When tax problems become a criminal problem

Ever wonder how someone winds up in jail over taxes? It can be for a variety of reasons, but there is one common trait that everyone convicted of a tax crime shares – they talked to the IRS. Tax crimes are one of the most difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt because they require proving intent and state of mind. The IRS manual for Criminal Investigators and Auditors plainly states “Your first contact with the taxpayer may likely be your only opportunity to speak with the taxpayer, engage them in conversation…” Don’t do it! Politely ask for their card and let them know your representative will be in touch.

2013 Year End Tax Planning Tips

2013 year end tax reduction strategies and tax solutions

How to Chose a Tax Professional

Steps to picking a competent qualified tax professional:
1. Check to ensure they are licensed, a member in good standing with professional associations and check their reputation using things like Google, Better Business Bureau, etc…
2. Meet with your prospective tax professional- see if you are a good fit.

  • Do they make you feel comfortable?
  • Do they explain things in a non tax technical manner?
  • Are they experienced with the kind of work you need performed?
  • If you have a tax problem with the IRS or the State and you speak to someone on the phone who is quoting you fee in the thousands before having really met with you to explore the issues, turn around and run. Think of it like getting a quote to fix your car, would you trust a slick salesman who quotes you $3,000 to fix your car when he has no idea what kind of car you have or more importantly, what is really wrong with the car?

3. Ask for references, qualifications, and follow up with the references.
4. Resolving a Tax Controversy can be expensive, don’t make your situation worse by getting scammed by a salesman who will never touch your case after he beats you out of a large upfront fee..
5. it’s your money, you worked hard for it, don’t give it to the first smooth talking salesman who is more interested in your money than resolving your tax matter.

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