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IRS Updates Offer In Compromise Policies

An offer in compromise (OIC) happens when the IRS and the taxpayer settle past due taxes for an amount that is less than the full amount owed. This typically happens when the agency agrees with the taxpayer that the payment in full will create a financial burden.

“For taxpayers facing an economic hardship, the anticipation of a refund may be the safety pin holding together a family’s ability to meet basic living expenses, especially for taxpayers relying on the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit that Congress intended for subsistence of low-income taxpayers,” National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said in a recent blog post discussing the changes, which went into effect in November. She added that it will also help those who are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The blog notes that the filing of an amended return could cause the refund to be applied to an existing debt rather than being sent to the taxpayer.

Additionally, the agency announced that certain taxpayers will be able to seek an offset bypass refund while OIC decisions are pending, although taxpayers need to be proactive in contacting the IRS if they want an offset bypass refund, as there is no formal form to request it.

FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

Florida provides guidance regarding property tax relief for residential properties rendered uninhabitable for 30 days or more due to Hurricanes […]

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FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

FL - Relief for corporate income taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Nicole discussed

Florida will follow the corporate income tax relief granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for Hurricane Nicole affected taxpayers […]

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Elizabeth Askey Appointed As New Deputy Chief Of IRS Appeals, IR-2022-219

The IRS Independent Office of Appeals has announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Askey, an alumnus of Harvard Law School, […]

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TIGTA Launches New Website

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George, announced a redesign of the agency’s website, to better serve […]

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TIGTA Launches New Website

FBAR Filing Deadline Extended for Individuals with Signature Authority but No Financial Interest in Certain Accounts, FinCEN Notice 2022-1

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a further extension of time for certain individuals to file a Report of […]

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Courtney Kay-Decker Appointed as New Deputy Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer, IR-2022-222

The IRS has appointed Courtney Kay-Decker as the new Deputy Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer today. Kay-Decker will lead IRS efforts […]

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IRS Issues Guidance on Form W-4 Substitute Submissions, Additional Guidance for Substitute Submissions of Form W-4

The IRS stated that, for 2022, general guidelines for electronic substitutes to paper Forms W-4 can be found in the […]

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Beginning January 1, 2023, the combined Florida state and local sales and use tax rate for Alachua County is 7.5%. […]

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The 2023 Florida motor fuel, diesel fuel, and aviation fuel tax rates are announced. Annual adjustments to the state fuel […]

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IRS Issues Fact Sheet on Hobby vs. Business Income, FS-2022-38

The IRS has issued a fact sheet related to differentiating between taxpayers’ hobbies and businesses. There are several factors that […]

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