IR-2011-73, July 11, 2011
The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to guard against being misled by unscrupulous individuals trying to persuade them to file false claims for tax credits or rebates.

The IRS has noted an increase in tax-return-related scams, frequently involving unsuspecting taxpayers who normally do not have a filing requirement in the first place. These taxpayers are led to believe they should file a return with the IRS for tax credits, refunds or rebates for which they are not really entitled. Many of these recent scams have been targeted in the South and Midwest.

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We provide IRS tax help, tax relief, tax resolution and IRS audit representation in the Inland Empire area of Riverside County, Cathedral city, Corona, Hemet, Indio, Jurupa Valley, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Palm Springs, Riverside, Temecula. We also serve clients in San Bernardino County, Apple Valley, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, Victorville and Yucaipa.

The IRS has identified many individual and business taxpayers who fail to file income tax returns (1040 for individuals and 1120 for corporations) and employment tax returns (940 and 941) and effectively stop paying federal taxes as a serious concern to the US tax administration and the American economy as a whole. The IRS is actively pursuing non-filers owing back taxes with aggressive enforcement of the tax laws by issuing record numbers of tax levies and tax liens.

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We provide IRS tax help, IRS audit representation and tax problem resolution in Orange County, CA serving cities such as Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, and Santa Ana, CA.

If you have a tax problem such as unpaid back taxes, you should know that you have a number of options to resolve your tax matters and get your life back in order. If you cannot pay your tax debt, he IRS accepts alternatives such as installment agreements, tax settlements through OIC offer in compromise, partial pay installment agreements, penalty abatement and reduction for reasonable cause.

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IRS OIC Johnson, (2011) 136 TC No. 23
The Tax Court has upheld IRS’s determination to reject an individual’s proposed offer in compromise (OIC) and sustain collection action against him. IRS’s determination, which was in part based on the inclusion of certain dissipated assets in the taxpayer’s reasonable collection potential (RCP), wasn’t an abuse of discretion.

Under Code Sec. 7122, IRS will consider an OIC offer in compromise where: (1) the taxpayer is unable to pay the tax; (2) there is doubt as to the taxpayer’s liability for the tax; or (3) a compromise would promote effective tax administration because collection of the full amount of tax would cause economic hardship for the taxpayer, or compelling public policy or equity considerations provide a sufficient basis for compromising the liability.

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Charitable contribution has always been a hot IRS tax audit item.

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a report entitled “Options for Changing the Tax Treatment of Charitable Giving.” While the deduction of charitable donations has historically been a feature of the U.S. individual income tax system, the cost, equity and efficiency of the deduction are now the focus of increased scrutiny.

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Did you receive an IRS tax audit for your vineyard?

Code Sec. 179 expensing has become a potent tax saver, thanks to current law’s $500,000 deduction ceiling. So it should come as no surprise that taxpayers and their advisers are on the lookout for assets that potentially qualify as Code Sec. 179 property eligible for expensing. One such class of property is vineyards and orchards. IRS has published an Audit Techniques Guide (ATG) turning a thumbs down on expensing for such property, but its conclusion appears to be based on prior law. A more recent ATG leaves the door open to a better result. This Practice Alert presents the case for treating vineyards and orchards as Code Sec. 179 property and covers IRS’s current “conflicted” guidance as well.

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For anyone not familiar with the inner workings of tax administration, the array of IRS guidance may seem, well, a little puzzling at first glance. To take a little of the mystery away, here’s a brief look at seven of the most common forms of guidance.

In its role in administering the tax laws enacted by the Congress, the IRS must take the specifics of these laws and translate them into detailed regulations, rules and procedures. The Office of Chief Counsel fills this crucial role by producing several different kinds of documents and publications that provide guidance to taxpayers, firms and charitable groups.

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Most taxpayers assume that they need a tax attorney or a tax lawyer to respond to an IRS notice or letter. Taxpayers with tax problems should consider EAs (Enrolled Agents) who specialize in tax relief and tax problem resolution.

Looking for a tax relief attorney? Our firm is headed by Mike Habib, he is an EA who specializes in tax relief and can resolve your tax problems such as releasing tax levies, stopping wage garnishments, IRS audit representation, 941 payroll tax matters, etc. Tax attorneys and criminal lawyers should be considered by the taxpayers facing criminal charges. The vast majority of tax problems in need of tax relief are civil matters, and our firm can represent you before all administrative levels of the IRS. You will need a tax criminal attorney if you’ve been visited by a criminal or special agent.

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Are you looking for tax problem help? As we all know, the American economy is still stagnant and depressed, 2011 has been the toughest year for most individual and business taxpayers seeking tax problem help. Unemployment is still high, family incomes are lower, business income is slashed and retirement savings have significantly declined and the reality is many taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet. The American government has provided a variety of tax resolution programs to help you resolve your tax problem, and I urged you to take advantage of these tax relief options as well as other strategies to resolve your tax problem and get peace of mind.

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When you need tax relief help you may have to hire a tax professional to get the job done right. Even though there are several types of tax professionals such as CPAs, tax attorneys, tax lawyers, Enrolled Agents can do a lot for you on many levels. Mike Habib, EA is an Enrolled Agent who provides tax relief services in Whittier, La Habra, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, La Mirada, City of Industry, La Habra Heights, Montebello, El Monte, Downey, Pico Rivera, Cerritos, Long Beach, Fullerton, Placentia, Brea, Buena Park, and other southern California cities.
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