Tax Help Blog
Stories from the trenches of helping others resolve their IRS and State back taxes.
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on August 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
The Lord often comes to us with a message in the darkest of times. How often have we mourned over the stack of bills and wondered, "how will I ever pay this?" The Lord hears and answers.
In fact, there was a time in which Jesus Christ, himself performed a miracle - to pay taxes!
When they came to Capurnaum, the c...Read Full Post »
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on February 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM||comments (3)|
Robert Brenner is one of those clients you never forget - a sweet, but no-nonsense man originally from New York, Bob owed $60,000 in back taxes between the IRS and the State when he first contacted me. With both a Social Security and Pension levy in place, he felt that he was in "debtors' prison" and was especially heart-broken about losing his hard-earned credit score. I had both levies released, reduced the liability by 72% percent, then settled the remainder through an Offer in Compromise....Read Full Post »
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on February 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
When you've been negotiating with the IRS as long as I have, you start to think you've heard everything. Well, leave it to the least-loved Government Agency to throw me a curve ball last week; and leave it to pure stubbornness to set things right.
A local gentleman received his paycheck only to find that the IRS left him a little over $300 to live on; the obsurd amount they deemed acceptable when calculating how much to take out. Needless to say, the m...Read Full Post »
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on February 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
It seems the giant has fallen, but who will pick up the pieces?
After trying unsuccessfully to sell the company and filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, the largest tax resolution firm in the county closed its doors in January. Not only were employees told to pack their things, an estimated 5,000 clients were simply abandoned in the closure - and any money they paid is gone. The company is apparently pursuing Chapter 7, which would liquidate all assets.
With Powers of At...Read Full Post »
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on December 23, 2011 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
Well, Christmas is this weekend and while getting into the spirit of things, I came across a film about the life of Jesus. As he was speaking with his deciples, it dawned me that St. Matthew was a tax collector before he became an apostle. I had been taught this as a child, of course, but it never really sunk in until now that for the last decade, I had a common industry with this fellow. So I decided to do some research.
Matthew was orig...Read Full Post »
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on September 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
Generally, the Internal Revenue Service does not consider non-filers to be criminals, per se, unless the reason is purely for the sake of refusing to file. As we all know (and of which we are constantly reminded), the country is in major debt. A huge part of this includes the national tax gap, which currently sits at approximately $345 billion. A whopping 10% of that is attributed to those who underreport their taxes or don't file at all.
Now more than ever, the IRS is doing everything ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on July 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM||comments (0)|
(From Fox News) July 12, 2011
NEW YORK -- The fan who gave Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit ball back to the Yankees captain and received a treasure trove of gifts in return was bracing Tuesday for another present: a five-figure tax bill, The New York Times reported.
Christian Lopez, the fan who caught and r...Read Full Post »
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on July 1, 2011 at 7:36 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on September 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM||comments (0)|
Wouldn't it be nice to only owe $19?
|Posted by HB Duran, EA on September 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM||comments (0)|
This morning as I sipped my coffee and read my emails for the day, I was reminded of one of my favorite tax resolution cases and thought I'd share.
There was once an elderly man who frequented a mom 'n pop cafe in New York - the kind where the waitresses all know your name and remember your order from last time. (I love those places) One day this widower, normally cheerful, was visibly depressed. When the staff and other regular patrons asked what happened, he s...Read Full Post »