Tax Problems?

Shortly after leaving the Internal Revenue Service I sat down and wrote a book to help all taxpayers based on what I experienced in their collection area.  After actually being in the belly of the beast, the very heart of what the IRS exists for, I saw that they were really not as bad as people tried to make out.

In the past I had a couple of issues with them because I did not claim some early retirement withdrawal in which tax was withheld before I received it and I genuinely thought I didn’t have to declare it because they had to have already known about it.  Oh how innocent I was!  Another time I didn’t realize there was something called EIC that I qualified for because of a drop in my income.  I’m sure many people don’t know any better when they are about to file.  In fact most IRS issues are genuine failure to follow through because you think you are not liable to do something from filing to reporting things.  The IRS will give you the benefit of the doubt if this is your first time making the mistake.  If it slips your mind again, forget it and that’s only fair.  One time I owed tax the other instance, they gave me a refund because of a credit I didn’t know I had coming.

Most of the time I handled the incoming calls from those that had levies and liens issued against them.  That is the area that also issues these collection actions.  The taxpayers are sent several notices before their cases are transferred to the Automated Collection System for further collection action.  They will try to call you and send you additional notices depending how many you were previously sent.  If you don’t call within the time frame given, they will issue liens on any property you may have and levy bank accounts or your wages.  You have to respond even if you cannot pay or don’t plan to file.  It will go much better for you and the representatives will go over many options to resolve any issues you have that you probably are not even aware of.  They will actually be able to stop or prevent collection against you regardless of what you owe if you are currently in a hardship status.

My book was to let people know easiest and best ways to resolve their individual tax problems without the added expense of a third party.  It is very easy to deal with the IRS.  There are not ways they will trick you or any other such nonsense.  Make no mistake they will want you to “full pay today” as they are required to ask you, but as long as you tell them what you are able to do, they will work with you.  Many so-called tax resolution experts are not who they say they are and most are either fraudulent or incompetent at best.  In the years I was there, we talked to thousands of people that were defrauded by just such people by thousands of dollars they could have used to pay towards their tax liabilities or used towards an Offer-in-Compromise if qualified.

Notice how the tax resolution commercials all seem to say to contact them if you owe over $10,000.  That’s ridiculous!  Any legitimate expert will take your case regardless if you owe anything and work out a reasonable fee with you.  These companies hope that the more you owe, the more you won’t miss the $2,000 on up fees for pretending to represent you.  Yes there may be legitimate tax accountants and attornies, there has to be, but don’t just go with anyone.  Make sure who you are dealing with before you make any business deals or sign anything.  Be sure they are referred by someone you trust and respect.  There were many that were taken advantage of by relatives or relatives of friends of theirs.

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For the time being, I can no longer offer “Don’t Mess With The IRS An Unauthorized Customer Service Guide to Resolving Your ACS Collection Issues.”

I promise to post more information regarding tax information and resolution in short increments in the future.

Last Minute Tax Filing Tips

April 15th is just around the corner with many people waiting until the last-minute to do their filing, especially when they owe tax.  Those of you that were expecting a refund have probably filed by now.  Times have changed and gone are the days of running off to H & R Block or various tax preparers and having to pay to get your taxes prepared.  The only exceptions are wage earners over a specific dollar amount as well as the self-employed or business owners.  Hopefully you are working with a regular accountant or preparer you can trust if you own your own business.  If not, then please refer to irs.gov for information on tips to help you choose a tax preparer.

There are filing software programs available, but most are no longer needed for the average employee.  There are so many free ways you can file online, at a local IRS office or with various volunteers that make their time available after proper training with VITA and TCE for those who qualify.  For more information regarding free filing please go to the official IRS website, irs.gov and select the type of filing that you will be doing.  Most are wage earners, Individual, but some of you are self-employed or own small businesses of some kind.

ALERT:  A very important tip that many are not aware of is if you elect to file an extension to file, which is an automatic 6 months for individuals and either 5 or 6 months for some business forms or information, there is NEVER an extension on the payment of any tax due.  Refer to irs.gov for more information.  Many people stall filling because they didn’t have proper withholding during the year or did not pay an accurate amount of self-employment or estimated taxes during the year and end up with a balance due.  If this is the only reason you are filing late, don’t even bother.  The reason being is you could end up with additional penalties and interest filing an extended balance due return.

The best way is to file your individual return timely and find a way to send the full amount of the tax, even if you might have to borrow or send your return manually with the form 9465 completed in full attached for the request to pay your tax in installments.  You will end up paying interest to them by doing this, but this prevents any collection action against you in the forms of liens on your property or levies on any wages or bank accounts.  If you owe more than $50,000 in tax then you must also include the form 433-F which is a financial information statement.  Please be sure to state the amount you are able to pay with the request.  If you owe more than $50,000 you will still state what you are able to pay, but your financial information will determine what the IRS thinks you are realistically able to pay at this time.  Sometimes it’s more than the requested amount, sometimes it’s less because they don’t want the taxpayer defaulting on the Agreement by overstating what they can pay.

If you happen to live in an area that is currently designated a Federal Disaster area you may have already received information regarding any extensions for paying or filing in your area.  If not, please refer again to irs.gov for to see if you qualify if you are not working with a tax professional that has this information.

Again, if you find yourself in the ACS Collection area of the IRS or know someone who is.  Please go to Amazon.com to purchase my self-help book that will walk you through the fastest and smoothest way to resolve whatever problems you are having as well as suggestions to prevent future problems and prevent collection action such as liens and levies.  It was written to help the average taxpayer from having to give thousands of dollars to a Tax Specialist that cannot do anything more that they can do with a little knowledge.  And this is not even taking into consideration the number of so-called tax specialists that are either incompetent or down-right frauds.  In the past I have worked with thousands of taxpayers that were taken to the cleaners by so-called tax experts.

For the time being, I can no longer offer “Don’t Mess With The IRS An Unauthorized Customer Service Guide to Resolving Your ACS Collection Issues.”

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I will be posting additional Federal Tax information soon because there is too much to cover for one blog post.

Don’t Mess With The IRS

Don’t Mess With The IRS An Unauthorized Customer Service Guide to Resolving Your ACS Collection Issues is an overview of much-needed information on what to expect when you contact the IRS for tax resolution after your case has been sent to Collections for Individuals, the self-employed and small businesses.  It covers various topics including unfiled returns, various tax deficiencies and the  penalties and interest involved.  Explains how to resolve most issues and what to expect when you are not compliant and how to address any collection actions such as liens on property and levies (ganishments) on your banks or your wages. 

This book tells you what your options are when you feel your back is up against the wall with your Federal taxes and what your rights are as a taxpayer.  You will be coached and warned how you can legally resolve most issues without the help of any costly tax resolution company, that will sometimes cause you more harm than good.  Shows you how you can prevent collection action as well as how to get your levies released and depending on the issue, a lien withdrawn, not released.  The book explains how important it is to know the difference between the two.  The ever promised “Offer in Compromise” (pennies on the dollar) will be explained so you can verify in advance if you even qualify for it.  Few do, but most tax companies will lead you to believe otherwise.

This book is currently unavailable.

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