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Florida Tax Attorneys

When it comes to tax matters in Florida, it’s crucial for individuals to fulfill their tax obligations by filing their income taxes accurately and on time. However, mistakes can happen, leading to issues such as forgetting to file, filing improper returns, or encountering errors in tax filings. While the Florida Department of Revenue primarily handles taxes within the state, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the federal agency that often gets involved in tax cases.

It’s important to understand that there is a distinction between innocent mistakes and intentional attempts to evade tax liability, and governmental agencies closely scrutinize tax-related activities. If you find yourself facing any type of tax issue, it’s essential to seek immediate legal representation to protect your rights and interests.

Anderson Bradshaw recognizes the significance of tax debt relief for individuals and is dedicated to helping people find solutions to their tax problems. They handle various types of cases, including:

  • Tax debt relief — Assisting individuals in resolving their tax debts and negotiating with tax authorities to reduce the amount owed.
  • Tax audits — Providing guidance and representation during IRS or state tax audits to ensure compliance and protect the taxpayer’s interests.
  • Innocent spouse relief — Helping individuals who may qualify for relief from tax liabilities arising from their spouse’s actions or errors.
  • Tax liens and levies — Assisting individuals facing tax liens or levies by exploring options for release or negotiation.

By working with Anderson Bradshaw, individuals can seek the necessary guidance and support to address their specific tax concerns. It’s advisable to consult with their experienced team to discuss your situation and explore potential solutions.

Offers in Compromise

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides an option called an offer in compromise, which allows individuals to settle their tax debts for less than the full amount owed. When considering an offer in compromise, the IRS evaluates factors such as a person’s ability to pay, income, expenses, and asset equity.

To be eligible for an offer in compromise, individuals must have filed all required tax returns and made all necessary estimated payments. They should also not be involved in an open bankruptcy proceeding and must have a valid extension for the current year’s tax return. Additionally, if the individual is an employer, they must have made tax deposits for the current and preceding two quarters before applying.

If the IRS is unable to process an offer in compromise application, they will return the application and offer application fee. Any offer payment included will be applied to the outstanding tax balance. Payment options for an accepted offer in compromise can include a lump sum cash payment of 20% of the total offer amount, followed by payment of the remaining balance in five or fewer installments. Alternatively, periodic payments can be made, allowing the individual to pay the balance in monthly installments.

For individuals who meet low-income certification guidelines, they do not need to submit the application fee, initial payment, or make monthly installments while the IRS reviews the offer. In the event that an offer is rejected, individuals have the right to appeal within 30 days using the Request for Appeal of Offer in Compromise, Form 13711. The IRS Independent Office of Appeals can provide additional assistance in the appeals process.

Stopping Tax Levies & Liens

A tax lien is a legal claim imposed by the government against a person’s property when they fail to pay their tax debts. In Florida, tax liens are filed as a matter of public record with the Clerk of the Court or another government office in the county where the taxpayer resides.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides guidelines for releasing tax liens. The IRS is required to release a levy (which is a legal seizure of property to satisfy a tax debt) in certain situations.

These situations include when the taxpayer has fully paid the amount owed, the collection period has ended before the levy was issued, releasing the levy would facilitate the taxpayer’s ability to pay their taxes, the taxpayer has entered into an Installment Agreement that does not permit the levy to continue, the levy would cause an economic hardship preventing the taxpayer from meeting basic living expenses, or the value of the property exceeds the amount owed, and releasing the levy would not hinder the IRS’s ability to collect the debt.

If the IRS denies a request to release a tax lien, individuals have the right to appeal the decision. It is important to seek legal counsel when dealing with tax lien cases as they can involve complex procedures and challenges. An experienced attorney can provide guidance and assistance in navigating the process and advocating for the taxpayer’s rights.

IRS Audit Defense

The Florida Department of Revenue is responsible for auditing businesses in Florida to ensure compliance with state tax laws, while the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the federal agency that conducts audits throughout the United States. Audits can be initiated for various reasons, such as underreported income, questionable deductions, or errors in calculations.

Receiving a notice about an audit is a significant event, and it is often followed by a notice about potential penalties. It is crucial to seek legal representation as soon as you receive an audit notice to navigate the audit process effectively.

IRS audits generally cover a period of three years, although exceptions can be made in cases involving major errors. Going through a tax audit can be a stressful experience for individuals and businesses alike. It is important to work with a qualified attorney who specializes in IRS tax matters to ensure proper representation and to explore options for IRS tax debt relief. They can guide you through the audit process and help protect your rights and interests.

Unfiled Tax Returns

The Florida Department of Revenue takes action to collect taxes when a taxpayer fails to file a tax return, make a payment, underpays the amount due, files late, pays late, or owes additional taxes following an audit. They issue delinquency notices (Notices of Delinquency) when tax returns are not filed, and a bill (Notice of Amount Due) is issued when a return is filed late or when additional taxes are owed.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also strongly encourages individuals to file their past due tax returns promptly. Filing past due returns not only helps avoid accruing interest and penalties, but it also protects individuals’ Social Security benefits, prevents potential issues when applying for loans, and minimizes the risk of collection and enforcement actions by the IRS. It’s important to address any past due tax obligations promptly to mitigate potential consequences and seek appropriate assistance or legal representation when needed.

Innocent Spouses

Innocent spouse relief is a provision that can be available when a joint tax return is filed, and one spouse is unaware of the errors or underreporting of taxes made by the other spouse. It relieves the innocent spouse from being held liable for the additional taxes owed.

When taxes are underreported, the responsibility lies with the spouse who made the errors, and the IRS should reflect this in the audit report. To qualify for innocent spouse relief, the filing spouse needs to establish that they had no actual or constructive knowledge of the understatement and that it would be unfair to hold them liable for the tax debt.

It’s important to note that innocent spouse relief must be sought within two years of any IRS collection action. However, obtaining innocent spouse relief can be a complex process, so seeking legal assistance is advisable to navigate the requirements and increase the chances of a successful claim. An experienced attorney can provide guidance and help present your case effectively to the IRS.

Contact Our Florida Tax Attorneys

It’s important to know that seeking legal assistance for your tax issues in Florida can be beneficial in achieving a favorable outcome. Anderson Bradshaw, with over three decades of experience in tax law, can provide valuable expertise and guidance in handling your case.

Their team of tax attorneys offers IRS tax help to residents throughout Florida, including cities like Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Port St. Lucie, Tallahassee, Cape Coral, and Fort Lauderdale. You can reach out to them by calling (877) 986-1156 or contacting our Florida tax attorney online to schedule a free consultation. They will be able to assess your situation and provide you with the necessary assistance and advice to address your tax concerns effectively.

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