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The North Carolina Department of Revenue, North Carolina Department of Administration, North Carolina Department of Transport, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, North Carolina Office of State Human Resources, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and North Carolina Division of Employment Security are just some of the state agencies that can be involved in state tax cases. Most tax issues in North Carolina revolve around the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is the federal agency handling federal taxes and administering federal tax law.

It is essential to recognize the significance of having an experienced tax attorney in North Carolina when dealing with state or federal tax issues. A knowledgeable lawyer can assess the root cause of the problem and provide effective strategies to resolve the matter.

Anderson Bradshaw acknowledges the importance of tax debt relief for individuals throughout North Carolina and is dedicated to assisting clients in addressing their pressing tax concerns. They have expertise in handling various types of tax cases, including but not limited to:

  • Tax audits
  • Unfiled tax returns
  • Tax liens and levies
  • Innocent spouse relief
  • Offer in compromise
  • Tax penalties and interest
  • Tax disputes and appeals

By working with Anderson Bradshaw, you can benefit from their extensive experience and specialized knowledge in handling these complex tax matters.

Offers in Compromise

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an offer in compromise provides individuals with the opportunity to settle their tax debt for an amount less than the total they owe. The IRS takes various factors into consideration when evaluating an offer, including the individual’s ability to pay, income, expenses, and asset equity.

An offer in compromise is approved by the IRS when the amount offered represents the maximum the agency can reasonably expect to collect within a specific timeframe. To be eligible for an offer in compromise, individuals must have filed all required tax returns, made necessary estimated payments, not be involved in an active bankruptcy proceeding, have a valid extension for the current year’s return, and have made tax deposits as an employer for the current and previous two quarters.

In cases where the IRS is unable to process an offer in compromise, the agency is obligated to return the application and offer application fee, applying any offer payment included to the outstanding balance. There are different payment options available, such as a lump sum cash payment of 20% of the total offer, followed by the remaining balance paid in five or fewer installments, or periodic payments in monthly installments.

Individuals who meet the low-income certification guidelines are exempt from submitting the application fee, initial payment, or monthly installments while the IRS reviews their offer. If an offer is rejected, individuals have the right to appeal within 30 days using the Request for Appeal of Offer in Compromise, Form 13711PDF. The IRS Independent Office of Appeals also provides additional assistance in such cases.

Stopping Tax Levies & Liens

A tax lien is a legal claim imposed by the government on property when an individual fails to pay their tax debts. This lien serves to protect the government’s interest in various types of property, including real estate, personal property, and financial assets. In North Carolina, tax liens can be searched on the website of the Secretary of State.

The IRS website provides information on the process of releasing liens, and the agency is required to release levies under specific circumstances. These include situations where the individual has fully paid the owed amount, the collection period expired before the levy was issued, releasing the levy would facilitate the person’s ability to pay their taxes, the person has entered into an Installment Agreement that does not allow for the levy to continue, the levy would create an economic hardship preventing the individual from meeting their 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 outstanding amount.

If the IRS denies a request to release a lien, individuals have the right to appeal. It is important to seek legal assistance when dealing with tax liens to ensure proper guidance through the process.

IRS Audit Defense

Chapter 96 of the North Carolina General Statutes grants the North Carolina Division of Employment Security Commission the authority to inspect employers’ records and mandates that employers allow their records to be reviewed. These audits are conducted to ensure compliance with unemployment tax laws.

The IRS is typically involved in the majority of audits, with potential reasons for audits including excessive business expense deductions, significant charitable donations, or claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Upon receiving an audit notice, it is common to also receive a notice regarding penalties.

It is crucial to promptly contact an attorney upon receiving an audit notice to seek legal assistance. IRS audits can generally cover a period of up to three years, and exceptions can be made for significant errors.

Anderson Bradshaw is experienced in assisting individuals in obtaining IRS tax debt relief.

Unfiled Tax Returns

When a person in North Carolina receives a Notice to File a Return, it is important for them to fulfill their obligation by completing their North Carolina individual income tax return and submitting it to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. In cases where the IRS becomes involved in an unfiled tax return situation, federal failure to file penalties can reach up to 5 percent of the net tax due per month or 0.5 percent for each month or part of a month that the tax remains unpaid, with a maximum penalty of 25 percent.

The IRS strongly advises all individuals to promptly file their past due tax returns. By doing so, they can avoid incurring additional interest and penalties, safeguard their Social Security benefits, prevent complications when seeking loans, and mitigate the risk of facing collection and enforcement actions.

Innocent Spouses

When a married couple files a joint tax return and continues to be married and live together in the same household, they may be eligible for innocent spouse relief. Innocent spouse relief is a provision that allows an individual to avoid paying additional taxes when their spouse understated the taxes owed on their joint tax return, and the individual had no knowledge of the error.

Underreporting taxes is the responsibility of only one spouse, and the attribution of the underreported tax must be specified in an audit report. The spouse seeking innocent spouse relief must demonstrate 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.

To qualify for innocent spouse relief, the request must be made no later than two years after an IRS collection action. It’s important to note that obtaining innocent spouse relief can be a complex and challenging process, which is why seeking legal representation is highly recommended in these cases. A tax attorney can provide the necessary guidance and support throughout the innocent spouse relief application.

Contact Our North Carolina Tax Attorneys

If you are facing any tax issues in North Carolina, it is advisable to consult with a qualified tax attorney or tax professional who can provide you with personalized advice based on your specific situation. Anderson Bradshaw is a law firm that specializes in tax matters in North Carolina and has extensive experience in the field.

Our tax attorneys provide IRS tax help for residents all over North Carolina including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, High Point, Concord, and more. Call (877) 986-1156 or contact our North Carolina tax attorney online to set up a free consultation.

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