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The Taxation Division of the Missouri Department of Revenue is responsible for administering the state’s tax laws and processing tax returns, while the State Tax Commission ensures fair property tax assessments in the state. However, when it comes to tax cases, it is common for individuals in Missouri to also deal with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the federal agency responsible for federal taxes and tax law administration.

Dealing with tax issues can indeed be concerning and complex, which is why seeking the assistance of an experienced Missouri tax attorney is advisable. A knowledgeable tax attorney at Anderson Bradshaw will have a deep understanding of tax laws and regulations and can provide valuable guidance and support in resolving your tax problems.

Whether you are facing state or federal tax issues, a tax attorney can help you navigate the legal processes, protect your rights, and work towards a favorable resolution. Anderson Bradshaw helps people all over Missouri get tax debt relief, and we constantly keep our clients updated on the progress we are making in their cases.

Some of the most common kinds of tax cases we handle include:

Offers in Compromise

The offer in compromise program is offered by the IRS. An offer in compromise allows individuals to settle their tax debts for less than the full amount owed, based on their ability to pay, income, expenses, and asset equity.

To be eligible for an offer in compromise, individuals must meet certain requirements, such as filing all required tax returns, making estimated payments, not being involved in an open bankruptcy proceeding, and meeting tax deposit obligations if they are an employer.

If the IRS is unable to process an offer in compromise, the application and offer application fees will be returned, and any offer payments included will be applied to the outstanding balance. There are different payment options available, including a lump sum cash payment or periodic payments.

Low-income individuals who meet the certification guidelines do not need to submit an application fee, initial payment, or make monthly installments while the IRS reviews the offer.

If an offer in compromise is rejected, individuals have the right to appeal the decision within 30 days using the Request for Appeal of Offer in Compromise, Form 13711. The IRS Independent Office of Appeals provides additional assistance in the appeals process.

It is important to note that the offer in compromise process can be complex, and seeking the guidance of a qualified tax professional, such as a tax attorney or enrolled agent, is recommended to navigate the requirements and increase the chances of a successful outcome.

Stopping Tax Levies & Liens

Tax liens are legal claims imposed by the government against a property when individuals fail to pay their tax debts. These liens protect the government’s interest in the property.

While the Missouri Department of Revenue does not report lien information to credit bureaus, the details of tax liens and their cancellations become public information once they are filed with the recorder of deeds or the circuit court. The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a search feature on its website to look up liens.

The IRS also has information on its website regarding the release of liens. The IRS must release levies under various circumstances, such as when the owed amount has been paid, the collection period has ended before the levy was issued, releasing the levy would facilitate tax payment, the taxpayer has entered into an Installment Agreement that does not allow for the levy to continue, the levy would cause economic hardship preventing the taxpayer from meeting basic living expenses, or the value of the property exceeds the amount owed and releasing the levy does not impede the IRS’s ability to collect the debt.

In cases where the IRS denies a request to release a lien, individuals have the right to appeal the decision. It is advisable to seek the assistance of a lawyer when dealing with tax liens to ensure proper guidance throughout the process.

IRS Audit Defense

The Missouri Department of Revenue provides a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about audits on its website, offering guidance and information to taxpayers. Audits can involve both the Missouri Department of Revenue and the IRS, and they can be triggered by various factors such as claiming rental losses, reporting losses for activities considered as hobbies, or operating small cash businesses.

When individuals receive a notice of an audit, it is common for subsequent notices to address potential penalties associated with the audit findings. Given the complexities and potential consequences of an audit, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a tax lawyer as soon as possible to navigate the process effectively.

Regarding IRS audits, the general timeframe for the IRS to assess taxes is up to three years, although exceptions can be made in cases involving significant errors or fraud. Anderson Bradshaw is a firm that specializes in assisting clients throughout Missouri with various tax audit matters, providing valuable guidance and support during the audit process.

Unfiled Tax Returns

In Missouri, when an individual fails to pay their taxes, the Department of Revenue has the authority to take various enforcement actions to collect the outstanding tax debt. These actions may include issuing tax liens, seizing assets, garnishing wages, or other collection actions as deemed necessary. The IRS also becomes involved in many cases of unpaid taxes, and the penalties for federal failure to file can amount to 5 percent of the net tax due per month or 0.5 percent for every month or part of a month that the tax remains unpaid, with a maximum penalty of 25 percent.

The IRS strongly advises individuals to file their past due tax returns as soon as possible. They emphasize that even filing late can help individuals avoid additional interest and penalties. Filing taxes on time can also protect Social Security benefits, prevent complications when obtaining loans, and reduce the likelihood of facing collection and enforcement actions by the IRS. It is important to address any outstanding tax obligations promptly to minimize potential consequences.

Innocent Spouses

Innocent spouse relief is a provision that applies to couples who have filed joint tax returns and are still married and living together in the same household. It allows individuals to avoid being held responsible for additional taxes when their spouse understated the taxes due on their joint tax return, and the innocent spouse had no knowledge of the mistake.

Underreporting taxes is attributed solely to one spouse, and this allocation must be clearly stated in an audit report. To qualify for innocent spouse relief, the filing spouse must demonstrate that they had no actual or constructive knowledge of the underreported taxes, and it would be unfair to hold them liable for the resulting tax debt.

It is important to note that individuals must seek innocent spouse relief no later than two years after an IRS collection action. Given the complexity of this process and the strict requirements, it is advisable to work with a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who can provide guidance and assistance in obtaining innocent spouse relief. The IRS carefully evaluates these requests, and having legal representation can help navigate the process more effectively.

Contact Our Missouri Tax Attorneys

If you are currently facing any kind of personal crisis because of a tax problem, you need to know that you do not have to deal with your tax problems on your own. You can work with Anderson Bradshaw and be confident that you are getting the best possible help out there for your tax situation.

Our tax attorneys provide IRS tax help for residents all over Missouri including Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, Lee’s Summit, O’Fallon, St. Joseph, St. Charles, Blue Springs, and more. Call (877) 986-1156 or contact our Missouri tax attorney online to set up a free consultation.

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