Category Archives: Tax Tips

IRS Impersonators Have New Tricks

Scam artists, posing as IRS agents, who contact innocent taxpayers out of the blue and demand payment on tax bills that don’t exist are getting more crafty and casting a bigger net these days. For at least the past few … Continue reading

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Tax Day 2015 Has Arrived!

Free food is great and all, but is that really what you want on Tax Day?  I suppose if you’ve already filed and you’re just waiting for a refund check, then you may have an appetite for a free Hard … Continue reading

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Short Hold Times at IRS Today

I only spent about two minutes on the phone with the IRS today.  That’s a first. I was on and off just like that, and then I went on with my day.  The reason why it was so quick is … Continue reading

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The IRS is Confused Enough on their Own; Don’t Make it Worse

Good thing I have this blog as a place to vent my frustrations with the IRS.  It has been like my therapist over the years. I can really identify with Robert Wood’s article today about 1099 forms.  It was obviously … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft can be a huge headache, especially when it affects your federal tax record.  There are at least a couple ways how that might happen.  An identity thief may use your personal identifying information, including your social security number, … Continue reading

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I’m Becoming a TAS Fanboy

I know I’ve said some harsh (maybe even disparaging) comments about the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) in the past.  My comments have usually been related to the “quasi independent” nature of this service and how they seem to be nothing … Continue reading

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IA Eligibility Requirements

Who is eligible to pay back taxes to the California Franchise Tax Board via an installment agreement?  It can be a little complicated. It’s difficult not to compare FTB and IRS collection tactics.  Both almost always first demand/request payment in … Continue reading

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What’s the Point of IRS Letter 2645C?

My all-time favorite and most ambiguous IRS letter is the 2645C.  The Internal Revenue Manual refers to them as “interim letters” (IRM 4.19.23), which is a nice label given to a letter that is simply saying the IRS has received … Continue reading

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OIC Fees: It Matters How you Pay

A question came up recently about whether or not a taxpayer must submit his or her Offer in Compromise fees in the form of a cashier’s check or money order as opposed to a personal check. Just a little background first.  When filing … Continue reading

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Will the IRS Take Your Home?

The likelihood of the IRS resorting to collection of taxes through asset seizure — probably the most severe tax collection method — can only accurately be determined on a case-by-case basis*.  Certainly the IRS has authority to seize and sell assets … Continue reading

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