Category Archives: IRS COLLECTIONS

FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF OTHER SPOUSE SUBMITTED WITH JOINT OFFER IN COMPROMISE CANNOT BE OBTAINED FROM IRS

Suppose a couple who are separated and living apart have submitted a joint Offer in Compromise on an income tax liability owed on a previously filed joint return year.  Now, they are in the process of getting a divorce.  The … Continue reading

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IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN ON IRS

The IRS has announced what is operational and not during the government shut-down.  Below is the text of the IRS announcement.  IRS Operations During The Lapse In Appropriations Due to the current lapse in appropriations, IRS operations are limited. However, the underlying … Continue reading

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FILING BANKRUPTCY BEFORE SEEKING INNOCENT SPOUSE RELIEF ON IRS CLAIM ENDS IN DISMISSAL OF BANKRUPCY CASE AT REQUEST OF DEBTOR

Pearl Dwek filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 13.  Before the Court had confirmed her plan, she filed a motion to modify the stay to extend the period of her payment plan to allow her to proceed in U.S. Tax Court … Continue reading

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IRS FIRST TIME ABATE POLICY PROVIDES PENALTY RELIEF IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS

The IRS today clarified its policy with regard to abatement of certain penalties for first time offenders.  The policy was modified to clarify that relief applies only where the taxpayer is current with all tax filings and tax payments. See IRM … Continue reading

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INNOCENT SPOUSE CASE OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2012 -CATHERINE MARIE NUMEZ f/k/a CATHERINE MARIE URIARTE, AND ROBERT URIARTE, INTERVENOR, V. COMM’R T.C. MEMO 2012-1212 (APRILS 25, 2012)

This decision once again illustrates the problems and procedural machinations that arise from a spouse’s right to intervene in Tax Court proceedings when the other spouse requests relief from joint and several liabilities under any of three escape hatches afforded … Continue reading

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DIVORCED OR SEPARATED SPOUSES RARELY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ABILITY TO LEARN OF IRS COLLECTION EFFORTS AGAINST OTHER SPOUSE

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGFTA) reported on July 19, 2012 on its Review of Disclosure of Collection Activity with Respect to Joint Returns.  Surprisingly, an IRS study concluded that there is a low volume of requests under … Continue reading

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THERE ARE NO MAGIC TRICKS FOR RESOLVING TAX DEBTS OF THE NON-FILER: CAUTION NOT SPEED SHOULD BE THE WATCH WORD.

Booker T. Washington said, “Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”  There is no easy solution to resolving tax debts.  Anyone who claims to be able to eliminate tax debts quickly … Continue reading

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