What Are the Differences of Capital Gains on a Second Home?

When it comes to taxes, owning a second home can be a bit complicated. One of the key things to be aware of is the capital gains tax that may be owed when you sell the property.

First, it's important to understand what a capital gain is. A capital gain is the profit that you make from the sale of a capital asset, such as a home. The capital gain is calculated by subtracting the original cost of the asset (also known as the "basis") from the sale price. If the sale price is higher than the basis, you have a capital gain, and if the sale price is lower, you have a capital loss.

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What is a Tax Lien and How Do You Resolve It?

A tax lien is a legal claim that the government makes against a person's property to secure payment of unpaid taxes. When a person fails to pay their taxes, the government has the right to place a lien on their property, which gives them priority over other creditors in the event that the property is sold. This means that the proceeds from the sale of the property must be used to pay off the outstanding tax debt before any other debts or obligations are satisfied.

There are a few different types of tax liens that can be placed on a property. The most common type is a federal tax lien, which is placed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when a person owes taxes at the federal level. State and local governments may also place liens on a property for unpaid state or local taxes.

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Should I Pay Off IRS Taxes With a Credit Card?

Paying taxes with a credit card may seem like an easy way to resolve your tax debt, but there are several factors to consider before making this decision.

One of the main benefits of paying taxes with a credit card is that it can help you resolve your tax debt quickly. By using a credit card, you can make a payment to the IRS right away and avoid any potential penalties or interest charges that may accrue if you are unable to pay your taxes on time. Additionally, many credit card companies offer rewards or cash back for using the card, which could help you earn some extra money while paying off your tax debt.

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What is an IRS Offer in Compromise (OIC)?

An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is a program administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that allows taxpayers to settle their tax debt for less than the full amount they owe. The program is designed to provide a way for taxpayers who are unable to pay their tax debt in full to resolve their tax problems and become compliant with their tax obligations.

To qualify for an OIC, a taxpayer must demonstrate that they are unable to pay their tax debt in full, and that the amount offered in compromise is the most the IRS can expect to collect within a reasonable period of time. The IRS will consider a taxpayer's income, expenses and assets when determining their eligibility for an OIC.

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What is the IRS Fresh Start Initiative?

The IRS Fresh Start Initiative is a program that was launched by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help taxpayers who are struggling to pay their taxes. The program aims to provide taxpayers with more flexible payment options and increased access to hardship relief. The initiative has several key features, including:

  1. Increased Income Tax Return Filing Thresholds: The Fresh Start Initiative increased the income thresholds for taxpayers who are required to file a tax return. This means that more taxpayers may now be able to avoid filing a tax return and paying taxes altogether.

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How to Get Out of IRS Debt

If you find yourself owing money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for unpaid taxes, it can be a stressful and overwhelming situation. However, there are several ways to get out of IRS debt and resolve your tax problems. In this blog post, we'll discuss some strategies for getting out of IRS debt, including paying off the debt in full, setting up a payment plan, and settling the debt for less than what you owe through the Offer in Compromise (OIC) program.

  1. Pay off the debt in full: The easiest way to get out of IRS debt is to pay it off in full. If you have the money to do so, you can simply write a check or make a payment online to the IRS. If you're unable to pay off the entire debt at once, you may be able to set up a short-term payment plan, known as a “partial payment installment agreement,” to pay off the debt in full over a period of time.

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What is the Difference Between a Tax Attorney and a CPA

A tax attorney and a certified public accountant (CPA) are both professionals who specialize in tax-related matters, but they have different areas of expertise and handle different types of tasks.

A tax attorney is a lawyer who has specialized in tax law. They have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and are licensed to practice law. Tax attorneys are experts in interpreting tax laws and regulations and can help individuals and businesses navigate the complex legal system. They can help with a wide range of tax-related issues, including:

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Choosing the Right IRS Tax Attorney for Your IRS Tax Debt

Choosing the right IRS tax attorney is an important decision, as you want someone who can help you navigate the complex and often confusing world of tax law. Here are a few key things to consider when looking for a tax attorney:

  1. Experience: Look for an attorney who has significant experience handling tax matters, particularly those similar to your own. This will ensure that they have the knowledge and skills needed to help you resolve your tax issues.

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How to Take Advantage of the IRS Back Tax Forgiveness Program or Offer in Compromise (OIC)

The IRS offers several programs to help taxpayers resolve unpaid back taxes and get back on track with their tax obligations. One of the most popular of these programs is the IRS back tax forgiveness program, also known as the Offer in Compromise (OIC) program. In this blog post, we will explain what the IRS back tax forgiveness program is, who is eligible for it, and how to apply for it.

An Offer in Compromise (OIC) is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer's tax liability for less than the full amount owed. The purpose of the OIC program is to give taxpayers who are unable to pay their taxes in full the opportunity to resolve their tax debt and become compliant with their tax obligations. The OIC program is considered a last resort after all other payment options have been exhausted or aren’t feasible.

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What Does a Tax Attorney Do to Help Clients Get Tax Debt Relief

A tax controversy attorney is a legal professional who specializes in helping clients navigate the complex world of tax law and resolve disputes with the IRS. If you find yourself facing a significant tax debt, hiring a tax controversy attorney can be a wise move to help you get tax debt relief. In this blog post, we will explain what a tax controversy attorney does and how they can help you get tax debt relief.

One of the primary responsibilities of a tax controversy attorney is to help clients understand and comply with their tax obligations. This can include providing guidance on tax planning, helping clients understand the tax implications of business or personal transactions, and assisting with tax return preparation. If a client is facing a tax audit or other investigation by the IRS, a tax controversy attorney can help them navigate the process and negotiate with the IRS on their behalf.

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SCAM ALERT: Distraint Warrant from King County Tax Resolution Unit

SCAM - King County Tax Resolution Unit - Public Judgement Records - Distraint Warrant
A client of ours has recently reached out to us concerning a letter they received in the mail from the "King County Tax Resolution Unit - Public Judgement Records" for a "Distraint Warrant" claiming that a warrant has been issued because of a tax debt that has not been paid in full.  It attempts to scare the recipient and elicit a response via phone call within 15 days of receiving the letter.




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