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When to file a request for a Collection Due Process or Equivalent Hearing (CDP) IRS form 12153

The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 established the Collection Due Process or Equivalent Hearing (CDP), which is an appeal filed in response to the following collection actions: Notice of Federal Tax Lien Filing and Your Right to a Hearing under IRC Sec. 6320; Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right…


Certificate of Lien WITHDRAWAL

A certificate of lien withdrawal will remove the tax lien from the taxpayer’s credit report. The IRS has discretionary authority to withdraw a lien if one of the four criteria is met according to the 1996 Taxpayer Bill Of Rights The lien filing was premature or not in accordance with the IRS procedures. The taxpayer and the IRS entered…


Field Audit Tests for Sole Proprietor CASH Income Require More Teeth

This audit was initiated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to determine whether minimum probes for unreported income during sole proprietor audits are conducted in accordance with IRS policies and procedures.  This audit was conducted as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Annual IRS Audit Plan and addresses the major management challenge of…


2011 Retirement Plan IRS Limitations

The Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2011. In general, these limits will either remain unchanged, or the inflation adjustments for 2011 will be small. Highlights include: The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in section 401(k), 403(b),…


IRS now accepting taxpayer records in electronic format from Intuit and Peachtree

The Internal Revenue Service has started accepting taxpayer records in electronic format from small businesses using Intuit’s QuickBooks and Sage’s Peachtree accounting software for audits and examinations. Electronic files should be provided on a CD, DVD, or flash/jump drive to ensure security of the files. E-mail should not be used to transmit the electronic records.…


Specific lines provided on Colorado income tax forms for subtractions from income

Taxpayers and tax professionals should note that the Colorado individual income tax form (104) and the Colorado corporation income tax form (112) have specific lines on them for Subtractions from Federal Taxable Income, such as United States government interest and pension-annuity subtractions for individuals; exempt federal interest, excludable foreign source income subtractions for corporations, and…