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Removal of Liens on Credit Reports

“Can you get this tax lien removed from my credit report?” For many years, this has been one of the more common questions we hear from clients and potential clients at Haynes Tax Law. Some ...
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The IRS Has a Headache Named "Bitcoin"

In September, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report outlining additional actions needed to ensure taxpayer compliance in the age of bitcoin and other virtual ...
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Improved IRS "Get Transcript Online" System Goes Active

After being disabled more than a year ago due to security issues that led to the theft of confidential taxpayer information, resulting in countless identity theft cases, the IRS has finally announced ...
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Commingling Business Expenses

A recent decision by the Tax Court should serve as a warning to people that own multiple businesses but don't always "respect the corporate formalities" associated with each business ...
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IRS Early Interaction Initiative

The IRS has launched its "Early Interaction Initiative," to quickly identify and intervene with employers that miss a scheduled federal tax deposit. The point of the program is to flag the ...
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Owe Federal Taxes, Lose Your Passport

Congress has passed, and President Obama has signed, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) . Title 32 of the bill includes several tax provisions, including Section 32101, ...
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IRS Criminal Investigation Division Releases 2015 Annual Report

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division ("CID") has released its 2015 annual report, which includes information on the number of investigations, prosecutions, targets incarcerated, the ...
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Things You Can Do Immediately When Your Business Owes Employment Taxes

When Your Business Owes Employment Taxes – What To Do Immediately You’ve been running a business for many years. It is your family’s sole source of income. The business has always ...
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U.S. Department of Justice to Ramp Up Criminal Prosecutions for Willful Failure to Collect and Pay Over Federal Employment Taxes

According to Robert Horwitz, the U.S. Department of Justice, in conjuction with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, is going to ramp up the rate of criminal prosecutions for willful failure to ...
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IRS Releases "Tax Tip" on Charitable Gifts

The IRS has released a "Tax Tip" to remind taxpayers of the rules to be mindful of when making charitable gifts this holiday season. As many of us consider those less fortunate during the ...
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DEALING WITH TAX DEBTS IN BANKRUPTCY AFTER THE BAPCPA

The intended beneficiaries of the humorously titled “Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005″ (BAPCPA) were the big banks and credit card companies — lobbying ...
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TAX FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS - A PROCEDURAL ROADMAP Part I

I. Introduction An IRS fraud investigation is a harrowing experience, not only for the corporate officers, directors and employees who are the subject of the investigation, but for the ...
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TAX FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS - A PROCEDURAL ROADMAP Part II

I. Introduction In the last issue of the Corporate Criminal Liability Reporter, Spring 1988, we described the process involved in IRS criminal investigations — how they begin, the cast of ...
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VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS

Things are getting ever more uncomfortable for U.S. taxpayers holding undisclosed offshore bank and investment accounts. And in the wake of the very public fight between the Internal Revenue Service ...
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OFFERS IN COMPROMISE AFTER TIPRA

After the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act you thought it couldn’t get any worse for your tax delinquent clients? Wrong again. The latest Congressional gift to the IRS ...
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"PART PAY" INSTALLMENT AGREEMENTS

The continuing hostility of the IRS bureaucracy toward offers in compromise, and the recent decision of the Congress to severely restrict the avail­ability and usefulness of bankruptcy, may ...
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NEGOTIATING INSTALLMENT AGREEMENTS

Written for the Maryland Society of Accountants One of the tasks most frequently faced in representing clients before the IRS Collection Division is negotiating an “installment agreement” ...
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NEGOTIATING OFFERS IN COMPROMISE

The last article in this series on dealing with the Collection Division addressed Installment Agreements — arrangements through which tax debts can be resolved by means of monthly payments. Some ...
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THE NEW "INNOCENT SPOUSE " RULES

Scarlett: But Rhett darling, our Separation Agreement requires you to pay any taxes resulting from the IRS audit that was going on during our divorce. Now Revenue Officer Sherman has levied my wages ...
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TARA REVISITED - THE NEW "INNOCENT SPOUSE " RULES

Scarlett: But Rhett darling, our Separation Agreement requires you to pay any taxes resulting from the IRS audit that was going on during our divorce. Now Revenue Officer Sherman has levied my wages ...
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FEDERAL TAX LIENS - Part I

The federal tax lien is at the heart of all enforced collection action taken by the IRS Collection Division. Accordingly, representing clients requires an understanding of how the lien arises, the ...
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FEDERAL TAX LIENS - Part II

This is the second part of a two-part article about the federal tax lien. The last article covered the nature of the lien, focusing primarily on its broad reach, attaching as it does to “all ...
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THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON COLLECTION

For those beleaguered souls for whom nothing else works, the only hope of relief from unmanageable federal tax debts may be the statute of limitations on collection. In theory, the IRS has only 10 ...
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HEALING SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS - REPRESENTING NONFILERS

Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. . . All of us procrastinate. But some take things to dangerous extremes — putting off the filing of tax returns for a few years, or even many ...
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THE TRUST FUND RECOVERY PENALTY

The road to Hell, so we’re told, is paved with good intentions. And on the road to Hell, failure to pay employment taxes is definitely the fast lane. The resulting “trust fund recovery ...
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