Monthly Archives: November 2016

Parents Beware Of Scams Aimed At Students

In August, in anticipation of the new school year, the IRS warned taxpayers about scam phone calls directed at parents and students demanding payments for fake, non-existent taxes.

These scam artists call students and demand that they make immediate payment arrangements such as wiring money to satisfy a fake tax bill.

These callers often refer to a “federal student tax,” which, of course, doesn’t exist. When those targeted resist in any way, the caller then threatens to report the individual to the police, even stating that the consequence of immediate noncompliance is arrest. These types of cons are becoming more common each school year just around the time school begins in the late summer as scammers look for prime opportunities to target their victims.

Claiming The Foreign Tax Credit With Or Without Filing Form 1116

Form 1116 relates to foreign tax credits, which are intended to affect taxpayers living abroad. These credits benefit foreign taxpayers by reducing the double tax burden that arises when foreign source income is taxed by both the United States and the foreign country where the taxpayers’ income originates.

The foreign tax must meet four tests to qualify for the foreign tax credit:

  1. The tax must be a legal and actual foreign tax liability;
  2. The tax must be imposed on the taxpayer claiming the credit;
  3. The taxpayer must have paid or accrued the tax; and

IRS Payment Arrangements Part 3: Other Types Of Arrangements

This is the last part of a three part series of blogs on IRS payment arrangements. While most taxpayers utilize an installment agreement to pay their tax debt, other payment arrangements exist for taxpayers to utilize in the settlement of their outstanding tax debt. Here are some other types of arrangements that are useful in paying delinquent taxes:

Currently not collectible (CNC) status

The IRS may place a taxpayer’s account in currently not collectible status. If a taxpayer owes more than $10,000, the IRS will file a tax lien, but it will cease collection activity. CNC is a temporary status which the IRS regularly reevaluates, usually on an annual basis.

IRS Payment Arrangements Part 2: Installment Agreements

This is part two of a series of blogs on IRS payment arrangements. Most taxpayers utilize an installment agreement to pay their tax debt for obvious reasons. Such an arrangement allows monthly intermittent payments at an affordable amount, while addressing the issue with some forward resolution. The IRS charges a modest setup fee for an installment agreement.

Individual taxpayers must complete and mail Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request and Form 433-F, Collection Information Statement before entering into any installment agreement. Taxpayers then make monthly payments usually by direct debit or payroll deduction. Interests and late-payment penalties continue to accrue during the installment period, but the late-payment penalty is cut in half for any month an installment agreement is in effect.

IRS Payment Arrangements Part 1: Introduction

This is the first part of a multiple part series on IRS payment arrangements. This blog will discuss some general points of IRS payment arrangements while future blogs will deal with their individual details.

Individuals whot cannot pay their tax debt within a reasonable time frame may request to make monthly payment arrangement with the IRS to satisfy their tax bill. There are several options, including an IRS installment agreement. As long as the tax debt is paid in full, taxpayers can avoid the penalties and interests associated with their tax debt. It is essential to know that before applying for any payment agreement, a taxpayer must file all required tax returns.

Jan Brady’s Capital Gain: Sells House (She Bought In 1969 For 55.3k) For 3.9 Million

Here’s the story of a middle child who made one heckuva investment! Eve Plumb, who played Jan Brady on the iconic 70s TV show, The Brady Bunch, recently sold her Malibu bungalow for $3.9 million. Ms. Plumb purchased the seaside property in 1969 for a mere $55,300, equivalent to approximately $360,000 in our present economy. Sure, it will be subject to tax as a long term capital gain, but it still made Marcia and Greg’s younger sister a rich gal.

Yes, Olympic Medals and Prize Money Are Taxable

The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro recently concluded and many Americans took home gold, silver, and bronze medals. To be precise, 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze medals were won by American athletes. But not only were U.S. athletes like Michael Phelps and Kevin Durant raking in the gold in Brazil, so was the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. Yes, big surprise, the U.S. government has a stake in the Olympics as it taxes Olympic winnings as income.