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Everyone, from small business owners to independent contractors, knows there some extremely specific advantages to incorporating. Not only do you receive some protection in case of liability, since the business is held liable, instead of you – the individual owner – (although this depends largely on the circumstances, of course), but incorporating also sets you up to be eligible for plenty of tax breaks.

Since different types of corporations are taxed at varying rates, they are also eligible for many tax breaks that individuals are not. Without a doubt, sifting through the incorporation paperwork may help you quite a bit when filing your yearly federal and state tax returns. But overall, there are five main ways that you can save money on your taxes, simply by incorporating your business. So, you need to be aware of the following advantages when making any big decisions:

1) You Won’t Have to Pay Self-Employment Tax

It seems at times as though the IRS is an all-knowing, all-powerful entity that no one can escape. You can’t run, and you can’t hide. They know how much money you make, how much you have in your bank and investment accounts, and even how much you won while playing roulette at the casino last week. But the real question is: do they truly know all of this? Or do we just assume they do? How can they obtain all this personal information? The answer is pretty simple. In reality, the IRS does have plenty of financially insightful access to everything from your bank accounts to every tax form submitted with your name and social security number on it. But is there a limit to “Big Brother’s” financial access?

How Does the IRS Know That I Have Undisclosed Income?

The IRS uses a sophisticated computer system in order to match up your income as reported on your tax return with everything that your employers have reported under your name and social security number. For example, if you submit a return that only has the money that you’ve made from one client or job, neglecting to enter any of your other income, the IRS’ computers will catch the mistake. Then, you’ll receive a letter from them informing you of their findings and their impact on your current tax situation.

Audits are not a welcomed entity in anyone’s eyes. So, if you’ve just received a notice informing you of an impending IRS audit and state audit, do not panic. In some cases, people or businesses are selected for an audit at random. In others, an IRS audit is triggered by issues with your tax return, either because something appears irregular or incorrect or people associated with you, such as your business partners, are being audited as well. This dreaded process if often filled with stress and fraught with mixed emotions, because it may result in you having to pay fines or back taxes if the IRS or state agents find discrepancies on your filed tax forms. The good news is that riding out an audit doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating, as long as you have professional tax accounting guidance and representation.

How Will You Be Informed of a Pending Audit?

Depending on the type of audit and the inconsistencies found in your taxes, you’ll either receive a certified letter or an official IRS agent will come knocking on your door. In most cases, a letter comes first. It will describe the type of audit that you’re facing (more on that below), as well as how the IRS will further contact you in order to obtain your records.

While it’s common for individuals and businesses to owe money to the IRS, many of them have the means to pay their tax debts when they file every year. However, not everyone can do this, leaving debts owed to the Federal Government outstanding. If you fall into this category, there are some important things that you need to know, including the following:

1) You Still Need to File Your Current Tax Return

Even if you owe the IRS money from a previous year or two, you still need to file your current tax return on time. Not filing can lead to a number of penalties, and it may void any ongoing payment agreements that you have with the IRS. It’s always a good idea to make sure that you send in that return on time, even if that return results in you owing money to the IRS.

Let us begin with a simple question: who prepares your taxes? Many individuals and small businesses attempt to go it alone to cut costs, which can be problematic in a few different ways. Many times, you do not have sufficient time to prepare the documentation properly, so you opt for shortcuts that result in audited by the IRS. You might also make simple, unintentional mistakes because you are trying to balance your company’s financials and your daily business operations, leading to mistakes in your accounting. Though it will require an upfront expenditure, it will save you time, money, and future headaches.

Here are some of the many benefits that a tax professional can bring to the table for your business.

Making Estimated Payments to the IRS

Did you just receive a letter in the mail from the IRS stating their intention to put a lien on your assets? Then you need to request collection due process hearing representation. When you owe money to the IRS, whether it is due to years of unpaid taxes or a mistake that was made on your tax returns which led to a failure to disclose all of your income (or any other reason for that matter), they will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that they receive the funds owed to them. In most cases, this is process begins with a written notice. So, what should you do when you receive one? And what possible options are at your disposal? Let’s dive into an in-depth look at the process and what options are available.

When the IRS Believes You Owe Them Money

Sometimes, errors occur on tax forms that are not caught before they are submitted. For instance, if your wages were not properly disclosed on your yearly return, you may owe money. On the other hand, the IRS can also make mistakes. Though not often, this does happen, and it usually does not turn out in your favor because they now think you owe them back taxes and want to collect. No matter the reason, when a discrepancy is found, a notice will turn up in your mailbox from the IRS. They may plan to place a lien or levy on your home or business, your vehicles, your bank account, or even your future paychecks. This kind of notice is not ideal, but it happens more often than you think, so do not panic.

Failing to file taxes, and more specifically, owing taxes for the year in which the return has yet to be filed, often leads to a number of different penalties assessed by the IRS. The Federal Government of the United States often grants both individuals and businesses a valid extension when requested, which allows them more time to file a tax return. However, when an extension is not requested, or one is requested, yet a tax return and moneys due are not submitted by the new deadline, serious problems can arise that are best dealt with by an accounting or legal professional.

What Constitutes a Failure to File?

To put it simply, a failure to file occurs when a tax return is not submitted to the IRS by the deadline set forth by them every year. This is usually April 15th, but it can be extended for six months. Companies and individuals can both request an IRS extension, which pushes back that filing deadline. While this gives them more time to compile documentation and pertinent return information. In some cases, that deadline is also missed, that becomes what is known as a failure to file, and penalties are assessed by the IRS according to the guidelines that they have put into place.

Though it’s somewhat intuitive simply due to the name, high-income non-filers are individuals who have earned or made a significant amount of money but haven’t filed their taxes accordingly. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans who do not file their taxes and, as a result, owe billions of dollars in back taxes to the federal government. The problem? The problem clearly lies in that the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has failed to actively pursue these non-compliant non-filers in the past. However, the tides are changing.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a recent report in which it was estimated that of the average annual tax gap which consists of about $441 billion, about $39 billion can be attributed to the non-compliance of high-income non-filers. These non-filers are people who don’t file their taxes or pay the taxes owed on their returns. Of those, many are high-income non-filers who tend to earn at least $100,000 per year, and this particular group comprises a large percentage of the non-filer tax gap.

Recently, the IRS has started to crack down on high-income non-filers as outside firms are being brought in to monitor their progress, which is shedding light on the growing problem. If you believe you are a high-income non-filer, this could be bad news for you. However, there are also independent firms, like Enterprise Consultants Group, who specialize in helping individuals and small businesses who owe the IRS back taxes to negotiate a fair settlement – this may serve as the answer for many non-filers.

Owing back taxes to the IRS or any State  Department  or Department of Revenue can result in a plethora of unwanted penalties. Those who avoid paying and owe large amounts may even have their personal property, including their homes, boats, cars, SUVs, and even their bank accounts seized in order to pay those debts. State Department of Revenue may go one step further.  In certain states, such as New York, or Louisiana, the Department of Revenue commonly seizes the driver’s licenses of taxpayers who owe past taxes, preventing them from renewing their licenses. Or suspending their licenses outright, so driving is no longer an option. In addition, if an extremely delinquent tax debt is sent to the State Department of the Federal Government, your passport may also be seized or deemed non-renewable as well. With this, you will be unable to legally travel outside the country. Thankfully, there are some options available to you before things get to this point.

Falling Behind on Your Taxes

There are many reasons why people fall behind on their taxes. For example, someone who freelances for a living or is considered an independent contractor by their employer may not be putting away a portion of their income to pay taxes or may fail to make quarterly tax payments. There are also people and businesses who simply do not have the money they owe to the IRS, and rather than agree to a proactive payment plan, they simply avoid their letters until an IRS agent appears at their door.

Winning money at a casino, sportsbook, or via the lottery is a rollercoaster ride with its inevitable up and downs. Yes, it is undeniably exciting to win and stash a little extra cash in your pocket. But the downside that many forget in the heat of the moment, is that you owe taxes on those winnings, and if those taxes are not disclosed on your annual tax return or paid in full, you could end up with plenty of problems with the IRS. They will not hesitate to collect what is owed to them and more, should you profit from gambling winnings.

What Constitutes Gambling Winnings?

The IRS only requires people to pay taxes on a certain amount of the money that they win through gambling. These amounts vary, based on how the money is won. Here is a general breakdown to keep in mind when at the casino or racetrack:

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