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Is this a good time to file an Offer In Compromise?

  • May 14th, 2019
  • David Greene
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The answer is both yes and no.  In general, i.e. in terms of “now” as opposed to several years ago, this is a good time to deal with the IRS.  They have generally been more willing to compromise and make…

Requirement for a non-custodial parent to claim child.

  • May 6th, 2019
  • David Greene
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If a taxpayer seeks to claim dependent children after a divorce but is not the custodial parent, he must file Form 8332 with his return.  This form must be signed by the custodial parent. Otherwise the dependency claim will be denied. …

When a payroll company fails to pay taxes for its customer is the customer company responsible for payment?

  • May 3rd, 2019
  • David Greene
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Thank you for your question.  If you deposit your payments into the payroll company’s account to be paid by them then, yes, they are responsible for interest and penalties you will have to pay, but the IRS looks to you…

What proof is needed to support charitable deductions?

  • April 30th, 2019
  • David Greene
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Here are the rules: (1) You must have a written statement from the charity for a gift over $250 or at least a bank or credit card statement for any monetary donation; (2) gifts are deductible in the year made,…

What are some options for paying your taxes?

  • April 10th, 2019
  • David Greene
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Tax Day is in just a few days away and I hope all of my readers will file their returns by midnight on April 15.  Even if you can’t pay, you should still file the return.  If you can’t file…

Will it help to itemize deductions – Part 2?

  • March 19th, 2019
  • David Greene
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Last week I discussed the standard deduction changes and this week we’ll take a brief look at itemized deductions.  Many deductions are still allowed but limited.  Foreign income taxes, state and local real and personal property taxes, and state and…

Will it help to itemize deductions for 2018?

  • March 14th, 2019
  • David Greene
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That is a question that has to be answered on an individual basis.  The new law in general will help many people and hurt many other “middle class” people.  We have already seen that many are upset because their refunds…

What are the odds of being audited.

  • March 5th, 2019
  • David Greene
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I get similar questions to this quite frequently. Here are some statistics from 2017.   Out of 150 million tax filers in 2017, here are some stats based on gross income and other factors:  Returns audited (a) for international taxpayers – 1…

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