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Inside the IRS

Inside the IRS

Provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying ..
Filing Tax Returns

Filing Tax Returns

Over 50% of all people file annual federal income tax returns before April 1 of each year. According to the IRS, about 10% don’t ..
Winning Your Audit

Winning Your Audit

This chapter deals with the types of IRS audits—both correspondence and face-to-face—that individuals and small business owners ..
Appealing A Tax Audit

Appealing A Tax Audit

The IRS has an administrative procedure for appealing unagreed examination reports to an IRS Appeals Office. The appeals office ..
Going to Tax Court

Going to Tax Court

You lost your audit and did not reach a settlement with the IRS on appeal. What’s next? You have two choices—you can accept your ..
When You Owe the IRS

When You Owe the IRS

According to the IRS, 15% of all taxpayers owe back taxes. And this figure includes only people who have actually filed tax ..
IRS Liens and Levies

IRS Liens and Levies

If you don’t deal with the IRS using any of the options discussed in Chapter 6, “When You Owe the IRS,” you are likely to face ..
The Taxpayer Advocate

The Taxpayer Advocate

You’ve tried to solve your problem with the IRS, but no one seems to want to help. So whom can you call? The IRS Taxpayer ..
Family, Heirs and Taxes

Family, Heirs and Taxes

The tax laws contain special rules affecting folks related by blood or marriage, and people who own property together. Tax ..
Fraud and Tax Crimes

Fraud and Tax Crimes

It is a crime to cheat on your taxes. In a recent year, however, fewer than 2,000 people were convicted of tax crimes —0.0022% ..
Small Business Tax

Small Business Tax

If you are in business for yourself, or you work for someone who is, know that the IRS is watching. There are three major ..
Penalties and Interest

Penalties and Interest

IRS-imposed penalties and interest charges are discussed throughout the book. A $7,000 tax bill can accumulate $15,000 in ..
Help Beyond the Book

Help Beyond the Book

This book gives you strategies for coping with most tax problems—audits, bills, and tax court. If you need more help, try any of ..
State Income Taxes

State Income Taxes

All states except Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Tennessee, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming impose an ..
Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

In 1988, Congress passed the first of three Taxpayer Bills of Rights. It marks a victory for the little taxpayer. It levels the ..
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Taxes - 1. How long should I keep my tax papers? 2. How long should I worry about ..
Appealing Your IRS Tax Audit

Appealing Your IRS Tax Audit

Appealing isn’t especially difficult or timeconsuming. Your chance of getting at least some tax reduction is great. You don’t ..
Arguing Your Case in Tax Court

Arguing Your Case in Tax Court

Come to court a little early; judges hate tardiness. It will also give you time to find parking and the right room, and to ..
Attending an Office or Field Audit

Attending an Office or Field Audit

Before leaving for your tax audit — or before the revenue agent arrives at your home office— take one last look at your ..
Changing an Audit Form Office, Field or Mail

Changing an Audit Form Office, Field or Mail

If visiting the IRS would cause you great hardship, you can ask that the office audit be held at your home or business. ..
Correspondence Audits and Other IRS Notices

Correspondence Audits and Other IRS Notices

If visiting the IRS would cause you great hardship, you can ask that the office audit be held at your home or business. ..
Ending an Office or Field Audit

Ending an Office or Field Audit

Generally, there is no stopping an audit once it begins. Once the IRS sends an examination notice to your last known address, ..
Example of an IRS Appeal

Example of an IRS Appeal

The law says that a sideline business loss can produce a tax write-off as long as the business owner is honestly trying to make ..
Finalizing an IRS Appeal

Finalizing an IRS Appeal

You may not walk away with a deal from the appeals officer at one sitting. The officer may want more documents from you or to ..