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Tax Filing Solutions


Were You Unable to File your Taxes?

When you have unfiled tax returns, you could face trouble with the IRS. If you don’t file your tax returns, the IRS may track how much you earn via your W-2 and file tax returns on your behalf. In this situation, your tax liability may be less than what the IRS claims.

Were you unable to file your tax return due to a serious illness or natural disaster? An outstanding tax balance will collect interest and penalties. If you’re facing the consequences of an unfiled tax return, Fresh Start Tax Solutions in Michigan can help.

What Are my Options?

Not sure what options you have? We can help prove you qualify for penalty abatement. Penalty abatement may be the solution for you if certain circumstances prevented you from filing your tax returns on time.

These circumstances include:

  • Serious illness or death
  • Fire or natural disaster
  • Criminal acts committed against you

If you have a reasonable cause for failing to file a tax return, then you can apply for penalty abatement. Don’t delay when you’re penalized for an unfiled tax return; reach out to an experienced CPA and tax attourney at Fresh Start Tax Solutions. If you don’t qualify for penalty abatement and still owe the IRS, you then may be susceptible to wage garnishments – learn how Fresh Start can help you prevent the IRS from impacting your finances.


Do You Qualify for an Offer in Compromise?

An offer in compromise is an agreement between you and the IRS to pay less than the amount you currently owe. This gives you the opportunity to settle your tax debt and relieve the burden of an outstanding debt. Fresh Start Tax Solutions can assist you with the process of settling an offer in compromise.

There are a few criteria that the IRS will examine to determine if you qualify. The IRS bases decisions on:

  • Doubt as to liability
  • Doubt as to collectability
  • Effective tax administration

Reach out to Fresh Start Tax Solutions in Battle Creek, Michigan, to find out if an offer in compromise is an option for you.

Tax Audit

Are you being audited? Relax.

If you’ve been contacted by the IRS for inquiry into your taxes or have been formally notified about an audit – stay calm. While this might seem frightening, you’re one of thousands audited each year: some by random and others for good reason. Regardless, the attorneys at Fresh Start Tax Solutions will take an individual approach to understanding your current situation and creating the best results.

What You Should Know About Being Audited

Being audited may be frightening, but most of your fears come from the unknown. Here’s what to look out for to best determine the severity of your situation and to begin preparing you act:

  • Over 150 million tax returns are filed each year, but less than 3 percent are audited. More than 80 percent of all audits result in a change in return status or owed amount to the IRS.
  • Most audits arrive via mail and typically result in an owed balance of $5,000 or more. However, less commonly administered field audits can expect to owe upward of $50,000 to the IRS.
  • It is important to reply before deadlines to properly resolve your tax issues. IRS processing centers handle your case, not individual agents. Unresolved inquiries or late responses may result in a prolonged audit period, which can lead to additional costs or additional penalties.
  • Prepare to review years prior to that being filed. The IRS may take misfiling and instances of undocumented income as red flags. This may signal additional audits on previous returns and place transactions such as deposits or transferred payments in question.
  • If you are unfamiliar with IRS services or other areas of the tax return services, then it is advised for you
    to contact a tax attorney/solutions service immediately to prevent prolonged processes, as well as
    ensure you don’t do anything to endanger your financial health.

Self-employment Tax

It Pays to Be Your Own Boss

Being the master of your own destiny comes with a lot of unknowns. One of the most important aspects of being self-employed or a single business owner is the tax filing process. Knowing how to properly document, file and process taxes if you are a business owner, consultant, freelancer or any other type of independent laborer can be the difference between an audit, owed taxes and a huge dent in your financial security or personal career.

It Pays to Be Prepared

Self-employment taxes are filed in addition to your individual income taxes. If you’re a freelance business owner who generates more than $400 annually on behalf of your organization, you then must file individualized taxes based on your businesses revenue and separately as you normally would.

It’s important to:

  • Keeping records of all business expenses, client contracts and other financial documents pertaining to your business or your individual income as an independent contractor.
  • Notify your clients well in advance of the beginning of tax season about any 1099s that they may owe you, regarding annual work that’s valued at over $600.
  • If you are struggling to identify what you should keep track of, need assistance organizing and compiling the proper documents for filing or simply want an edge on your returns, contact a Fresh Start Tax Solutions attorney today.