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Major tax relief included in COVID-19 stimulus act agreement (03-25-20)

The Senate reached agreement on the Corona virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus bill last night, with a vote expected in the Senate today and a House vote today or tomorrow. It’s expected that the President will sign the bill. Key tax provisions include:

  • Tax credit rebates of up to $1,200 per individual and $500 per child that are phased out for taxpayers with AGI over $75,000 ($150,000 MJF and $112,500 HOH) and will be “rapidly advanced;”

For individual and business taxpayers facing hardship, back taxes, payment plans, installment agreements, offer in compromise, tax filings, tax levies, garnishments, liens, compliance and other IRS tax matters.

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IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance programs

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It all started with the Tea Party in Boston, when American colonists protested British taxes levied “without representation.” The IRS didn’t come into being until 1862, to handle our first national income tax, 3% of income, levied to fund the Civil War. That tax expired in 1872, but again in the early twentieth century, just before World War I, Congress passed the Sixteenth Amendment, which imposed income taxes again. They haven’t expired since.

In a 1935 Supreme Court decision, a judge ruled that, “Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible…There is no patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.” Most Americans think that people who cheat on their taxes are morally reprehensible and not good citizens, but they try to reduce their own tax bills legally.

Today, federal, state and local taxes add up to nearly 25% of the US Gross National Product, so they’re pretty adamant that you pay up. You have to pay taxes on income, payroll, sales, capital gains, property you own, dividends, goods you import, estates and gifts, and some fees. Even non-resident citizens are taxed on worldwide income.

With all these taxes to pay, it’s no wonder that sometimes people fall behind.

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Every business that operates in the United States is responsible for reporting certain types of information to the government. One of the most important things that a business must report is certain tax information for employment payroll on a quarterly and annual basis. They are required by the IRS to report the amount of 941/940 employment payroll taxes that have been either withheld from employees or what they owe to the government. If they fail to do at the prescribed time they will have a payroll tax problem.

Get a free case evaluation 1-877-78-TAXES [1-877-788-2937].

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If you or your company are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service, this is when proper IRS tax audit representation can help. Unfortunately, too many people believe that such representation is either unnecessary or having their CPA is good enough. And while having a trained tax preparer, an accountant, or even a CPA is beneficial, that all changes when the IRS decides to conduct an audit. There is an inherited conflict of interest between you the taxpayer and your CPA, the auditor – IRS Agent, can ask questions like who took this particular position on the tax return, will the CPA protect themselves or put you in a disadvantaged, awkward position. Hiring a representation firm is the way to go about IRS audit representation help.

Get a free evaluation today 1-877-78-TAXES [1-877-788-2937].

Of course, before you choose to get the proper audit representation from a tax firm, it is helpful to know why your tax returns were selected for an audit. Keep in mind that the IRS is required to randomly select from all tax returns a certain percentage that will be audited, even if there is nothing wrong with the return itself. Forms 1040, 1041, 1065, 1120, 1120S, Schedules A, B, C, D, E, F and other worksheets.

However, most IRS audits are conducted because there is something that does not add up, something that stands out which requires further investigation. This is when having the right IRS tax audit representation can really help.

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If you are facing payroll tax problems, then you have a serious issue on your hands. This is especially true for small business owners and entrepreneurs who may not have the knowledge, experience, or skill set to understand how tax issues with their 940/941payroll and employment got out of hand. Now that the IRS may be involved, you will need to get the right tax firm to represent your interests during this trying time.

Avoid IRS enforcement actions such as tax liens, and bank levies.

Get a free evaluation today 1-877-78-TAXES [1-877-788-2937].

A good starting point is understanding how payroll tax problems can begin. If you have yet to face issues with employment tax, trust fund 6672, then you can avoid them if you follow the right steps.

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The Tax Court has upheld the IRS’s decision to reject a taxpayer’s proposed offer-in-compromise and to decline to abate interest and failure-to-pay additions to tax.

The IRS may enter into an offer-in-compromise to reduce a taxpayer’s outstanding tax liability if, among other reasons, there is doubt as to collectability.

Rejection of offer in compromise OIC denial-

The IRS may compromise a tax debt on the basis of doubt as to collectibility where the taxpayer’s assets and income make it unlikely that the IRS will be able to collect the entire balance. (Reg. §301.7122-1(c)(2)) IRS can look at the taxpayer’s expenses, such as school costs. But the Internal Revenue Manual instructs settlement officers (SOs) that private school tuition is an allowable expense only if required for a physically or mentally challenged child and no public education providing similar services is available.

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In a Private Letter Ruling, IRS has determined that an organization does not qualify for Code Sec. 501(c)(3) exempt status because, among other things, the organization’s articles of incorporation don’t limit its purposes to one or more exempt purposes and expressly empower it to engage in business activities under state law.

IRC Code Sec. 501(c)(3) provides an exemption from federal income tax to organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable or educational purposes, provided no part of the net earnings inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

IRS Reg. §1.501(c)(3)-1(a)(1) provides that in order to be exempt as an organization, the organization must be both organized and operated exclusively for one or more purposes specified in such section. If an organization fails to meet either the organizational test or the operational test, it is not exempt.

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The following is a summary of important tax developments that have occurred in April, May, and June of 2019 that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information about any of these developments and what steps you should implement to take advantage of favorable developments and to minimize the impact of those that are unfavorable. Learn more about our IRS tax help.

Final regulations shoot down states’ SALT limitation workaround. For 2018 through 2025, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limits an individual taxpayer’s annual SALT (state and local tax) deductions to a maximum of $10,000, with no carryover for taxes paid in excess of that amount. (The SALT deduction limit doesn’t apply to property taxes paid by a trade or business or in connection with the production of income.) As a result, many taxpayers won’t get a full federal income tax deduction for their payments of state and local taxes. Following the TCJA’s passage, some high-tax states implemented workarounds to mitigate the effect of the SALT deduction limit for their residents. One method used was to set up charitable funds to which taxpayers can contribute and receive a tax credit in exchange. The IRS has issued final regulations, which generally apply to contributions after Aug. 27, 2018, that effectively kill this workaround. The regulations provide that a taxpayer who makes payments to, or transfers property to, an entity eligible to receive tax deductible contributions must reduce his or her charitable deduction by the amount of any state or local tax credit the taxpayer receives or expects to receive.

The IRS also issued a safe harbor that allows an individual who itemizes deductions to treat, in certain circumstances, payments that are or will be disallowed as charitable contribution deductions under the final regulations, as state or local taxes for federal income tax purposes. Eligible taxpayers can use this safe harbor to determine their SALT deduction on their tax-year 2018 return. Those who have already filed may be able to claim a greater SALT deduction by filing an amended return, Form 1040-X, if they have not already claimed the $10,000 maximum amount.

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Form 941 is a quarterly payroll report filed by employers indicating employees’ wages, tips, withheld tax, medical, taxes, and social security taxes. It is a form of trust fund because the employer is in a fiduciary position to hold fund on employee’s behalf before the government receives it. If an employer fails to do so, it may result to tax liability and accumulation of employment tax debts under form 941 and 940. Consequently, the IRS may decide to get the debt through levies, liens, the sale of assets or getting the business’ trust fund from officers. A person may also end up bearing personal, civil and criminal liability.

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