Even Hollywood’s elite find the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a tough adversary. The most recent to learn this lesson: Hollywood movie star Wesley Snipes.
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.
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.
Tax obligations do not just go away. Fortunately, those who struggle with tax debt have options. One specific option to address a hefty bill with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is referred to as an offer in compromise.
It’s the fight of the century! The Internal Revenue Service is taking on undefeated fighting champion Floyd Mayweather. The arena: tax court. The odds: heavily in favor of the IRS.
There is an old adage – ignorance of the law is no defense. The same might be said about ignorance of what others do on your behalf.
When you think about the sale of a business, you typically think about the assets of the business being sold to another party in exchange for a sum of money. Of course, the sale would be a taxable event for the seller, as he or she could realize a windfall in the transaction.
There are so many sayings that seem to apply to our topic today. There's the one in the headline. There's also, once bitten, twice shy. And how about, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
When you purchase property, is it really yours? The answer, of course, is yes. However, there are qualifiers. If you borrow money to buy a house or car and use the property as collateral, your lender has a stake in the game in the form of a lien. However, even if you hold clear title to the property, it is still possible find yourself confronting a lien from state or federal tax collectors.
There is no single answer to the question posed above. Perhaps the most useful response is that the best option is the one in which you clear your tax debt in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of financial hardship.