose to between standard and itemized deductions. It is smart to compare the two methods, and pick the one that gives you the largest tax benefit. The following are some tax tips to help you choose. Know what the standard deduction is. If you choose not to itemize, you will automatically be given the standard deduction. The standard deduction amount is determined by your filing s... CONTINUE READING

    The Internal Revenue Service Disallows Child Tax Credits

    March 14, 2013 | Tax Compliance

    The Internal Revenue Service Disallows Child Tax Credits The Internal Revenue Services is strict when it reviews child tax credits.  The tax law allows a deduction for each dependent the taxpayer is supporting.  A dependent is defined as a qualifying child or qualifying relative under Section 152 (a). Section 152 sets strict standards as to who can be claimed as a qualifying child or qualifying relative. One of the requirements to be a qualifyin... CONTINUE READING

    New York State Filing Tips

    March 8, 2013 | Tax Compliance

    New York State Filing Tips According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, taxpayers tend to make several common mistakes every year.  The following list is a way for you to double check so you can hopefully avoid simple filing errors with this tax help.   Always file.  Avoid the penalties and interest that occur when you file late.  Taxpayers who believe that they cannot file a return by the 15th... CONTINUE READING

    Failure to File and Failure to Pay

    March 6, 2013 | Tax Debt

    Failure to File and Failure to Pay When a taxpayer does not file their returns for their personal income taxes, or if a taxpayer files for an extension but never files, the IRS does not forget about the unfiled returns.  For each year a taxpayer does not file, the IRS may issue a notice of deficiency for each year at issue.  One defense to the Failure to File Penalty in the Tax Code is reasonable cause.  To prove reasonable cause for failure to file ti... CONTINUE READING

    IRS Calls Practitioners over EITC Claims

    February 20, 2013 | Tax Laws

    IRS Calls Practitioners over EITC Claims The Earned Income Tax Credit, often called the EITC, is a tax credit that can help taxpayers keep more of what they earn.  It is a refundable federal income tax credit for individuals and families who earn low or moderate income.  When the EITC exceeds the amount of tax owed, there is a refund for taxpayers who claim and qualify for the credit.  In order to qualify, you must file a tax return and meet a set of r... CONTINUE READING

    The IRS, Tax Preparers and the US Supreme Court

    February 6, 2013 | Tax Laws

    The IRS, Tax Preparers and the US Supreme Court On March 13, 2012, three tax preparers filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  They filed the suit because they believed that the IRS did not have the authority to license tax preparers. The plaintiffs claimed that Congress did not give the IRS authority to license tax preparers, and the IRS cannot give itself that power. Beginni... CONTINUE READING

    The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Effect on 2012 OVDI

    January 28, 2013 | FBAR

    The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Effect on 2012 OVDI Foreign financial institutions are now required by law to disclose information on U.S. account holders, and have until the end of 2013 to implement new policies to prevent those holders from evading American taxes by using foreign bank accounts. The program was established under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, became law in 2010.  It requires that foreign fin... CONTINUE READING

    Mileage Logs: Keeping records is not enough to guarantee tax deductions

    January 21, 2013 | Tax Compliance

    Mileage Logs: Keeping records is not enough to guarantee tax deductions Every year the Internal Revenue Service issues optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.  Starting on January 1, 2013, the stand mileage rates for the use of an automobile are: 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven 24 cents per mile driven fo... CONTINUE READING

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      Can You Go to Jail for Not Paying Taxes?

      The short answer to the question of whether you can go to jail for not paying taxes is “yes.” Whether a person would actually go to jail for not paying their taxes depends upon all the details of their individual tax circumstances. Sometimes people make errors on their tax returns or are negl...