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Tax Resolution Attorney John P. Willis Talks About “Smurfing”, What It Is and How To Avoid Doing It.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Tax resolution attorney John Willis, CEO and founder of IRSALLSTAR.com alerts readers to the illegal activity known as “smurfing” which some businesses may be found guilty of doing by the IRS even though they …

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IRS Controversy: Are Blurred Lines Between ‘Employees’ and ‘Freelancers’ Setting Taxpayers Up For Disaster?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Ask any business owner what the worst part of his job is, and most of them will tell you that it’s

dealing with the IRS. The IRS consistently makes life difficult for business owners – …

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The IRS Requires Taxpayers to Keep Documentation for Years… But Can’t Do the Same

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

If you have ever been involved in an IRS dispute, you know that the agency expects you to maintain extensive documentation for years after filing your tax return. In many cases, you are required to …

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Foreign Account Holders: Significant IRS Tax Deadlines Are Approaching

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

April 15 is the widely-known IRS tax deadline, by which most Americans must submit their income tax returns. But it is far from the only important “deadline day” for taxpayers. One such deadline is rapidly …

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No One is Safe From IRS Collection Efforts… Not Even the City of Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I have written before in this space that the IRS is the world’s most brutal collection agency. They won’t hesitate to come after anyone that they believe owes money to the agency. Most of the …

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Taxes Are Due: What Happens if You Can’t Pay the IRS?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Earlier this month was much of America’s least favorite day of the year: Tax Day. And while millions of Americans sent a check to the IRS, plenty more found that they were unable to pay …

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Attention Taxpayers: Don’t Get Burned by IRS Phone Fraud

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Tax season is often unpleasant. Nobody likes paying money to the government, and even if you’re expecting a tax refund, filing the paperwork (or dealing with an accountant) can still be time consuming.

Unfortunately, there is …

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Claiming a Home-Office Deduction on Your Tax Return? Believe It or Not… It Just Got Easier!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

The IRS is not known for making things easy on taxpayers, as we all know. Between the complex tax forms they require taxpayers to complete, excessive wait times for taxpayers attempting to get a simple …

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IRS Tax Preparation: Tax Changes for 2014

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Tax season is here, and millions of taxpayers across the nation will begin organizing their paperwork and filing their tax returns with the IRS. But before you do that, it’s important to be aware of …

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Report: IRS Issues Billions of Dollars Worth of Fraudulent Tax Refunds Each Year

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

One could reasonably expect the IRS to keep a tight eye on their finances… right? After all, this is the agency that requires taxpayers to keep onerous records of charitable donations, education expenses, childcare costs, …

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IRS Tax Controversy: IRS Creates Program to “Fast Track” Small Business Audits

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The IRS is not known for its fast, efficient administration. In fact, many people consider the IRS to be a classic example of a bloated, incompetent bureaucracy. But that doesn’t mean that the agency isn’t …

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IRS Tax Preparation: You Can’t Trust Just Anyone with Your Taxes

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

There is a fine line to be walked when it comes to dealing with the IRS. On one hand, no taxpayer wants to pay a penny more than he or she owes the agency. And …

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Attention Waiters & Waitresses: The IRS is Coming After Your Tips!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

If you are a waiter or a waitress, or if you’ve got friends or family members that are, you know how important tips are. Most waiters and waitresses are paid a very low hourly rate, …

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Own a Small Business? Get Ready for (Another) IRS Crackdown

Monday, August 26th, 2013

If you own a small business, you probably feel like you live in the crosshairs of the IRS. Accounting and filing tax returns is already an exhausting task, with the IRS demanding that you file …

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IRS Tax Controversy: Yes, the IRS Really Will Shut Down Your Business

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Many taxpayers and business owners find it hard to believe that the IRS is really as ruthless as they are often portrayed. And they are surprised when I tell them that not only will the …

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IRS and Department of Labor to Crack Down on “Improper” Use of Independent Contractors

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Many businesses today use independent contractors in addition to, or even instead of, traditional employees. There are many situations in which this arrangement makes sense and is valuable to both parties. However, lately the IRS …

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IRS Tax Disputes: What To Do If You’re Audited

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Tax season is finally behind us – and if you are like many Americans, particularly business owners and high-income individuals, that means a big sigh of relief. Hopefully it also meant a sizeable refund check!

But …

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IRS Tax Controversy: ‘World Series of Poker’ Champion Faces Tax Dispute

Monday, March 18th, 2013

While every taxpayer and business owner dreads the thought of an IRS audit, many of them also are of the mentality that “this could never happen to me.” Of course, as you know if you …

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IRS Tax Advice: Beware of Identity Theft While Filing Taxes

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Identity theft is a problem most of us are familiar with. We’ve all heard the horror stories—ruined credit, sky-high credit card bills, and so on. But did you know that your tax returns are a …

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Good News for Taxpayers: IRS “Fresh Start” Program Helps Resolve IRS Disputes

Friday, January 25th, 2013

It’s not very often that I can say this, but the IRS has recently taken steps to make it easier for taxpayers who are struggling with IRS debt to find relief. Aptly called the “Fresh …

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IRS Tax Planning: Year-End Tax Tips

Monday, December 31st, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, many taxpayers take advantage of the opportunity to make charitable donations and still claim them on their 2012 tax returns. But each year, many taxpayers make simple mistakes that …

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Managing Uncertainty: Tax Moves to Make Now

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

As you know, the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington have made it very difficult to plan for 2013—as millions of Americans aren’t yet sure of even what their tax rate will be.

However, despite the …

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IRS Changes Suggest an Increase in “Whistleblower” Cases is Soon to Come

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The IRS is nothing if not relentless—particularly when it comes to squeezing every possible dollar of revenue from taxpayers. In addition to their stringent reporting requirements, audit process, and often brutal collection tactics, the IRS …

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The IRS Won’t Forgive Your Honest Mistake!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

At my office, we work closely with taxpayers and business owners, many of whom are having trouble with the IRS. In almost every case, these taxpayers previously made an honest mistake (which is easy to …

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IRS Problems Don’t Have to Make Your Life Miserable!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

If you’ve ever dealt with an IRS dispute, you know exactly how miserable the process can be. The IRS is often referred to as “the world’s most brutal collection agency”—and with good reason. They are …

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Disagree With The Results of an IRS Audit? Here’s What to Do

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The relationship between the IRS and taxpayers across the nation tends to be very one-sided, to say the least. That is why many business owners and taxpayers are surprised to learn that they do in …

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Think Your IRS Problems are Hopeless? Think Again!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

If you are wrapped up in an IRS dispute, it may seem like your situation is hopeless. Between the penalties and interest which continue to pile up and the repeated phone calls and visits from …

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Is the IRS Breathing Down Your Neck? Here’s What to do About it

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

If you are in the middle of an IRS dispute, your situation may seem hopeless. You’re not alone—millions of taxpayers every year face audits, IRS disputes, and penalties. And frankly, the IRS could care less …

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IRS Problems? You Can Solve Them– But You Must Take Action!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The IRS is the world’s most brutal collection agency. Their tactics cause extreme stress for thousands of taxpayers across the country, each and every year. Many individuals and business owners in the midst of an …

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