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When should I fire my tax professional?

Here is a link to a notice put out by the IRS reprimanding a tax professional for misleading clients regarding his practice and abilities. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-imposes-monetary-penalty-and-probationary-period-on-tax-practitioner-and-his-debt-relief-firm-for-engaging-in-false-and-misleading-advertising Part of my practice is devoted to fixing mistakes by tax professionals who either failed to do the work they promised the client or they mishandled the client’s case. Does your Read More

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What type of tax settlements are available?

You may owe the IRS or State of California and are unable to pay the entire amount what can you do? Installment agreement- If you can pay your federal tax debt in 72 months (6 years) or less and you owe less than $25,000 you would likely be eligible for a streamlined agreement. This type Read More

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I received an incorrect tax form. What do I do?

What happens when you receive a tax form that was sent in error? I usually see W-2’s sent by an employer but I have also seen 1099’s sent to taxpayers who should not have received one. What can you do? The first response is usually to call the entity that sent you the form. They Read More

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Some things to consider when retaining an attorney or representative.

There are a number of factors that one should consider when retaining legal representation. I have found that my clients select me for my expertise, their convenience and the value of service that I provide. Most people do not conduct regular business in the legal world. When you hire an attorney, you retain a professional who Read More

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Why do I need a tax attorney for an offer in compromise?

Why do I need a tax attorney for an offer in compromise? Many taxpayers are interested in the offer in compromise program. It is the one that is advertised constantly by TV tax firms. You are asking the government to take less than the total tax liability. The failure rate for an offer in compromise Read More

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Some tips are subject to sales tax by restaurant and bar owners.

Some tips are subject to sales tax by restaurant and bar owners. Under California Code of Regulations 1603 some tips are taxable to the restaurant or bar owner. In GRMI v. California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, the court reviewed CCR Section 1603 to determine the conditions for when a tip is mandatory and considered Read More

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OIC Appeals

OIC Appeals Some things to keep in mind regarding an appeal is that the appeals officer is there to make a determination based on the strengths of a case and the potential for litigation going forward. If you have put off representation prior to your appeal, you should retain a tax attorney. The reason for Read More

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Is an Offer in Compromise Right for You?

Is an Offer in Compromise Right for You? There are a lot of commercials promising easy settlement of tax liabilities for pennies on the dollar. They are usually referring to the offer in compromise (OIC) program. There are conditions that you should be aware of before using an OIC. The IRS rejects nearly 90% of Read More

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Why you may need an attorney at your audit

Why you may need an attorney at your audit Many clients come to me after their audit with a tax agency such as the IRS, EDD or California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Unfortunately, the taxpayer often made a mistake and the audit did not turn out favorably. What can an attorney do to Read More

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