The IRS & the Covid-19 Slowdown

The IRS has a track record of halting collection actions when there is a disaster or other major event. As tax attorneys in Houston we saw this in the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey storms. While a temporary stop to collections can be helpful, it can also cause other problems. If you owe back taxes…Continue readingThe IRS & the Covid-19 Slowdown

Making Voluntary Payments to the IRS

For those who owe the IRS back taxes, the decision as to how to pay the IRS raises a number of concerns.  One such concern for those who owe taxes for several different tax years or several different types of taxes, is what year and tax account the payments are applied to.  Typically taxpayers get…Continue readingMaking Voluntary Payments to the IRS

Can the IRS Foreclose on an Inheritance that is Jointly Owned?

What happens when someone inherits money from their parents, but they also owe the IRS? Can the IRS collect on the inherited assets? What if the taxpayer only inherited a fractional interest in the property? Can the IRS foreclose on the property to pay the back taxes? The court considered this in United States v.…Continue readingCan the IRS Foreclose on an Inheritance that is Jointly Owned?

Taxpayer Not Entitled to In-Person Tax Collection Hearing

Dealing with unpaid taxes and the IRS bureaucracy can be challenging. Sometimes the key is to get in front of the right person at the IRS. But the IRS often refuses in-person meetings. The Roberts v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-117, case provides an example of this. It involves the taxpayers request for an in-person collection…Continue readingTaxpayer Not Entitled to In-Person Tax Collection Hearing

Setting Off a Non-Tax Debt Owed by the IRS

If you owe back taxes but the Federal government owes you for some other matter, can the IRS offset the unpaid taxes with the amount the government owes you? The answer is more complex than one would think. The court addresses this in Tartt v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-112. Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer…Continue readingSetting Off a Non-Tax Debt Owed by the IRS

What is a Genuine Opportunity to Dispute a Tax Liability?

Taxpayers are able to dispute a tax liability before the IRS can take certain collection actions. But what if the IRS does not afford the taxpayer with a genuine opportunity to dispute the liability as required by law? The court addresses this in Dood v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-107. Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer…Continue readingWhat is a Genuine Opportunity to Dispute a Tax Liability?

IRS Tax Debts from Retirement Account Distributions

Retirement account distributions typically trigger sizable tax liabilities. These liabilities often go unpaid, which results in unpaid tax debts and IRS collection enforcement actions. With careful planning, sometimes these taxes can be avoided. Tax on Retirement Account Distributions Most distributions from retirement accounts trigger income taxes. This includes distributions from IRAs and 401(k)s. The idea…Continue readingIRS Tax Debts from Retirement Account Distributions

Can the IRS Take My 401(k) Plan Account?

Can the IRS take my 401(k) plan account for unpaid taxes? Does it have to wait until I take distributions from the 401(k) plan account? The IRS recently asked its tax attorneys this question in CCA 201927019. About 401(k) Plan Accounts The 401(k) plan account is the most popular method for saving for retirement. They…Continue readingCan the IRS Take My 401(k) Plan Account?

Getting the IRS to Pay Your Attorney’s Fees

The IRS is required to pay a taxpayers attorney’s fees for defending unsupportable positions. This can even include attorney’s fees when the matter is settled administratively before court. But the IRS is not required to pay attorney’s fees if the IRS’s position is substantially justified. The Bontranger v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-45, helps clarify how…Continue readingGetting the IRS to Pay Your Attorney’s Fees

IRS Can Use Probate Process to Extend Collection Period

When a loved one dies, the person who serves as the personal representative is tasked with wrapping up the decedent’s affairs and paying known creditors.  But what if one of the creditors is the IRS?  Can the probate process extinguish unpaid IRS taxes?  The recent United States v. Chicorel, No. 17-2321 (6th Cir. 2018) provides an…Continue readingIRS Can Use Probate Process to Extend Collection Period