Monday, June 30, 2014

Even the IRS Wants You to Love Them – Agency Under Fire

In the face of the IRS targeting scandal, a new “Bill of Rights” is offered

The IRS is reeling from a relentless barrage of negative headlines surrounding Lois Lerner and others, known and unknown, within the agency, who have admitted to targeting conservative organizations in the run-up to the 2012 election. But even the IRS appears to need your love. In yet one more coincidence, they have release a “new” taxpayer bill of rights.

"The Taxpayer Bill of Rights contains fundamental information to help taxpayers," said IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen. "These are core concepts about which taxpayers should be aware. Respecting taxpayer rights continues to be a top priority for IRS employees, and the new Taxpayer Bill of Rights summarizes these important protections in a clearer, more understandable format than ever before."

This updated bill of rights will be included in any mailing that the IRS does to taxpayers, but should never be confused with any idea that the agency is not relentless in their desire to collect from you. The summary of the new bill of rights:
  1. The Right to Be Informed
  2. The Right to Quality Service
  3. The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Ta
  4. The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
  5. The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
  6. The Right to Finality
  7. The Right to Privacy
  8. The Right to Confidentiality
  9. The Right to Retain Representation
  10. The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

If you are currently facing any type of “quality service” from the IRS that is taking the form of demand letters, liens, levies, wage garnishments, or other collection activity, you have, under #9 above, the right to retain representation. If you owe more than $20,000 in back taxes or if you have unfiled returns, you should look at this right as a strong recommendation. The IRS has a vast array of resources that they will use against you to help them keep you up at night, and generally make your life miserable.  We can help!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Who’s Guarding the Henhouse: Government Employees Owe IRS Billions


700 IRS contract employees among the scofflaws

If you owe money to the IRS, you are in good company.  It turns out that 318,000 of your employees in the federal government are behind in paying taxes owed. The sum total of debt owed is 3.3 billion and climbing. They must be taking a cue from the methods used by their bosses; debt is a good thing, therefore more must be better.

To make the story even more intriguing, the Inspector General has reported that:

According to

More than half of those workers are supposed to be ineligible to do work for the IRS because they are not enrolled in installment plans to pay the taxes they owe.

Unlike other federal agencies, the IRS requires employees and those who work on agency contracts to comply with federal tax laws. That means they have to file returns on time and either pay all the taxes they owe or enroll in a payment plan.

What about the ultimate overseers of the government, Congress? Seems they have caught the bug as well.  Reuters Reports:

About 700 congressional employees, which could include senators and representatives, owed $8.6 million in unpaid taxes last year, down from $10.9 million in 2012, the IRS said.

The House of Representatives had a tax delinquency rate of 4.9 percent, while the Senate's rate was 3.2 percent.

The lowest rate was Treasury employees, which includes the IRS at 1.2%. This is not surprising, given that IRS employees, according to Breitbart:

IRS "employees are held to a very strict standard, even in cases of personal hardship. If they fail to file on time or pay their tax debts, they face disciplinary action, including removal," said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents IRS employees. "The IRS has the same requirement for contractors, but they are monitored with much less frequency."
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