The Contract for Deed Can Avoid IRS Liens

The contract for deed can provide a way to transfer ownership of property to someone who owes back taxes to the IRS, while preserving the right to avoid the IRS lien and IRS foreclosure. Real estate investors and those doing real estate deals may prefer these sales as they can often be made at higher…Continue…Continue readingThe Contract for Deed Can Avoid IRS Liens

When the IRS Sends Mail to the Wrong Address

The IRS sends out a lot of letters. It usually uses the U.S. Postal Service to send these letters. The volume of letters is so high that the IRS may be the U.S. Postal Service’s largest customer. These IRS letters are often required. These requirements are found in the Code. The requirement that the IRS…Continue…Continue readingWhen the IRS Sends Mail to the Wrong Address

Can the IRS Waive Compliance With Tax Rules?

What happens if you make a technical foot fault while working with the IRS? Say you miss a deadline or a filing requirement. Can the IRS waive compliance with the deadline or requirement? IRS personnel will often say that they cannot. But in reality, the IRS can waive most procedural requirements. The authority for this…Continue…Continue readingCan the IRS Waive Compliance With Tax Rules?

Tax on Damages for Loss of Consortium

Those who receive damages from physical injuries or sickness are not required to pay tax on the damage award or settlement.  That is the general rule.  But what about ancillary claims by others?  What about a lawsuit for physical damage that also includes a claim for the injured parties spouse?  What if the taxpayer-husband was injured and the…Continue…Continue readingTax on Damages for Loss of Consortium

Settle Taxes & Keep Right to Dispute Open

If there is any doubt as to whether a taxpayer is liable for income taxes, there is a good chance that the IRS will agree to settle for less. The IRS Office of Appeals is tasked with doing just that. IRS appeals settlements are usually all or nothing. If the taxpayer does not accept the…Continue…Continue readingSettle Taxes & Keep Right to Dispute Open

How to Contest an IRS Settlement Agreement

What happens if the IRS enters into a settlement agreement for your tax liability and then, later, it takes a position that is inconsistent with the agreement? For example, can the IRS agree that an expense is deductible by your business only to say that the same is expense is taxable income to you as…Continue…Continue readingHow to Contest an IRS Settlement Agreement

What Counts as Tax Advice?

What if a CPA talks to you and tells you about a tax law? You have received tax advice, right? What if a CPA sends you a letter or email saying the same thing he would have said to you in person, had he spoke to you in person? Probably still tax advice, no? What…Continue…Continue readingWhat Counts as Tax Advice?

Tax Reporting for Returns & Allowances

Our tax laws create categories–income/exclusion, deduction, and credit. Taxpayers are presented with structured forms that set out these categories. The IRS expects taxpayers to fill out the forms by correctly identifying what items go in each category. But it is not always clear what items go in each category. Taxpayers may engage in tax planning…Continue…Continue readingTax Reporting for Returns & Allowances

When Can the IRS Collect Tax Debts from a Dead Person?

Dad filed his taxes but didn’t pay. Several years pass by, say five years. Dad dies. The family eventually files for probate several years later. Say 10 years has passed since the taxes were first due? Has the time limit for the IRS to collect the unpaid taxes lapsed? How does the filing of the…Continue…Continue readingWhen Can the IRS Collect Tax Debts from a Dead Person?

How to Substantiate Gambling Tax Losses

There are several types of tax disputes that are frequently litigated. Gambling losses are an example. Taxpayers who gamble often incur significant losses. If the taxpayer is found to be a professional gambler, these losses can be counted for income tax purposes and used to offset the taxpayer’s other income. These tax losses can reduce…Continue…Continue readingHow to Substantiate Gambling Tax Losses