The Last Filed Rule Overruled? IRS Collections Now Uncertain

Taxpayers will often file tax returns that do not report all of their allowable deductions and credits, with the intent of going back and filing amended returns once they are able to determine the correct deductions and credits.  Can the IRS base its collection analysis on the originally-filed but incorrect tax returns?  The court recently…

Congress Provides Significant Relief for Back Taxes

There are winners and losers when it comes to the recent tax changes proposed by Congress. As it turns out, those who owe back taxes to the IRS may be in the winner category. The proposed changes will significantly increase the amount of income that is beyond the IRS’s reach. If the legislation is passed…

Making the IRS Pay for Unlawful Collection Activities

Taxpayers often feel helpless when it comes to the IRS. We hear this from clients when there is some real or perceived injustice involving the IRS. While the IRS and IRS employees have a lot of power, they are subject to the law.  The law provides taxpayers with several remedies when they are harmed by…

When the IRS’s Collection Efforts Create an Economic Hardship

The IRS has broad collection powers that it can bring to bear to collect unpaid taxes. Even though it has these powers, it often chooses not to use them. This is especially true in cases where the collection actions would result in an economic hardship for the taxpayer. What is an Economic Hardship? The term…

Get Rid of Unpaid Taxes Without Losing All of Your Assets

It is nice to have a retirement account with a significant balance. It is also nice to have a significant amount of equity in a home. It can be difficult to get tax relief from the IRS for unpaid taxes if you have one or more of these assets. Reasonable Collection Potential The IRS factors…

The FTC Warns Taxpayers About Tax Relief Companies

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. It works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. It weighed in on the tax relief companies in an article posted on its website. Taxpayers should consider the FTC’s warnings before hiring a tax relief company. Unethical Tax Relief Practices…