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The IRS’s Currently Not Collectible Status

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jan 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you’re financially unable to pay your taxes, you may qualify for the IRS to assign your account to “currently not collectible” (CNC) status. CNC is the IRS status assigned to debts that it deems the taxpayer unable to pay, deferring you from wage garnishment or levies on your bank accounts.

Can the IRS Collect from a Decedent’s Estate?

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jan 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Can the IRS Collect from a Decedent's Estate? When a loved one dies, their debts don't disappear, and that includes debts and taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service. The estate administrator must settle the debts, including back taxes owed to the IRS and any taxes owed for the current year t...

IRS Payroll Problems: Serious Business

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jan 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Payroll tax avoidance can result in substantial personal liability, and in some cases even imprisonment. Business owners should consult with tax counsel to discuss the proper payment of payroll taxes to minimize fines and other unintended consequences.

IRS Criminal Investigation Division

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jan 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

The IRS's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) works with other areas of the IRS to uncover fraud and income earned from illegal activities. This cooperation resulted in the IRS's CID uncovering $10 billion in tax fraud financial crimes for the 2020 fiscal year.

Cryptocurrency Tax Collections Ramp Up

Posted by Brandon Keim | Nov 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some cryptocurrency traders have made figurative killings with their investments. The world of cryptocurrency investment and speculation indeed has an otherworldly sense to it, both because of the unique nature of cryptocurrency and its roller-coaster rides for investors. Tax law, though, doesn'...

How Should You Report Your Lost or Stolen Cryptocurrency for Tax Purposes?

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jun 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although the IRS provided cryptocurrency guidance recently in when it issued Revenue 2019-24, there are still many questions that remain unanswered by IRS guidance. Among the questions unanswered include how one should report cryptocurrency that is lost or stolen. Generally, there are three potential reporting options by individuals, and because of the 2017 tax act, classifying these losses as an abandonment loss is likely to result in the most favorable taxpayer treatment.

The IRS Breaks Its Silence on Cryptocurrency and It Isn’t Good News

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jan 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

After nearly five years, the IRS has finally broken its silence on cryptocurrency by issuing Revenue Ruling 2019-24, which provides some clarification regarding the tax treatment of cryptocurrency. This article summarizes what the IRS has told us and notes those items that still have not been addressed by the IRS. If you are involved in cryptocurrency investments, purchases, sales, or mining operations, these details are important because, as previously discussed, the IRS and United States Treasury Department are auditing taxpayers whom they believe to be involved in cryptocurrency, and the IRS has frequently warned that it intends to pursue criminal prosecution of those taxpayers that do not accurately disclose their cryptocurrency transactions.

I received a letter from the IRS regarding my cryptocurrency (virtual currency). Now what?

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jul 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The IRS now has information regarding U.S. individuals who have cryptocurrency and are sending out automated letters to these individuals. The letter from the IRS is numbered Letter 6174-A, and it states, “We have information that you have or had one or more accounts containing virtual currency but may not have properly reported your transaction involving virtual currency, which include cryptocurrency and non-crypto virtual currencies.” In summary, if you invested in a cryptocurrency, or have a mining operation, you should be on the lookout for correspondence from the IRS regarding your involvement and make sure that you have properly reported all your income from virtual currency sources, including information returns (W-2s, 1099s).

Taxing Issues for Divorcing Parents: Dependent Exemptions, Head of Household Filing Status, Dependent Care Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Higher Education Tax Credits

Posted by Brandon Keim | Jan 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 made significant changes to the Tax Code, including child-related tax issues. If you are going through a divorce, be sure that your family law attorney is aware of Dependent Exemptions, Head of Household, Dependent Care Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Higher Education Tax Credits to ensure that you are properly represented during divorce. Merely addressing these issues in a divorce decree is not enough because rarely does the Tax Code respect the provisions of the divorce decree. Instead, you must ensure that you have taken the necessary steps to meet the requirements in the Tax Code.

The Importance of Designated Payments When Your Business Owes Employment Taxes

Posted by Brandon Keim | Nov 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Does your business have unpaid employment tax liabilities? If you answered yes, it is important to consider designating voluntary payments towards trust fund taxes. Designating payments costs you nothing, and helps you avoid personal liability. If you do not designate your payments, the IRS will apply the payments in a manner that is least beneficial to you.

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