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Do I Qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief?

When you sign a joint tax return with your spouse, you are signing a legal document that holds both signatories in "joint and several liability" for the information on the return. In other words, each of you can be held liable for the entire tax amount, including penalties and interest if you underpay or do not pay at all. But what if your spouse underpaid your joint taxes without your...
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Can a Currently Non-Collectible Status Stop the FTB?

Sometimes your financial fortunes take a turn for the worse, and you find yourself owing back taxes to the Franchise Tax Board. You don’t even have two coins to rub together, much less make installment payments, yet you are looking for an alternative to filing for bankruptcy. An Offer in Compromise is also off the table; you just don’t have the money.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Tax Attorneys

The only people who like taxes are those who collect them. Everyone else not only dislikes dealing with taxes, but they can be outright afraid of the tax agencies, not without reason. There a few questions that are always on the minds of those who are dealing with tax problems, including whether to hire a tax attorney or a CPA, when to hire a tax attorney, and how to find a good one.
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How to Claim the California Earned Income Tax Credit

The first few months of every new year seems to be dragged down by the necessity of preparing tax returns and the feeling of becoming poorer by the minute. To ease some of the federal burden, the IRS created an earned income tax credit that was implemented in 2013. California taxpayers, who are in a state where the tax burden is higher than average, were provided a state earned income tax...
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You Have Options for Paying Your Tax Debts

If you have a tax liability, you have several options for paying it. The IRS provides relatively straightforward instructions on the various types of payment methods and other ways to discharge the liability. In California, you can also deal with the Franchise Tax Board, the Board of Equalization, and the Employment Development Division. Payment options: Straight payment or payment in full ...
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When Tax Investigations Go Criminal

When the IRS knocks on your door, it is enough to make you shake in your shoes. A visit from a revenue agent (auditor) or revenue officer (collection) who claims to have detected possible fraud means you are already in hot water. The steps from suspicion to criminal tax investigation have already taken place, and that IS agent already has enough information to prosecute. It is also possible...
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How to File an Appeal with the California Board of Equalization

The California Board of Equalization has audited you and found potential underpayment of taxes, fees, or additional amounts the BOE determines you owe. Your next step is to meet with the BOE supervisor and then the District Principal Auditor. If you do not convince them that the results are in error, you can file an appeal.
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What to Do if the EDD Takes Your Money

The California Employment Development Department can legally withhold money owed to you by the state for repayment of debt.  In other words, either through error or willful action, you owe a monetary debt to the State of California. The EDD is within its legal rights to withhold money from a variety of programs and tax refunds if you do not pay up. It works with the California Franchise Tax...
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What is a Sales Tax Nexus and How Does It Affect My Business?

  A state may create legislation requiring a seller with nexus in that state to pay tax on sales of tangible property within the state. What is nexus and how does it affect your business?
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The California Franchise Tax Board and Business Income Taxes

California can be an expensive state in which to do business. Small businesses in the state are particularly hard hit under the state tax laws. California has a higher than average state income tax imposed on business and personal income, plus it engages in double-taxation when it comes to business entities structured so that the income passes through to the owner. The Franchise Tax Board is...
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