Large bureaucratic agencies are seldom known for their vivid prose. The IRS is no exception.
It is very important for businesses in Southern California to file their tax returns accurately and on time with the Internal Revenue Service. If businesses have an obligation to file and fail to do so, and if the IRS is unsuccessful in procuring the return, the agency is authorized by statute to prepare returns and assess taxes against businesses on the basis of those returns.
Taxpayers in Southern California can face substantial penalties when they do not meet deadlines imposed by the Internal Revenue Service. There is a penalty for failing to file a tax return in a timely manner, and there is a penalty for failing to pay the tax owed on time. The longer a taxpayer waits beyond the due date to file a return or pay tax, the more these penalties grow. If not dealt with, they can reach 25 percent of the unpaid taxes.
Taxpayers in Southern California who are the subject of an inquiry by the Internal Revenue Service have the right to retain the services of an experienced tax professional to represent them in pending matters with the agency. Once the representative properly informs the IRS that he or she is acting on behalf of the taxpayer under investigation, the IRS must respect that relationship and deal with the representative directly.
Part of running a business in Southern California is meeting one's payroll tax obligations to the Internal Revenue Service. When times are tough, the money may not be there to satisfy one's tax bill, and that is when the IRS may take action. At first, the agency may assess penalties and interest against the debt owed, which can grow the balance substantially.
In the past few months, we have talked a few times about the rise in taxpayer identity theft that has been behind a growing wave of tax fraud across the country. While nearly everyone has acknowledged that this is a grave problem, a recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says that it could be much worse than people had first thought.
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.
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.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), has concluded that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not been sufficiently cooperative with prison officials at the state and federal levels in combating tax fraud perpetrated by inmates.
The search for unreported income is always ongoing, as far as the Internal Revenue Service is concerned. Now the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has come out with a report that says the IRS should use currency report data to find out who has unreported income.