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When might the IRS file a tax lien against your property?

If penalties and interest weren’t enough to intimidate taxpayers who are accused of unpaid taxes, the IRS also can file a federal tax lien against one’s property. Since a tax lien can affect an individual’s credit score, it is important to understand how this collection tactic may arise. As a law firm that focuses on federal and state tax controversies, we also hope this knowledge will encourage individuals to consult with an attorney early in the process, before a lien has been filed. 

Is the IRS' Offer in Compromise program user-friendly?

Our tax law website contains a wealth of materials that can help shed light on the myriad administrative processes of the Internal Revenue Service, not to mention the often confusing application of federal tax laws. For example, we offer an article on the IRS’ Offer In Compromise program, sometimes referred to as part of the IRS’ “Fresh Start” initiative.

Federal lawmakers approve taxpayer friendly extenders

Cognizant of the benefit that some tax credits and deductions have already provided to taxpayers, federal lawmakers recently made some tax extenders permanent. Even the name of the legislation is revealing: the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. The legislation makes certain credits and deductions permanent, such as the enhanced Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, Section 179 expensing and others.

Can moving expenses be deducted?

In November, tax season may not be on anyone’s mind. After all, the holiday season is just around the corner, so most people are concerned about where they will be travelling for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and whether they have to prepare for extended family to spend time with them. Nevertheless, people are still apt to relocate before the end of the year and it is important to understand that moving expenses could be tax deductible.

What kind of preparation goes into IRS tax litigation?

A recent article serves as an important reminder of the preparation needed to mount a strong position in a tax controversy. For starters, even a simple dispute over an entry on a Form 1040 income tax return can brew into a federal case. That, in turn, requires experience and skill in handling evidentiary and procedural court rules.

Does the IRS accept a majority of offers in compromise?

The Internal Revenue Service has an official program for accepting settlement offers, called an Offer in Compromise (OIC). However, a recent article reminds us that there is no guarantee that an IRS agent will accept an OIC. In fact, less than one-third of all OIC's are accepted. 

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