The challenges brought on by the events of 2020 have affected everyone and have affected many aspects of life. For several, this has included taxes. Some people required a reprieve on IRS Installment Agreements due to Coronavirus layoffs and the inability to pay. Others rushed to file tax returns to obtain a stimulus payment or CARES Act relief. If you have had to contact the IRS since March of 2020, you know that the IRS was not immune to the challenges the World faced in 2020.
Yes, the IRS can take as much as a 15% cut in your Social Security to satisfy a tax debt. In July of 2000, the Federal Payment Levy Program not only allowed the IRS to dip into social security benefits, but also: Federal employee retirement annuities, federal payments made to you as a contractor/vendor doing business with government, federal employee travel advances or reimbursements, and some federal salaries.
As we enter into the holiday- of the most popular times to give and receive gift cards - scammers are using the season of giving to their advantage. Scammers often call or email Taxpayers and demand that they pay a phony tax bill with gift cards. Scammers also use compromised email accounts to send emails asking someone to purchase gift cards for friends, family, or co-workers.
Large, nationwide tax resolution services are often advertised as a guaranteed way to win big savings on tax debts owed and for anyone facing IRS tax issues, can be very tempting. But, you know what they say…. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. We often refer to these outfits as “Fly-By-Night” Tax Resolution Providers. It seems as though every time we turn on the radio, a new outfit is being advertised, and it seems as though many disappear as quickly as they popped up, but not before taking payment from Taxpayers for work that is never done.
Are you a newly married couple? We can imagine that if you were married in 2020, your nuptials were full of surprises, last minute changes, and more. Because we would hate for you newlyweds to run into any more surprises and changes, we wrote this blog for YOU! Though most people equate the “work” that comes with a wedding to be on the front end in the planning, there are several things you need to do after you say “I do”, and addressing your new tax responsibilities is one of them. Here’s everything you need to know about how marriage affects your taxes:
Have you been affected by Hurricane Laura? Are the impacts of this storm affecting your ability to timely address your tax return obligations? Depending on your location, you may be entitled to an extension. The IRS recently announced that any area designated by FEMA as a Federal Disaster area now has until December 31, 2020 to file individual and business tax returns and make tax payments due to hurricane Laura.
Every year, the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to Taxpayers for a variety of reasons – collections, audits, requests for tax returns or additional information, tax refund matters, and more. It our experience here at Bryson Law Firm, LLC, in the weeks and months that follow the tax deadline (this year, as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this Falls in late Summer), we see an influx of Taxpayers contact our office for assistance in response to these letters. Listed below are some “Dos” and “Don’ts” when it comes to how you should react to letters from the IRS.