If you are considered a threat to national security, there are people in the government who have been trained to deal with you. They go by different names. Delta Force. Navy Seals. In the fictional realm, you have Men in Black. The thing that these forces all have in common is that they are made up of specialists. In MIB, they're humorously referred to as, "the best of the best of the best."
When you buy a car in Minnesota or Wisconsin, you pay a sales tax on the price of the whole vehicle. You don't, nor should you expect to, pay taxes on the purchase of every individual part that goes into that vehicle. Many experts would likely argue that such a practice is inherently impractical and perhaps represents a misapplication of state tax authority.
No one likes to hear that the government is auditing them. Whether the Internal Revenue Service or revenue officials in Minnesota or Wisconsin wield the fine - toothed comb, the prospect of the process is enough to leave a person with a major lump in his or her throat.
Individuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin can find themselves in difficulty with the IRS for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the wounds are self-inflicted. Sometimes they are the result of bad actions on the part of others. Regardless of how the troubles surface, action is required to get the matter resolved. If the tax dispute happens to be over an amount in the tens of thousands of dollars or more, it may well be time to call in a legal professional with solid experience to help.
Communication is a two-way street. It is successful when sender and receiver actually exchange information. Breakdowns in personal communications can mean big trouble for Minnesota spouses, parents, children and whole families. Business conducted without clear communication can quickly lead to disaster.
We have written before that when a Minnesota taxpayer is in a dispute with the IRS, it's important to have the right representation. The level of success may well depend not only on whether you have a qualified accountant at your side, but also if you have an experienced tax lawyer with you.
Not everyone is flush with ready cash at any given moment. Many families in Minneapolis-St. Paul work on tight budgets. So, when the IRS drops a notice on you that says you have an outstanding tax obligation due, it may not only come as a surprise but also cause you a lot of consternation. If you don't have the funds available to pay, what are you supposed to do?
Earlier this year we wrote about how the long arm of the Internal Revenue Service can crimp the free movement of individuals. As that set of posts noted, what the State Department gives -- that is, documentation of one's U.S. citizenship -- the IRS can take away if the individual owes more than $50,000 in taxes, interest and penalties. A passport could be also be revoked if a person is too delinquent on child support payments.
History has a way of repeating itself. The passing of Minnesota music icon Prince may serve to provide the latest legal battleground. That's because the rock star died last month without a will. Many may be aware that legal wrangling continues today over the estate of Michael Jackson. He died in 2009.
As of March 7, the IRS was still encouraging taxpayers who had had their identities stolen by fraudulent refund filers in the past to take the added precaution of getting an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number before filing this year. As of March 9, the agency had pulled the plug on the tool saying it had failed to offer the security intended.