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What You Need to Know about IRS Debt Collection Robocalls

What You Need to Know about IRS Debt Collection Robocalls

By way of background, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) generally prohibits businesses from making a non-emergency robocall to a wireless number without the recipient's prior consent. Then in late 2015, Congress tacked on a last-minute addition to a must-pass budget bill, revising the TCPA to explicitly exempt robocalls that involve the collection of debts owed to the federal government. The law directed the FCC to come up with new rules defining exactly when and how frequently these new robocalls could be made.

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Tax Tips for Independent Contractors and Sole Proprietorships

Tax Tips for Independent Contractors and Sole Proprietorships

Many people who carry on a trade or business are self-employed. Sole proprietors and independent contractors are two examples of self-employment. It's nice being self-employed isn’t it? You have more freedom to do your job the way you want to, and you often get paid more than if you were a W2 employee! Talk about a win-win. That same freedom and higher pay can get you into trouble if you aren't staying on top of your tax payments, since you don't have an employer making those payments for you.

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Taxpayers with IRS Liabilities Could Lose Passport Privileges

Taxpayers with IRS Liabilities Could Lose Passport Privileges

Last December, President Obama approved legislation that authorizes the State Department to take action against the US passport of a person who has a "seriously delinquent tax debt" as certified by the IRS. Under the legislation, the State Department must deny a passport or turn down the renewal of a passport for taxpayers certified with such debt. The State Department may, but is not required to, revoke an existing passport for taxpayers certified with such debt.

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Is Your Passport At Risk?

Is Your Passport At Risk?

As part of the recent legislation, Section 32102 of the Fix America's Surface Transportation Act, there is a new provision to aid in the collection of delinquent tax debt. Taxpayers who owe more than $50,000 may lose their passports and the $50,000 threshold includes penalties and interest.

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IRS Audits Expected to Decline?

IRS Audits Expected to Decline?

In January 2016, Congress approved a $290 million budget increase for taxpayer assistance thru the tax filing season. However, this budget increase was earmarked for addressing customer-service concerns with nothing being allocated towards tax compliance and enforcement. As a result, the IRS won't be able to replace hundreds of tax compliance employees expected to retire this year. Does this mean that the IRS audit rate will drop further or will new automated programs take over?

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Stop IRS Collections Before It's Too Late

Stop IRS Collections Before It's Too Late

If you owe back taxes, you must take action, if you want to STOP IRS collections. The first step to take control of your destiny is to make sure that you are current on all tax filings. Once you are current with tax filings, you can either file for Currently-not-Collectible status, an Installment Agreement or for an Offer In Compromise. Any one of these filings will cause federal tax collections on your account to be suspended.

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URGENT Delinquent Taxpayers Must Take Action

URGENT Delinquent Taxpayers Must Take Action

As a result of recent legislation the clock is ticking on delinquent taxpayers. If action isn’t taken soon you could end up being classified as an "Inactive Taxpayer", and Section 32102 of the Fix America's Surface Transportation Act mandates that the IRS outsource collections for Inactive Taxpayers to third party debt collectors.

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The Future of IRS Collections Looks Pretty Scary

The Future of IRS Collections Looks Pretty Scary

For the last several years the IRS has ben under intense scrutiny from Congress and has repeatedly received unflattering reviews on its collections policies, procedures and internal controls. As the Tax Gap has grown to over an estimated $500 Billion with the nations tax debt inventory over $385 Billion, the legislative branch of government is now taking charge.

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Private Debt Collectors to be Unleashed Against American Taxpayers

Private Debt Collectors to be Unleashed Against American Taxpayers

On December 3, 2015 the Fix America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 was signed into law. Section 32102 of the Act entitled, Reform of Rules elated to Qualified Tax Collection Contracts, requires the IRS begin outsourcing collection activities for taxpayers classified as "Inactive." Unfortunately for the delinquent taxpayers the definition of "Inactive Taxpayers" is very broad.

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Robo Calls Authorized to Collect Delinquent Federal Taxes

Robo Calls Authorized to Collect Delinquent Federal Taxes

On November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was signed into law. Section 301 of the bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to authorize the use of automated telephone equipment to call cellular telephones for the purpose of collecting debts owed to the U.S. government. The Federal Communications Commission must issue regulations implementing this section within nine months of enactment of this bill. The regulations may restrict the number and duration of the calls.

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