Peter Pappas Columns


IRS offers ‘fresh start’ to taxpayers

Find out if you might qualify

The Internal Revenue Service is continuing its expansion of the “Fresh Start” initiative by offering more flexible terms to its Offer in Compromise.

Peter Pappas: Taxpayer Rights? Yes, you actually do have them

There have been three Taxpayer Rights bills passed by Congress in the last 20 years. Here are some of the more critical provisions of each bill.

Taxpayers have the right to legal representation similar to that of a criminal defendant.

IRS has only 10 years to collect tax debt

Be aware of your rights as a taxpayerPeter Pappas

The IRS has 10 years from the date of a tax assessment to collect a debt from the taxpayer.

Can I settle my IRS debt? A taxing questionnaire

Offers in Compromise difficult to get, but not impossible

Offers in Compromise (IRS settlements) are very difficult to get, but the IRS does grant them.

Peter Pappas: Five IRS secrets

What they don't want you to know

There are many things the IRS doesn’t want you to learn. Here are my top five IRS secrets.

How to settle your IRS debt

Settling IRS debts

Because of the poor economy the IRS has recently changed its rules for settling IRS debts for less than the amount owed.

Remit payroll taxes or pay big time

Seek help, avoid tax violations

IRS aggressively pursues business owners who fail to remit payroll taxes.