what is tax evasion

Tax Evasion Vs. Tax Avoidance: The Difference and Why It Matters

Although both sound like something the IRS would frown upon, tax evasion is different than tax avoidance. Tax avoidance refers to using legitimate methods to lower your tax liability, while tax evasion is reducing your tax liability through deception and other illegal means.

While some taxpayers knowingly initiate tax evasion tactics on their own, others fall for the promise that a shady company can reduce their taxes owed. The IRS often catches these tax scheme promoters and sometimes finds the clients guilty of tax evasion as well.

Understanding the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion can help keep you out of trouble with the IRS. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance and how an experienced tax attorney may be able to help clear up misunderstandings with the IRS. Read more

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5 Tips for Lowering Your Tax Bill in 2019

Federal tax laws are continually changing, and it’s becoming harder to optimize your tax return. While recent tax changes have eliminated some of the breaks and deductions available to taxpayers, there are still ways you can legally reduce your tax obligation. In this article, we’ll discuss five tips for lowering your 2019 tax bill and how S.H. Block Tax Services can help. Read more

Comptroller of Maryland

The Comptroller is Putting Forward a New Website, with Input from our own Eric Bielitz

10/19/19

Yesterday, our associate attorney, Eric Bielitz, participated in a focus group convened by the Comptroller of Maryland at its Annapolis headquarters.  The Comptroller invited Eric and other select tax professionals from business, accounting firms, and non-profits, to comment on the Comptroller’s new website, which it plans to unveil by year’s end. Read more

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Trouble Keeping Your Receipts on Business Travel? Use the I.R.S. Per Diem Rules.

If you are self-employed, and travel away from home on business, you can deduct certain expenses, like meals or lodging, that you ordinarily could not.  If you have employees who travel, and you reimburse them for travel expenses like food and incidentals (e.g., you can also use the per diem rates so long as you reimburse the employee at the per diem rate.  Read more

Scheduling Estimated Quarterly Tax Payments

Schedule Your Estimated Quarterly Tax Payments to Avoid Penalties

The deadline to submit your fourth quarter estimated tax payment is due on January 15. If you’re worried about forgetting the deadline amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you can schedule your estimate tax payments in advance.

In this blog, we discuss how paying estimated quarterly taxes ahead of the deadline can save you time, stress, and money — and also how an experienced Maryland tax lawyer can help if you’re struggling with tax liabilities. Read more

Year-Round Tax Planning

The Benefits of Year-Round Tax Planning and Organization

For many individuals and companies, taxes are something you only worry about in March and April as you rush to file and cross your fingers for a large return. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to look into year-long tax planning.

Tax-planning is the practice of considering how your taxes affect your overall financial situation and goals. By organizing tax-related documents as you acquire them (or by working with a bookkeeping service), you can tax plan all year long and stay on top of your financials.

Keep reading to learn how organizing your tax documents and strategizing your taxes year-round is both easy and highly beneficial for all taxpayers. Read more

IRS Tax Fraud Crackdown

The Downside of Recent Tax Fraud Crackdowns

If you’ve been wrongly accused of tax fraud or tax identity theft, you’re not alone. The IRS has been cracking down on tax scams, and while their efforts have drastically decreased instances of legitimate fraud, they’ve also managed to accidentally catch innocent taxpayers in their web.

Keep reading to learn more about IRS efforts to decrease tax fraud, how to help legitimize your tax actions, and what to do if you’ve been wrongly accused. Read more

Surviving a Tax Audit

The 2019 Audit Survival Guide: 6 Tips for Surviving a Tax Audit

Receiving any notification from the IRS can be stressful, but receiving a notice that you’re being audited is enough to make anyone panic. The IRS conducts audits for any number of reasons — and not necessarily because you have done anything wrong. However, even if you are sure that you have nothing to worry about, you still need to take an IRS audit seriously and consider hiring a tax attorney if you think there is anything the IRS could misconstrue.

In this article, we’ll provide a little background on why the IRS may have chosen you for further scrutiny and then offer six tips for surviving your tax audit. Read more

Tax Facts and Tax Fictions

Two Truths and a Lie: Facts and Fictions on Paying Taxes and Filing Late

Every year, the Internal Revenue Service hears the same excuses from taxpayers attempting to avoid paying their taxes. The idea that certain circumstance can get you out of paying your taxes is a fallacy. Although you do have to pay, there are certain situations in which the IRS will provide tax relief options or allow you to pay later.

In this article, we’ll discuss these facts and fictions about paying your taxes. Read more

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Should You Break Even or Make Bank on Your Tax Returns?

Have you noticed how many tax preparation firms and other companies hype up tax refunds? While getting a large tax refund may seem exciting, you could have had that money already with a proper withholding strategy. At S.H. Block Tax Services, we think you should hold onto your hard-earned money.

Keep reading to learn more about why people prefer a bigger refund over a bigger paycheck, what you’re missing by withholding extra money, and how an experienced tax lawyer can help you break even on your taxes. Read more