The aggressive compliance landscape started several years ago and slowed down due to Covid-19. However, in recent months tax practitioners are seeing an increase in compliance efforts and controversies throughout the world. It started in January 2017 when the IRS began a new approach to examination where they were targeting campaign issues that they think have potential for noncompliance. For example, the IRS began to target Code Section 965 which affects a lot of taxpayers. They also have the high-wealth initiative, which targets very wealthy individuals not only around the US, but around the world.
If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot pay your tax bill in full, you have a few options of what to do. But the first thing you should do is file your tax return or request an extension of time to file by May 17, 2021 even if you cannot pay it all. If you do not file your tax return or request an extension by May 17th you may face a failure-to-file penalty.
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.