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Contesting a Will After the Probate Assets are Distributed

Probate Law Blog Houston Probate Attorney There are a number of challenges an executor can face in administering an estate. Will contests are an example. These disputes can be particularly troubling if ...
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When the IRS Raises A New Matter on the Eve of Trial

During the course of litigating a tax matter, the IRS may increase the amount of tax, penalties, and interest that it alleges the taxpayer owes. The IRS is typically allowed to do ...
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Can the IRS Take Property Purchased in a Business Name?

If you owe the IRS back taxes but want to buy real estate or some other type of property, can you form a legal entity and use it to acquire property and ...
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Deducting Fringe Benefits for Family Members

Small business owners often look for ways to reduce their taxes.  With family businesses, these plans often involve employing the owner’s children.  This raises the question of whether a small business owner ...
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The Government’s Ability to Recoup Tax Preparation Fees

Tax preparers can grow their businesses in a short period of time by filing fraudulent tax returns.  As word spreads about the size of the refunds these preparers are able to secure ...
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IRS Refuses to Enforce Lien, Leaving Taxpayer Without Recourse

If the IRS has a superior lien on real estate, it should enforce its lien and apply the sales proceeds to reduce the taxpayer’s unpaid taxes. But what if there is a ...
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Credit for Employment Taxes Reported in Error for Another Entity

If employment taxes are paid by one legal entity but incorrectly reported to the IRS for another legal entity, can the entity that paid the taxes get credit for the payment? The ...
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Managing IRS Debts With Retirement Account Assets

Retirement accounts can present a number of challenges when trying to resolve an IRS debt. The IRS considers a retirement account as an asset in its collection analysis. The recent Scanlon v ...
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Transferring Property to a Spouse After IRS Lien

There are a number of difficult questions that come up when one spouse owes the IRS and also owns property jointly with their spouse. The question is often whether the spouses can ...
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Applying Tax Overpayments to Later Years is Usually a Bad Idea

Instead of requesting a refund, taxpayers can ask the IRS to hold the overpayment and apply it to the taxpayer’s tax liability for the following year. These tax payment credits can result ...
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