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Tax penalty assessments and potential recourse

Though you know you must pay taxes, you probably try to conserve your money as much as possible. Fiscally responsible though you may be, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) calculation of additional fees often augments California's significant tax rate.

Due to the current pandemic, taxes are not due until July 15 this year. However, it is important to understand the potential penalties you could face.

What do taxes have to do with traveling?

The current global health crisis affected every area of life. Temporary business closures, layoffs and distance learning put many incomes at risk, the natural result of which created complicated financial situations for many Californians.

Travel bans have reduced pollution, though also significantly minimizing countless family visits and work-related trips. Regardless of where you would like to go and why, you may anticipate the opportunity to leave the country after the pandemic. However, did you know that unpaid taxes could threaten to keep you grounded?

Discharging taxes in bankruptcy after a substitute for return

You can't escape from death and taxes. However, you may be able to discharge certain tax liabilities through bankruptcy.

Most tax debt can be discharged if you have filed tax returns for at least two years before seeking bankruptcy protection. However, if the IRS has filed a return on your behalf, it can be difficult to have these tax liabilities discharged.

3 tips for handling a face-to-face IRS audit

Many people dread filing their taxes. Even if taxpayers fill everything out they’re supposed to, the IRS may still dispute their submission, resulting in an audit. Depending on the circumstances, this may require taxpayers to go head-to-head with the agency.  

Audits can be stressful. according to a recent report, 1 in 4 Americans worry that their return will receive an audit. However, there are plenty of things people can do to prepare for one and navigate it successfully.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Q&A with Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard, APC

A message from Robert T. Leonard, Attorney & CPA

California Tax Attorney Robert T. Leonard"During this unprecedented time the Government is taking steps to help taxpayers. In addition to the $2 trillion stimulus bill the IRS has relaxed its guidelines and conditions for its premier taxpayer relief program - called the Offer in Compromise. The IRS is processing Offer's at this time and based upon my recent conversations with offer in compromise specialists and appeals officers now is the time to submit yours. Like the stimulus bill, the IRS wants to assist taxpayers with tax debt and the offer in compromise program is the method to use."

IRS adjusts tax policies amid rough economy

Countless Americans are facing financial turmoil. According to recent reports, more than 10% of workers between March 17 and April 2 filed for unemployment in the last three weeks. Sadly, many of them weren't preparing for an economic downturn, as market predictions for 2020 were relatively positive.

Business ownership and a potential trust fund recovery penalty

The responsibilities associated with owning and operating a business are exponential. Whether you disagree with your partner, face an employee dispute or experienced a profit decrease since this quarter last year, every decision you make in your position can relate to financial management. As a result, you must always consider taxes.

In addition to other tax liabilities, the IRS holds businesses accountable for employment taxes. Your responsibilities include Medicare, Social Security, federal and unemployment taxes. If you do not pay taxes accordingly, you could be responsible for a trust find recovery penalty (TFRP).

IRS ramps up efforts with high earners who fail to file returns

The Internal Revenue Service announced its plans in February to make face-to-face visits with high-income individuals who haven’t submitted one or more tax returns in recent years.

The IRS says it will target those making more than $100,000 per year who haven't filed returns and look for in-person meetings to resolve tax issues after contacting them first by mail.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley New Member

Robert Leonard was named as the newest member to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV). Leonard is an attorney and certified public accountant (CPA) representing individuals and businesses involving tax controversies and litigation matters. He has also served as a keynote speaker for the National Association of Enrolled Agents, the American Bar Association, the California Society of CPAs, California Continuing Education of the Bar, the UCLA Tax Controversy Institute and the California State Bar Tax Section.

Recent tax rules cause wealth flight in California

Some wealthy earners are leaving the Golden State. According to a recent report, high-income earners in California are moving to places where the tax burden isn’t as high.

Part of the reason may be due to provisions in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that capped state and local tax (SALT) deductions at $10,000. This move has been especially burdensome for wealthy earners in less tax-friendly states. That's because many are now facing substantial difficulties when it comes to protecting their assets.

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