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Timely reminder for small businesses to steer clear of trouble on payroll tax and retirement plan contributions IRS Employee Plan News (Fall 2008)

In these trying times, with cash scarce and credit hard to find, a small business might be tempted to “temporarily” use money it deducts for taxes and retirement plan contributions from employees’ wages. The Fall 2008 issue of IRS’s Employee Plans News [https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/fall08.pdf] suggests that practitioners remind clients that failing to remit payroll taxes and retirement plan contributions in a timely manner not only would violate an employer’s legal obligation, but also could subject them to heavy penalties.

Payroll taxes. IRS suggests that small business employers be reminded that when they deduct income and Social Security taxes from employees’ wages, the money is not theirs to use, even for a short period of time. Deducted amounts must be remitted, along with their portion of payroll taxes, by the next scheduled Federal Tax Deposit deadline. An employer that doesn’t deposit the money on time could be hit with:

  • penalties for making late deposits and for not depositing the proper amount; and
  • penalties for failing to file returns and pay taxes when due, for filing false returns, and for submitting bad checks.

The rate of these penalties increases with each passing day until deposits are made. Interest is also charged on the total unpaid tax and the penalty. These penalties and interest can add up quickly and lead to even bigger financial troubles for noncompliant businesses.

IRS Tax Help

by Mike Habib, EA

UNFILED BACK TAX RETURNS

Do you have back tax returns that are Unfiled? Are you missing the records and forms necessary to file your tax returns? I have the experience and procedures to help you in reconstructing the records necessary to file your back tax returns. The IRS will not allow you to file an offer in compromise or get an installment agreement if you are not current on filing your back tax returns. If you have a refund coming to you and you file more than 3 years past the due date, the IRS will keep the refund. It is important to get your past due returns filed and I can prepare them for you. Get tax help now.

IRS Tax Audit Help

If you have been notified by the IRS that your income tax return has been selected for examination, it is very important that you do not disregard notices. If enough time has passed without cooperation on your part, you will lose any right you have to present your side of the story to explain the income or deductions on your return. We have seen many taxpayers who have ignored IRS requests and ended up paying tax, penalty and interest on overstated income or legitimate deductions.

If you are being audited, we can represent you before IRS and advocate your position to explain and push for every valid deduction possible under audit. If you have received an audit notice, please call us as soon as possible so that we can begin working on your case while it is in the early stage of the audit.

Offer in Compromise – OIC Tax Help

The IRS, the State, and other taxing authorities would allow individual or business taxpayers that cannot fully pay their entire tax liability to settle their tax obligation through the Offer in Compromise Program. This is a great opportunity for the qualified taxpayer to settle their entire tax debt for less than they actually owe. The IRS, the State, and other taxing authorities sets specific rules and guidelines for accepting an Offer in Compromise. When evaluating an Offer in Compromise, the taxpayer’s past, current and future financial situation are analyzed before an Offer in Compromise can be accepted. Contact us today to see if you would qualify for an Offer in Compromise, as each individual or business financial situation is different.

Installment Agreement – IA Tax Help

The IRS, the State, and other taxing authorities would allow individual or business taxpayers that cannot fully pay their entire tax liability to settle their tax obligation through an Installment Agreement which allows taxpayers to pay their taxes owed through monthly installment payments. We can negotiate the payment amount and the time frame for the installment agreement on your behalf. When we establish an Installment Agreement for you, it would be a negotiated amount you can afford to pay and live with based on your financial condition. To effectuate an installment agreement, the taxpayer must be compliant by being current with all tax filing requirements before entering into an installment agreement with the IRS, the State or other taxing authority.

Currently Non Collectible – CNC Tax Help

Currently Non Collectible – CNC is accomplished when the IRS holds off an individual or business taxpayer’s account from active enforcement collection efforts. There are specific rules and requirements that a taxpayer must meet before a CNC status be accomplished. The IRS would not pursue enforcement collection activity against the taxpayer and possibly the statute of limitations on the entire tax liability will run. CNC is a temporary status and if the taxpayer’s financial situation changes, the IRS could start enforcement collection on the delinquent tax account.

Wage Levy / Wage Garnishment / Wage Attachment Tax Help

The IRS, the State and other taxing authorities are actively collecting taxes for the United States Treasury, the State and other localities. If an individual or a business taxpayer can not or refuses to pay their taxes, the IRS, the State and other taxing authority will enforce collection activities through direct contact such as field visits, demand letters, and collection phone calls. The taxpayer should never disregards the demands for delinquent tax payment as the IRS, the State and other taxing authority will be exercising their levy power to collect their delinquent taxes. Wage levy and wage garnishment is enforced to collect the delinquent taxes owed by the taxpayer. Contact us today to negotiate the release of your wage garnishment, and stop your wage levy and save your paycheck.

Bank Levy Release Tax Help

The IRS, the State and other taxing authorities are actively collecting taxes for the United States Treasury, the State and other localities. If an individual or a business taxpayer can not or refuses to pay their taxes, the IRS, the State and other taxing authority will enforce collection activities through direct contact such as field visits, demand letters, and collection phone calls. The taxpayer should never disregards the demands for delinquent tax payment as the IRS, the State and other taxing authority will be exercising their levy power to collect their delinquent taxes. The bank levy is enforced to collect the delinquent taxes owed by the taxpayer. Contact us today to negotiate the release of your bank levy, and save your bank account from being frozen or wiped out.

Payroll Tax Problem Representation Tax Help

We actively represent business taxpayers with payroll tax problems before the IRS and or the State. We help business owners and corporate officers understand and adhere to various payroll tax requirements. Our clients usually never meet or deal with the IRS or the State directly, instead we handle all the payroll tax resolution directly with the IRS and or the State. Delinquent payroll tax is a very serious matter and should be addressed quickly for a favorable resolution as business owners, corporate officers and potentially other employees could be personally liable. Businesses should be current and compliant to reach a final settlement.

Taxpayer Account Review Tax Help

The Taxpayer Account Review service is to help individual and business taxpayers obtain specific balances and information about their tax account with the IRS, the State, or any taxing authority. Most taxpayers receive inaccurate and usually incomplete information from the IRS, the State, or other taxing authority. The Taxpayer Account Review is vital for taxpayers to receive exact and accurate information about their tax account including penalties and interest assessed. We will provide you a detailed account break down for the years in question detailing tax amounts, any credits or payments, and penalties and interest assessed. This is a great tool for root cause analysis to find out what is driving your tax liability

Penalty Abatement Tax Help

For most taxpayers, the accumulated interest and penalties are as much as, or more, than their original tax debt! If this is your situation, we can help by requesting what’s called a Penalty Abatement. A penalty abatement works like this: If we can show reasonable cause, the IRS may agree to reduce or even eliminate your penalties altogether. What’s reasonable cause? Generally, some kind of hardship beyond your control which prevented you from paying your taxes. It can be as simple as explaining to the IRS that your basement flooded, that you received bad tax advice, or that you or one of your family members suffers from a severe health problem. We can tell you whether you are a candidate for a penalty abatement when you call for your free consultation.

Innocent Spouse Relief Tax Help

An Innocent Spouse is spouse “A” who has become liable for income taxes from a joint return filed with spouse “B” when spouse “B” has caused the income taxes to underpaid by mistake or fraud, and spouse “A” signed the return believing the return to be true and correct. For spouse “A” to be entitled to relief under the Innocent Spouse rules, spouse “A” must be able to prove when signing the returns, he or she did not know or have reason to know that at the time filing, the return either understated income or overstated deductions.

Federal Tax Lien Help

Federal tax liens are a public record stating that you owe federal taxes and are filed in the county you live. Because the tax liens are public records they will show up on your credit report. This often makes it difficult or impossible for a taxpayer to obtain financing, even for an automobile or home. The tax liens need to be reviewed to determine if they are valid. If the tax liens are valid, a strategy must be developed to deal with the IRS tax liabilities.

Beneficial owners can deduct home mortgage interest and taxes The Tax Court held that taxpayers were entitled to deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes they paid on property owned by their son, because they were the beneficial owners of the property.

The taxpayers resided at the property for all of 2003. During that time, title to the property was in the name of their son, as was the mortgage on the property. Their son had obtained a mortgage loan and took title to the house to procure it for the taxpayers who were unable to secure a loan because of financial difficulties. The son did not live on the property, and the taxpayers paid for all maintenance of, and taxes on, the property. Mortgage payments from 2001 until the time of the trial were made through Camrock General Engineering, Co. Camrock was the taxpayers’ company; one taxpayer was its registered agent and the other its president. After the taxpayers moved from the residence, they served as landlords; they rented the property to a tenant and performed all services related to that tenancy

The taxpayers claimed on their 2003 federal income tax return deductions for home mortgage interest and real estate taxes of $3,522 and $3,194, respectively, on the residence property. The IRS contended that because the taxpayers had no legal obligation to make the mortgage payments and did not hold title to the property, they were not entitled to deduct the mortgage payments. The Service further argued that the taxpayers did not make the mortgage payments; the payments were made by Camrock.

IRS official pledges improved collection of billions in unpaid payroll taxes from businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top IRS official promised Congress Tuesday that the agency “will do better” in collecting billions in taxes that businesses supposedly withheld from employees’ paychecks but never remitted to the government.

Linda Stiff, a deputy Internal Revenue Service commissioner, agreed with senators — who criticized the agency’s enforcement efforts — that the loss of about $58 billion in payroll taxes estimated to be owed the government is unacceptable. She said the IRS has made collecting those taxes a high priority.

While too high, the $58 billion “represents a snapshot of unpaid employment taxes” as part of a long-term improvement effort, Stiff testified at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s investigative panel. “Our numbers show dramatic improvement in the last several years, but we know we still have a long way to go.”

Estate and Gift Tax Relief – Joint Committee Staff examines options for reforming transfer taxes

Mike Habib, EA
MyIRSTaxRelief.com

The Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation has released JCX-23-08, Taxation Of Wealth Transfers Within A Family: A Discussion Of Selected Areas For Possible Reform. This document, which was prepared in conjunction with an Apr. 3, 2008 hearing conducted by the Senate Finance Committee, explains the estate and gift tax system’s current state of flux and explores ways to reform it. The full-text document can be viewed at http://www.house.gov/jct/x-23-08.pdf.

    Observation: Estate planning has become unduly difficult in the face of uncertainty posed by the current regime, which calls for a one-year repeal of estate tax followed by a return to harsher rules. While it is a fairly good bet that estate tax won’t be permanently repealed, it seems certain that some types of changes will be implemented even before 2010. For example, there is a pretty good chance that a fully unified system will be restored with a higher exemption level.

Background. As noted in JCX-23-08, the Federal estate and gift tax rules are in a state of flux. Under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (“EGTRRA”), the estate tax and the gift tax are partially unified: a single tax rate schedule applies under the estate tax and the gift tax, but after 2003 the exemption amounts differ. The highest rate of estate and gift tax has decreased in steps from 55% in 2001 to 45% in 2007 through 2009. The estate tax exemption amount is increasing in several steps from $1 million in 2002 to $3.5 million in 2009. The gift tax exemption amount has remained at $1 million. The credit against Federal estate tax liability for State estate and inheritance taxes was phased down from 2002 through 2004 and replaced by a deduction starting in 2005.

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