Married Filing Separate Spouse Liable for Tax

Marriage presents a number of difficult tax questions. One question is whether both spouses can be held liable when they file separately and one spouse fails to pay their taxes. This is a common marriage tax question that we are asked. One might think that the married filing separate status fully protects the other spouse.… …

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When Withdrawing IRS Tax Lien Facilitates Collection

The IRS’s collection efforts can impact different taxpayers differently. While the IRS has broad collection powers, there are some taxpayers who are largely immune from the IRS’s collection efforts. This varied impact is partly due to the range of collection tools Congress has provided to the IRS. The IRS lien notice provides an example. Many… …

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IRA Excess Contribution Tax for Stock Sale

There are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the tax rules for IRAs and other qualified plans. IRAs and qualified plans can shelter a significant amount of income from tax. Defined benefit plans are an example. A business owner can contribute and shelter up to $245,000 in these plans in 2022. This… …

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The IRS “Effective Tax Administration” Settlement

Life has a way of getting in the way. Whether it is a health issue, a financial setback, or some other circumstance. The IRS often finds itself having to contend with these situations experienced by taxpayers. This often comes up when there are back taxes. Or when the life issue results in back taxes. Taxpayers… …

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IRS Offer In Compromise: The Deemed Acceptance Rules

The IRS has missed just about every deadline in the past few years. Most of the IRS’s employees have basically been on paid vacation for the past few years. When Covid-19 first emerged, IRS employees were sent home. They were paid not to work. While private-sector employees scrambled to find ways to work, many IRS… …

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Website Development Tax Deductions & the Start-Up Rules

There are several tax laws that have to be considered to determine when and how costs to develop websites are deductible. These expenses are almost always deductible. These tax laws raise timing questions. It’s a matter of when the expenses are deductible. For those who are developing website businesses as side-hustles, the issue takes on… …

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IRS Substantiation for Charitable Contributions & Gifts

Our tax laws allow a deduction for contributions and gifts made to charities. The idea is that the charity is relieving the government of some service or function that the government would have to otherwise have provided. The amount of the charitable contribution deduction can be significant. This benefit has been part of tax planning… …

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Contesting the IRS’s Passport Certification for Back Taxes

The IRS has a lot of tools available to help it collect unpaid taxes. This includes liens, levies, and even seizing property. Congress added the ability for the IRS to certify passports for those who owe back taxes and have refused to pay. Congress provided a judicial remedy for erroneous certifications. There have not been… …

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California Taxes Out-of-State Trusts for Out-of-State Asset

A record number of taxpayers have moved from California to other states, such as Texas. With advance tax planning, this type of move can produce significant tax savings. The savings can be had year after year. This type of move can also help avoid the audit and appeals process in California. This alone is worth… …

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