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On Faith and Taxes

Posted by HB Duran, EA on August 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments 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!

Matthew 17:24-27

When they came to  Capurnaum, the c...

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From $60,000 in Back Taxes to Zero - A True Tax Resolution Story

Posted by HB Duran, EA on February 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments 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....

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IRS Levies Man, Then Denies It

Posted by HB Duran, EA on February 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments 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...

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Thousands of Clients Abandoned in JK Harris Shutdown

Posted by HB Duran, EA on February 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments 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...

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St. Matthew: The Patron Saint of Tax Help

Posted by HB Duran, EA on December 23, 2011 at 1:15 AM Comments 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...

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If you don't file your taxes, are you a criminal?

Posted by HB Duran, EA on September 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM Comments 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 ...

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Yankees Fan Catches Ball, Then Hefty Tax Bill?

Posted by HB Duran, EA on July 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM Comments 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...

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Roni Deutch Tax Scams Finally Come to the End

Posted by HB Duran, EA on July 1, 2011 at 7:36 PM Comments comments (0)


Excellent blog entry that sums it all up from Dennison Tax Law. (Source)

The “Tax Lady” of late night television fame, Roni Deutch,

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Proof that the IRS Has Always Been Scary

Posted by HB Duran, EA on September 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Amos n´ Andy - In the IRS Office

Wouldn't it be nice to only owe $19? :P

The Case of the Widower & His Missing Social Security Benefits

Posted by HB Duran, EA on September 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM Comments 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...

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