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Income that cannot be taxed

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was established to collect the “allowable tax deductions” from the gross income of individuals and corporations. However, taxpayers should note there are some types of income the IRS cannot deduct taxes from. Below are the kinds of income that cannot be taxed by the IRS:

  • Compensation from illness or personal injury damage claims
  • Workers’ compensation benefits
  • Some veteran’s benefits
  • Child support payments
  • Insurance benefits used in medical expenses
  • Welfare payments
  • Life insurance proceeds
  • Public Safety Officers pension distribution
  • Gifts or inherited assets

The IRS is not allowed to deduct taxes from the aforementioned types of income because they are identified as “nontaxable income.” If you have a nontaxable income that is being taxed by the IRS, an attorney could work for you. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today for your legal assistance.

People’s right to pay the proper tax amount

One tenant of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the right of a person to pay only the proper amount of tax in a timely manner in accordance with the law. Such tax payments may include penalties and interests.

Under the law, every taxpayer who believes they overpaid the IRS can file a refund or appeal claim. If taxpayers believe the notice sent to them by the IRS was faulty, the law allows a certain period for them to notify the IRS and submit pertinent documents supporting their claim. In some situations, the IRS might apply corrections if they notice irregularities in filing. Taxpayers can also request tax corrections, especially if their taxes are wrongfully assessed.

Unfortunately, there are some IRS employees who are negligent when processing the tax documents submitted to them. If you believe there was an irregularity regarding your taxes, a qualified attorney may be able to work for you. Simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get in touch with an attorney.

Common tax scams people should avoid this season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently identified at least five tactics of scammers that taxpayers should be aware of this tax season, trying to prevent similar amounts of lost money from earlier years after estimating that billions of dollars in 2014 fell right into the hands of scammers, an article of CNBC reported on January 3.

Below are the most common schemes used by scammers to trick unsuspecting taxpayers:

  • Fraudulent automated messages that request people to make tax payments
  • Obliging parents and students to settle non-existent tax called “federal student tax”
  • Fake IRS agents who “verify” taxpayers’ return information through the phone
  • Fake tax preparers in the internet
  • Scammers sending fake Affordable Care Act notices

Reports revealed that incidents of tax fraud have increased since 2010, at which time the IRS budget had been reduced. Taxpayers who suspect that they have been victimized by scammers should notify federal agencies through their official website or call them to report their concerns.

If you want to know more information on how to avoid falling victim to tax scammers, a skilled attorney could offer you other invaluable tips to make sure your hard earned money does not fall into the hands of scammers. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to learn more about your options.

Relief available for financially distressed taxpayers

There are situations when people become incapable of settling the amount of tax they owe due to financial problems. Unfortunately, things can get worse if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pursues financially distressed taxpayers after they incur too many debts. If you are struggling to pay taxes you owe, you could file a claim to have a relief if you meet these descriptions:

  • Taxpayers who are unable to earn an income due to their disabling condition
  • Taxpayers or a relative who are burdened with costly medical treatments
  • Taxpayers who can no longer sustain their daily living if they are pressured to settle their unpaid debts

Facing overwhelming financial woes can be extremely stressful, especially if the IRS is threatening you with hefty fines or possible imprisonment for failing to settle your taxes. Working with a skilled attorney is important to help you obtain the tax relief you need. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on this page.

Tax return filing dates announced by IRS

A December 9 article posted by the IRS said that starting January 23, 2017, the national tax season will begin, which will cater to over 153 million taxpayers who will file their returns. The deadline for filing is April 18, 2017.

According to reports, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is expecting many taxpayers next year will use the convenience of electronic filing in submitting their forms. The April 18 tax filing deadline was set because the traditional deadline of April 15 falls on a Saturday, while April 17 is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia, which is a legal holiday. Regarding a tax refund, the IRS is expecting they will be more efficient in the numbers of refunds released within 21 days.

If you have concerns with the IRS or want to learn more about your taxes, an experienced tax attorney could provide you with invaluable insights. Fill out the contact form on this page today to get in touch with your legal counsel.

IRS offers tips to keep taxpayer information safe online

In this year’s National Tax Security Awareness Week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offered some tips to help keep taxpayers safe from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves who could steal their personal information.

  • Be sure that you understand the use of security software and be cautious of pop-up ads selling security software.
  • Make sure the security software on your computer is updated regularly and automatically.
  • Trust websites only if they have a web address that starts with “https,” rather than “http.” Websites and webpages that have https at the beginning of web addresses are secured, hence the letter “s.”
  • Make sure the passwords you use contain special characters and a combination of letters and numbers to make them strong. Avoid using personal information in passwords and do not share passwords with other people.
  • Only connect to reliable and secure Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Ignore unreliable emails or pop-up messages that ask for your personal information. Scammers utilize fake offers and webpages that look legitimate to steal your information through phishing.

If you want to learn more about how to keep your personal information safe while using the internet, a skilled tax attorney could help you. Get your tax concerns answered today by filling out the contact form on this page.

Self-employed business owners could access IRS free services

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages self-employed individuals who operate in sharing-economy type of businesses to settle their tax obligations in a timely manner by offering them free resources, an article of the reported on November 23.

The IRS offers the “Small Business and Self-Employed Tax resource center” to guide independent contractors and sole proprietors for the available tools and information that they could use in filing their taxes. On the other hand, individuals who run a business related to renting like, houses for rent, apartments, or private transportation rental may use the “Sharing Economy Resource Center” for them to access all the information and tips in filing taxes for the kind of business they operate. Aside from the free resources, the IRS also offers other means of training for taxpayers to comply with their obligations.

If you are having difficulty understanding your taxes as an entrepreneur, working with a skilled attorney is important for you to possibly avoid hefty fines or imprisonment. Learn more about your taxes and the IRS today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

What is Interactive Tax Assistant?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has an online tool called Interactive Tax Assistant to answer some of the common questions of individuals regarding taxes. By accessing this tool, taxpayers could receive automatic answers to their tax questions simply by following instructions and making few clicks.

Common tax topics such as whether a person needs to file a tax return, tax filing status, basic deduction inquiry, and whom a taxpayer can claim as a dependent, can be answered by the online tool. Once on the official IRS website, taxpayers could have their queries answered by providing their information and answering some questions asked by the tool. Using the Interactive Tax Assistant, or ITA, is simple and people may be able to print a copy of the result they obtain from the tool. The information in the ITA tool is only applicable for natural-born citizens and legal immigrants. The IRS has other information for taxpayers with different citizenship status. Taxpayers who are considering using the ITA tool should note that the answers are not considered advice and the answer they receive is based on the information they provide.

Aside from the ITA tool, individuals can also seek tax information from a lawyer who is familiar with the tax law. Find out how a tax representative could legally assist you with your taxes today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

IRS alleges Rick Ross owed $5.7M back taxes

A November 9 article of Rolling Stone revealed rapper Rick Ross recently spoke out about the accusation that he owes $5.7 million worth of taxes.

According to the 40-year-old rapper, his tax woes originated from an “incorrect filing” done by his former accountant in 2012. Rick Ross acknowledged in a statement that he was aware of his current transactions with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and his accounting team is currently working with the IRS to resolve the issue. The rapper then expressed how fortunate he is right now regarding his financial success and reiterated his responsibility to keeping up with tax obligations.

Federal agents seeking you because you failed to settle taxes can be frightening, especially if you are already being harassed by abusive IRS agents. If you are having tax concerns, one way of addressing it is by working with an attorney. Find out how a well-versed tax attorney may work for you today by filling out the contact form on this page.

Understanding bank levies

One of the several tasks of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is to compel taxpayers to settle their debts. Bank levies are one of many ways the IRS can force you to give them money. Such action is frightening because the IRS could legally seize the amount owed by the taxpayer from his or her account. A bank levy could be imposed on a taxpayer for any of the following reasons:

  • Force taxpayers to get in touch with the IRS
  • Require taxpayers to settle debts by threatening to seize their funds
  • Subject taxpayers to a hearing

When bank levies are ordered, taxpayers often find themselves helpless because they are incapable of using their finances, which are frozen. However, if you are having your bank accounts threatened the IRS, a knowledgeable tax attorney may be able to work for you in order to have your taxes settled in other ways. Learn more about your options by filling out the contact form on the top of this page today.