If you are like many in Connecticut and across the country, you dread tax season. While it is still several weeks before the end of the year, you may already fear you will owe money to the IRS. In fact, you may still be dealing with letters and warnings from the government about overdue taxes from last year.
There are unmistakable signs that you have been targeted by the IRS:
If you can’t pay your past taxes, don’t wait for the IRS to assign a third party to the task of private debt collection. Such third parties may utilize aggressive techniques that border on harassment.
Seinfeld fans may remember a reference to a character on the show named Al Yeganeh, nickmaned the “Soup Nazi.” The reference actually has a counterpart in real life: A business in Staten Island called Soupman, Inc. licenses the name and recipes of that Seinfeld character.
An individual who receives an over payment from a governmental agency generally does not have a legal claim to retain those funds. This general principle also applies to erroneous tax refunds.
The Internal Revenue Service was recently granted a tax collection power that may surprise readers: passport restrictions.
Tax liabilities are the category of debt that has the potential to haunt you. The IRS has strong collection tools, such as filing a notice of federal tax lien against your property or garnishing your wages. In addition, taxes are typically not discharged in bankruptcy, and they can seriously damage your credit score.
A new IRS mediation program applies to taxpayers in Connecticut and nationwide. It is called the Fast Track Mediation Collection program. With respect to IRS collection matters, the program may prove to be useful to taxpayers or it may be more of the same but with new packaging.