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Minneapolis Tax Law Blog

Tax delinquency and property seizure in MN: The basics

Forget to pay your property tax bill? Ignore this obligation and you could lose your land. In some cases, Minnesota’s Department of Revenue can seize property to cover delinquent tax bills.

When is property deemed “delinquent” by the government? The Minnesota Department of Revenue considers a failure to pay a property tax bill “late” if not paid the year it is due. This results in a penalty. At this point, your land is not at risk.

Minnesota and Wisconsin pass new nexus tax law

A recent decision from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has changed how state’s view online transactions. In the past, the only way a state could impose a tax on sales was to essentially establish that the business had a physical presence within the state. The evolution of online transactions led to a challenge.

A quick review: South Dakota challenges tax collection rules for online transactions. South Dakota passed a law that allowed for the collection of state taxes on online transactions—even when the business did not have a physical presence within the state. Wayfair challenged this law and the case made it to SCOTUS.

Do employers have an “affirmative” requirement to pay taxes?

The Internal Revenue Code is a large, confusing beast. Employers are subject to a number of requirements when it comes to paying taxes on behalf of their employees. One specific question recently posed in court: are employers required to take “affirmative action” to both account for and pay withheld taxes to the government?

The case involved a medical professional that owned a private practice that allegedly withheld Internal Revenue Service (IRS) payroll taxes but failed to remit the taxes to the government. As a result, the government charged the business owner with ten counts of a failure to remit IRS payroll taxes.

Lawmakers want more info from IRS on taxes for cryptocurrency

Lawmakers are calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide additional guidance on taxation of cryptocurrency. The House Ways Committee Chairman along with others on his committee sent a letter to the IRS to question enforcement actions taken against taxpayers holding virtual currencies.

Ultimately, the letter urges the IRS to provide guidance on expectations to better ensure those who have virtual currency can comply with their tax obligations.

Owe the IRS money? Three options.

If you owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) money, you are not alone. An estimated 8.26 million federal income tax accounts went into delinquent collections in 2017. A common reason for unexpected tax bills: 1099-MISC statements from the IRS.

What is a 1099-MISC statement? The IRS uses these statements for those who received non-employee compensation. These forms are often used by the IRS to report payments made to independent contractors. Those who drive for Uber or Lyft could receive this form from the IRS.

2 steps to help prepare your finances for a natural disaster

Natural disasters can happen anywhere in the country. The Southeast may currently dominate newsfeeds as it prepares for a hurricane, but Minnesotans are also dealing with natural disasters as many find themselves the victims of floods.

Whether currently dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster or not, everyone can benefit from an emergency preparedness plan. To help better ensure the plan covers all your needs, include the following:

IRS encourages taxpayers to review withholdings and avoid penalty

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is encouraging taxpayers to review their withholding status and make changes if necessary. Without action, the agency estimates 10 million United States taxpayers could face an unexpected tax penalty on their 2018 returns.

Why would the IRS penalize taxpayers? The IRS can penalize taxpayers for a number of reasons. This specific instance refers to the estimated tax penalty. This penalty applies to those who have failed to withhold sufficient funds from their paychecks or make required estimated tax payments throughout the year.

After his wife embezzled funds, the IRS sent him a bill

On jointly filed tax returns, each spouse can be 100 percent responsible for back taxes caused by errors or omissions. The tax issues started when the wife was accused of embezzling almost $500,000 from her employer in 2010 and 2011. After a conviction for theft, she was sentenced to prison.

The husband got a surprise when the IRS sought more $100,000 in back taxes from him. He sought innocent spouse protection arguing that he had no idea what his wife was doing. In this post, we detail why he was partially successful at the tax court.

Got tax debt? The government could seize your business’ property.

Tax obligations can result in serious consequences. Businesses that fall behind in tax obligations can face more than stiff penalties from state and federal agencies, they could face loss of property.

How could I lose my property? Depending on the details of the tax obligations, the government could legally seize your property.

Goodbye deductions: 3 popular tax deductions no longer available

The Trump administration touted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) as tax reform that led to savings for most taxpayers. Although taxpayers will experience a doubled standard deduction and higher tax credits, there are some things that were taken away that may also impact your future tax returns.

One example: deductions.

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