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    IRS Levies

    May 3, 2013 | Tax Levy

    IRS Levies If you do not settle your tax debts from back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service can put a levy on your bank account. A levy is a seizure of your property to settle a tax debt.  This seizure is legal, and actually takes your property from you to satisfy the tax debt. Reasons for an IRS Levy" The IRS can commence a levy for several reasons, such as unfiled tax returns, unpaid back taxes or if you defaulted installment agreem... CONTINUE READING

    IRS Tax Fraud Alerts

    May 2, 2013 | Tax Fraud

    IRS Tax Fraud Alerts Tax fraud is common, and not always the fault of the taxpayer.  The IRS warns taxpayers of scams and fraud that they might unknowingly become a part of.  Listed are some common tax fraud types that taxpayers should be knowledgeable about. Tax Return Preparer Abuse It is important for taxpayers to choose a tax preparer car... CONTINUE READING

    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

    NY State Tax Warrant: What to Expect and How to Resolve

    What Is a Tax Warrant in NY? How to Resolve New York Tax Liens The New York Department of Taxation and Finance (NYS DTF) can file a tax warrant against you if you have delinquent income tax, sales tax, or other N...