A Maryland resident who owes money to the IRS could lose the ability to leave the country. The IRS can ask the State Department to not issue a passport or to decline to renew an existing passport. Typically, the IRS will only do this if an individual owes $50,000 or more in back taxes or more than $50,000 after penalties and interest are accounted for.
Since its inception, our blog has dedicated considerable time to discussing the many tools or "enforcement options" the Internal Revenue Service has at its disposal. As disconcerting as this type of information can be to learn, the purpose hasn't been to cause unnecessary alarm, but rather to impress upon people why it's so important for them to take federal tax matters seriously.
If you were to find a random letter from the Internal Revenue Service or Comptroller of Maryland in your mailbox, chances are good that you would experience a tremendous sinking sensation. Indeed, you'd probably be reluctant to open this unanticipated correspondence, fearful of whatever presumably bad news was contained on the pages within.
It may come as an unwelcome surprise to learn that we're already approaching the midpoint of summer. While this is never really a welcome reality -- especially for those of us who live in areas with long winters -- the good news is that there is still plenty of time left for vacations and other warm weather activities.
While there is perhaps no better feeling than owning your home or the structure in which you conduct your business, this possession of real property comes with a host of real responsibilities. Indeed, not only is it your responsibility to make repairs and secure insurance, it's also your responsibility to pay both the mortgage and, of course, property taxes.
For years, the first stop for taxpayers and tax professionals with any sort of tax-related question was the Internal Revenue Service's phone line, which has always been staffed by agency employees during regular business hours Monday through Friday.
In a series of ongoing posts, our blog has been examining how it's not just the Internal Revenue Service that has a host of collection options at its disposal, but also the Comptroller of Maryland. To that end, we've been exploring just how deep the agency's toolbox is, with those who have not made or are unable to make payment arrangements facing everything from interest and penalty charges to salary liens.
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Earlier this month, our blog spent some time discussing how those individuals who find themselves in the unenviable position of not having made payment arrangements with the Comptroller of Maryland's office or being unable to comply with these arrangements should know that the agency will not hesitate to pursue one -- or several -- enforcement actions.
Given that we are nearly a month removed from Tax Day 2017, most individuals are free to redirect their attention to more pressing -- and likely more exciting -- matters.