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The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is the state government agency responsible for administering and enforcing tax laws within the state. They handle various tax-related matters, including income taxes, sales and use taxes, property taxes, and other state-specific taxes.

However, it is worth noting that many tax cases can also involve the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is the federal agency responsible for administering federal tax laws. The IRS handles federal tax-related issues, including income taxes, tax audits, and collections at the federal level.

Navigating tax laws and dealing with tax problems can be complex and challenging. Working with an experienced Wisconsin tax attorney can provide you with valuable guidance, legal representation, and peace of mind. A tax attorney understands the intricacies of tax laws and regulations, and they can help you navigate the complexities of your specific situation.

By retaining legal counsel, you can save time and effort by having a knowledgeable professional handle your case. They can assess your circumstances, guide you through the legal processes, help you understand your rights and obligations, and work towards achieving the best possible outcome.

Overall, when facing tax problems in Wisconsin, consulting with a skilled tax attorney at Anderson Bradshaw is highly recommended to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the appropriate legal assistance throughout the process. Our firm delivers tax debt relief to people all over Wisconsin, and we know how difficult these situations can be for people so we will do what we can to help you feel more at ease.

Some of the different kinds of tax cases we handle include:

Offers in Compromise

Offers in compromise are a potential option for individuals who are unable to pay their tax debts in full. The IRS considers various factors, such as a person’s ability to pay, income, expenses, and asset equity, when evaluating an offer in compromise.

To be eligible for an offer in compromise, individuals must meet certain criteria, including filing all required tax returns, making all required estimated payments, not being involved in an open bankruptcy proceeding, having a valid extension for the current year’s return, and meeting certain criteria for employers regarding tax deposits.

When applying for an offer in compromise, the IRS is required to return the application and offer application fees. However, the IRS cannot process the offer until the application fee and any offer payments are made, and those payments will be applied to the outstanding tax balance. Payment options for offers in compromise include lump sum cash payments and periodic payments.

Individuals who meet the low income certification guidelines do not need to send the application fee or 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 appeal process.

It is important to note that the process of applying for an offer in compromise can be complex, and having the guidance and representation of an experienced tax attorney can be invaluable. A tax attorney can help navigate the requirements, negotiate with the IRS, and increase the chances of a successful resolution to the tax debt issue.

Stopping Tax Levies & Liens

Tax liens are legal claims imposed by the government against a taxpayer’s property when they neglect or fail to pay their tax debts. The purpose of a tax lien is to protect the government’s interest in the taxpayer’s property.

In Wisconsin, delinquent tax debts can result in the filing of a tax warrant, which acts as a lien against the taxpayer’s real property and personal property. The tax warrant is filed with the Clerk of Court and becomes a public record that can impact the individual’s ability to obtain credit or sell real estate.

Regarding the IRS, information on releasing tax liens can be found on their website. The IRS is required to release levies under certain circumstances, such as when the taxpayer has paid the full amount owed, the collection period has expired, releasing the levy will facilitate the taxpayer’s ability to pay their taxes, the taxpayer has entered into an Installment Agreement that does not allow for the levy to continue, the levy would create an economic hardship, or the value of the property exceeds the amount owed and releasing the levy will not hinder the IRS’s ability to collect the debt.

If the IRS denies a taxpayer’s request to release a lien, the taxpayer has the right to appeal the decision. Seeking the assistance of an attorney is advisable when dealing with tax liens, as they can provide guidance, represent the taxpayer’s interests, and navigate the complexities of the process effectively.

IRS Audit Defense

Audits by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue typically involve a review of tax returns and credit claims to ensure accurate reporting. The agency may request additional information or receipts to support certain items on the tax return. The audit process concludes with an assessment notice if taxes are owed, a refund notice if a refund is due, or a notice of no change if everything is found to be in order.

It is common for audits to involve the IRS as well. The IRS may conduct audits based on various factors such as large charitable donations, claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit, or underreported income.

When individuals receive audit notices, they are often accompanied by information about potential penalties. It is advisable to seek legal representation promptly upon receiving an audit notification to ensure your rights are protected and to navigate the audit process effectively.

In terms of the timeframe for IRS audits, they generally cover the past three years. However, exceptions can be made in cases involving significant errors. It is important to note that Anderson Bradshaw is a law firm that specializes in assisting individuals with tax audits and related matters.

Unfiled Tax Returns

In Wisconsin, failure to file taxes can result in civil and criminal penalties. However, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue acknowledges that individuals who voluntarily disclose their past non-compliance with Wisconsin tax laws may be eligible for a waiver of penalties and/or a reduction in the number of periods for which tax returns are required to be filed. This voluntary disclosure program incentivizes individuals to come forward and rectify their tax non-compliance.

Regarding federal failure to file penalties, the IRS imposes penalties of 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. The penalty amount is capped at 25 percent of the unpaid tax.

The IRS strongly advises all individuals to file past due tax returns as soon as possible. Even if you file your tax returns late, it can help you avoid accruing additional interest and penalties. Timely filing also protects your Social Security benefits, prevents issues when obtaining loans, and helps you avoid collection and enforcement actions by the IRS.

It’s important to note that tax situations can be complex, and it is advisable to consult with a tax attorney at Anderson Bradshaw to ensure compliance with both Wisconsin tax laws and federal tax requirements.

Innocent Spouses

Innocent spouse relief is available to couples who filed joint tax returns and are still married and living together in the same household. It allows one spouse to avoid paying additional taxes when the other spouse understated taxes due on their joint tax return, and the innocent spouse had no knowledge of the error.

Underreporting taxes is the responsibility of only one spouse, and the IRS will attribute the underreported tax to that specific spouse in the audit report. To qualify for innocent spouse relief, the filing spouse must demonstrate that they had no actual or constructive knowledge of the tax understatement and that it would be unfair to hold them liable for the tax debt.

It’s important to note that innocent spouse relief claims must be filed no later than two years after an IRS collection action. Seeking the assistance of a lawyer is recommended when attempting to claim innocent spouse relief, as these claims can be complex and require thorough documentation and legal expertise. An experienced attorney can guide individuals through the process and ensure that their rights are protected.

Contact Our Wisconsin Tax Attorneys

If you are currently dealing with any kind of tax problem in Wisconsin, it is going to be important for you to understand all of your legal options. You will best be able to help yourself by speaking with Anderson Bradshaw about your case.

Our tax attorneys provide IRS tax help for residents all over Wisconsin including Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Waukesha, Eau Claire, Oshkosh, Janesville, and more. Call (877) 986-1156 or contact our Wisconsin tax attorney online to set up a free consultation.

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