Do you qualify for a First Time Abatement?

What Can the First Time Abatement Do for Me? Are you wondering if you can get those nasty IRS penalties waived? The answer, if you haven’t had any run ins with the IRS recently is…. Yes! The IRS offers an administrative waiver for certain penalties called the First Time Abatement. The basic idea behind the … Continued

When to file an Offer in Compromise

When to file an Offer in Compromise in Maine? In a recent blog post I discussed the reasons why many people should not file an Offer in Compromise. I believe it is part of my job and my commitment to my community to dispel myths advertisers spread. Especially the myth that OICs are a cure … Continued

Maine Innocent Spouse Claims

Subtle Differences Between IRS and MRS Tax Relief Programs Abound As part of my tax controversy practice in Bangor Maine, I often represent clients before the Maine Revenue Service. Both clients and others in my community are often surprised to hear that it is much more difficult to resolve an issue with the Maine Revenue … Continued

Owe Maine Income Taxes?

What happens if you owe Maine Income Taxes? People often wonder what will happen if they owe the State of Maine back taxes. Usually the question appears in the context of filing a return showing an amount due. The timeline the Maine Revenue Service generally follows is not well published though so people are often … Continued

Maine Property Tax Bills Piling Up?

Maine Town Property Tax Liens Life’s Unexpected Turns Property tax liens can be a major hassle for those who find their financial situation has taken an unexpected turn for the worse. Numerous property owners in Maine are barely making ends meet as property taxes continue to increase. Eventually, a car breaks down, someone gets sick, … Continued

Do not file an Offer In Compromise

Don’t Waste Your Money on an Offer in Compromise That’s right. Don’t file an Offer in Compromise. Not generally what you hear from people with experience filing them? Confused? But the T.V. Ads say… That’s probably because they are a cash cow for some unscrupulous advisors, attorneys, and accountants. Here’s why we often advise clients … Continued

Understanding Maine OICs

Why Better Public Understanding of Maine OICs Is Important To This Firm In a blog post yesterday about, innocent spouse relief I discussed some of the unwritten differences that exist in the State of Maine Revenue Service collections programs or as they are more commonly called “Tax Relief Programs.” In that article, I noted that … Continued

Innocent Spouse Relief: § 6015(b)

The Four Primary Factors for § 6015(b) Innocent Spouse Relief There are different kinds of innocent spouse relief. Each kind has its own unique advantages and disadvantages as well as requirements for claiming it. The first kind of innocent spouse relief is § 6015(b). This is commonly referred to as “traditional innocent spouse relief.” The … Continued

Streamlined Equitable Relief

A Traditional Innocent Spouse Relief Alternative. What happens if I don’t qualify for traditional innocent spouse relief? Even if you asked about traditional innocent spouse relief and someone told you that didn’t qualify you may have options. Streamlined equitable relief is one of them. Do I Qualify For Streamlined Equitable Relief? Thankfully, unlike most tax … Continued

How long do you have to file for relief?

General Rules In general, you must file Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief No more than 2 years after the first time the IRS attempts to collect the tax. 3 years of the filing date of the original return or two years after the tax was paid Some of the same rules that extend … Continued

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