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Can You Benefit From An Offer In Compromise?

Can You Benefit From An Offer In Compromise?Regardless of how you got into trouble with your taxes, the bottom line is: you’re here. Through mistakes, missteps, or misunderstandings, somehow you find yourself on the receiving end of letters that alert you to the fact that you have a problem.

Watch The Scams

Though there are plenty of scams and scandals that are occurring at present time, chances are that you know if you really do owe money to the IRS. Forget the phone calls, but don’t ditch the letters. When the IRS sends you a Demand for Payment notice, it’s real. And if it’s real, it’s time for you to figure out just how to relieve yourself of the tax debt that you owe. You might see television advertisements that tell you how easy it is to settle with the IRS for pennies-on-the-dollar, but beware of fly-by-night companies that have not been in business for many years. Some companies might do you more harm than good! You need a reputable tax attorney who knows the ropes and will get you the best offer possible.

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How Wage Garnishment Works

How Wage Garnishment WorksDespite the name, wage garnishment isn’t as pleasant as getting your paycheck with a sprig of parsley. Instead, it’s a serious legal recourse which creditors can use to get the money you owe them whether you like it or not.

How It Works

When your wages are garnished, someone is legally allowed to take money out of your paycheck even before it reaches your hands. Fortunately, there are some strict limits on how much they can take: the federal floor is 25 percent of your disposable income, which means it’s 25 percent after you take out taxes and other deductible expenses. If you’re particularly wealthy, this garnishment can be bigger, and if you’re having trouble making ends meet, your garnishment may be much less. Also, each state can add to this minimum standard, which means you may be in a better situation depending on where you live.

It’s also worth mentioning that this hard limit applies no matter how many creditors are lined up to garnish your wages. So if two companies have the right to garnish your wages, one of... read article

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The Top 5 Documents An IRS Auditor Will Want To See

The Top 5 Documents An IRS Auditor Will Want To SeeWhen you find yourself in the middle of a serious audit, you’ll be going through a lot of paperwork, both physical and digital, and not all of it will be W-2 and 1099 forms. As such, it’s important to hold onto important financial information of all kinds for the sake of your records and just in case an audit happens. Still, some documents aren’t as important as others, so here’s a list of the ones you should definitely have ready for when an auditor asks for them.

1. Bank Statements

If you’re like the majority of all Americans, you keep most of your money in a bank, savings and loan, or credit union. This means you get a monthly bank statement, although these days many financial institutions have gone completely electronic and only send you a monthly email reminding you to check your online account balance. If you still get paperwork in the mail, you should hold onto a year’s worth of statements. If you’ve gone completely online instead,... read article

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Help For Offer In Compromise Available To Utah Residents

Help For Offer In Compromise Available To Utah ResidentsOffer In Compromise
Do you owe the IRS back taxes? Would you like to be able to pay less of those taxes back? Of course you do, everyone would like to owe less money. Basically, an Offer In Compromise, or OIC, is compromising on a lower amount of money owed, with the IRS. The application process can be time consuming, and on top of that, the application may not even be accepted after the lengthy process. The IRS is not required to compromise, but often does so.

However, if one is approved, reducing their tax debt may no longer be a dream. Not everyone is accepted, and those who are, must meet certain conditions.

Liability doubt- Is there a reason to believe that the amount you are being taxed is incorrect?
Paying the debt now, or in the future, will cause an economic hardship on the individual.
Doubt as to collectability- Can it be proven that you will have a hard time paying the amount, within the required time frame?

An OIC may not be the right choice for everyone,... read article

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Attorney Jim Gilland

IRS Levies Got You Down, Lets Turn That From Upside Down

IRS Levies Got You Down, Lets Turn That From Upside DownIRS Levies For People That Do Not Understand The Lingo
For many people, legal jargon is like a foreign language. The words spoken, or written can make even the smartest individual feel discouraged. Understanding this complicated lingo is our job, not yours. You already have enough on your plate, so if IRS levies are causing you to frown, allow IRS Law Pros to help you turn that frown upside down.

A levy is basically a the legal seizure, of your personal belongings, to satisfy a tax debt. Most people have probably heard of someone putting a lien on property of another person, at one time or another. A levy is a more sophisticated, and complicated type of lien. A lien allows a claim to be made against property, while a levy actually takes possession of that property for payment.

That is enough to make even the happiest person frown, on a great day. Levies can be extremely difficult on businesses, business owners, and individuals. We are knowledgeable in all aspects of IRS... read article

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Attorney Jim Gilland

Tax Negotiations After Winning Big

Tax Negotiations After Winning BigJust around the corner is New Year’s Eve. This is the time of year when the casinos are in full swing as most of them host elaborate and exciting New Year’s Eve parties. As the old year ends and the new one begins, many people look forward to what could come; winning a fortune could make a huge difference in the lives of many. Even playing the lottery is a way to increase your chances of sudden wealth, no matter how small that chance may be.

But if you are one of the lucky ones who actually ends up on the winning side of chance, you’ll probably be thinking more about how much you’re getting than how much you should be giving; to the IRS that is.

Taxable Earnings And Winnings

Earnings from gambling winnings are considered taxable income by the IRS. This includes winnings and prizes earned from:

Casino games
Slot machines
Lotteries
Horse or dog betting racetracks
Gameshows
Bingo
Raffles
Sweepstakes
Poker tournaments
Betting pools
Off-track betting
Keno

Depending on the amount you win and the casino at which you win it, you might receive a specific tax form to help remind you that you must... read article

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Attorney Jim Gilland

Utah Residents: IRS Debt Help In Your Own Back Yard

Utah Residents: IRS Debt Help In Your Own Back Yard

Layton And Salt Lake City

We have two offices, one located in Layton, Utah, and the other in Salt Lake City Utah. The IRS does not penalize people for living in certain areas, so Utah residents are fair game, along with residents from the rest of the United States. Although we are based in Utah, we pride ourselves in the ability to help residents throughout the United States.

Internal Revenue Service Debt Help

Scams can be found lurking around every corner in this day and age, however, with over thirty years of combined experience, we are legit. Being knowledgeable in all aspects of IRS debt helps us give our clients a more personalized experience. Having problems with the IRS is not fun, satisfying, or appropriate, so helping you through this stressful experience, with the least amount of stress possible on our end, is our priority.

Wage Garnishment
Bank Levies
Tax Liens
Audits

These are some of the most common problems associated with the IRS. Being knowledgeable in these areas, as well as many more, allows us to better serve... read article

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Attorney Jim Gilland

What To Do When The IRS Audits You

What To Do When The IRS Audits YouWhen it comes to your taxes, no boogeyman looms larger than the audit. The odds of an average taxpayer having to deal with a full, in-detail audit are extremely low, even for those who fail to get tax rebates and have to deal with late penalties regularly. Tax preparation services can make a killing selling audit protection, a kind of insurance against IRS audits that hardly ever gets used.

Still, audits do take place, and the IRS conducts millions of them every year. So if you should find yourself unfortunate enough to find a message from the Internal Revenue Service in your inbox, here’s what you should do:

1. Don’t Panic

Not only is being audited rare, but most audits are routine inquiries you can probably fix in a few minutes. You might have dropped a decimal point somewhere on your deductibles list, for instance, or you and your son or daughter might disagree on whether he or she qualifies as a dependent in the year he or she moves out. So stay calm, find... read article

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Attorney Jim Gilland

Help With Wage Garnishment

Help With Wage GarnishmentWage garnishment is never a concept that taxpayers want to hear or accept. Wage garnishment occurs when the court issues an order that requires an employer to withhold a certain amount of money from an individual’s paycheck in order to settle a debt in which money is owed. Legal garnishment procedures include, but are not limited to, IRS or State collection agencies that are owed unpaid taxes.
Title III Of The CPA’s Limitations
Title III limits the amount that the government can garnish from an individual’s paycheck. This title is also in place to protect the individual from getting fired by their employer due to the garnishment. Title III comes straight from the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and is applicable in all fifty states.

The amount garnished is based on the individual’s disposable earnings; this means what is left after all of the deductions that are legally required are made. However, the max amount that can be deducted from a person’s paycheck can be as high as sixty five percent when it is the IRS that is involved.... read article

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Attorney Jim Gilland

Help With Offers In Compromise

Help With Offers In CompromiseThe Offer in Compromise Program is a government program that is conducted by the IRS or Internal Revenue System, which allows qualified individuals that have too much tax debt to negotiate for a determined amount of the debt that is owed. The settlement amount comes out to be less than what the individual owes.
 
 
 
The Process

To be considered as a participant in this program, the taxpayer must provide a suitable offer based on their actual ability to pay. This amount must be reasonable and achievable by the taxpayer. If the taxpayer is already involved in an open bankruptcy, then eligibility for this offer is automatically taken off of the table.

Submit Form 656, which is the Offer in Compromise form(OIC)
Submit a Collection Information Statement
Pay a non-refundable $186 application fee
Offer the initial and non-refundable payment offer

Payment Options

There are two different payment options that the taxpayer can choose. This selection is made when the OIC application is filed, so these options must be weighed before making a final decision and committing to it.

1. Lump sum cash payment- An initial payment of twenty percent... read article

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