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It’s been 8 months and my tax returns won’t post!

In our training for tax resolution we have always been told that tax returns usually take 4-6 weeks to post. Today I was shocked when a representative from Taxpayer Advocates alerted me that tax returns are taking up to a YEAR to post! The reason given was they are very busy this time of year. How can this be? Why does IRS not hire more people? The simplest answer: Because they can’t. The IRS agency has had extreme financial cutbacks;  their workforce is dwindling, their funds are stretched, and their training seems to be subpar.

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How do I get Innocent Spouse Relief from my joint tax returns?

The IRS has recently made updates to its Innocent Spouse rules. Now more taxpayers will be considered to receive Innocent Spouse Relief from their joint tax returns. When a married couple files a joint tax return they are both responsible for all taxes. In some instances one of the partners misrepresents their tax situation. This misrepresentation causes a tax debt for both parties. The debt could have occurred due to not reporting income, misrepresentation of key facts, under reporting, or under paying. Often time’s finances and marriage are difficult. For whatever reason one spouse neglects to inform the other about tax debt, and now the innocent party is on the hook. Well that’s not always the case. There is help out there. If there was a misrepresentation on your joint tax return that you were unaware of, you may be eligible for relief through an Innocent Spouse Program. Read more

The stages of IRS Tax Resolution

The stages of IRS Tax Resolution

Consultation:

Before we even begin or take on a new client we offer a free no obligation consultation. This allows taxpayers to meet with our staff with no strings attached and discuss their tax matter. The consultation lasts around 30-45 minutes. A client may choose to meet face to face in one of our offices, or over the phone. During the meeting the client can discuss their concerns and reasons for seeking assistance with their tax matter. We will advise you as to possible course of action for your tax controversy and go over the process with you. That being said each case is different and no one case is handled in exactly the same way. We will never sell you services that you do not require. We do not operate on a one size fits all philosophy. We understand that each clients’ needs and cases are different. When we take you on as a client you become part of the S.H. Block Tax Service family. Read more

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Why Is It Important to Keep Receipts?

All businesses need to keep records. To be successful, you need to have a business plan or model, appropriate business type, appropriate accounting method, a good bookkeeper, and the ability to use all this information to your advantage. Part of this process includes the retention of receipts.

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What are IRS transcripts and what do they do?

What are IRS transcripts and what do they do?

Transcripts are like your secret file with the IRS. They show us what the IRS knows about you. There are three basic steps to IRS Resolution. The first is Power of Attorney & Investigation. The second is preparing all necessary returns. The third step is Resolution. Transcripts play a very important part in the first step, investigating a taxpayer’s case. Below is some information about IRS transcripts.  

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Is your information and identity safe from hackers?

Is your information and identity safe from hackers?

The horrible epidemic of identity theft is running rampant in the US. Experienced hackers make their way into a database and quickly steal your information. Everyone from small doctor’s offices to large corporations like Target and Home Depot have been hacked. Well, these “hackers” have made headlines again. This time, they broke into the IRS’ website to obtain taxpayers transcripts. This most recent occurrence is estimated to have impacted 100,000 taxpayers and their private data. Read more

Is Two Hours A Long Hold Time with The IRS?

Is Two Hours A Long Hold Time with The IRS?

In our office we have become accustomed to the long hold times at the IRS. It is no surprise when a taxpayer walks in and wants to know, why they have to wait two hours on the phone. We are not shocked when refunds and processing are late. Why? Because it has become the norm with the Internal Revenue. We ourselves as tax professionals still have to wait on hold, sometimes for hours. Only to be hung up on while waiting in the cue. Read more

Tax Controversy Common Misconceptions

Tax Controversy Common Misconceptions

If I haven’t filed in years and the IRS did nothing, I’m flying under the radar!

The worst thing you can do is assume the IRS is clueless about your non filing status and your income. There is a complete history sent from employers, mortgage companies, and other financial institutions. The IRS knows way more than you may be giving them credit for. Just because you are not in jail at the moment doesn’t mean you slipped through the cracks. Read more

What is the new offer in compromise?

What is the new offer in compromise?

An offer in compromise is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS. The agreement settles the taxpayer’s liabilities for less than the full amount owed.  An OIC is generally not accepted if the IRS believes the debt can be paid in full or in instalments. The IRS will look at your income and assets and decide your “reasonable collection potential.” To come up with this figure the IRS takes your assets and also ability to pay in the future. The combined figure creates what they call “Reasonable Collection Potential”(RCP).

There have been a lot of changes in the last few years. Now under the new Fresh Start Program when the IRS calculates RCP, they must follow new guidelines. Read more

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I was turned down for an Offer in Compromise I filed on my own. Is there any help for me?

Occasionally clients will come into my office. They have tried by themselves or the help of someone else to set up payment arrangements. Sometimes they have their family attorney try and set up an installment agreement only to get denied. Other times they try to file their own OIC or Offer in Compromise. I cannot stress enough what a bad idea this is. Would you let your plumber fill a cavity? Would you perform open heart surgery on a friend? No, of course you wouldn’t. Read more