Tax

Taxpayers need to keep a careful eye on their IRS Notices. Many IRS Notices, many with statutory deadlines were dated during the IRS shut-down due to COVID-19, but not immediately mailed. Consequently, there are many IRS Notices with expired action dates. The TaxpAyer Advocate stated that during the shutdown, the IRS generated more than 20 million notices, many of which were not mailed.  As a result, the notices bear dates that now have passed, some by several months and some of the notices require taxpayers to respond by deadlines that have also passed. This IRS mishandling creates a false entry…
Although Nakamoto, whose name is thought to be a pseudonym for an individual or group, has been silent since 2011, his prototyped cryptocurrency system continues to explode, with many new forms of cryptocurrency available. Its blockchain structure, in which a publicly available ledger tracks all transactions, has potential applications beyond currency. For example, self-enforcing agreements embedded in computer code and managed by a blockchain, known as “smart contracts,” may be used to replace certain contracts, since they allow parties to digitally facilitate and enforce the performance of contracts. Because of its decentralized nature, there is no need to pay intermediaries,…
On September 11, 2020, elder law attorney  Marsha Goodman will participate as a speaker in “ALTCS Planning for Married Couples,” a Maricopa County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education program. As more and more baby boomers are diagnosed with dementia and other chronic conditions of aging, many people need to look to the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) to assist with the cost of care. Applicants for benefits who are married are often relieved to discover that they can retain a significant portion of their assets and still be eligible for benefits. However, the manner in which ALTCS calculates the…
On June 23, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-51 , which provides guidance on the waiver of 2020 required minimum distributions (RMDs) from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and individual account retirement plans (defined contribution plans but not defined benefit plans). We initially discussed the RMD waiver in our March 30, 2020, article, ” Required Minimum Distributions Waived for 2020 .” In Notice 2020-51, the IRS included several areas of relief, including those summarized below. RMD ROLLBACKS EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2020 As noted in the prior article, if an individual has already withdrawn his or her RMD for 2020 or…
So what if I owe past-due taxes. Can the IRS take my $1,200 Economic Impact Payment? Generally, the answer is no. The exception is if the taxpayer owes child support arrearages. Under the CARES Act guidelines and subsequent direction, Economic Impact Payments/recovery rebates/stimulus checks cannot be offset to pay any debt except child support.   However, “normal” federal tax refunds remain fair game in the absence of an Offset Bypass Refund (OBR) request. NOTE: OBRs may be slightly easier to come by in these coronavirus times. If you will have a refund on your 2019 return, but owe past due…
A: Taxpayers should file on time even if they cannot pay their full tax bill You should file your tax return by the deadline even if they cannot pay the full amount due. Otherwise, you will be assessed a late filing penalty and end up owing even more. If you owe tax, but cannot pay by the July 15, 2020 deadline, you should: File your tax return or request an extension of time to file. If you cannot file your return on time, request an extension to file on Form 4868. Without this extension, if you owe 2019 tax, you…
In previous blogs The Honeymoon is Over – It’s Time to Think Taxes! and It’s Time to Prepare and File your 2019 Tax returns, I discussed the upcoming, looming tax return filing and payment deadline of July 15. You can extend the time to file, but not to pay – so budget accordingly. Other extension, deffal or benefits bestowed to Taxpayers due to COVID-19 also expire July 15 or the end of this month. For example, federal IRS tax returns are due or can be extended to October 15. 2019 taxes are due. The $600/month supplemental unemployment payments end.…
The IRS continues its pursuit of “US Citizens” who own a foreign bank account, foreign real estate, interests in a foreign company, and other assets such as brokerage accounts with credit card access. They are looking for US Citizens with foreign based assets who fail to report the existence of those assets. US Citizens are required to report their worldwide income, but also report their assets such as real estate or business interests on informational returns. In 2019, tax agencies around the world shared information on 84 million accounts holding foreigners’ assets; this to fight tax avoidance and evasion in…
There has been stories that nursing homes and other care facilities have been taking their resident’s/patient’s Economic Impact Payments (EIPs). If you have a loved-one in a nursing home or other care facility, check to see that the facility has not absconded with the EIP. If so, you may to hire an attorney to send a demand letter to recoup the EIP. Under the IRS guidelines, the EIPs belong to the recipients, not any organizations providing care for the recipients. Be aware and check on this as there has been stories that people and businesses may be taking advantage of…
If you or your spouse collects social security benefits and have been assessed past due taxes or have other debts, those SS benefits may be subject to collection action by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR). This can be particularly distressing if you are retired and in debt and your only source of income is social security. The IRS has statutory authority, via the Federal Payment Levy Program, to garnish up to 15 percent of Social Security benefits to pay delinquent taxes. Other creditors, such as banks and credit card companies, cannot touch your…
<h2<Important Tax Record-keeping Advice: If you received an economic impact payment in 2020 need to keep Notice 1444, entitled Your Economic Impact Payment, with your other 2020 tax records such as W-2s, 1099s, and any virtual currency transactions. This Notice 1444 provides important information about the amount of your payment, how the payment was made, and how to report any payment that was not received. Note that the IRS mails this Notice 1444 to each recipient’s last known address within 15 days after the payment goes out. It is important for people to keep this Notice 1444for their 2020 tax…
The Honeymoon is Over: Part Deux If you have not filed your 2019 individual income or business tax returns yet or paid the tax liability, you have until July 15 to file those returns and pay the tax due without incurring penalties for late filing and for late paying. As I discussed in a prior blog, there are 2 penalties that attach to the failure to file on time and the failure to pay the tax due. You want to file even though you cannot pay or fully pay the tax liability. Further, you can request a filing extension if…
There are certain tax problems that require the assistance of a tax attorney, and determining if an offer-in-compromise (OIC) can resolve your tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) is one of those cases. So you owe taxes that you will not be able to pay in a reasonable period of time. Although despair sets-in, there is tax relief assistance. You should seek such assistance from an experienced tax attorney – don’t waste your time or money with non-lawyer national outfits claiming they can resolve your tax problems. McFarlane Law – Your Tax…
There are certain tax problems that require the assistance of a tax attorney, and determining if an offer-in-compromise (OIC) can resolve your tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) is one of those cases. So you owe taxes that you will not be able to pay in a reasonable period of time. Although despair sets-in, there is tax relief assistance. You should seek such assistance from an experienced tax attorney – don’t waste your time or money with non-lawyer national outfits claiming they can resolve your tax problems. McFarlane Law – Your Tax…