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IRS Collection Fast Track Mediation

The purpose of the mediation is to resolve disputes in the early stages of the collection process and within 40 days after the mediation application is accepted by the IRS.  In order to be accepted into the process, taxpayers must make a good faith effort to resolve matters with the IRS collection officer followed by a conference with the officer's manager.  Acceptance into the mediation process does not mean that taxpayers can't pursue other options if mediation doesn't resolve their case.  

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2017 Hidden Tax Hike

The increase in the earnings limit for social security represents the largest one-year increase in history.  The maximum social security tax is jumping from $7,346 in 2016 to $7,886 in 2017 for employees.  There is a larger increase for the self-employed as their social security taxes will be increased from $14,694 to $15,773 in 2017.  

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IRS Statute of Limitation on Collecting Taxes

For some the only hope of relief from unmanageable federal tax debts may be the statute of limitations on collection. In theory, the IRS has only 10 years from the date of assessment to collect. However, this 10-year limitation has many exceptions, waivers and overlapping extensions such that in all but the simplest of cases computing the correct “collection statute expiration date” is quite difficult.

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IRS--Potential Tax on Employer On-Site Meals

The idea that there’s no such thing as a free lunch could eventually ring true for employees who get complimentary meals at work, as the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury have taken a step closer to potentially taxing such meals. Last year, the IRS suggested in its Priority Guidance Plan that it was exploring modifying sections of the Tax Code concerning employer-provided meals that it believed were problematic.

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Payroll Tax--Trust Fund Penalty

The trust fund recovery penalty allows the IRS to collect the unpaid withholding taxes from the assets of the owners and operators of businesses. It penalizes those who had control over the decision to divert the payroll money from the IRS to other creditors of the business. The trust fund recovery penalty is equal to the income taxes, social security taxes, and Medicare taxes withheld from employee paychecks. 

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