Like many of my posts on Tax Splash, this one was prompted by questions from ASTPS members. In this case the members thought the IRS could not proceed with enforced collection against their client because of a pending request for a Collection Due Process (CDP) hearing. They believed the CDP was timely filed and the IRS would be violating the taxpayers’ rights by pursuing enforced collection. As is often the case there are exceptions to the rules we can usually rely on. Here is the exception that they, and maybeRead more
When it comes to marketing your tax problem resolution services, what works best?
Is it TV, radio, newspaper, direct mail, email, website, or one the other many options?
Do you know? Do you want to know? Find the answers at the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers Marketing Boot Camp. This is one and only one place to learn all about Guerrilla Marketing customized for your tax problem resolution practice.
The all new Marketing Boot Camp now includes an in depth session on effective internet marketing. Miss this one and you will notRead more
The last best practices posting on marketing and advertising was essentially excerpts from Circular 230. Today, I will be more original and practical by describing some of the other items that ASTPS considers best practices. Keep in mind that ASTPS is determined to remain the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for the tax problem resolution industry. Members should be cognizant of these industry problems and report any violations they encounter.
IRS Look-like Notices
One of the most onerous violations involves direct mail pieces that imitate actual IRS notices. There is not aRead more
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The IRS has stopped sending out tax liens and levies due to the ongoing government shutdown. Any notices that you receive are those issued prior to the shutdown regardless of the date shown on the letter. It is standard operating procedure for the IRS to date letters that had to provide for mail time.
Notices of intent to levy may still be issued, but actual levy action will not take place as there are no personnel available to do so. The only exception to this might be actions taken by theRead more
The client’s Offer in Compromise was submitted two months ago accompanied by appropriate supporting documents. The Offer Examiner (OE) called with a few items to review and questions to be answered. Pretty much a typical case until we reached what seemed a point of total agreement. The OE even commented on her appreciation for well-prepared offers that are a pleasure to work.
The taxpayer’s history was one of living on funds from a 401-K and an IRA account after being down-sized by his former employer. Of course, he failed to haveRead more
Our friends at Pit Bull Tax Software have sent out an update on the fees IRS charges for various tools we use every day… thought I’d share it with our ASTPS blog followers…
Effective January 1, 2014 fees for Offers in Compromise and Installment Agreements are proposed to be raised in accordance with Notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing, published today by the Internal Revenue Service.
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Internal Revenue Service
26 CFR Part 300
User Fees for Processing Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise
AGENCY: Internal Revenue ServiceRead more
I just returned from Phoenix and sat down to catch up on my email – a job that involves some heavy-duty delete-key work – but, some of the contacts are happily received, like those from ASTPS members. Among the member contacts was one from my friend, Amit Chandel, in California. Amit sent me a link to the CCH marketing of a certification in tax problem resolution. CCH claims to be the “first and only” certification. I wonder what the ASTPS members all over the country think when they see that,Read more
IRS may be occupied raiding conservative-owned companies (i.e. Gibson Guitars) from time-to-time, but they will still find the resources to aggressively pursue foreign bank account reporting (FBAR) cases. Wonder if they will prosecute those with the same even hand they employ when considering 501(c)(4) applications.
The latest efforts are in concert with tax agencies in the U.K. and Australia. Participants in companies and trusts from the Cayman Islands, the Cook Islands, Singapore, and the British Virgin Islands are on the newest list of targets. In addition to the participants, the professionalsRead more
June 27-28, 2013 | Las Vegas, NV
Speaker: Lawrence M. Lawler, CPA, EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow
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Tax professionals are missing out on a lucrative niche that will enable them to make more money in their existing practice by learning new tips, tactics, and tricks of the trade. The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers can help you achieve all of the above! This 2 day Technical Boot Camp is designed for Attorneys, CPAs, Enrolled Agents,Read more
On behalf of the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers’ IRS Tax Problem Resolution Boot Camp, April 25-26 2013 , I would like to inform all interested that the seminar has been rescheduled. The new date will be July 25th-26th, 2013.
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Taxation without comprehension is as inimical to democracy as taxation without representation. Lawrence A. Zelenak, New York Times, 3-31-13
Simplicity in modern taxation is a problem of basic architectural design. Present legislation is insufferably complicated and nearly unintelligible. If it is not simplified, half of the population may have to become tax lawyers and tax accountants. `–Henry C. Simons
Another celebrity with tax problems:
“William Shakespeare was a ‘ruthless businessman’ and tax dodger, researchers have claimed. Although he wrote plays that championed the rights of the poor and the needy, archived documents showRead more
“Tax day is the day that ordinary Americans send their money to Washington, D.C., and wealthy Americans send their money to the Cayman Islands.” –Jimmy Kimmel courtesy of Barbara D’Amato
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s got the fame. He’s a household name and an Andy Samberg character. He also made around $13 billion in his company’s initial public offering last year. Now for the little heartache: A tax bill for one. Billion. Dollars. Jolie O’Dell, venturebeat.com, 3-28-13
IRS Video Scandal
Looks like there’s someone at the IRS in need of some Spock logic. The tax collector with its hand
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Where’s My Amended Return?
As a t/p representative you may file amended tax returns and pray they are moving through the system. Now, you can find out.
Available as of March 17, 2013 IRS has unleashed a neat new tool: “Where’s My Amended Return?” provides the status of Form 1040X Amended Tax Return for the current year and up to three prior years.
You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date IRS receives it. It takes about 3 weeks from the dateRead more
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Reprinted from Accounting Today Website…
In a stunning blow to the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to regulate the tax preparation profession, a federal judge struck down the IRS’s licensing requirements for tax preparers on Friday, including testing and continuing education.
Three independent tax preparers—Sabina Loving of Chicago, John Gambino of Hoboken, N.J., and Elmer Kilian of Eagle, Wisc.—joined forces with the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm, in filing suit against the IRS in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
U.S. District Court Judge James E. BoasbergRead more
2012 ASTPS Super Advanced Tax Problem Resolution Seminar in Las Vegas is now available.
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Get detailed lessons from leading experts on how to handle:
1. “Difficult Collection Case Options” – Howard Levy, ESQ.
2. “Winning a Collection Due Process Case” – Howard Levy, ESQ.
3. “Taxpayer Rights” – LG Brooks, EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow
4. “Money Laundering and Foreign Bank Accounts” – Robert E. McKenzie, ESQ., EA, CTRS 5. “Successfully Negotiating Offers in Compromise” – Robert E. McKenzie, ESQ.,
We constantly strive to offer valuable products and services to our members that will help their practice grow! ASTPS works with vendors to offer discounts to our membership. Discounts are offered on software, books, and other technical and marketing/management tools from industry leaders needed to help you grow your practice. PittBullTax is one of our most sought out software company’s we work with to provide member/seminar attendees with discounts.
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It’s official… We are running our last IRS Tax Problem Resolution of the year.
ASTPS National Director Lawrence Lawler, CPA, EA, CTRS, kicked off the seminar this morning in Orlando,FL. Attendees are focused, and learning all of the necessary topics in tax resolution work.
•Overview of IRS Collection and the Current Climate
•Obtaining Information From the Client
• Case Studies / Hands On 433-A & Offers in Compromise
•Obtaining Information From the IRS
•Financial Analysis and Forms
•Offers in Compromise
•Employment Tax Problems
• Innocent Spouse Relief
•Appeals and Mediation Services
• Tools of the Trade
•Powers of Attorney
• Planning Techniques – Impact ofRead more
Internal Revenue Service Revenue Officers have not always followed procedures designed to protect taxpayer rights during the tax collection process, when they were supposed to involve taxpayers’ representatives in interactions with taxpayers, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reportreleased Oct. 1. [Fiscal Year 2012 Statutory Review of Restrictions on Directly Contacting Taxpayers (2012-30-089)]
TIGTA reviewed a statistical sample of field collection investigations by the Small Business and Self-Employed Division that were closed in fiscal year 2011 and found that Revenue Officers were not always involving representatives appropriately inRead more
IRS Revises Form 4180
The Internal Revenue Service recently released interim guidance on revisions to Form 4180, Report of Interview with Individual Relative to Trust Fund Recovery Penalty or Personal Liability for Excise Taxes. [SBSE-05-0812-065]
The revisions allow Revenue Officers to conduct abbreviated Trust Fund Recovery Penalty interviews when the potentially responsible party is determined to be the only responsible party or in situations when a business structure is not complicated, the guidance said.
IRS said the new format allows Revenue Officers to more easily tailor the depth of their TFRP investigations based on
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Troops owe IRS $390 million”
Talk about perfect timing. In light of ASTPS’s Returning Combat Veteran Support Program, Military Times’ Andrew Tilghman supports that there is a dire need for experienced tax problem reolution experts to rescue this large group of service members with complicated tax troubles.
One of the most popular tax problem resolution topics is fees. We are entering the time of year when taxes are top of mind to most people. (If you don’t think so ask Mitt and Newt…) So it seems good time to start some discussion that encourages you to examine your fees, and moreover, your approach to setting fees.
Many practitioners are slogging along with the old standard of billing by the hour. This puts you at cross-purposes with your client. You need to spend more time to earn more. TheyRead more
Recently a fellow ASTPS member related a case to me that highlights a common
problem encountered by EAs, CPAs, and attorneys who represent taxpayers under audit by the IRS. Here’s the story as it was related to me.
Taxpayer Joe has been running his small contracting corporation for fifteen
years. Two years ago, after much hard work and many hungry years, he finally
saw the business turn the corner and start producing a comfortable living. He
had long ago assured himself that, due to its small size and meager earnings,
the IRS would have no interest
I rarely send out anything that I have not created personally, but the following is an important item for anyone involved in tax preparation for 2011 and after. This article was published on the Fast Forward Academy blog. For anyone involved in tax preparation, I recommend following their postings as well the Tax Slash blog.
Important info from the Fast Forward Academy blog:
Starting in 2012, tax preparer jobs will entail asking some additional questions of individuals with business interests or rental properties. The IRS has modified Schedules C, E, and FRead more
Every married couple works out their own system of making major household decisions, paying bills, doing dishes, and taking out the trash. In my house I make the big decisions and my wife makes the small ones. For example, she might decide if we need new appliances or to remodel the kitchen. I decide when the country should go to war, who should be appointed Secretary of State, and maybe even how high the national debt ceiling should be allowed to go. It works well for us. In fact, she rarelyRead more
In the “old days” taxpayers were told to send their tax returns by certified mail.
This way they could prove they sent it and it was on time. That is no longer a
problem as tax returns are, for the most part, filed electronically. This not only gives absolute proof of filing, but we will never hear the IRS say that a certified mail receipt doesn’t prove that there was a tax return in the envelope. Electronic filing clearly eliminates that issue.
All that is great for the current year returns, but whatRead more