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IRS Welcomes Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Applications for CY2025 – Find the New Changes and Submission Deadline.

IRS has begun to accept applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grants from all qualified organizations. Eligible organizations can start applying from April 22, 2024, to June 12, 2024, for the grants awarded from Jan 2025 to Dec 2025.


What is Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)?

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are organizations that provide free or low-cost assistance to low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS or need help understanding and complying with their tax obligations. LITCs are typically independent from the IRS and offer services such as representation in IRS audits, appeals, and tax court proceedings, as well as education and outreach to taxpayers.


Who is an Eligible Organization?

To qualify for IRS grants to operate a LITC, organizations must meet certain eligibility criteria outlined by the IRS.

  1. A clinical program at an accredited law, business, or accounting school whose students represent low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS under the supervision of a qualified representative (and when necessary, refer to qualified volunteers to provide representation when the students cannot do so);
  2. An organization whose employees and volunteers represent low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS;
  3. An organization exempt from tax under IRC Section 501(a) whose employees and volunteers represent low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS or refer low-income taxpayers to qualified representatives to provide representation;
  4. An organization described in examples 1), 2), or 3) that also operates a program to inform ESL taxpayers about their taxpayer rights and responsibilities under the IRC; and
  5. An organization that operates a program to inform ESL taxpayers about their taxpayer rights and responsibilities under the IRC.


IRC Section 7526(c)(5) requires clinics to provide matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all federal funds awarded by the IRS. The matching funds requirement ensures that each LITC grant represents a financial partnership between the clinic and the federal government for the benefit of low-income and ESL taxpayers.


What’s New in Tax Season 2024?

  • The eligibility criteria have been expanded to better serve low-income and ESL taxpayers. It removed the requirement for eligible organizations to provide direct controversy representation. Representation may be provided by referring taxpayers to qualified representatives who have agreed to handle the referred cases on a pro bono
  • For previous years, the maximum annual federal funding available was $100,000, which is increased to $200,000 as included in the President’s fiscal year 2025 Budget Request. If the amount differs when Congress appropriates funds, the LITC Program Office will adjust all awards accordingly.


How To Apply?

There are two types of LITC grant applications: LITC Full Grant Applications and NCC Requests.

  1. A new applicant seeking an LITC grant award for the first time, or a returning clinic whose LITC award period has ended or will end on December 31, 2024, must submit a Full Grant Application to apply for 2025 funding. LITC Full Grant Applications must be submitted electronically via
  2. A returning clinic funded with a multiyear LITC grant that ends after December 31, 2024, must submit an NCC Request. All NCC Requests must be submitted via GrantSolutions at


When will the Grant be Awarded?

Qualified applicants will receive notification of their selection for the award in October 2024 for the 2025 grant year. Award recipients are expected to attend the Annual LITC Grantee Conference, scheduled for December 2024. This conference offers an invaluable opportunity for new and returning LITCs to connect, exchange best practices, and receive training on tax law topics relevant to low-income and ESL taxpayers.

Contact Information: For any inquiries regarding the LITC Program or the grant application process, you can contact the LITC Program Office by phone at 202-317-4700 (not a toll-free call) or via email at [email protected].


IRS Lists Non-Covered/ Partially Covered Locations

Though the IRS makes an immersive effort to support LITCs in serving low-income taxpayers, there are still many areas that need to be covered by LITCs to serve the taxpayers of those regions. IRS lists the below areas that are either partially covered by any LITCs or completely not covered.

  • Florida – Citrus, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Madison, Nassau, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.
  • Hawaii – the entire state.
  • Kansas – the entire state.
  • Montana – Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Deer Lodge, Fallon, Fergus, Flathead, Garfield, Golden Valley, Granite, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lincoln, Madison, McCone, Mineral, Missoula, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Richland, Sanders, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland and Wibaux counties.
  • Nevada – the entire state.
  • North Dakota – the entire state.
  • South Dakota – the entire state.
  • West Virginia – the entire state.
  • The territory of Puerto Rico – the entire country.


IRS Assistance in Application Process

IRS continues to help applicants through various webinars and direct inquiries to guide them in the application process. Questions about the LITC Program or the grant application process can be addressed to the LITC Program Office by email at [email protected]. Alternatively, you may contact Karen Tober by email at [email protected].


The following important dates help organizations navigate the application process.

Important Dates for the 2025 LITC Grant Program
Application Period April 22-June 12, 2024
New Applicant Webinar, Session 1 April 25, 2024
New Applicant Webinar, Session 2 May 7, 2024
Returning Applicant/ NCC Request Webinar May 9, 2024
Application Q&A Webinar June 6, 2024
Application Review and Evaluation June-October 2024
Notification of Selection/Non-Selection October 2024
Grant Year January 1-December 31, 2025
Interim Report Due July 31, 2025
Year-end Report Due March 31, 2026



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Understanding the Implications of the Excise Tax on Corporate Stock Repurchase – IRS New Regulations for Tax Season 2024

In Tax Season 2024, the Treasury Department, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have introduced new regulations regarding the corporate stock repurchase excise tax. The stock repurchase excise tax applies to repurchases after Dec. 31, 2022. This move comes amidst increasing scrutiny of stock buybacks and their impact on corporate behavior and economic inequality. Understanding these regulations is essential for both corporations and investors alike, as they could have significant implications for corporate finance strategies and shareholder value.


Negative Impact of Stock Buybacks

Stock buybacks, or share repurchases, occur when a company purchases its outstanding shares from the market, effectively reducing the number of shares available to the public. This practice has become increasingly common in recent years, with corporations often using excess cash or borrowing funds to repurchase shares. Proponents argue that buybacks can signal confidence in a company’s prospects and enhance shareholder value by boosting earnings per share (EPS) and stock prices.


However, critics contend that stock buybacks primarily benefit executives and large shareholders while potentially short-changing investment in research and development, employee compensation, and long-term growth initiatives. Additionally, concerns have been raised about the market manipulation potential of buybacks, as companies may repurchase shares to artificially inflate stock prices.


New Regulations from Tax Season 2024

The new regulations announced by the Treasury and IRS in Tax Season 2024 aim to address some of these concerns by imposing an excise tax on certain corporate stock repurchases. Under these regulations, corporations engaging in substantial stock buybacks could face additional tax liabilities, particularly if the repurchases are deemed excessive or disproportionate relative to other corporate expenditures.

  1. Excise Tax Rate

The Inflation Reduction Act has introduced a new excise tax on corporate stock repurchases, set at a rate of 1%. This tax applies to stock repurchases exceeding certain thresholds and is calculated based on the aggregate fair market value (FMV) of repurchased stock relative to the aggregate FMV of stock issued by the corporation during the tax year. While the excise tax rate remains fixed at 1%, it may vary depending on factors such as the size of the repurchase and the company’s financial performance. This measure aims to address concerns surrounding excessive stock buybacks by imposing a tax that corresponds to the extent of repurchase activities, promoting responsible corporate behavior and shareholder value.


  1. Exemptions and Thresholds

Certain exemptions and thresholds may apply to smaller stock repurchases or those undertaken for specific purposes, such as employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) or capital restructuring initiatives. These exemptions aim to avoid penalizing companies for legitimate use of buybacks.


  1. Reporting and Compliance Requirements

Corporations will be required to accurately report their stock repurchase activities to the IRS and comply with any additional disclosure requirements. This transparency is crucial for ensuring the effectiveness and integrity of the regulations.


Implications for Corporations

The new regulations are likely to prompt corporations to reassess their stock buyback strategies and capital allocation decisions. Companies will need to weigh the potential tax implications of repurchasing shares against other uses of capital, such as investments in innovation, expansion, or dividends. Additionally, corporate boards and executives may face increased scrutiny from shareholders and regulators regarding the rationale behind stock buybacks and their alignment with long-term value creation. Transparent communication and accountability will be essential in navigating these expectations.


Implications for Investors

For investors, particularly institutional and activist shareholders, the new regulations offer greater transparency and oversight of corporate stock repurchase activities. Investors can use this information to evaluate management’s capital allocation decisions and assess the potential impact on shareholder value. Moreover, the excise tax on stock repurchases could influence investors’ perceptions of companies’ financial health and stewardship. Companies with excessive buyback activity may be viewed less favorably compared to those prioritizing investments in growth opportunities and sustainable value creation.


Compliance and Reporting

Corporations will be required to report their stock repurchase activities accurately to the IRS and comply with additional disclosure requirements. The stock repurchase excise tax must be reported on Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, with Form 7208 attached. The final version of Form 7208 will be released before the first due date for reporting and payment of the tax.


The due date for Form 720, Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return, depends on the specific quarter being reported. Generally, Form 720 is due by the last day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter. Here are the due dates for Tax Season 2024.


First Quarter (January – March): The due date is April 30th.

Second Quarter (April – June): The due date is July 31st.

Third Quarter (July – September): The due date is October 31st.

Fourth Quarter (October – December): The due date is January 31st of the following year.


The Treasury and IRS’s new regulations on corporate stock repurchase excise tax represent a significant development in the ongoing debate surrounding stock buybacks and their implications for corporate governance and shareholder value. To file proper excise tax and avoid IRS audits, it is recommended to engage any certified tax professionals that experience in tax implications.



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Guide for IRS Tax Audits process

Navigating IRS Tax Audits: Overview of IRS Audit Process and Tips on Navigating through IRS Audit

Facing an IRS tax audit can be daunting for any business owner. However, understanding the process and being prepared can alleviate much of the stress. In this guide, we’ll delve into the intricacies of IRS tax audits for businesses, including what triggers them, the procedures involved, and potential outcomes.


What Prompts IRS Audits for Businesses?

There are several reasons why IRS audits are initiated for businesses, which can range from random selection to specific indicators that draw the attention of IRS agents. These triggers are commonly observed.

  • Red Flags: The IRS uses computer algorithms to flag returns that deviate from statistical norms, such as unusually high deductions or inconsistencies in reported income.
  • Random Selection: Some tax audits are random, chosen by computer selection to ensure compliance across a broad spectrum of taxpayers.
  • Industry Standards: Certain industries may face higher scrutiny due to historically higher rates of non-compliance or specific tax issues prevalent in those sectors.
  • Large Variances: Significant changes in income or deductions compared to previous years may raise red flags.
  • Information Matching: Discrepancies between a business report and what third parties (like clients or financial institutions) report can trigger an audit.


Understanding the Audit Process

The IRS audit process can be complex and intimidating, but understanding the steps involved can help alleviate some of the stress. A simplified overview of the audit process includes the following.

  • Notification: The IRS will notify the business either by mail or in person of the audit, specifying the tax year(s) under examination and the documents required.
  • Preparation: Gathering relevant financial records, receipts, invoices, and other documentation is crucial. It’s advisable to seek tax professionals’ help from a tax audit representation firm experienced in handling IRS audits.
  • Examination: The audit may be conducted via mail correspondence, at the IRS office, or even at the business premises. The IRS examiner will review the records and may request additional documentation or explanations.
  • Resolution: After the examination, the IRS will propose adjustments if necessary. The business can agree to the changes, request an appeal, or challenge the findings in tax court.


Potential Outcomes of an IRS Tax Audit

  • No Change: In some cases, the IRS may conclude that the business’s return is accurate, resulting in no changes or adjustments.
  • Additional Taxes Owed: If discrepancies are found, the IRS may assess additional taxes, penalties, and interest. IRS provided alternatives for taxpayers through its Payment Plans. In case of financial burden, those taxpayers unable to immediately pay their tax debt in full can adopt such IRS Payment Plans.
  • Refund: Occasionally, an audit may result in the discovery of overpaid taxes, leading to a refund for the business.
  • Settlement: In some instances, the business and the IRS may negotiate a settlement to resolve the audit findings.
  • Criminal Investigation: In cases of suspected tax evasion or fraud, an audit may escalate into a criminal investigation, potentially leading to severe penalties or even imprisonment.


Tips for Businesses Facing an IRS Audit

  • Stay Organized: Maintain meticulous records of all financial transactions and keep them organized and easily accessible.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: Enlist the help of tax professionals who understand the complexities of IRS audits and can represent the business effectively.
  • Cooperate with the IRS: Be cooperative and responsive throughout the audit process, providing requested documentation promptly and accurately.
  • Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with your rights as a taxpayer, including the right to representation and appeal.
  • Learn from the Experience: Use the audit as an opportunity to review and improve your business’s tax compliance processes to avoid future issues.



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Blog on IRS Dirty Dozen Scam Alerts

Navigating Tax Season 2024 Safely: 12 Important Scam Alerts by IRS

As the Tax Season 2024 is here, so are potential scams and fraudulent activities, prompting the IRS to issue warnings about common schemes. Here’s a compilation of important facts about various scams and advice by the IRS for Tax Season 2024.


False Fuel Tax Credit Claims

Taxpayers should be highly cautious of false Fuel Tax Credit claims, as warned by the IRS in its Dirty Dozen list for Tax Season 2024. Scammers often target individuals with promises of significant refunds through illegitimate claims for this credit, exploiting unawareness of its eligibility criteria. Vigilance, verification of information, and reliance on official IRS resources are crucial to avoid falling prey to these scams, emphasizing the importance of a thorough review process to ensure accurate and lawful tax filings.


Untrustworthy Tax Preparers (Ghost Preparers)

Taxpayers must remain vigilant against untrustworthy tax preparers, a prominent warning from the IRS’s Dirty Dozen list for Tax Season 2024. The term “ghost preparers” refers to individuals who may not sign tax returns they prepare, leaving taxpayers vulnerable to potential fraud and identity theft. These preparers often promise inflated refunds or charge exorbitant fees, exploiting unsuspecting individuals. Taxpayers must verify the credentials of their tax preparers, ensuring they are qualified, registered, and reputable. Relying on certified tax professionals and maintaining awareness of red flags can help protect against financial losses and legal complications during tax filing.


Fake Charities Exploiting Taxpayer Generosity

The IRS’s inclusion of fake charities in its “Dirty Dozen” list underscores the risks taxpayers face during tax season. These scams prey on people’s goodwill, using deceptive tactics to extract money without benefiting genuine charitable causes. IRS advises to beware of scammers who might use email communications or manipulate caller IDs to deceive people into donating funds to charities. These fraudsters often target groups such as seniors and those with limited English proficiency. Taxpayers must remain vigilant, verifying the legitimacy of charities before donating.


Offer in Compromise Mills

Another scam for Tax Season 2024 is pricey offer-in-compromise (OIC) “mills” that falsely claim their services are necessary to resolve IRS debt. The OIC program offered by the IRS is a beneficial avenue for taxpayers struggling to settle their federal tax debts, and reputable companies are providing legitimate assistance. However, the IRS advises individuals to invest a few moments in reviewing the resources provided on to ascertain if they qualify for the OIC program. This step helps individuals avoid costly promoters and ensures they understand the eligibility criteria thoroughly before seeking assistance.


Helpful Scammers Offering to Set Up Online Accounts

The IRS warns against scammers offering to set up online accounts. The IRS Online Account serves as a convenient tool for individuals to access their tax information. However, it has also become a target for identity thieves who exploit it to file fraudulent tax returns and claim hefty refunds in the victim’s name. Taxpayers should avoid sharing sensitive personal data over the phone, email, or social media to protect themselves and avoid getting caught up in these scams.


Aggressive Promoters Making Questionable ERC Claims

The IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” for tax season 2024 list includes a warning about aggressive promoters who entice taxpayers into making questionable claims for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). This scam targets small businesses, urging them to engage in activities that could lead to tax non-compliance and penalties. Taxpayers are advised to exercise caution and seek reliable tax professionals’ advice to avoid falling victim to these deceptive practices. As the IRS is continuing tax audits and investigations for false claims of ERC, it emphasizes the availability of a special withdrawal program for businesses to rectify erroneous claims and ensure compliance with tax regulations.


Phishing And Smishing Scams

The IRS has launched its annual “Dirty Dozen” campaign with a strong warning about phishing and smishing scams. These deceptive tactics involve fraudulent emails (phishing) and text messages (smishing) that appear to be from legitimate sources, such as the IRS or financial institutions, but are designed to steal sensitive information like Social Security numbers or financial details. The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.


High-Income Filers: Targeted by Illegal Tax Schemes

The improper art donation deductions, charitable remainder annuity trusts (CRATs), and monetized installment sales are all illegal tax schemes targeting high-income filers. These schemes exploit loopholes or misinterpretations of tax laws, posing significant risks of tax evasion and penalties for those involved.


Beware of Spear phishing and “New Client” Scams

In the ongoing spear phishing attacks targeting tax professionals and businesses, these attacks typically involve fraudulent emails or messages designed to deceive recipients into disclosing confidential information, such as login credentials or financial data, under the guise of legitimate communication. Moreover, the surge in “new client” scams adds another layer of vulnerability, as fraudsters exploit the trust between tax professionals and their clients to gain access to sensitive information or perpetrate financial fraud. Tax professionals and businesses must exercise caution, implement robust cybersecurity measures, and educate employees about the signs of phishing attempts to mitigate the risk of falling victim to these malicious schemes.


Social Media Tax Advice: Risks and Pitfalls for Taxpayers

Taxpayers should be wary of relying on social media platforms like TikTok for tax advice, as these channels can be rife with inaccurate or misleading information. Scammers frequently exploit these platforms to propagate fraudulent schemes, encompassing both common tax documents like Form W-2 and more obscure ones like Form 8944. One prevalent scam circulating on social media advises individuals to manipulate income details on Form W-2 and file electronically, falsely promising substantial refunds. Similarly, misinformation surrounding Form 8944 misleads taxpayers into believing they can use it to secure refunds from the IRS, irrespective of their actual tax liabilities. However, Form 8944 is exclusively designated for tax professionals seeking waivers to file paper returns and is inapplicable to individual taxpayers. Falling prey to such scams can lead to severe penalties and legal consequences for filing fraudulent tax returns. Therefore, taxpayers must exercise vigilance, seek guidance from reputable sources, and avoid succumbing to scams on social media platforms to safeguard their financial interests.


Bogus Tax Avoidance Strategies and International Schemes

As the annual taxpayer awareness campaign ends, it’s crucial to highlight the threat posed by bogus tax avoidance strategies and schemes with international elements. These schemes often promise unrealistic or exaggerated tax savings through intricate structures or offshore accounts, luring taxpayers into non-compliance with tax laws and risking severe penalties or legal consequences. With globalization and advancements in technology, scammers exploit cross-border transactions and offshore entities to conceal income, evade taxes, and exploit loopholes in tax regulations. Taxpayers must remain vigilant, seek advice from tax professionals, and ensure compliance with tax laws to avoid falling victim to these deceptive schemes and safeguard their financial well-being.


IRS is highlighting various scams through its “Dirty Dozen” campaign for Tax Season 2024. This list will be updated to include all dozen scams as and when the IRS publishes about these scams. By remaining vigilant, reporting suspicious activities, and engaging certified tax professionals, taxpayers can protect themselves from financial losses, identity theft, and legal complications during tax filing season.



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First Quarter Estimated Tax Payment

IRS Reminder for Tax Season 2024: First Quarter Estimated Tax Payment Deadline for Estimated Tax – April 15, 2024

In this tax season 2024, the IRS sets deadlines for taxpayers to pay their taxes, including estimated tax payments not subject to withholding. The first quarter estimated tax payment deadline for 2024 is April 15. This blog delves into the details of this deadline, its significance, who it affects, why it exists, penalties for non-compliance, exemptions, tools for estimation, required forms, and IRS support.


When is the Deadline?

April 15 is the deadline for tax season 2024 to submit first quarter estimated tax payments to the IRS. This deadline is crucial for individuals and businesses with income sources that do not have taxes withheld, such as self-employment income, interest, dividends, and rental income.


Who Needs to File?

This deadline primarily affects self-employed individuals, freelancers, independent contractors, sole proprietors, partners in partnerships, and shareholders in S corporations. It also includes individuals who receive income from sources where taxes are not automatically withheld.


Reason for Quarterly Payments

Taxpayers are required to make estimated tax payments quarterly because of the pay-as-you-go system in the U.S. tax system. This system ensures that taxes on income earned during the year are paid throughout the year, rather than waiting until the following year. This helps in avoiding large tax bills at the end of the year and ensures a steady flow of revenue for the government.


Types of Income

When estimating quarterly tax payments, taxpayers need to ensure they include all forms of earned income, encompassing regular employment income, part-time work or side jobs, earnings from selling goods or services (typically reported on Form 1099-K), and various other sources like interest, dividends, capital gains, alimony, and rental income. It’s crucial to incorporate all income, including those not subject to withholding, to accurately calculate and fulfill tax obligations, thereby avoiding penalties or underpayment issues.


Penalties for Late Filing

Failure to file estimated tax payments by April 15 can result in penalties. The penalty amount varies depending on factors like the amount of tax owed and the duration of the delay. Taxpayers can use IRS penalty calculators or consult IRS publications to understand the potential penalties they might face.


Estimation and Required Documentation

To report and pay estimated taxes, individuals and businesses to file Form 1040-ES. This form includes worksheets for calculating the estimated tax amount and payment vouchers for submitting payments to the IRS. Additionally, there are online calculators and tax preparation software that can assist in accurately estimating tax liabilities based on income and deductions. It is also advisable to engage certified tax professionals to avoid any tax disputes, penalties, or IRS audits in the future.


Exemptions and Due Date Extensions

Certain groups of taxpayers, including farmers and fishers, recent retirees, individuals with disabilities, those receiving irregular income and victims of disasters are eligible for exceptions to penalties and special regulations.

Following recent disasters, eligible taxpayers in TennesseeConnecticutWest VirginiaMichiganCalifornia, and Washington have an extended deadline for tax season 2024 for estimated tax payments until June 17, 2024. Similarly, eligible taxpayers in AlaskaMaine and Rhode Island have until July 15, 2024, and eligible taxpayers in Hawaii have until Aug. 7, 2024. For more information, visit Tax Relief in disaster situations.

In addition, taxpayers who live or have a business in Israel, Gaza, or the West Bank, and certain other taxpayers affected by the terrorist attacks in the State of Israel, have until Oct. 7, 2024, to make estimated tax payments.


IRS Support and Assistance

The IRS provides various resources and support for taxpayers regarding estimated tax payments. This includes to include the Interactive Tax Assistanttax topics and frequently asked questions, and assistance through phone or in-person support at IRS offices or tax assistance centers.



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IRS blog on Small Businesses tax in 2024

Small Businesses in Tax Season 2024 – Key Considerations for Your Tax Filings

Effective tax planning plays a crucial role in the smooth operations of any business.  With the ever-changing tax environment, it is imperative for small business owners to stay updated and adopt the right strategies to enhance their tax management and ultimately boost profitability.  As the tax season 2024 begins, small businesses need to have in place strategies to minimize their tax liability.


Stay Up to date with Tax Law Changes

It is crucial for small business owners to stay updated on the frequent changes in tax laws for effective tax planning.  In tax season 2024, it is particularly important for them to closely monitor any updates or amendments to tax laws that could have an impact on their businesses.  This encompasses changes in tax rates, deductions, credits, and compliance requirements.  To ensure awareness of any changes that may affect their business, consulting with a tax professional or regularly referring to reliable sources like the IRS official website is highly recommended.


Small Business Tax Law Changes for Tax Season 2024

The 2024 tax season has introduced many significant tax changes, whether you are filing a personal or business tax return.  For business, there are many tax deductions and credit changes that can significantly affect the tax liability.  For instance, business owners were deducting 100% of the cost of work-related meals and beverages at restaurants during the pandemic for the years 2021 and 2022.  For tax season 2024, it is reduced to 50% of the cost back to the 2020 level.


Entrepreneurs operating small businesses can avail increased standard mileage rates for business-related travel.  For those utilizing their cars for business purposes, a deduction of 65.5 cents per mile driven is allowable for the entirety of the 2023 tax year.  Notably, this reflects an increase of 3 cents from the midyear rate recorded in 2022.


Bonus depreciation, established under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, provides business owners with the opportunity to depreciate a significant portion of the expenses associated with a qualified asset.  Under TCJA provisions, business proprietors were permitted to depreciate 100% of the expenses related to qualified assets placed in service between September 27, 2017, and January 1, 2023.  However, for assets put into service in the year 2023, the bonus depreciation rate will gradually decrease by 20% each subsequent year.


Optimize Deductions and Credits

Utilizing deductions and credits can be advantageous in reducing taxable income and decreasing tax obligations.  Small business owners are encouraged to make use of all the deductions and credits available to them in order to minimize their tax burden.  Some common deductions for small businesses include expenses such as:

  • Deductible business expenses may cover rent, utilities, supplies, and employee salaries.
  • Small businesses can deduct equipment purchases, either fully or through depreciation.
  • Home-based businesses can deduct a portion of home-related expenses like mortgage interest, property taxes, and utilities.
  • Small businesses offering health insurance coverage may be eligible for a deduction on premium costs.

Small business owners should not only focus on deductions but also consider the various tax credits that are available to them.  These credits can provide significant financial benefits.  Some of the common tax credits that small businesses can explore include the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit, which encourages businesses to invest in innovation and development, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which provides incentives for hiring individuals from certain target groups, and the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, which helps small businesses provide health insurance to their employees.  By taking advantage of these tax credits, small business owners can reduce their tax liability and potentially save a substantial amount of money.


Take Advantage of Retirement Plans

Contributing to retirement plans like SEP-IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, or solo 401(k) plans can offer tax benefits and financial security for small business owners.  These contributions are typically tax-deductible and can lower taxable income, while also allowing owners to save for retirement.


Maintain Meticulous Records

Keeping organized and detailed records of income, expenses, receipts, invoices, and other financial documents is essential for effective tax planning and compliance.  These records not only ensure adherence to tax laws but also provide valuable information for maximizing deductions and credits.

Small business owners should create a plan to pay estimated taxes every quarter to avoid penalties and meet tax obligations.  Seeking assistance from a tax professional can help accurately calculate these payments based on the business’s income and expenses.


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How to Handle a Dispute with the IRS

Mistakes in Tax Refunds or Tax Due – How to Handle a Dispute with the IRS? Appeals and Litigation Options

The deadline for Tax Season 2023 for individuals is over, and those who filed for refunds will be receiving the same within 21 days from the filing date.  But, If the taxpayers have received a notice from the IRS that their taxes are incorrect or that they owe money, they can either pay or dispute if IRS is wrong. There are options available to resolve such disputes. The IRS dispute process is an essential part of the tax system, but it can be complicated and intimidating. Managing a dispute with IRS can be a complex and compelling process for taxpayers. Following are the steps to manage a dispute with the IRS. The first step in managing an IRS dispute is understanding how the process works, and what options are available for appealing or litigating the issue at hand.

Understanding the IRS Dispute Process

The IRS dispute procedure consists of numerous steps. Taxpayers can file a dispute if they disagree with the amount of tax they are required to pay or believe the IRS made a mistake in their tax return. If there are any changes that would affect their refund or balance payable, the first step is to file Form 1040X. Taxpayers can submit Form 9465, Form 8857, or Form 843 with the required supporting paperwork if there are no changes. These forms include Instalments Agreement Request, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, and Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, respectively. Ensure that taxpayers submit all required forms and documents to initiate the dispute process.

If there is no communication from the IRS regarding the dispute after 90 days from the filing, it is time to move forward with appealing their decision. To do so, follow these steps:

Appealing IRS decision

Taxpayers have the right to appeal an IRS decision, and taxpayers have the right to use the two-step appeals process which involves an administrative appeal. Taxpayers need to submit a written request for reconsideration to the office that made the initial decision within 60 days of receiving a letter of disallowance. This can be done by letter, fax, or online at Taxpayers can request Form 12356-A, which offers guidance on how to complete and submit the appeals with necessary supporting evidence. This phase of the investigation aims to identify why the IRS took certain actions, such as reducing refunds.

Litigating IRS Dispute

Taxpayers need to take legal action if they are unable to resolve their dispute with the IRS. The IRS offers several options for litigating disputes that include.

  • Filing a lawsuit against the IRS in court. If a taxpayer has a valid reason for disputing an assessment or collection activity, they can file suit against the IRS in federal court or state court if applicable. Throughout this process, they need a tax attorney who specializes in tax law to represent them.
  • Requesting a management hearing with the Appeals Office Reviewer (AOR) is another option when appealing an IRS decision. AOR evaluation from the relevant evidence before determining whether to grant relief or not. This step does not guarantee relief, but it’s usually the first taken in appeals.

The IRS dispute process can be confusing, but it’s important to know taxpayers’ options. It is important to understand the steps included and the options available to taxpayers for resolving the issue. This may include communications with IRS and providing additional information to support their position, requesting an appeals conference with an independent appeals officer, or considering mediation. In some cases, litigation may be necessary. Therefore, seeking tax professional advice and guidance throughout the process can help ensure that taxpayer’s rights are protected and they’re able to achieve the best possible outcome. IRS Audit Group is a tax audit representation company that helps taxpayers navigate such time-consuming dispute processes. Contact us for a free consultation.

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Pros and Cons of Self-Representation During an IRS Audit

Have You Decided to Represent Yourself in the IRS Audit? –Know the Pros and Cons of Self-Representation During an IRS Audit

There are times when Taxpayers choose to represent themselves in an IRS audit or hire a tax professional to handle the case on their behalf. Those who want to avoid paying legal fees or who feel they have a thorough understanding of tax law may find self-representation to be intriguing. However, it also comes with its own set of risks and potential downsides. Here are some of the pros and cons of self-representation during an IRS audit, and helps taxpayers make an informed decision about how best to handle their audit.

Pros of Self-Representation

Cost Savings: One of the biggest benefits of self-representation is savings on account of Auditor fees. Taxpayers who represent themselves are not required to pay for tax audit representation services. Particularly for individuals or small-business owners who are on a limited budget, this gives considerable savings.

Better Control: The taxpayer has more influence over the process when they act as their own representative. They are in charge of gathering and submitting the required paperwork and data. This enables them to ensure that everything is conducted appropriately and to comprehend every step of the procedure.

Knowledge Enhancement: Self-representation can also be an excellent opportunity to learn more about tax law and the audit process. To make sure they are presenting their case appropriately, the taxpayer will need to read and comprehend tax laws and processes. The knowledge and experience gained will be useful for conducting business thereafter.

Cons of Self-Representation

Lack of Expertise: The audit process can be intimidating for taxpayers who are not familiar with tax law because it is complicated. An established tax audit representation company has experts who have extensive knowledge of tax law with years of experience dealing with the IRS. They are better prepared to identify any deductions or credits that taxpayer misses, and they can ensure that their representation is accurate and complete.

Reduced Emotional Distress: An IRS audit can be stressful, and self-representation can amplify that stress. The IRS correspondence can be handled entirely on behalf of the taxpayer by a tax audit representation firm, lessening their emotional burden and enabling them to concentrate on other facets of their lives.

Timesaving: Self-representation consumes time, and taxpayers who are familiar with the audit procedure would end up with mistakes and omissions. The documentation and correspondence with the IRS can be overseen by a qualified tax audit representation firm, saving the taxpayers’ time and guaranteeing that everything is done correctly.

Reduced Risk of Penalties: If a taxpayer makes a mistake in representation, it could result in penalties or interest charges. A tax professional has the knowledge to guarantee correct and thorough taxpayer representation, lowering the possibility of fines and interest charges.

Self-representation during an IRS audit seems like a cost-worthwhile option, but it is important to consider the potential drawbacks. The lack of proficiency, emotional distress, and time-consuming nature of the process can ultimately lead to mistakes, which can result in fines and interest charges. Therefore, it is generally suitable to seek the services of a professional tax audit representation company. Their experts can provide the necessary knowledge and experience to navigate the audit process successfully and minimize the risk of penalties and interest charges.

If you are facing an IRS audit and require assistance, reach out to the IRS Audit Group based in Los Angeles. We specialize in tax audit representation and aim to guide taxpayers through the audit process while safeguarding their rights. Our team has Lawyers, CPA,s and Enrolled agents who can carefully examine your tax records and returns, communicate with the IRS on your behalf, represent you during the audit, and negotiate with the IRS to help you avoid the stressful ordeal. We ensure that clients achieve the best possible outcome from the audit process. You can contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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Deadline for a Tax-Exempt

Deadline for a Tax-Exempt Organization for this Tax Season 2023 – Avoid These Errors While Filing

Tax Season 2023’s due date for Tax-Exempt Organisations is May 15, 2023, to file returns. Numerous tax-exempt organizations have received reminders from the IRS on their forthcoming filing deadline of May 15, 2023. Tax-exempt organizations often need to submit certain reports by the 15th day of the fifth month after the end of their accounting period. However, if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date is extended to the next business day.

What are Tax Exempt Organizations and Who Are Eligible?

Entities that are excused by IRS from paying federal income tax are known as Tax-exempt organizations. These organizations need to run solely for reasons of religion, charity, science, literature, education, or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Charitable organizations, churches and other religious institutions, educational institutions, hospitals, and social welfare organizations are examples of tax-exempt organizations. One can also find out whether an organization is tax-exempt using the IRS tool provided.

How to File the Returns for Tax Season 2023?

To make it easier to comply with reporting obligations, tax-exempt organizations are encouraged to file their returns electronically. Electronic filing provides a quick acknowledgment of the IRS receiving the return and reduces processing time. For the tax season 2023, organizations filing Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF, or 990-T must submit their returns electronically, and private foundations filing Form 4720 must also file the form electronically. Charities and other tax-exempt organizations can file these forms electronically using an IRS-authorized e-File Provider. Furthermore, organizations eligible to submit Form 990-N need to do so electronically and can use Form 990-N (e-Postcard) on the IRS website to file. By filing their tax returns electronically, tax-exempt organizations can comply with the reporting requirements quickly and efficiently.

Apply for an Extension of Time to File the Tax Returns for 2022

If a tax-exempt organization is unable to file its return by the due date, it can request an extension of time to file using Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return. This form must also be filed by the deadline of the tax season 2023, i.e., May 15, 2023. The extension provides an additional six months to file the tax return. However, the extension does not extend the time to pay any taxes owed, it only allows the organizations to file the returns at a later date. Organizations that cannot pay any taxes owed by the original due date may be subject to penalties and interest.

Avoid these Errors While Filing for the Tax Season 2023

Tax-exempt organizations can avoid penalties and interest by avoiding common errors when filing their tax returns. IRS warns of a few common mistakes such as

  • Failing to file on time or requesting an extension.
  • Not disclosing all sources of income, including income from unrelated businesses.
  • Failing to disclose expenses accurately, such as compensation paid to officers and directors.
  • Failing to include all necessary schedules and disclosures.
  • Failing to maintain adequate records and documentation to support the tax return.

Tax-exempt organizations should take the appropriate precautions to ensure that their tax returns are filed accurately and on time to avoid errors, including maintaining thorough records, checking their tax forms before submitting them, and seeking expert assistance like a tax professional as needed.

In case one need assistance in filing or disputing the tax owed, the IRS Audit Group from Los Angeles can help. IRS Audit Group is a tax audit representation company that helps taxpayers navigate the audit process and ensure that their rights are protected during the audit. We review your tax records and returns, communicate with the IRS, represent you at the audit, and negotiate with the IRS so that you don’t have to go through a stressful process. We ensure the best possible outcome for the clients. Contact us for a free consultation.

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Missed Your Tax Season filing

Missed Your Tax Season 2023 Deadline? Find Out Your Options to Pay Taxes, if any.

Tax season can be a stressful time for those who run behind the filing schedule. Taxpayers who aren’t able to file their returns for tax season 2023 by April 18, 2023, deadline, can request an extension. Filing an extension will give an additional six months to file taxes. However, it is important to note that an extension does not give taxpayers extra time to pay any taxes owed. Taxpayers need to pay their federal income tax due by April 18, 2023, to avoid interest and penalties.

If you have missed paying the taxes and/or failure to file an extension before the deadline, the following options are the next actions available now.

Option 1: Pay Taxes as Soon as Possible.

If one owes taxes, it is important to pay them as soon as possible. If you are unable to pay the full amount, then can still make a partial payment to reduce the amount of interest and penalties. Taxpayers can make a payment online using the IRS Direct Pay system, which allows individuals to pay directly from their bank account. Taxpayers can also pay by credit or with a debit card, with certain additional fees associated with this method.

Option 2: Set Up a Payment Plan

The IRS gives an option for taxpayers who cannot pay the full amount owed all at once. They can set up a payment plan with the IRS. This will allow taxpayers to make monthly payments until the balance amount is paid in full. To set up a payment plan, an individual needs to fill out Form 9465.

There are two types of payment plans available: short-term and long-term. A short-term payment plan allows payment of the balance in full within 120 days. No extra fee associated with this plan, but interest and penalties will continue to accrue until the balance is paid in full. A long-term payment plan allows payment of a balance over a period of several months or years. There is a fee associated with this plan, and interest and penalties will continue to accrue until the balance is paid in full.

Option 3: Offer in Compromise

If the taxpayer is unable to pay the full amount owed and can’t set up a payment plan, they are eligible for an Offer in Compromise. This is an agreement between the taxpayer and the IRS to settle the debt for less than the full amount owed. To be eligible for an Offer of Compromise, one needs to demonstrate that paying the full amount owed would cause financial hardship. And also need to provide detailed financial information, including their income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. To apply for an Offer in Compromise, the individual needs to fill out Form 656. It is important to note that an Offer in Compromise is not guaranteed, and the IRS will carefully review the individual’s financial information before making a decision.

In case an individual has missed the tax season 2023 deadline and owes taxes; it is important to act as soon as possible. Filing an extension, paying taxes as soon as possible, setting up a payment plan, or exploring an Offer in Compromise are all options to consider. Be sure to consult with a tax professional to determine the best course of action for the specific situation.


IRS Audit Group is Los Angeles-based company that offers tax audit representation services to individuals and businesses facing IRS audits or disputes. The company’s team consists of CPAs, tax attorneys, and enrolled agents who have experience working on both sides of tax disputes. If you receive any mail from IRS regarding a tax audit, don’t panic and don’t delay, contact a tax professional who is experienced in handling IRS audits by us. Contact us for a free consultation on understanding your tax situation.

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