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Archive by Year:2020

Marriage, Divorce & Tax Debt

Posted in News on May 29, 2020

A person getting married or divorced in the United States should note the tax implications for doing so.  Marriage and divorce are two clearly significant life events.  Yet, the tax consequences of both are not widely understood, especially when the couple’s joint tax liability is negatively impacted by the actions or debts of one spouse. Speak to Virginia tax lawyer Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, if you have questions or concerns about your tax obligations. Read More

Small Businesses in Virginia Could Soon Be Facing More IRS Scrutiny

Posted in Hot Topics, News on April 30, 2020

Small businesses have always faced audit risks, but a recent development at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) means that small businesses could soon be facing enhanced scrutiny of their federal returns. On March 5, the IRS announced that its Small Business/Self Employed Division is opening a new Fraud Enforcement Office that will specifically be targeting small businesses that underreport and underpay their federal tax liability. The Fraud Enforcement Office is beginning operations in 2020. Read More

IRS Extends Income Tax Deadline to July 15, Virginia Department of Taxation Extends Payment Deadline to June 1

Posted in News on March 31, 2020

In an effort to provide some financial relief to individual and corporate taxpayers during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the federal income tax filing and payment deadline for 2020 from April 15 to July 15. The Virginia Department of Treasury has extended the state income tax payment deadline to June 1. These extensions apply to all taxpayers automatically. In other words, there is nothing you need to do in order to delay your filings and payments (if applicable) to these revised deadlines. Read More

IRS to Step Up Audits Targeting High-Income Taxpayers

Posted in News on February 28, 2020

On February 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it will be stepping up its efforts to target high-income taxpayers who have failed to file all necessary return forms in prior years. Read More

A Guide on When to Disclose Offshore Bank Accounts

Posted in Offshore Account Update on January 31, 2020

If you have fallen behind on your reporting obligations, then one option you may have is to utilize the IRS’s streamlined filing compliance procedures. There are a number of eligibility criteria, the most-important of which is that your failure to file must have been “non-willful.” If you submit a streamlined filing and the IRS determines that you willfully failed to disclose your offshore bank accounts, then it may initiate an audit and impose full penalties for your disclosure violation.  

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