Missed the 2010 Tax Return Filing Deadline?

In Common Tax Questions, IRS Tax Help, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

If you missed the April 18th deadline to file your 2010 Tax Return, it’s not too late.  While you consider whether it’s worth the hassle to file your late return, here’s some things to keep in mind: PENALTIES AND INTEREST.  For every day your tax return is late, filing penalties, payment penalties, and interest will incur on any tax you …

Liberty Tax Service Alleged “Crack for Tax” Scandal

In Florida Tax Issues, IRS Tax Help, Tax News, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

Last week I spoke about the raid and bust of On Time Tax Consultants for allegedly scamming low income taxpayers.  Unfortunately, On Time Tax Consultants are not the only local tax preparation service targeting lower income individuals in our community.   Liberty Tax Service, located at 3320 Southwest 35th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida, has also been under investigation for preying on low …

Alleged Tax Scammers Target Lower Income Taxpayers

In Florida Tax Issues, IRS Tax Help, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

The IRS is cracking down on Tax Fraud by Return Preparers. While most tax return preparation providers are competent  to handle most of your tax return needs, there are still those lurking amongst us whom are con artists filing fraudulent tax returns and stealing their client’s money. Don’t believe it can happen to you?  Think again! On March 24, 2011—just …

Tax Q & A – I Currently Can’t Pay the IRS because of an Economic Hardship

In IRS Tax Help by Sarah E. Martello

QUESTION:  What happens if I owe the IRS money but after paying my living expenses/bills, I currently can’t afford to pay my tax liability? ANSWER:  Depending on your particular situation, there are several options.  If you are going through a financial hardship, the IRS may be willing to suspend collection activity to allow you the opportunity to get back on …

Tax Day Countdown Q & A

In IRS Tax Help, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

QUESTION: I Know My Tax Return is Due, but I Cannot Pay the Taxes…Should I Still File on Time? ANSWER: YES, YES, and YES! Even though you will not be able to pay the full amount of your taxes when you file your Income Tax Return, you should still file on time to prevent the 5% per month Late Filing …

Common IRS Letters and Notices

In IRS Tax Help by Sarah E. Martello

IRS Letter 525: General 30 Day Letter. This is a notice from the IRS informing you of potential mistakes concerning items on your tax return. These errors may be mathematical or clerical errors in preparing your tax return. This letter is accompanied by a report including the computations of their proposed adjustments. If you agree with the proposed adjustments, then …

IRS Audits and Letters…AUGH, what does this mean?!

In IRS Tax Help by Sarah E. Martello

If you just received a letter from the IRS, you may be freaking out and envisioning the IRS breaking down your door – swat team in tow – to raid your house for valuables to satisfy your tax debt.  Before you shred the letter in hopes it will magically disappear forever, take a moment to educate yourself on what’s going …

Settle Your Tax Debt for Pennies on the Dollar – If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It’s Probably a Scam!

In Uncategorized by Sarah E. Martello

FTC Shuts Down American Tax Relief Scam New York Times, FTC Says Company Promised Tax Relief but Failed to Deliver: Who wouldn’t like to settle with the IRS for pennies on the dollar? In recent years, some 20,000 people have turned to American Tax Relief of Beverly Hills, Calif., to do just that after seeing the company’s advertisements on television, …

IRS Incorrectly Records 73,000+ Purchase Dates for Taxpayers Claiming the First-Time Homebuyer Credit

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

Those of you lucky enough to take advantage of the First-Time Hombuyer Tax Credit might be getting a not-so-lucky tax assessment.  Somehow the IRS managed to record the wrong purchase date for 73,000+ homebuyers cashing in on the credit. This IRS screw-up could be costly for the unfortunate taxpayers affected.  When the First-Time Homebuyer’s Tax Credit appeared in 2008, it …