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March 2017 Archives

Deductions that go beyond 'creative'

With the federal income tax filing deadline bearing down us, many small businesses will review all the expenses they had in 2016 with the mind of finding as many deductions to reduce their taxable income. The math here is simple. The more the deductions one might have, the lower their taxable income may be. The lower their taxable income is, the less they may have to pay (or owe) in taxes.

I.R.C. § 7345; Passport Privileges

Traveling abroad? Make sure your taxes are paid, otherwise you might have to cancel your plans. In enacting the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act ("FAST Act"), Congress added § 7345 to the Internal Revenue Code. This section allows the Secretary of State to deny, revoke or limit passports to taxpayers who have "seriously delinquent tax debts."

Link between company's proximity to IRS office and an audit

A study performed by four professors at a variety of U.S. universities has found that the closer a company is to an IRS office, the more likely it is that the company will be audited. This may seem obvious at first, but you would think that the Internal Revenue Service would use their uniform rules in a uniform manner -- thus negating any proximity effect when it comes to auditing businesses.

Foreign bank accounts could draw the interest of the IRS

Tax season is upon us, with the annual filing deadline steady approaching. For those with greater assets, the risks of over payment of taxes, as well as the risk of an audit, are ever-present concerns. You probably have someone who handles your finances and investments, as well as someone who specializes in taxes on your payroll.

Processes bind the IRS to comply with the law

The word "process" is boring and dull, and it is meant to make you feel bored. It is a term that no one wants to think about for too long. It's vague and uninteresting -- and yet, in relation to the Internal Revenue Service an tax issues, the word "process" holds significant meaning for taxpayers. IRS processes can actually protect you, John Q. Taxpayer, during any tax collection process or seizure process.

How to Minimize the Consequences of Tax Crimes in Maryland

Paying taxes is not a hobby to anyone. The greatest number of Americans pay taxes to avoid the grave consequences of federal tax crimes. Others devise strategies of eliminating or avoiding taxes within the legal framework. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the US audits some of the returns submitted by businesses and individuals every year. If your returns reveal some irregularities, the IRS agents target you, and they launch investigations.

Divorce and taxes: legal issues are common

Taxes are not necessarily an issue that exists in a vacuum. They involve so many aspects of your life that when your taxes intertwine with these other issues, legal problems can easily arise. For example, do you run or own a business? Then there could be serious tax implications for you depending on the structure of your business, your tax filings and your obligations.

Budget cuts, lost employees limit ability of IRS to audit you

We have talked about the impending Tax Day and the fears that many people have about an audit on this blog a lot recently. These fears are rational from the perspective of someone undergoing an audit. The punishment and consequences with this action by the Internal Revenue Service are severe, and no one wants to deal with the monotony of an audit.

Tax extensions can help those who aren't ready to file

As Tax Day draws nearer, some people may be realizing that they aren't prepared for April 15. Maybe they haven't received the necessary paperwork to complete their taxes yet; or perhaps their filings are so complicated that the task at hand is overwhelming. Even though April 18 is six weeks away, there is a lot that needs to happen for some tax filers before they can submit their filing.

FAST Act takes effect in March

A new law that relates to taxes will take effect in March, and even though it was signed back in 2015, you may not have heard about it or contemplated its effects. The law is called the FAST Act, which stands for "Fixing America's Surface Transportation." Under this new law, the IRS will report to the U.S. State Department in regards to a person's back taxes. If they have serious delinquent tax debt, the State Department could limit your passport, revoke or or deny you one if you are applying.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Chaya Kundra will be a panelist at the New England IRS Representation Conference on Preparer Penalties.

Preparer Penalties: Everything You Need to Know! Over time the IRS has increased its focus from individual taxpayers to tax preparers. When the IRS identifies a pattern of false or fraudulent returns, it does not hesitate to impose penalties on the return preparers. This panel will walk you through the various penalties and what preparers need to know to protect themselves.

Moderator: Amanda Evans, Green & Sklarz LLC, New Haven, CT

Panelists: Chaya Kundra, Kundra & Associates, Rockville, MD, Barbara Kaplan, Greenburg Traurig, New York, NY

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