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Showing posts with label how to solve IRS tax problems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label how to solve IRS tax problems. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IRS Determination : You Have The Right To Contest

Appealing an IRS Determination
Appealing an IRS Determination – Is It Possible?

You've just undergone an exhaustive IRS audit and your worst fears were realized. You owe money. A lot of it. Money you don't even have.  You are now left with plenty of questions  yet not a ton of options.  At this juncture, you may feel inclined to toss your hands in the air, curl into the fetal position and drown out the world, but don't give up just yet.

Businesses, no matter how large or small, have the right to contest IRS determination in tax court.  What does this mean? It means that the IRS decision isn't necessarily final. If you are able to prove your case in court, you could manage to reduce the fees or eradicate them altogether.

Great!  How Do We Start?

How, when and where you present your case is ascertained by the IRS ruling itself, but first and foremost:

Make Sure  Your Appeal is Valid – To  have your  case effectively heard, it must first fall under the rule of law, tax law in particular.  When it comes to  a tax appeal for example, you can't claim an conscientious objection or exemptions based on moral or religious grounds.   After determining  if your case falls within legal parameters, you can either file a claim using tax form 12203 (for cases where a determination of of $25, 000 or lower was made) and presenting it to the tax courts. If the determination was higher than $25,000 dollars, you will need to  file a formal protest, which is a bit more involved.  After all pertinent information if received, the courts will schedule a conference where they'll address your concerns  and assess them for validity.

Know What You Are in For – Disputing a tax assessment is not the same as appealing a civil or criminal case.  One major difference is that you won't see the individual who audited you at this point.  Rather,  an appeals officers will be assigned  to your case and the process will begin with them. Because the appeals officer is unfamiliar with your case and  may not have ties with the agent who audited you,  you could feel as if you'd have a better chance at getting heard and resolving the matter  to your satisfaction.

File Within the Allotted Time Limits – bear in mind that there is a  tiny window of time to appeal the decision, usually  30 days.  If you don't file your appeal  within the scheduled frame, you will lose the right to have your case heard.    The process is informal and can be done via letter correspondence or in face to face meetings. If you fear  you won't have time to address the case, you should consider having someone serve as  representative in your stead.

Hire a Knowledgeable  Representative – In cases where you wish to appeal an IRS ruling, it is best to hire a qualified CPA, Tax Attorney or  Agent  to go over your case and accompany you to hearings.  Someone ill equipped for the job  could end up costing you  your one chance to remove a heavy debt load from your shoulders.  If you decide to let someone speak on your behalf, be sure they have the expertise and know how to present your case well.

At the need of the day, most Americans are unaware that they can  even dispute an IRS audit ruling. If you have been audited recently, now would be to perfect time to claim your right to an appeal.  A step in the right direction would be to hire a expert CPA, such as the ones found at  GBC Income Tax Services of Atlanta.  Don't put your future as risk by doing nothing...start the appeals process and see what you can do to reverse  the decision and  get your business back on the fast track.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Facing the Dreaded Audit By The IRS

The Dreaded IRS Audit - What Actions You Should Take
The IRS has targeted you and your company for a comprehensive audit. 

You've done everything  humanly possible to avoid it, but  your worst fears have been realized. Before you  fling  yourself headlong into panic mode and start checking out real estate in Tahiti, relax. An audit  isn't necessarily the end of the world, especially if you know what to do  in preparation for one.

Great – I am Being Audited – Now What?

An audit can be particularly stressful for  both employer and employees alike.  While the business  owner worries about potentially  being fined, paying exorbitant fees or worse, going to jail, dependent  workers wonder if they could lose their primary source of income should the business go under.
With so much at stake, corporation undergoing a tax audit will need to ensure they have everything on hand to make the process go as smooth as possible.

Gather all pertinent file, records  and documents –this is  the most important aspect of preparedness that cannot be stressed enough. The inability to a locate or present documents  can provide IRS agents with enough fodder to fine   you or claim criminal intent on your part.   Indeed, companies that are able to provide relevant records and books are least likely to face serious consequence after an exhaustive audit.

Do Your Home work – A little research can go a long way in not only helping you feel more secure, but in educating you on what you will need throughout the IRS auditing process. One thing that may surprise you is that the IRS aren't the big evil boogeymen they are made out to be, in fact, they   will and often do consider the fact that employees are prone to human error.  At the end of the day, only a small handful of audits result in serious  citations, fines or arrests.    With that in mind, remember that  they will and often will pursue anything they think to be grossly out to of proportion with the facts presented.

Take a Deep Breathe and – Relax! – The last thing you want to do is raise suspicions that  you have something to hide by acting overly worried. That is not to say pretend everything is A-Okay—just don't get super worked up. Stressing over the matter won't help things anyway, as the best way to ensure you  are going to “beat the system”   is to  do everything in your power  to legally increase the odds of a positive outcome. Seeking the advice of  a well respected accounting firm like GBC Tax Services of Atlanta is one way to  do this.  By outsourcing, you can  go over what needs to be done prior to the IRS agency visit. You  will also be better equipped to ferret out potential problem and solutions before the big day arrives.  In any case, it is always wise to go with  proven experts in the field of accounting  so you know you  you'll be ready when the Tax man comes a-calling.

Once you’ve decided on an expert CPA,  you can have them represent you or be a  part of the process alongside you. In either case, it makes more sense to have a proven and trusted CPA at your side who will help you protect everything you're carefully built. They can also  help you  if you don't like the IRS determination, by taking your case to  tax court on appeal.

But no matter the outcome, it literally pays to do your homework.  Avoid  common business  pitfalls that  lead to  a  negative result after Internal Revenue evaluation by being  proactive on your own behalf. It is the only way to win at life as well as beat tax audits.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

7 Red Flags to Trigger an Audit: 7 of 7

Be shrewd and hire a good CPA
with external auditing and IRS
Representation experience: GBC
When it comes to audits of your small business taxes by the IRS, we are basically all...

GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!
*Call GBC Services at 678-366-9232 for immediate assistance*

If you've been chosen for an audit, the burden is unfortunately on you to answer the IRS' questions and to prove anything you claimed. They will be sniffing around aggressively for any unreported or under-reported income, along with over-stated deductions, as that is their job. Excuses of losing paperwork or being unaware will not work. Make sure you're on the ball!

*This is a series of 7 red flags to avoid, to help you not invite an audit. Hopefully you can escape this stress... Here is the final point #7:

*CASH BUSINESSES BEWARE:

*Cash-intensive businesses, such as beauty salons, restaurants and car washes, will always be under closer IRS scrutiny, as they are more likely to under-report taxable income.

To avoid an audit: Beware of warnings, follow procedure, keep good records, hire a CPA, and don't ever ignore tax notices. If you do get audited, be very cooperative and maintain a good attitude with them, and your CPA should be able to handle any IRS Representation for you.

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READ MORE>> www.AmericanExpress.com (from Small Business "OPENForum"): 7 Red Flags That Could Get Your Small Business Audited

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

7 Red Flags to Trigger an Audit: 6 of 7

Check in next month to learn
about the next red flag to avoid!
When it comes to audits of your small business taxes by the IRS, we are basically all...

GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!
*Call GBC Services at 678-366-9232 for immediate assistance*

If you've been chosen for an audit, the burden is unfortunately on you to answer the IRS' questions and to prove anything you claimed. They will be sniffing around aggressively for any unreported or under-reported income, along with over-stated deductions, as that is their job. Excuses of losing paperwork or being unaware will not work. Make sure you're on the ball!

*This is a series of 7 red flags to avoid, to help you not invite an audit. Hopefully you can escape this stress... Here is #6:

*CLAIMING 100 PERCENT BUSINESS USE OF A VEHICLE:

*If the vehicle is not designated for business use and there is no separate vehicle available for personal use, the business owner needs to maintain detailed mileage logs and calendar entries for the purposes of each trip.

To avoid an audit: Beware of warnings, follow procedure, keep good records, hire a CPA, and don't ever ignore tax notices. If you do get audited, be very cooperative and maintain a good attitude with them, and your CPA should be able to handle any IRS Representation for you.

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READ MORE>> www.AmericanExpress.com (from Small Business "OPENForum"): 7 Red Flags That Could Get Your Small Business Audited

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

7 Red Flags to Trigger an Audit: 4 of 7

Check in next month to learn
about the next red flag to avoid!
When it comes to audits of your small business taxes by the IRS, we are basically all...

GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!
*Call GBC Services at 678-366-9232 for immediate assistance*

If you've been chosen for an audit, the burden is unfortunately on you to answer the IRS' questions and to prove anything you claimed. They will be sniffing around aggressively for any unreported or under-reported income, along with over-stated deductions, as that is their job. Excuses of losing paperwork or being unaware will not work. Make sure you're on the ball!

*This is a series of 7 red flags to avoid, to help you not invite an audit. Hopefully you can escape this stress... Here is #4:

*EXCESSIVE DEDUCTIONS FOR BUSINESS MEALS, TRAVEL AND ENTERTAINMENT:

*Maintain receipts for all expenses, along with detailed records, and don’t overstate these expenses.

To avoid an audit: Beware of warnings, follow procedure, keep good records, hire a CPA, and don't ever ignore tax notices. If you do get audited, be very cooperative and maintain a good attitude with them, and your CPA should be able to handle any IRS Representation for you.

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READ MORE>> www.AmericanExpress.com (from Small Business "OPENForum"): 7 Red Flags That Could Get Your Small Business Audited

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

7 Red Flags to Trigger an Audit: 3 of 7

Check in next month to learn
about the next red flag to avoid!
When it comes to audits of your small business taxes by the IRS, we are basically all...

GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!
*Call GBC Services at 678-366-9232 for immediate assistance*

If you've been chosen for an audit, the burden is unfortunately on you to answer the IRS' questions and to prove anything you claimed. They will be sniffing around aggressively for any unreported or under-reported income, along with over-stated deductions, as that is their job. Excuses of losing paperwork or being unaware will not work. Make sure you're on the ball!

*This is a series of 7 red flags to avoid, to help you not invite an audit. Hopefully you can escape this stress... Here is #3:

*UNREASONABLY HIGH SALARIES PAID TO SHAREHOLDERS WHO ARE ALSO EMPLOYEES:

*Determine reasonable salaries for your type of business based on industry, skill level and geographic location.

To avoid an audit: Beware of warnings, follow procedure, keep good records, hire a CPA, and don't ever ignore tax notices. If you do get audited, be very cooperative and maintain a good attitude with them, and your CPA should be able to handle any IRS Representation for you.

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READ MORE>> www.AmericanExpress.com (from Small Business "OPENForum"): 7 Red Flags That Could Get Your Small Business Audited

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

7 Red Flags to Trigger an Audit: 1 of 7

Check in next month to learn
about the next red flag to avoid!
When it comes to audits of your small business taxes by the IRS, we are basically all...

GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!
*Call GBC Services at 678-366-9232 for immediate assistance*

If you've been chosen for an audit, the burden is unfortunately on you to answer the IRS' questions and to prove anything you claimed. They will be sniffing around aggressively for any unreported or under-reported income, along with over-stated deductions, as that is their job. Excuses of losing paperwork or being unaware will not work. Make sure you're on the ball!

*This is a series of 7 red flags to avoid, to help you not invite an audit. Hopefully you can escape this stress... Here is #1:

*REPORTING A NET LOSS IN YOUR BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 2 OUT OF 5 YEARS:

*You will be well-advised to follow the IRS Publication 535 guide for business expenses, because if a business cannot satisfy three years of profits in a five-year period, it will likely get audited.

To avoid an audit: Beware of warnings, follow procedure, keep good records, hire a CPA, and don't ever ignore tax notices. If you do get audited, be very cooperative and maintain a good attitude with them, and your CPA should be able to handle any IRS Representation for you.

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READ MORE>> www.AmericanExpress.com (from Small Business "OPENForum"): 7 Red Flags That Could Get Your Small Business Audited

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Strategies to Beat a Small-Business Audit: HOW TO DEAL

How to triumph over an audit?
There are a number of ways a small business can become targeted for an audit by the IRS. Some of the most common are DIF Scoring, Examination Referrals, and Document Matching. It's essential to understand why your business has been selected to be audited.

The "discriminant index function," or "DIF," is a computerized score assigned to filed returns. The mathematical formula used to derive this score is not revealed to the public, but the higher the score the more likely the audit. Factors such as reported deductions being higher than reported income are red flags. Audits of a related party can also trigger an audit for you. (i.e. If the IRS sees that company XYZ made payments to ABC Inc., they may check if the payment was reported by ABC.) In addition to these practices, the IRS also matches income reported by the payer on 1099 or W-2 forms to the payee's individual tax return to ensure the income is reported.

So, need some help? Hire a professional CPA with experience in IRS Representation. Call GBC Audit Services for help now at 678 366-9232!
And take some advice from a former IRS Agent's angle:

  • DISPUTE THE "HOBBY LOSS" THEORY: According to the Internal Revenue Code Section 183, deductions are limited when an activity is not engaged in for profit. This is known as the "hobby loss rule." If business losses have been disallowed due to the hobby loss rule, it is essential to prove both a business profitability strategy (marketing plans) and prior success to show that the current losses are temporary.
  • CLAIM MISSED DEDUCTIONS: Many business owners may not know it, but an audit is also  a great time to submit documentation for overlooked deductions. Such deductions may reduce the taxpayer's liability or possibly generate an overpayment of taxes, which can offset any deficiencies determined by the IRS.
  • BE CREATIVE IN SUBSTANTIATING YOUR DEDUCTIONS: Keep in mind that the IRS allows for third-party documentation, oral testimony and other forms of verification substantiating expenses, so if your business lacks documentation to support business mileage reported, consider using Google maps, clients' records and past invoices to estimate mileage. Another example would be if you no longer have receipts or documentation for certain expenses claimed, take the time to retrieve prior bank records or credit card statements. It is also beneficial to make contact with vendors to request proof of payment.
  • GET PROFESSIONAL HELP: If you feel overwhelmed by the mere mention of the IRS, it may not be a bad idea to get a tax attorney, accountant or enrolled agent to fight on your behalf. That way, you can remove yourself, emotions and fears from the equation completely. Begin by submitting Form 2848, "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative," to the IRS. They will be required to make direct contact with the agent on your behalf.
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READ MORE>> www.bankrate.com: 4 Ways to Beat Small Business Tax Audit
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Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The IRS Offers Options for Getting Right with Uncle Sam

A good CPA can help you find
solutions to your tax problems.
Do you owe the IRS right now? The first thing to do is open all mail from the agency so you're on top of the matter. Next, stay calm. Well, it's understandable if you panic a little, because the IRS wields power that can make your life miserable. Depending on your situation, the agency can take your paycheck and your bank and retirement accounts, and more. They'll seize land, business assets, cars — anything they can auction and turn into cash quickly.

But all is not lost if you act now.  

Consider the following strategies to get back in good graces with Uncle Sam:

1. Ask for more time. Depending on your circumstances, you may be granted a short extension period to pay your tax in full. You can request this by filling out an application for an online payment agreement or by calling 800-829-1040.

2. Try for an installment plan. If you owe $50,000 or less in combined taxes, penalties and interest, you can fill out the application for an online payment agreement. Fees for setting up payment plans can range from $43 to $105.

3. Make an offer. That is, file for what's known formally as an "offer in compromise." You basically tell the IRS that you're prepared to pay a certain amount to settle your debt. Getting agreement will depend on whether the agency believes that this is the maximum you can manage. You must meet certain standards to be considered. If you're going through a bankruptcy, for example, you're not eligible. And if you haven't filed all of your tax returns, don't apply.

READ MORE >> AARP: Can't Pay Your Taxes?

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Professional IRS Representation for Your Small Business Needs

GBC can help your company
with payroll tax problems.
There is a few things you should know about payroll taxes though, crucial knowledge that could help you avoid legitimate problems with the IRS as long as these rules of thumbs are followed and guidelines applied.

First things you need to know before getting Atlanta IRS representation is what to hold back from every employee's paycheck:
  • Federal (and if applicable state) income taxes
  • FICA contributions (for such programs as Social Security and Medicare) 
  • READ MORE ABOUT FICA  

Other important notes for an employer to know to help them with their Atlanta payroll tax problems: 
  • How much income tax to withhold depends on the numbers of exemptions claimed by the employee.
  • FICA contributions from a percentage of gross earnings earned by the actual employee in which you must either match to a certain percentage, or fully.
  • Use a federal tax deposit form with your payment (makes things way easier)
If you do not send these to the IRS, then you may indeed find yourself needing Atlanta IRS representation.  The Atlanta IRS requires this information by federal law, so it is best to make sure you send it over:
  • Form 941 Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return. Form is filed every 3 months whilst your business maintains employees. This report shows the employees' federal income tax and FICA withheld for the previous quarter.
    Download Form 941
  • Form 940 Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment Tax Return or FUTA. Filed once a year, and is used to calculate federal unemployment tax. It is important to note that the FUTA tax is paid by the actual business and is not withed from the employee's check.
    Download Form 940
If you find yourself failing in this area of Atlanta IRS representation for your business, do not fret. The Atlanta IRS has reported that the vast majority of businesses are often late, or mess up, their taxes. While the Atlanta IRS considers payroll taxes the most serious of all the tax debts, often they will be willing to work with you as long as you pick the correct Atlanta IRS representation.  

Be careful with payroll taxes, as Atlanta IRS collectors can be extremely tenacious if you owe any payroll taxes whatsoever. 

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Atlanta IRS Solutions...GBC Services Can Help You With IRS Problems

Always fill out tax
forms at the earliest!
IRS problems are extremely unsettling. 

While you are likely to feel panicked and overwhelmed, following the steps below will assist in solving your tax issues in a timely fashion.

Do not let a notice from the IRS sit around without taking action. 

The notice will contain a payoff date for any liability noted. A timely resolution to your problems is crucial to minimize the effect of penalties and interest on this and any money you owe.

  • Read the IRS notice several times. The notice will be difficult to fully understand if you read it only once. 
  • Make notes on what the IRS is asking for, including the tax year the notice...

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Finding the right IRS Representation in Atlanta Georgia

Find the Best Atlanta
IRS Representative at GBC
Taxes can be complicated, frustrating, and leave you a wreck for days, but just imagine you find out you are going to get a visit from the tax man or that something was wrong with what you sent in. Now the real panic sets in!

In order to hire the right person, you need to know what a tax rep can do for you. Things to look for when searching for experience Internal Revenue Service Representation.

It's time for you to find the right IRS tax representation for your Georgia taxes.

First of all, if you owe outstanding taxes, your representation should be able to help you reach a reasonable compromise. What questions will they consider to help find a middle ground between you and the IRS?
  • Is the amount of tax being required the correct amount?
  • Could you ever conceivably pay the tax owed?
  • If the answer to both is affirmative – would paying back the outstanding debt place you under extreme financial burden. 
  • Visit the IRS website. 

Since the government rejects the great majority of attempts at compromise, be certain to find representation that will pre-qualify the request. That way you are not wasting your time and even more money getting together the needed information to present your case. Which income tax documents and forms are needed?
  • Form 433-A Collection Information Statement for Wage Earners or Self-Employed Individuals
  • Form 433-B Collection Information Statement for Businesses
  • Form 656 Offer in Compromise 
  • Visit the IRS website. 

Of course depending on whether you are self employed or are running a small business that will determine which of the first two forms you will use.

Another sticky Internal Revenue Service situation arises when you can't pay your taxes on time in full. Does the government offer payment plans? While it isn't generally advertised, a representative can help you to set up a reasonable monthly plan. Look for someone who can:
  • Help with Form 9465 which is a request for a payment plan
  • Help you avoid interest and late fees by encouraging you to scrounge up as much as you can for the initial payment
  • Contact you immediately when they hear back from the IRS regarding whether your request was accepted or denied, or if you need to provide additional information 
  • Visit the IRS website. 

Your tax representation also needs to have a good grasp on penalties. Do they know the penalties for:
  • Failure to pay
  • Inaccurate filing
  • Understatement of the amount due
  • Late filing
  • Fraud
  • A frivolous return (not enough information to verify tax amount due)

There are many situations in which you would need Atlanta IRS tax representation.
Be sure to find someone who has experience in the aspect of tax law that you need assistance. Since you probably don't want to flash around problems with the IRS, the best way to find your representation is online. But if you happen to know someone who has had a problem in the past, word of mouth usually makes for good recommendations.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Advice On Dealing With The IRS from eHow's Money Section

Read Notices from the IRS
Immediately and Thoroughly
IRS problems are extremely unsettling. While you are likely to feel panicked and overwhelmed, following the steps below will assist in solving your tax issues in a timely fashion.

Do not let a notice from the IRS sit around without taking action. 

The notice will contain a payoff date for any liability noted. A timely resolution to your problems is crucial to minimize the effect of penalties and interest on this and any money you owe.

  • Read the IRS notice several times. The notice will be difficult to fully understand if you read it only once. 
  • Make notes on what the IRS is asking for, including the tax year the notice...

Call GBC Income Tax Services today at 678-366-9232 for all your tax and IRS needs!

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