One of the most common questions I am asked by taxpayers is “How long can the IRS try to collect my liability?” It’s a good question, and one that would seem to have a quick, easy answer. Judging purely by the length of this article, however, the answer is never as simple as it might seem. On Statutes of Limitation on Assessment and Collection With the full understanding that “It depends” is the least satisfying
A maxim for today: The Government giveth, but more often it taketh away. Within the last two weeks, I have been approached and asked by multiple folks, “Can the government take my tax refund?” In this Taxing, Briefly article, we’ll discuss offsetting tax refunds to pay other state and Federal obligations. If you overpay tax to the government (due to over withholding or some other fortuitous circumstance), you are entitled to a refund of this overpayment.
Background to Donation-Based Crowdfunding You’ve seen it on Facebook countless times. A tragedy occurs to a friend of a friend, and your (first level) friend sets up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the poor unfortunate souls. An old friend approached me not too long ago. Her brother needed an organ transplant, but because he majored in circus at Florida State (no joke…well, a circus major is, itself, a joke), her brother had no
In our previous post, we took a high level look at charitable contributions and deductions, including looking at what made an organization “qualified” to receive charitable contributions, when deductions might be limited, and special rules for valuing and reporting non-cash charitable contributions. In this post, “Beyond the Basics of Charitable Contributions,” we will dig a little bit deeper and look at some issues that might affect the deductibility of a contribution. Moving Beyond the Basics
Your grandmother Phyllis was a remarkable woman. Aside from making it out on the other side of Uncle Bill’s childhood with only moderate shell shock (which, I suppose, is referred to these days as PTSD), Phyllis was an intelligence agent in the United States Army towards the end of World War II, and you could remember her saying that, despite as “intelligent” as she may have been in the Army’s estimation, her good genes weren’t
When my son was two, his grandmother gave him a stuffed owl. Not a particularly creative toddler, he named the little owl Stuffy, and the name has stuck to this day. What does this have to do with the question “Can the IRS Take My Passport?” Patience…all will be revealed. He took the owl everywhere, which naturally led to many a calamity when Stuffy was inevitably misplaced. For my wife and I, Stuffy also had an
I met a new client about a month ago. I was excited. It was the first in-person meeting I’d had for over a year due to COVID. The client had settled a lawsuit, and the settlement income—though taxable—had been reported incorrectly on her Form 1099-MISC, so that the IRS got it into its administrative head that it was subject to self-employment income. It wasn’t. The client’s total liability would have been about $10,000, which was
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