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  • Failure to File Charges, Ignorance and Deliberate Ignorance

    If a person fails to file his or her tax return when required to do so, he or she may face significant penalties based on a failure to file charge. Being aware of the defenses may help a defendant avoid the most serious consequences. However, defendants should also be aware of the limitations of these defenses.

  • Failing to File a Tax Return and the Willfulness Element

    When someone fails to file a tax return and is then charged with a crime of this nature, they often wonder why they were targeted for this crime. After all, there are criminals who have not filed tax returns for years because of their illegally-acquired funds. Often, the question comes down to the willful nature of the failure.

  • Enhanced Life Estate Deeds in Florida

    Enhanced life estate deeds, commonly known as “Lady Bird Deeds” provide a legal mechanism for property to pass automatically to a person or group of people without going through Florida probate.

  • Home Underwater? Four Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Situation

    Unfortunately, many people are still suffering from the housing market crash that began in 2006. It’s particularly painful if you owe more on your mortgage than your house is worth.

  • What Happens If I Don’t Pay Taxes for Several Years?

    People may not pay taxes for a variety of reasons. They may think that they will not owe anything and the cost to prepare them will outweigh whatever small return they might receive. A recent divorce or death may make the process confusing. Someone may know that they will owe taxes and may try to avoid tax liability by simply not filing. Whatever the reason, the consequences for not filing taxes can be very serious.

  • What Your Child Custody Arrangement Means for Your Tax Return

    You may be ready to start your taxes. You’ve collected your W-2, 1099’s and other documents. You have last year’s tax form for guidance. But, if you’ve gotten divorced in the last year, this year’s taxes may be very different.

  • Why You Should Not Represent Yourself in an IRS Audit

    Representing yourself or your company in an audit initiated by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is likely to be an exercise in futility. The IRS employs highly skilled revenue agents who will seek to take advantage of taxpayers who, understandably, are not knowledgeable on the rights and powers of the IRS.

  • Coming Out of the Shadows: IRS’s OVDP and Streamlined Disclosure Programs

    In part because of the high levels of noncompliance with foreign tax reporting requirements (oftentimes out of innocent ignorance), the IRS has developed voluntary disclosure programs that allow taxpayers to come forward, correct their past mistakes, pay past-due taxes, and pay a set penalty (or, in some circumstances, pay no penalty).

  • Enforced Tax Collections: IRS’s Power of Lien and Levy

    The IRS collection process is a series of actions that the IRS can take to collect taxes that taxpayers owe if they do not voluntarily pay them. Generally, a taxpayer is required to pay a tax along with filing a tax return. The IRS will assess a taxpayer’s delinquent tax obligation if the taxpayer fails to pay a tax obligation when due. Subsequently, the IRS will send a notice and demand for payment to the taxpayer.

  • Inherited IRAs & the Taxes Involved

    Receiving an inheritance can be a blessing, but there are typically tax obligations involved including the inheritance of an IRA. If you inherit an IRA, you should check with an attorney or financial advisor as soon as possible to find out what your options are.

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