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Businesses and individuals in New York metro such as Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island often require professional IRS help to resolve tax related issues. The tax laws, state and or federal tend to be complicated and you rarely have a very good understanding of the laws as they pertain to you or your tax matters. Unfortunately, the IRS has no sympathy for your lack of knowledge and will not accept that as a valid excuse.

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What is an IRS Tax Settlement?

An IRS tax settlement is an agreement between you and the IRS regarding what you owe them. It is a negotiation where you pay an amount that is less than you originally owed. The IRS is often willing to take a deal rather than to have to continue to fight to get funds owed to them. This is especially true if it isn’t possible for the person or business to pay what is owed.

An IRS tax settlement also involves various penalties, interest, and fines being removed from what is owed. When all of that is added on, it can increase the overall debt dramatically. Many people don’t realize that they can offer an IRS tax settlement and get out from under that stressful situation.

While they do prefer to get the full amount of money that is due to them, they are realistic about it. They don’t want to be hassling people or businesses for money. They also know that you can’t get blood out of a turnip. Don’t ignore the IRS when they tell you that you owe them money. Instead, see what you can do through a tax settlement offer.

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What is an IRS Tax Audit and Examination?

An IRS tax audit and examination isn’t fun because they will be evaluating all aspects of what you have reported on your tax returns. They have the right to do this for individuals as well as for businesses. Sometimes, there is something on a given tax return that causes them to see red flags. Others are selected at random to be inspected from top to bottom.

It can be very unnerving for an IRS tax audit and examination to occur. They will go through your personal or business tax information. They will do it with a fine toothed comb too, searching for information to verify that the tax information reported is accurate. If everything is accurate they will finish up and be on their way.

Some people get lucky and discover they are entitled to some money from the IRS. However, that isn’t always the way it works. There are more people that find they now owe the IRS more money than they thought.

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What is a Bank Levy?

A bank levy is a very serious incident and one that can cause great distress for you financially. This involves the IRS freezing your bank account. They can take everything that is in it. They don’t care if you have $5, $500, or $5,000. They don’t have to tell you that they are going to do it either.

The information for the bank levy goes right to the financial institution. As a result, you may write checks and then you don’t have any money to cover them. You may need to make a cash withdrawal and find out that you can’t access any of the money you thought you had in that account.

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Employment Taxes

If you have your own business, there is plenty going on all the time. In addition to taking care of your customers, you have to take care of your employees. Payroll can be very difficult with the many scenarios, and that can lead to an employment tax problem. Don’t feel like you are alone though as 941 payroll tax problems are extremely common when it comes to the IRS and what they have to look into.

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Want to reduce your unpaid IRS debt with an Offer in Compromise?

Many taxpayers with back taxes contact us on a daily basis to see if qualifying for an offer in compromise settlement can save them thousands of dollars in taxes, penalties and interest. The widely known offer in compromise settlement is an agreement between the taxpayer and the IRS to settle the taxpayer’s full tax liabilities for possibly less than the full amount owed. Each taxpayer’s, RCP, reasonable collection potential, is different and an offer will not be accepted if the IRS believes that the full unpaid tax liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement.

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2011 year-end tax planning strategies for individual and business taxpayers.

Mike Habib, EA Introduces Tax Planning & Tax Coaching Service

Whittier, CA, November 04, 2011 –(PR.com)– Mike Habib, EA is pleased to announce he has added tax planning and tax coaching to his firm’s services. The new service gives individual and business taxpayers a plain-English plan for beating the IRS – legally by taking advantage to every tax break they deserve.

“Other traditional tax planning firms’ crunches numbers to illustrate ‘what-if’ scenarios based on future assumptions,” said Mr. Habib. It gives clients dry numbers, in more detail than they need or want. But clients don’t want numbers. Clients want savings.

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IRS Audit Overview

Pre-audit Analysis
An in-depth pre-audit analysis is essential to conducting a quality examination. IRS Examiners, Revenue Agents, should prepare a comparative analysis of the taxpayer’s returns for multiple years to assist in the identification of:

• large, unusual and questionable items,
• missing schedules, statements and/or elections
• inconsistencies between different years, and
• audit potential.

A successful IRS taxpayer audit depends upon what is done before the interview. The IRS examiner should obtain as much information about the taxpayer, be organized, and prepare an interview outline that is tailored to the taxpayer under examination. As preliminary information is gathered, it should be carefully reviewed and documented for the IRS tax audit.

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An offer in compromise (OIC) is an agreement between a taxpayer and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that settles the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. Absent special circumstances, an offer will not be accepted if the IRS believes that the liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through an installment agreement.

In most cases, the IRS will not accept an OIC offer in compromise unless the amount offered by the taxpayer is equal to or greater than the reasonable collection potential (RCP). The RCP is how the IRS measures the taxpayer’s ability to pay and includes the value that can be realized from the taxpayer’s assets, such as real property, automobiles, bank accounts, and other property. The RCP also includes anticipated future income, less certain amounts allowed for basic living expenses.

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Updated 9/02/11 to reflect expanded federally declared disaster area.

The Internal Revenue Service is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Irene.

The IRS announced today that certain taxpayers in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Puerto Rico will receive tax relief, and other locations are expected to be added in coming days following additional damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines to Oct. 31, 2011. It includes corporations and businesses that previously obtained an extension until Sept. 15, 2011, to file their 2010 returns and individuals and businesses that received a similar extension until Oct. 17. It also includes the estimated tax payment for the third quarter of 2011, which would normally be due Sept. 15.

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