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Are offshore credit cards illegal?

  • July 29th, 2021
  • David Greene
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Americans can do business in any country as long as such business is allowed by that country.  Therefore, having an offshore credit card is not illegal.  However, most of these cards are designed to evade income tax and that is…

What is a hobby loss vs. a deductible business loss?

  • June 17th, 2021
  • David Greene
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A hobby loss is not deductible, but a business loss is.  An IRS audit is usually where the question arises:  Is this “business” really a business or merely a hobby which continuously loses money?  The IRS looks at several factors…

What happens to a trust after the trust maker dies?

  • June 10th, 2021
  • David Greene
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What happens after the trust maker dies depends on the language in the trust.  Most trusts are Family Trusts with husband and wife as co-trustees.  When the first spouse dies, the trust continues with the surviving spouse as trustee.   When…

What are the advantages of having a trust?

  • June 2nd, 2021
  • David Greene
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First, one of the main advantages of having a trust is the avoidnace of probate.  There are certainly other advantages as well.  It can help insure passing of assets to children in the aftermath of a divorce, for instance when…

What can I do to avoid being audited?

  • May 27th, 2021
  • David Greene
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I often get this question during tax season.  There is nothing you can do to guarantee that you will never be audited.  However, by following three simple rules, you can minimize your chances of being audited and, if you are…

Is the Offer In Compromise program a tax scam?

  • May 25th, 2021
  • David Greene
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The Offer in Compromise program is not a scam.  However, scammers use the promise of an Offer to scam you.  There are a lot of scams being run today, one of which states that the promoter can settle your back…

Does working from home change tax implications for businesses and employees?

  • May 11th, 2021
  • David Greene
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An employee’s work from home status will change certain tax implications for both employer and employee. While home office expenses have not been allowed as a deduction for employees since 2018, this year employers can help employees by buying equipment…

Will my severance pay from my employer be taxed?

  • May 4th, 2021
  • David Greene
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Severance pay is generally treated the same as ordinary income, i.e. wages or salary.  This is because the IRS treats it as final payment of income due to the employee or sometimes unused vacation day or sick day pay. However,…

I would like to set up an Installment Agreement to pay my delinquent taxes. Does the IRS have to accept my Agreement at whatever amount I am willing to pay per month?

  • April 28th, 2021
  • David Greene
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The IRS will accept your Installment Agreement request without your furnishing your financial information only if the following conditions are met: 1) the total owed is less than $50,000.00; 2) the taxpayer has filed all required returns for the past…

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