Stand Up to the IRS

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-20
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The information and strategies you need to deal with the IRS. Named a Best Tax Book by Entrepreneur.com The Internal Revenue Service is the taxpayer's nightmare, and for good reason -- a tax bill or other notice can come out of nowhere and wreak havoc on your life.

Author Biography

Frederick W. Daily is a tax attorney with over 35 years experience helping individuals and small business owners make smart tax decisions and stay out of trouble with the IRS. He has been featured as a tax expert on Good Morning America and NPR, and in publications across the country including Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He is also the author of Tax Savvy for Small Business and Surviving an IRS Tax Audit.

Table of Contents

Your Companion for Dealing With the IRSp. 1
Inside the IRS: What You Need to Know About IRS Operationsp. 3
IRS Inefficiencyp. 7
Communicating With the IRSp. 8
Rules of the Game-Tax Lawsp. 10
Interpreting the Tax Codep. 12
Self-Assessment of Income Taxesp. 13
Winning the IRS Gamep. 13
Filing Tax Returns: If You Haven't Filed and Other Concernsp. 17
How Long Must You Worry About Not Filing a Tax Return?p. 18
Consequences of Not Filingp. 19
It's Better to File Before the IRS Contacts Youp. 22
What Will Happen When You File Latep. 25
Requesting an Extension to Filep. 28
Filing a Return When You Can't Pay What You Owep. 29
Filing a Tax Return When You Live Out of the United Statesp. 30
Reducing the Chance of an Audit When Filingp. 30
Amending Tax Returnsp. 32
A Word About "Aggressive" Tax Filingp. 33
Winning Your Auditp. 37
How Long Do I Have to Worry About an Audit?p. 40
Do I Have to Learn Tax Law to Win My Audit?p. 42
Audit Selection-Why Me, O Lord?p. 42
When the IRS Increases Your Tax Bill Without an Auditp. 51
Types of IRS Auditsp. 60
How an Auditor Approaches and Examinationp. 72
Preparing for an Auditp. 75
Who Should Attend the Audit?p. 77
How to Act at an Auditp. 79
Finishing Auditsp. 91
Serious Audit Problemsp. 102
Appealing Your Audit Within the IRSp. 113
Pros and Cons of Appealing an Auditp. 114
How to Appeal an Auditp. 115
How the Appeals Office Worksp. 121
Preparing for an Appeals Hearingp. 122
Meeting the Appeals Officerp. 124
Presenting a Case to an Appeals Officerp. 124
Negotiating a Settlementp. 126
Should You Hire a Tax Professional for Your Appeal?p. 131
If You Don't Settle on Appealp. 132
Going to Tax Court: No Lawyer Necessaryp. 133
Tax Court Factsp. 135
Small Tax Cases-People's Courtp. 135
Regular Tax Court Cases-Over $50,000p. 149
Other Federal Courts-Paying First Is Requiredp. 150
Bankruptcy Courtp. 152
Appealing to Higher Courtsp. 152
When You Owe the IRS: Keeping the Tax Collector at Bayp. 155
When You Can't Pay Your Tax Returnp. 160
Getting Time to Pay After the Tax Bill Comesp. 161
IRS Tax Billing Processp. 161
IRS Automated Collection Systemp. 163
Revenue Officers-Frontline Collectors of the IRSp. 167
Offers in Compromise-Settling Tax Bills for Pennies on the Dollarp. 188
Using the Bankruptcy Code to Stop the IRSp. 202
Protecting Your Assets From the IRSp. 207
Suspending Collection of Your Tax Billp. 209
IRS Enforced Collection: Liens and Leviesp. 211
Federal Tax Liensp. 213
Tax Leviesp. 218
Assets the IRS Can't or Won't Seizep. 219
Avoiding a Levyp. 223
Getting a Tax Levy Releasedp. 226
IRS Sales of Levied Assetsp. 228
The Taxpayer Advocate: A Friend at the IRSp. 235
Who Qualifies for Help From a Taxpayer Advocate?p. 236
Contacting the Taxpayer Advocate Servicep. 239
Emergency Help: Taxpayer Assistance Ordersp. 241
Family, Friends, Heirs, and the IRSp. 245
It's Family Affairp. 246
Owning Property Jointlyp. 252
Death and Taxesp. 253
Fraud and Tax Crimes: Do You Really Have to Worry?p. 259
How People Cheat on Their Taxesp. 260
If You Are Caught Cheatingp. 260
IRS Criminal Investigationsp. 265
If You Are Prosecutedp. 271
Small Business/Self-Employed: When IRS Trouble Comesp. 275
Self-Employed-You're a Prime Audit Targetp. 276
Employees or Independent Contractors?p. 276
Payroll Taxes-IRS Dynamitep. 280
The Dreaded Trust Fund Recovery Penaltyp. 281
Cash Transactions Over $10,000p. 289
Penalties and Interestp. 291
Penalties Added to Tax Billsp. 292
Interest on Tax Billsp. 294
Understanding Penalty and Interest Noticesp. 294
Reducing or Eliminating Penalties and Interestp. 295
Designating Late Tax Paymentsp. 301
Help Beyond the Book: Tax Professionals and Tax Informationp. 303
Finding and Using a Tax Professionalp. 304
Tax Professionals and Auditsp. 309
Hiring a Tax Return Preparerp. 310
Research Tax Questionsp. 311
When You Owe State Income Taxesp. 317
The IRS and State Taxing Authoritiesp. 318
Does Your State Have a Taxpayer Bill of Rights?p. 318
State Time Limits to Assess and Collect Income Taxesp. 319
State Tax Collection DePartmentsp. 319
State Tax Billsp. 320
When All Else Fails, Try Your Political Connectionsp. 322
The Taxpayer Bill of Rightsp. 323
Taxpayer Bill of Rights Ip. 324
Taxpayer Bill of Rights IIp. 325
Taxpayer Bill of Rights IIIp. 327
The 25 Most Frequently Asked Questionsp. 335
Glossary of Tax Termsp. 345
Indexp. 399
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