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IRS to Begin Revoking Passports in January for Seriously Delinquent Tax Debts

The IRS has issued a notice stating it will begin the process of revoking passports of individuals with “seriously delinquent tax debts.” Seriously delinquent tax debts are those totaling more than $50,000 indexed for inflation. According to the Internal Revenue Manual the threshold is now $51,000. The amount includes not just the tax, but penalties […]

What Should I Do If I Have an Unreported Offshore Account at a “Bad Bank”?

If you have an account at one of the IRS “bad banks” and you used the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), you will face a 50 percent offshore penalty on the highest aggregate account balance during the disclosure period, instead of the regular 27.5 percent offshore penalty. On top of that, the 50 percent penalty […]

I Don’t Agree With the Findings of My IRS Examiner. Should I Appeal?

Appealing the results of an IRS examination is usually beneficial to a taxpayer if there is a basis for disputing the findings. The process doesn’t cost anything (although it’s highly recommended that you retain a tax audit attorney), and could potentially result in significant tax savings, making it a good investment for many taxpayers. You […]

Is There Anything I Can Do to Stop an IRS Wage Garnishment?

It’s best to try to stop a wage garnishment before it happens. If you owe the IRS back taxes and do not have any arguments for why the tax assessment is improper or incorrect, you should consider entering into an installment agreement or negotiating an Offer in Compromise. This will prevent any collection actions—such as […]

How Do I Know Which Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Option to Use?

You will need to get a tax litigation attorney’s opinion on whether or not you willfully failed to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs) and report foreign income on your tax return. The answer to this question has several consequences, including the following: Non-willful FBAR violations carry a $12,459 penalty per violation, while willful violations […]

When is Tax Debt Dischargeable in Bankruptcy?

Some types of tax debt can be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and a debtor may pay less than the full amount owed for some taxes in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The amount of tax relief that is available will depend on several  factors including: The type of bankruptcy you are filing If your […]

How to Discharge Property From an IRS Tax Lien

The blanket IRS tax lien automatically applies to all of your property whenever you owe taxes to the IRS. This lien does not result in immediate collection of your tax debt like a bank account seizure or wage garnishment, but it does encumber your property, making it difficult to sell or refinance once the IRS […]

How to Avoid Big Fines for FBAR Violations

If you were previously unaware of your obligation to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), you have a strong argument that your conduct was non-willful, which could qualify you for reduced penalties under the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. However, once you are aware of your obligations, you can no longer turn a blind eye to […]

Exceptions to The Three-Year Statute of Limitations for IRS Tax Audits

The general rule of the IRS is to audit returns that have been filed in the last three years. Because of this, some taxpayers may breathe a sigh of relief once the three-year period has expired, but the rules regarding the statute of limitations are not quite that simple. There are circumstances where the IRS […]

How to Respond When the IRS Makes a Mistake

Charged with administering, enforcing, and collecting taxes from millions of Americans, the IRS understandably makes mistakes. If the IRS is trying to charge you penalties or assess taxes incorrectly, or is attempting to seize your bank account or put a lien on your house, you have options for disputing the IRS action and arguing your […]

South Carolina Bank Involved in Employment Tax Fraud Scheme

The former Vice President of a South Carolina-based bank has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by participating in an employment tax fraud scheme that resulted in over $1 million in unpaid payroll taxes. This case shows that the Department of Justice will go after those who are complicit in employment tax […]

Should I Wait to Disclose My Offshore Accounts?

If you aware that you have unreported foreign financial accounts that expose you to liability for Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) or Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) violations, you should carefully consider the risks of waiting to disclose your offshore accounts, including the following: The IRS does not have to continue to offer offshore […]

What is an IRS Summons?

An IRS summons is an official order to produce information or provide testimony to aid in an IRS investigation. Summonses may be issued to the taxpayer being investigated or to third parties who may have information that the IRS wants to use in the investigation. If you receive a summons, you should immediately consult with […]

What is IRS Tax Lien Subordination?

Once the IRS files a federal tax lien, all other creditors or potential buyers have notice of the lien.  If someone buys your home, they will be buying the home subject to the lien unless you are able to negotiate a lien discharge. If you attempt to refinance your home, you will run into difficulties […]

Can I Sell My Home Subject to a Federal Tax Lien?

Shortly after you fail to comply with an official demand for payment of your tax debt from the IRS, a secret lien attaches to all of your real property and personal property. However, the IRS can also file an official notice of federal tax lien on your home, and other property at the county recorder’s […]

What Happens After I Receive an IRS Notice?

The IRS sends taxpayers millions of notices per year. Whenever you receive correspondence from the IRS you should read it carefully and attempt to understand what the IRS is trying to tell you. This can be difficult because some notices are unclear to those who do are not familiar with tax laws or IRS procedures. […]

When the 50 Percent Penalty Applies During Offshore Voluntary Disclosure

The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) normally comes along with an “offshore penalty” equal to 27.5 percent of the highest aggregate account balance of the previously unreported foreign financial assets. However, the penalty is increased to 50 percent for taxpayers who have accounts at foreign financial institutions that are under investigation by the IRS or […]

How Does Living Overseas Impact Your FBAR and FATCA Obligations?

U.S. taxpayers who live overseas may still have a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) and form 8938 filing report for their foreign financial accounts. In general, your FBAR obligations will not be impacted by the fact that you live overseas. If you are a U.S. person and your aggregate account balance of foreign accounts exceeded […]

What is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) sets reporting requirements for both foreign financial insinuations and U.S. taxpayers who hold specified foreign assets. If your foreign financial institution is in a country that has an agreement with the United States, then you will be asked whether or not you are a U.S. person for tax […]

What Expats Should Know About Their U.S. Tax Obligations

Expats may decide to leave the U.S. due to work, retirement, or other reasons. Tax reduction may also be a motivation for moving to a foreign country, but the United States uses citizenship-based taxation. Therefore, the taxpayer still has a continuing obligation to file and pay U.S. taxes (although they may be eligible for some […]

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