The average owner of a small business typically reports a loss in their first year of operation. But when the IRS steps in, many first-timers do not even stand a chance. It is important to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to obeying Tax Laws. Small Business owners need to make sure they avoid the common problems Small Businesses run into with the IRS.The average owner of a small business typically reports a loss in their first year of operation. But when the IRS steps in, many first-timers do not even stand a chance. It is important to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to obeying Tax Laws. Small Business owners need to make sure they avoid the common problems Small Businesses run into with the IRS.Many times, because truck drivers are on the road it is hard to become aware of IRS and State notices and letters. With your frequency on the road and time gone from home, these IRS or State notices and bills are never received or are lost in the pile of mail you have when you get home. The last thing truckers want to deal with while they’re home for a short period of time is the IRS or State. As a trucker it is difficult enough to file tax returns annually, but 1099 or self-employed truck drivers need to make quarterly estimated payments as well to avoid a large unpaid balance at the end of the year.Many times, because truck drivers are on the road it is hard to become aware of IRS and State notices and letters. With your frequency on the road and time gone from home, these IRS or State notices and bills are never received or are lost in the pile of mail you have when you get home. The last thing truckers want to deal with while they’re home for a short period of time is the IRS or State. As a trucker it is difficult enough to file tax returns annually, but 1099 or self-employed truck drivers need to make quarterly estimated payments as well to avoid a large unpaid balance at the end of the year.Frequently that taxpayers do not file tax returns for one or more years for various reasons. Missing all or a portion of their records, personal hardship and/or neglect are one of many reasons to fall behind. Fortunately there are ways to approach the problem of unfiled returns.Frequently that taxpayers do not file tax returns for one or more years for various reasons. Missing all or a portion of their records, personal hardship and/or neglect are one of many reasons to fall behind. Fortunately there are ways to approach the problem of unfiled returns.Typically, those who owe the IRS, also end up owing state tax. State tax collection authorities have tremendous reach and are generally more aggressive in their collection efforts. Most states offer similar versions of the Offer in Compromise program , and will offer payment plans and amnesty from penalties and interest if successfully approached to provide a relief in state tax problems.Typically, those who owe the IRS, also end up owing state tax. State tax collection authorities have tremendous reach and are generally more aggressive in their collection efforts. Most states offer similar versions of the Offer in Compromise program , and will offer payment plans and amnesty from penalties and interest if successfully approached to provide a relief in state tax problems.Besides the “Offer in Compromise” the IRS offers an alternative program for reducing delinquent tax debt. Clients seeking tax relief from their IRS liability can still be helped. We can work with you and make payment arrangements that the IRS will allow. If there were circumstances beyond your control that prevented you from paying your tax debt and led to delinquency, we are able to challenge the penalties and interest ( Penalty Abatement ) that have built up.Besides the “Offer in Compromise” the IRS offers an alternative program for reducing delinquent tax debt. Clients seeking tax relief from their IRS liability can still be helped. We can work with you and make payment arrangements that the IRS will allow. If there were circumstances beyond your control that prevented you from paying your tax debt and led to delinquency, we are able to challenge the penalties and interest ( Penalty Abatement ) that have built up.An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is an agreement filed by a taxpayer which offers a payment to the IRS that is less than the full amount of tax debts owed. Once the IRS has establishes your need for tax relief under one of the following premises they may approve your OIC. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to not only deal with OIC’s but to repeal OIC’s that have been revoked.An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is an agreement filed by a taxpayer which offers a payment to the IRS that is less than the full amount of tax debts owed. Once the IRS has establishes your need for tax relief under one of the following premises they may approve your OIC. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to not only deal with OIC’s but to repeal OIC’s that have been revoked.This is one of the common ways of repaying a tax debt. The idea is that you will have to pay back your tax debt, including penalties and interest, in small amounts, usually in the form of monthly payments. This agreement is best done between your tax professional and the IRS. Religiously paying the monthly payments will ultimately lead you to being tax debt free.This is one of the common ways of repaying a tax debt. The idea is that you will have to pay back your tax debt, including penalties and interest, in small amounts, usually in the form of monthly payments. This agreement is best done between your tax professional and the IRS. Religiously paying the monthly payments will ultimately lead you to being tax debt free.The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966, generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Federal agencies are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions or three exclusions of the FOIA. This right of access is enforceable in court.The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966, generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Federal agencies are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions or three exclusions of the FOIA. This right of access is enforceable in court.You can ask the IRS to place your tax accounts into “currently not collectible” status until you are able to make monthly payments. What is Currently Not Collectible Status? If the IRS agrees that you do not have enough income to make monthly payments towards your tax debt, it will place your accounts into “currently not collectible” status. Although the IRS will continue to add penalties and interest to the amount due, the IRS will not try to collect the unpaid tax from you. Your tax accounts can remain in currently not collectible status as long as you cannot afford monthly payments.You can ask the IRS to place your tax accounts into “currently not collectible” status until you are able to make monthly payments. What is Currently Not Collectible Status? If the IRS agrees that you do not have enough income to make monthly payments towards your tax debt, it will place your accounts into “currently not collectible” status. Although the IRS will continue to add penalties and interest to the amount due, the IRS will not try to collect the unpaid tax from you. Your tax accounts can remain in currently not collectible status as long as you cannot afford monthly payments.We will provide you the experience and professionalism when dealing with your IRS or State audit. For a personal audit it is important to understand that returns are usually selected for statistical reasons. By contacting us we are able to become a buffer between you and the IRS and/or State. If you have a business audit, it is important to understand your rights. Before you allow them to take computers, records, even enter your place of business. STOP!! Understand your rights.We will provide you the experience and professionalism when dealing with your IRS or State audit. For a personal audit it is important to understand that returns are usually selected for statistical reasons. By contacting us we are able to become a buffer between you and the IRS and/or State. If you have a business audit, it is important to understand your rights. Before you allow them to take computers, records, even enter your place of business. STOP!! Understand your rights.At Anthem Tax Services we will record all your day-to-day financial transactions for your business or if you’re a self-employed individual.  We will be responsible to go through all of your bank transactions, credit card transactions, receipts and payments and categorize them to generate a profit & loss.  In doing this… we will help you forecast your financials and in doing so you will learn what needs budgeting and what to pay towards your estimated tax payments.If you got a notice from the IRS or State about an audit…don’t worry!  With 30+ years of experience in tax laws and enforcing tax codes.  Going through an audit is one of the most time consuming and mentally draining things a person or business can go through.  Our advice? Don’t do this alone…ever.  Anthem Tax Service’s is here to be with you every step of the way and until the audit is closed.  Anthem Tax Services will defend your income tax return through the highest level of appeals, schedule and attend all audit appointments on your behalf. Our priority is to minimize or possibly eliminate any financial impact the audit may have on you!Anthem Tax Services provides tax preparation services for individuals and businesses. We have experience in preparing returns for small startups to 100+ employee corporations. If you have multiple years of unfiled returns, don’t worry! We can get all your old income documents directly from the IRS to make it as easy as possible for you. This applies for business’s as well…all you need is your existing tax ID number and let us do the rest. Typically our turnaround time for tax returns are about 7-14 business days as long as you can provide us with very simple paperwork.. Whatever your tax needs are we got you covered! What are you waiting for? Call today!If you have a tax debt with the IRS or State we are here to help..  What many people and business’s don’t know is the IRS and State have created many different tax laws and tax codes that can drastically reduce and or possibly eliminate a person(s) or business(s) tax debt under many different circumstances.  At Anthem Tax Services we provide solutions to delinquent tax payers to settle their back taxes…often for pennies on the dollar.  Typically a case can take anywhere from 30-120 days (depending on the client) to submit all the necessary paperwork to the IRS or State to resolve their back taxes. Don’t let the IRS or State intimidate you when you can have a team with 30+ years of experience deal with it all!Bank levy and wage garnishment can be the most stressful and humiliating of all collection tactics.  They do this to force taxpayers into willful compliance.  Anthem Tax Services can not only prevent these from happening, but can get these lifted and stopped.  We know your rights as taxpayer and we are here to help.  If you have a current wage garnishment or bank levy we can typically get these released within 48 hours as long as all of your tax returns are filed.Bank levy and wage garnishment can be the most stressful and humiliating of all collection tactics.  They do this to force taxpayers into willful compliance.  Anthem Tax Services can not only prevent these from happening, but can get these lifted and stopped.  We know your rights as taxpayer and we are here to help.  If you have a current wage garnishment or bank levy we can typically get these released within 48 hours as long as all of your tax returns are filed.At Anthem Tax Services we will record all your day-to-day financial transactions for your business or if you’re a self-employed individual.  We will be responsible to go through all of your bank transactions, credit card transactions, receipts and payments and categorize them to generate a profit & loss.  In doing this… we will help you forecast your financials and in doing so you will learn what needs budgeting and what to pay towards your estimated tax payments.If you got a notice from the IRS or State about an audit…don’t worry!  With 30+ years of experience in tax laws and enforcing tax codes.  Going through an audit is one of the most time consuming and mentally draining things a person or business can go through.  Our advice? Don’t do this alone…ever.  Anthem Tax Service’s is here to be with you every step of the way and until the audit is closed.  Anthem Tax Services will defend your income tax return through the highest level of appeals, schedule and attend all audit appointments on your behalf. Our priority is to minimize or possibly eliminate any financial impact the audit may have on you!Anthem Tax Services provides tax preparation services for individuals and businesses. We have experience in preparing returns for small startups to 100+ employee corporations. If you have multiple years of unfiled returns, don’t worry! We can get all your old income documents directly from the IRS to make it as easy as possible for you. This applies for business’s as well…all you need is your existing tax ID number and let us do the rest. Typically our turnaround time for tax returns are about 7-14 business days as long as you can provide us with very simple paperwork.. Whatever your tax needs are we got you covered! What are you waiting for? Call today!If you have a tax debt with the IRS or State we are here to help..  What many people and business’s don’t know is the IRS and State have created many different tax laws and tax codes that can drastically reduce and or possibly eliminate a person(s) or business(s) tax debt under many different circumstances.  At Anthem Tax Services we provide solutions to delinquent tax payers to settle their back taxes…often for pennies on the dollar.  Typically a case can take anywhere from 30-120 days (depending on the client) to submit all the necessary paperwork to the IRS or State to resolve their back taxes. Don’t let the IRS or State intimidate you when you can have a team with 30+ years of experience deal with it all!
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IRS Reminds Taxpayers of April 18 Tax-Filing Deadline

Anthem Tax Services IR-2017-84, April 17, 2017    

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has received 103.6 million 2016 individual income tax returns as of April 7 and expects millions more to be filed by the April 18 deadline. Special filing deadline rules apply to members of the military serving in combat zones, those living outside the U.S. and those living in declared disaster areas.

The IRS also expects more than 13 million taxpayers to request a filing extension, giving them six additional months to complete and file their tax return.

Who Needs to File?

Not everyone is required to file a tax return. The requirement to file depends on a person’s income, filing status, age and whether they can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. Anyone not sure whether they need to file a return should see Do I Need to File a Tax Return or refer to Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals, on IRS.gov.

For an estimated one million taxpayers who did not file a 2013 tax return, April 18, 2017, is the last day to file to claim their part of tax refunds totaling more than $1 billion. Taxpayers due a refund must file a return within three years of its due date or the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury. There are no late filing penalties if a refund is due.

According to the IRS, the most common reasons people do not file a return who should are: they don’t know how, may not have the documents needed or owe more tax than they can pay. Taxpayers who owe more than they can pay should pay as much as they can by the due date in order to minimize interest and penalties.

Extensions of Time to File

Taxpayers who are not ready to file by the deadline should request an extension of time to file. An extension gives the taxpayer until Oct. 16 to file but does not extend the time to pay. Penalties and interest will be charged on all taxes not paid by the April 18 filing deadline.

There are several ways to do this. The fastest and easiest way to get an extension is through Free File on IRS.gov where some partners offer free electronic filing of the extension request. Extensions are free for everyone, regardless of income. Taxpayers who earn $64,000 or less can return to Free File before Oct. 16 to prepare and e-file their taxes for free

IRS will automatically process an extension of time to file when taxpayers select Form 4868 and they are making a full or partial federal tax payment using  IRS Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System or by paying with a credit or debit card by the April due date. There is no need to file a separate Form 4868 extension request when making an electronic payment and indicating it is for an extension.

Taxpayers also can complete and mail in Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to get a six-month extension.

Taxpayers Who Can’t Pay

Taxpayers should file by the deadline, even if they can’t pay, or pay as much as possible and ask the IRS about payment options. By filing a tax return, even without full payment, taxpayers will avoid the failure-to-file penalty. This penalty is assessed when the required return is not filed by the due date or extended due date if an extension is requested.

The failure-to-file penalty is generally 5 percent per month and can be as much of 25 percent of the unpaid tax. The penalty for returns filed more than 60 days late can be $205 or 100 percent of the unpaid tax. 

The failure-to-pay penalty, which is the penalty for any taxes not paid by the deadline, is ½ of 1 percent of the unpaid taxes per month and can be up to 25 percent of the unpaid amount. Taxpayers must also pay interest on taxes not paid by the filing deadline.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that there is no law that permits taxpayers to refuse to file a federal tax return or refuse to pay their taxes. This includes for reasons based on programs or policies with which they disagree on moral, ethical, religious or other grounds. Taxpayers who file a frivolous tax return can be assessed a $5,000 penalty and civil penalties of up to 75 percent of the underpaid tax. Frivolous tax returns are those tax returns that do not include enough information to figure the correct tax or that contain information clearly showing that the tax reported is substantially incorrect.