IRS Can Collect from Property Purchased in Corporation

Can a taxpayer put property beyond the IRS’s reach by purchasing the property in the name of a corporation or a third party?  The answer is typically “no.”  The recent Arlin Geophysical Co. v. United States, No. 2:08-cv-00414-DN-EJF (C.D. Utah 2018) provides an example. Facts & Procedural History The court case involves an individual who…Continue readingIRS Can Collect from Property Purchased in Corporation

IRS Cannot Collect Taxes Discharged in Bankruptcy

In Internal Revenue Service v. Murphy, No. 17-1601 (1st Cir. 2018), the taxpayer discharged his unpaid taxes in bankruptcy.  The IRS continued to try to collect the discharged tax debt.  The case is a must read for taxpayers who find themselves in this same situation. The Facts & Procedural History The taxpayer in Murphy filed Chapter…Continue readingIRS Cannot Collect Taxes Discharged in Bankruptcy

What You Should Know About the IRS Offer in Compromise Program

If you owe the IRS you may be surprised to find out that the IRS may settle the debt for less than the amount owed.  One way to do this is through the IRS offer in compromise program.  Here is what you need to know about the offer in compromise if you back taxes to…Continue readingWhat You Should Know About the IRS Offer in Compromise Program

Can I Transfer Assets to Another Person If I Owe the IRS?

Taxpayers often ask us whether they can transfer property to another person if they have an unpaid tax debt or they expect to have a tax debt they cannot pay. There are a number of rules that have to be considered in answering this question. The answer varies based on whether the IRS has a…Continue readingCan I Transfer Assets to Another Person If I Owe the IRS?

Eight Things You Need to Know About the IRS Offer in Compromise Program

An offer in compromise is a legal agreement between you and the IRS that settles your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. It provides you with a path for paying off your tax debt and getting a “fresh start.” If you have unpaid tax debts, here are eight things you need…Continue readingEight Things You Need to Know About the IRS Offer in Compromise Program

Rules to Know When the IRS Seizes Your Property

The IRS has the authority to take your funds or property if you do not pay your taxes. This is commonly referred to as a “seizure.” Our Tax Code and the IRS’s Internal Revenue Manual provide specific rules and procedures the IRS has to follow to seize your property. Here are the four primary rules…Continue readingRules to Know When the IRS Seizes Your Property

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…Continue readingWhen the IRS’s Collection Efforts Create an Economic Hardship

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…Continue readingGet Rid of Unpaid Taxes Without Losing All of Your Assets

What You need to Know about the IRS Federal Tax Lien When Selling Property | Part 3

This is the third part of a three-part series of articles that explain what you need to know about the federal tax lien if you have unpaid tax debts. If you missed the prior two installments, you can find them here and here. As explained previously, the IRS’s federal tax lien can have a devastating…Continue readingWhat You need to Know about the IRS Federal Tax Lien When Selling Property | Part 3

What Property is Subject to the IRS’s Federal Tax Lien | Part Two

This is the second part of a three-part series of articles that explains what you need to know about the federal tax lien if you have unpaid tax debts. If you missed the first installment of this series, you can read it here. The IRS’s federal tax lien can have a devastating impact on your…Continue readingWhat Property is Subject to the IRS’s Federal Tax Lien | Part Two