December 28, 2009

Are You Being Audited Or Examined By The IRS?

Under IRS audit or exam? Help yourself and know what to expect. The IRS publishes information – Guides - telling you what it looks for during an audit. The Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) contain examination techniques, common and unique industry issues, business practices, industry terminology and other information to assist examiners in performing examinations. These Guides focus on developing highly trained examiners for a particular market segment. These Guides cover all types of business, such as:

Construction Industry

Factoring of Receivables

Golden Parachutes

Retail Industry

Veterinary Medicine

Get help and use an experienced professional. Call Mitchell A. Port at (310) 559-5259.

December 8, 2009

Troublesome Tax Issues?

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers who are seeking help in resolving problems with the Internal Revenue Service, who believe that an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should or who are experiencing economic harm. Here are some things you should know about TAS:

1. The service is confidential, suited to meet your needs and FREE.

2. TAS employees know the IRS and how to navigate it. They say they will listen to your problem, help you understand what needs to be done to resolve it, and stay with you every step of the way until your problem is resolved.

3. TAS helps taxpayers whose problems are causing financial difficulty or significant cost, including the cost of professional representation. This includes businesses as well as individuals.

4. You may be eligible for TAS help if you have tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and have gotten nowhere, or you believe an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should.

5. TAS has at least one local taxpayer advocate in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can call your local advocate, whose number is in Publication 1546, Taxpayer Advocate Service. You can also call the toll-free case intake line at 1-877-777-4778.

You can also file Form 911, Request for Taxpayer Advocate Service Assistance, with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, or request that an IRS employee complete Form 911 on your behalf.

Call Your Local Taxpayer Advocate in California:

Laguna Niguel
24000 Avila Rd.
Stop 2000
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
949-389-4804

Los Angeles
300 N. Los Angeles St.
Stop 6710 LA
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-576-3140

Oakland
1301 Clay St.
Suite 1540S
Oakland, CA 94612
510-637-2703

Sacramento
4330 Watt Ave.
Stop SA5043
Sacramento, CA 95821
916-974-5007

San Jose
55 Market St.
Stop 0004
San Jose, CA 95113
408-817-6850

December 4, 2009

IRS Helps With Your Tax Problems

The IRS and the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) worked together to develop a toolkit. TAS is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, or who believe that an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should. It's purpose is to make it easier for you to:

• Understand why it’s important to follow the tax laws

• Get your tax refund quickly and fairly Learn about special tax credits

• Understand your options when you owe the IRS money

• Understand basic tax information

• Learn more about the tax end of starting a small business

• Help prevent identity theft

• Determine if you need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

Specific tax topics include:

Help with Tax Problems

Receiving an IRS Notice
Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS)
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC)

Individuals

Federal Payment Levy Program
Cancellation of Debt
Income Tax Refund Delivery
Identity Theft
Taxpayers with Disabilities
Recovery Rebate Credit for Individuals
Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN)

Home and Family

TaxTax Benefits for Education
Credit to Aid First-Time Homebuyers
Mortgages: Basic Information
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Family Credits

Businesses

Starting a Small Business
Recordkeeping for Small Businesses
Employers of Disabled Persons

General Tax Information

Collection and Payment Alternatives
Complying with Tax Laws
Choosing a Tax Preparer
Visiting an IRS Office

December 2, 2009

Small Business Tax Workshops

Small business workshops on the topic of Federal and State Payroll Taxes are currently being offered throughout California.

Other workshop topics vary from a general overview of taxes to more specific topics such as recordkeeping and retirement plans.

These seminars are sponsored and presented by IRS partners who are Federal Tax specialists. The workshops are designed to help the small business owner understand and fulfill their federal tax responsibilities. Most are free but some workshops have fees associated with them. Any fees charged for a workshop are paid to the sponsoring organization, not the IRS.

If you have tax problems with the IRS or California, call a tax attorney. Call Mitchell A. Port at (310) 559-5259.