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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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What Is Innocent Spouse Relief?

Filing a joint tax return can create an unintended burden since both parties are liable for the tax due. The burden can outweigh any benefits joint filing provides, especially if the tax is not paid in full at the time it is due. Each partner is then responsible for the additional penalties or interest that accrues. Joint and several liability is the legal concept that encompasses what married...
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What is the IRS Statute of Limitations for an Audit?

IRS audits operate under a statute of limitations, meaning the IRS is barred from auditing returns after a set period of time. The limitation period typically begins at a particular time in the process and may be extended according to particular circumstances. Why do these limitations exist and how do they apply to various audit situations?
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Installment Agreements and the IRS: Settling Your Debt

In an ideal world, everyone would be able to pay their taxes in full and on time, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. If difficult circumstances mean that you are coming up short this tax season, it is probably the source of a lot of stress and anxiety. The instinct to avoid the issue may be strong, but it can cause your problems to multiply exponentially. Interest, penalties, and other...
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Income Withholding Order: How to Process an EWOT

Being served with an income withholding order can be a disconcerting experience as an employer. These orders can come from a variety of sources, but they are all legally binding and require careful handling. Understanding how these orders work, what your obligations are regarding them, and how to comply with them is very important. Failing to do so can have severe consequences for you and your...
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FAST Act Give IRS Power to Revoke Passports for Tax Debt over $50K

The recent passage of the FAST Act has some people worried about their ability to travel and live abroad because of their IRS liabilities. Although Congress has long toyed with the idea of tying tax compliance to international travel privileges, the new law now codifies the ability of the government to restrict passports of anyone who owes the IRS more than fifty thousand dollars in...
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How to Get Free Taxpayer Assistance

It is my firmly held belief that everyone should have access to good, top quality legal representation. However, even by charging the absolute minimum that I can for legal services, there are some taxpayers for whom even my services are too costly. Although I take on and handle a significant amount of pro bono projects during the course of the year, I wanted to provide more information for those...
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What is the Taxpayer Advocate?

The Taxpayer Advocate helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS. The Taxpayer Advocate also recommends changes to help prevent problems in the future. The advocate handles those tax problems that are causing significant financial difficulty; when you or your business are facing immediate, adverse threat; and when you have tried to contact the IRS repeatedly to no avail. The Taxpayer Advocate...
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IRS Taxpayer Advocate - What it Does

The IRS Taxpayer Advocate helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS. The Taxpayer Advocate also recommends changes to help prevent problems in the future. The Taxpayer Advocate handles those issues when the tax problem is causing significant financial difficulty; when you or your business are facing immediate, adverse threat; and when you have tried to contact the IRS repeatedly to no avail.
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Who Qualifies for Legal Aid - Part One

A list of free legal clinics is available on your local and state Bar Association website and through Volunteer Attorney programming. Local entities also offer neighborhood legal services and legal aid clinics. In addition, university law programs offer free legal aid. Consult your local websites and universities for more information. In general, qualifying for free legal aid is based upon a...
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