Tax Withholding Estimator HOW TO CHECK YOUR TAXES NOW TO AVOID SURPRISES LATER Thursday, September 19, 2019 2 pm ( Eastern); 1 pm (Central); 12 pm (Mountain); 11 am (Arizona); 11 am (Pacific); 10 am (Alaska); 8 am (Hawaii) This free 120-minute webinar is open to ALL Life changes. Events such as marriage, divorce, a home purchase, new job, retirement, birth, adoption or tax law changes can affect your taxes. You should return to the Tax Withholding Estimator to check your situation again for 2019. The Tax Withholding Estimator will help make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paychecks or you're making the right estimated tax payments. You should attend this webinar if: You faced an unexpected tax bill or a penalty when you filed this year. You made withholding adjustments in 2018. You had a major life change. You need to check your withholding. You don’t know how to use the Withholding Estimator. You want to know why you should do a Paycheck Checkup. Plus a live Q & A Copy and open the link below in a new window to Register for the Webinar Contact David with any questions or assistance 904.406.9364

IRS Letter CP2000: Proposed Changes to Your Tax Return

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Private Debt Collection

The IRS began a new private collection program of certain overdue federal tax debts selecting four contractors to implement it. The groups are: CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Conserve of Fairport, N.Y.; Performant of Livermore, Calif.; and Pioneer of Horseheads, N.Y. The taxpayer’s account will only be assigned to one of these agencies, never to all four. No other private group is authorized to represent the IRS.
The IRS will always notify a taxpayer before transferring their account to a private collection agency (PCA). The IRS will send a letter to the taxpayer and their tax representative informing them that their account is being assigned to a PCA and giving the name and contact information for the PCA. This mailing will include a copy of Publication 4518, What You Can Expect When the IRS Assigns Your Account to a Private Collection Agency (PDF).

Contact our office for a free consultation and find out what your options are at (904)0406-9364 or via our website.

IRS Debt Settlement: Success Stories

IRS Offer in Compromise results in $29,789.00 in savings

Through the IRS Offer in Compromise process we helped our client by paying 17.81% on the dollar of a tax bill totaling $36,355.00. This client filed her tax returns as a self-employed person and failed to take advantage of allowable deductions which resulted in more taxes than she was actually responsible for. She had mounting medical bills as a result of a car accident and getting further behind. After looking over her case we determined she would be a good candidate for an Offer in Compromise.

Internal Revenue Service accepted her offer after several months of negotiations. Eleven months later, IRS accepted our Offer in Compromise of $6476.00 and agreed to settle. We set the client up on lump sum plan, paying $856.00 20% down and five payments of $685 until her account is paid in full. All Federal Tax Liens will be released once paid in full.

IRS Offer in Compromise results in $30,126.00 in savings.

IRS Offer in Compromise helped our client who came to us with a tax bill of $32,150.00. The gentleman hadn’t filed his 2014 return, nor his form 2290 Highway Use Tax form. Once we filed those forms and submitted his Offer in Compromise, IRS accepted our offer in 9 months. Nine months later the IRS accepted our Offer in Compromise of $2,024. He was in unbelief; he sent a picture of the letter with his phone. Previous to his offer being accepted IRS levied his military pension, his sole source of income. We immediately constructed a letter informing IRS that according to their regulations all collections activities were supposed to stop, they immediately reinstated his retirement benefits. We set the client up on a 24 month installment plan paying $84.33 per month until he pays in full.

Here’s what taxpayers should know about the new IRS Tax Withholding Estimator

Taxpayers who haven’t yet checked their withholding this year should do so ASAP. All taxpayers can do this by using the new mobile-friendly Tax Withholding Estimator. This new tool can be used by workers, as well as retirees, self-employed individuals and other taxpayers. It’s a user-friendly step-by-step tool to help taxpayers effectively adjust the amount of income tax they have withheld from wages and pension payments. This helps them make sure that they are paying the right amount of tax as they earn it throughout the year.

Here are some things people should know about the new tool:

Using the tool to do a Paycheck Checkup can help taxpayers avoid an unexpected year-end tax bill and possibly a penalty when they file their 2019 tax return next year.

The new tool allows taxpayers to separately enter pensions and other sources of income. Taxpayers who receive pension income can use the results from the estimator to complete a Form W-4P. They then give this form to their payer.

It’s important for anyone who had an unexpected tax bill or a penalty when they filed this year to do a checkup.

It’s also an important step for those who made withholding adjustments in 2018 or had a major life change.

The new Tax Withholding Estimator makes it easier to enter wages and withholding for each job held by the taxpayer and their spouse.

At the end of the process, the tool makes specific withholding recommendations for each job and spouse. It also clearly explains what the taxpayer should do next.

Those most likely to owe tax because they’ve had too little tax withheld include:
Those who itemized in the past but now take the increased standard deduction.
Two-wage-earner households.
Employees with nonwage sources of income.
Those with complex tax situations.
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Individuals with significant tax debt should act promptly to avoid revocation of passports

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to resolve their significant tax debts to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy. They should contact the IRS now to avoid delays in their travel plans later.

Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the IRS notifies the State Department (State) of taxpayers certified as owing a seriously delinquent tax debt, which is currently $52,000 or more. The law then requires State to deny their passport application or renewal. If a taxpayer currently has a valid passport, State may revoke the passport or limit a taxpayer’s ability to travel outside the United States.

When the IRS certifies a taxpayer to State as owing a seriously delinquent tax debt, the taxpayer receives a Notice CP508C from the IRS. The notice explains what steps the taxpayer needs to take to resolve the debt. IRS telephone assistors can help taxpayers resolve the debt. For example, they can help taxpayers set up a payment plan or make them aware of other payment options. Taxpayers should not delay because some resolutions take longer than others.

Don’t Delay!
It’s especially important for taxpayers with imminent travel plans who have had their passport applications denied by State to call the IRS promptly. The IRS can help taxpayers resolve their tax issues and expedite reversal of their certification to State. When expedited, the IRS can generally shorten the 30 days processing time by 14 to 21 days. For expedited reversal of their certification, taxpayers will need to inform the IRS that they have travel scheduled within 45 days or that they live abroad.

For expedited treatment, taxpayers must provide the following documents to the IRS:

Proof of travel. This can be a flight itinerary, hotel reservation, cruise ticket, international car insurance or other document showing location and approximate date of travel or time-sensitive need for a passport.

Copy of letter from State denying their passport application or revoking their passport. State has sole authority to issue, limit, deny or revoke a passport.
The IRS may ask State to exercise its authority to revoke a taxpayer’s passport. For example, the IRS may recommend revocation if the IRS had reversed a taxpayer’s certification because of their promise to pay, and they failed to pay. The IRS may also ask State to revoke a passport if the taxpayer could use offshore activities or interests to resolve their debt but chooses not to.

Before contacting State about revoking a taxpayer’s passport, the IRS will send Letter 6152, Notice of Intent to Request U.S. Department of State Revoke Your Passport, to the taxpayer to let them know what the IRS intends to do and give them another opportunity to resolve their debts . Taxpayers must call the IRS within 30 days from the date of the letter. Generally, the IRS will not recommend revoking a taxpayer’s passport if the taxpayer is making a good-faith attempt to resolve their tax debts.

Ways to Resolve Tax Issues
There are several ways taxpayers can avoid having the IRS notify State of their seriously delinquent tax debt. They include the following:

Paying the tax debt in full,
Paying the tax debt timely under an approved installment agreement,
Paying the tax debt timely under an accepted offer in compromise,
Paying the tax debt timely under the terms of a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice,
Having a pending collection due process appeal with a levy, or
Having collection suspended because a taxpayer has made an innocent spouse election or requested innocent spouse relief.
Relief programs for unpaid taxes
Frequently, taxpayers qualify for one of several relief programs including the following:

Payment agreement. Taxpayers can ask for a payment plan with the IRS by filing Form 9465. Taxpayers can download this form from and mail it along with a tax return, bill or notice. Taxpayers who are eligible can use the Online Payment Agreement system to set up a monthly payment agreement. Using the Online Payment Agreement system is cheaper and can save time.

Offer in compromise. Some taxpayers may qualify for an offer in compromise, an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the tax liability for less than the full amount owed. The IRS looks at the taxpayer’s income and assets to determine the taxpayer’s ability to pay.

Guest Article by Harry Cline: How to Decide on Your best Senior Lifestyle Arrangement

How to Decide on Your Best Senior Lifestyle Arrangement
Age brings with it inevitable change. As we grow older, it sometimes becomes apparent that due to certain changes, we could use a little help to make the most of our golden years. If you’re trying to decide whether that means making some home modifications or moving to an assisted living situation, we’ve gathered some information to help you sort through the details.
Modifications Make the Difference
If you’re considering staying in your own home as you grow older, you aren’t alone. In fact, some statistics indicate about 90 percent of seniors like the idea of aging in place. However, if that is your goal, you should consider a house design that will support your efforts. Depending on your current abode, you might need to transition to a different home. Most traditionally styled homes require at least some modifications to boost accessibility for seniors.
Prioritizing Needs
When it comes to prioritizing changes, bathroom modifications often rank toward the top for seniors, and with good reason. According to NewsUSA, one in three seniors falls every year, and 80 percent of those falls occur in bathrooms. It’s a space that tends to be tight quarters and oftentimes is slippery. By better equipping your bathroom, you can greatly reduce your risk of falling. Installing a walk-in shower or accessible tub is a big perk, along with things like grab bars, a taller commode, and anti-slip flooring. To give you an idea of cost, homeowners in nearby Jacksonville typically pay between $5,318 and $11,891 for a bathroom remodel.
Beyond the Bath
While bathrooms can be particularly hazardous, there are other trouble spots in traditional homes that are worth addressing. For instance, extending anti-slip flooring (which starts around $3 per linear foot) to the rest of the home is a plus, and doorways should be wider than average so you can navigate comfortably if assistive equipment is used. At least one entryway should be free of steps, and throughout the home, you can add lighting to boost visibility. The ideal living arrangement would be on the ground floor as well, so you can eliminate climbing stairs.
Hiring Help
Many home modifications require a professional to complete, although you don’t necessarily need to hire a contractor. If you choose some simple, small changes, a handyman can often handle it for you. Some areas limit the size of the job a handyman can do, and bear in mind that while a handyman typically has a number of practical skills, they don’t necessarily have a professional license or the proper certifications.
A contractor, on the other hand, can take on bigger jobs, often has a specialty, and may have a team of helpers. When it comes to hiring someone, Forbes suggests having specific details prepared regarding the work you require. Then, ask around for recommendations, look at completed projects to see if you like the work, and interview each candidate carefully.
Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home Care
Many people are confused about assisted living care versus nursing home care. As explained by the National Caregivers Library, if you need a bit of assistance with daily basics, such as grooming, dressing, or eating, but you still live a generally independent life overall, an assisted living situation could be ideal for you.
Assisted living environments couple freedom with support; you have access to things like help with medications and bathing, but you are able to come and go as you please. There are often organized activities you are welcome to join, such as games, exercise groups, and crafts. For some people, it’s an ideal environment aimed toward comfortable, supported aging.
Nursing homes, on the other hand, provide a higher level of care. They are more for people recovering from a serious illness or injury or require around-the-clock assistance. Some medical services might include things like respiratory therapy, dialysis, and rehabilitative therapy.
Some of the changes that come with aging can challenge us. If it’s time to alter your living arrangement to meet those challenges, you have options. Both staying at home and assisted living are worth considering for optimal comfort and indepe
Harry Cline


IRS: Truckers should e-file highway use tax return by Sept. 3

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a reminder for owners of most heavy highway vehicles that the time to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, began July 1, 2019.

The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. This generally includes large trucks, truck tractors and buses. The tax is based on the weight of the vehicle and a variety of special rules apply. These special rules are explained in the instructions to Form 2290.

In 2019, the IRS expects to receive almost 900,000 Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Returns. Though some taxpayers have the option of filing Form 2290 on paper, taxpayers with 25 or more taxed vehicles must e-file Form 2290.

The deadline to file Form 2290 and pay the tax is Sept. 3, 2019, for vehicles used on the road during July. Truckers have the additional time since the normal deadline of Aug. 31 falls on a Saturday this year and Monday, Sept. 2, is a federal holiday.

The IRS encourages all owners to take advantage of the speed and convenience of e-file and paying any tax due. There is no need to visit an IRS office because the form can be filed and any required tax payment can be made online. Filers can use a credit or debit card to pay the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax. Visit for a list of IRS-approved e-file providers and to find an approved provider for Form 2290 on the 2290 e-file partner’s page.

Generally, e-filers receive their IRS-stamped Schedule 1 electronically minutes after filing. They can then print the Schedule 1 and provide it to their state department of motor vehicles, without visiting an IRS office.

For those who want face-to-face service, all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers now operate by appointment and taxpayers can call 844-545-5640 to schedule one. See the Taxpayer Assistance Center page on for details.

The IRS will host a webinar, “Understanding Form 2290-Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax,” Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Pre-register for this free 60-minute webinar. Closed captioning is available. Tax professionals can earn one continuing professional education credit for attending.

For more information about the highway use tax, visit the Trucking Tax Centerat


Two Ecstatic Clients Debt Forgiven in February 2019


Case 1:Dear Mr. Taxpayer,

We have accepted the offer in compromise you signed and dated on 06/6/2018. The acceptance date is the date of this letter and acceptance is subject to the terms and conditions on the enclosed form .... " This client had a balance of $168,297.30. IRS accepted $9,364.00 ---- WOW! Tax payer paid 20% (1,872.80) down with initial application and agreed to pay remaining balance within 1 year of acceptance.


Case 2:Dear Mr. Taxpayer,

We have accepted the offer in compromise you signed and dated on 07/23/2018. The acceptance date is the date of this letter and acceptance is subject to the terms and conditions on the enclosed Form .... " This client had a balance of $30,625.66. IRS accepted $4,397.00 ---- Ecstatic!

Taxpayer chose monthly installments payments of $183.21 for 24 months. Both clients just happen to be in the Trucking Industry. Our slogan is, "Let us ERASE your DEBT".15174348