Posts Tagged ‘IRS’

How Are Taxes Handled In Probate?

  • September 9th, 2021
  • David Greene
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Two kinds of taxes can arise during probate. One is the estate tax which does not come into play unless the estate is worth more than $11 million. These taxes, which can be at a rate of 50% or more,…

Can the IRS seize and sell jointly owned property?

  • August 10th, 2021
  • David Greene
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Unfortunately they can in certain circumstances.  There is a recent case that ended up going to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  In that situation a father and son owned the land jointly and the father owed the tax.  The…

How have child tax credit ruleds changed?

  • August 5th, 2021
  • David Greene
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Thank you for your question.  There have been quite a few changes to the child tax credit.  Here are a few: (1) The credit is higher than last year. (2) There are now automatic advance payments of one-half of your…

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 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,…

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