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April 2012 Archives

Tax tips to reduce penalties and interest after filing deadline

The income tax deadline passed a couple of weeks ago, and while many in California filed their returns on time, a few taxpayers likely did not do so. A late filing can cause taxpayers to incur additional costs in penalties and interest, but there are things a person can do to mitigate those expenses. The Internal Revenue Service has released a tax tip touching on that very subject.

Taxpayers see delays in their offers in compromise to IRS

For some California taxpayers with burdensome tax debts, an offer in compromise, commonly abbreviated OIC, can provide relief. Under an OIC, the Internal Revenue Service agrees to accept less than the full amount of a person's tax liability in satisfaction of the debt. Many taxpayers are discovering that the relief provided by an OIC is slow in coming, however, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

State attorney general levels tax fraud charges against Sprint

Every taxing authority, from the Internal Revenue Service to the California Franchise Tax Board, wants to ensure compliance with all applicable laws. These authorities are willing to pursue everyone from the smallest taxpayer to the largest corporation for not meeting their tax obligations, whether the amount in question is a few hundred dollars to a few hundred million dollars.

Statutes of limitations play key role in IRS tax controversies

Tax day has come and gone this year, and many taxpayers in California and around the country are breathing a sigh of relief. Gone are the late nights spent compiling paperwork and agonizing over tax forms. But for some unwitting taxpayers, their troubles may only just be beginning. The end of one deadline starts the clock ticking on another, namely the tax statute of limitations.

California taxpayers should know about tax fraud monitoring

The Internal Revenue Service is constantly trying to detect tax fraud and ensure compliance with the nation's tax laws. But according to one government agency, it is not doing a good enough job. In a report released last month by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, that agency recommended that the IRS take additional steps to detect tax fraud during field audits and thereby capture additional tax revenue.

IRS may punish frivolous tax evasion arguments severely, Part One

Come mid-April, every California taxpayer wants to pay as little tax as possible. This is the legitimate goal of detailed tax planning, and those who know their Internal Revenue Code can benefit significantly. It is important to note, however, that there are legal ways to minimize one's taxes and there are other ways, which, if attempted, could subject a person to substantial financial penalties and other consequences.

As filing deadline approaches, IRS offers tips for tax debts

The calendar has already turned to April, and the deadline for filing your tax return for 2011 is fast approaching. While some may have already filed and received a refund, others may be delaying filing because they will owe money with their return. Some may even be in a position where they cannot afford to pay all of their tax debt with their return.

California taxpayers may be affected by case against TaxMasters

Two weeks ago we discussed the bankruptcy and legal troubles of TaxMasters, a national tax firm. That blog post noted that the company had settled a lawsuit filed by one state attorney general, but that it still faced another. That other suit came to a conclusion last week when a jury in the company's home state found that its practices repeatedly contravened the state's Deceptive Practices Act.