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Tax Myths Unmasked

Tax Myths Unmasked

The tax system is so complicated and intimidating that myths about the system and your rights have proliferated. Don’t get confused by the baseless arguments, strange conspiracy notions, and misguided assumptions that can get taxpayers in trouble. One myth is that taxes can’t be discharged in a bankruptcy, when in fact some taxes can be discharged in a bankruptcy, but you’ve got to know the rules. There are some common rumors out there about taxes in general and you should always look for official verification – or call us to discuss the matter – when you hear something that sounds too good to be true, but if you hear any of the following stories be aware that they are untrue.

Some people claim that there are no benefits for e-filing, but e-filing results in quicker returns, more accuracy, and avoids lines at the post office; among other benefits.

Tax protestors that claim that taxes are illegal, involuntary, or invalid are mistaken. These arguments typically closely examine the constitution, the precise language of the tax code, and the status of organizations responsible for administrating the tax system. These arguments have all been litigated and found meritless by multiple courts. Remember, unless your income is below a certain level, you will have to file federal income tax returns each year. Death and Taxes – those are the 2 most certain things while you are alive. You’ll always be facing them. No doubt about it.

Gamblers may think their losses are tax deductible, but this deduction is limited to a deduction equal to or less than your winnings. Home offices can be written off, but to qualify for this deduction you must be self-employed. The home office deduction is only available if part of your home is used regularly and exclusively for business.

Workers sometimes think tips don’t count as taxable income. If you earn more than $20 in any given month you must report that amount to your employer by the 10th of the following month, who then reports tips to the IRS. This income is taxable.

It is important to understand your rights when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). IRS employees must explain and protect your rights throughout the process. They may not disclose your information to anyone unless authorized to do so by law. You have the right to know why the IRS wants information, how it will be used, and what will happen if you refuse to provide the requested information.

IRS employees must be polite, professional and fair. You have the right to have someone represent you when dealing with the IRS. Your representative could be a tax attorney, a certified public accountant, or an “enrolled agent.” You can stop an interview at any time to consult with your representative, bring someone with you, or tape record your meeting. You only need to pay as much as you owe and can get a payment plan if necessary. The IRS will owe you interest if it takes more than 45 days to send you your refund. You can appeal an audit agent’s decision and the collection efforts of some collections agents.

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Michael R. Anderson, JD

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People who want a lot of Bull go to a Butcher. People who want results navigating a complex legal field go to a Lawyer that they can trust. That’s where I come in. I am Michael Anderson, an Attorney in the Salt Lake area focusing on the needs of the Average Joe wanting a better life for him and his family. I’m the Lawyer you can trust. I grew up in Utah and love it here. I am a Father to three, a Husband to one, and an Entrepreneur. I understand the feelings of joy each of those roles bring, and I understand the feeling of disappointment, fear, and regret when things go wrong. I attended the University of Utah where I received a B.A. degree in 2010 and a J.D. in 2014. I have focused my practice in Wills, Trusts, Real Estate, and Business Law. I love the thrill of helping clients secure their future, leaving a real legacy to their children. Unfortunately when problems arise with families. I also practice Family Law, with a focus on keeping relationships between the soon to be Ex’s civil for the benefit of their children and allowing both to walk away quickly with their heads held high. Before you worry too much about losing everything that you have worked for, before you permit yourself to be bullied by your soon to be ex, before you shed one more tear in silence, call me. I’m the Lawyer you can trust.