Monthly Archives: March 2015

What Happens when Your Receive a Tax Summons?

Other than receiving a refund check, correspondence with the IRS is usually a stressful experience to say the least. However, as understandable as it is to ignore the notice for as long as possible, the truth is that you will need to open it immediately to see the request that the IRS is making. So, do not ignore an IRS request as it will lead to even more expenses or worse depending on the nature of the request.

What is a Tax Summons?

Mayor of London pays US taxes for selling London Home

One would not normally think that the US could impose taxes on a home that was sold in London, especially when the home was sold by the Mayor of London. However, this is exactly what happened late last year.

Originally, London Mayer Boris Johnson said that he would not be paying the tax lien that was placed on him by the United States, but earlier this year changed his mind. Now, reports say that he plans to pay the fee just before he takes a planned trip to the Boston area.

How Should You Respond to a Notice of a Tax Audit?

There are few things as disconcerting as receiving the notice that the IRS will be conducting a tax audit on your return. Such a notice can be very upsetting and understandably so when it is totally unexpected. However, instead of panicking or believing the worst, it is important to remember that the IRS will often conduct random audits every year which mean that your filing may actually be fine.

How to handle Tax Summons

Typically, when you are receiving anything from the IRS, the experience is very stressful. Of course, there is the positive experience of receiving a refund check, but when people receive anything other than this, great stress is typically involved. Many people even take steps to avoid opening the document altogether.

However, avoiding the situation can be very dangerous and will only work to escalate the situation even further. Most of the time, the IRS will request information through a particular form called an Information Document Request, Form 4564. Surprisingly, you actually have no legal obligation to respond to this form, but by avoiding it, you may find yourself in an even more stressful situation.