Monday, September 27, 2010

Enrolled To Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service

After over 5 months of studying and 300 hours of reviewing Gleim material I passed the Special Enrolled Agent Exam! I have received my enrollment card and number and I am now permitted to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Please feel free to call, write, or email to ask questions about how to study and sit for the EA exam. I will be happy to entertain any questions anyone may have.

I want to thank my family, friends, co-workers, and Larson Financial, Inc. for all of the support I received during my studies and preparation!


Mike Wallen, EA

Partial Pay IA for business and individual!

The business came to us last year and had a serious IRS issue facing both the business along with the corporate officer personally. We had to review both his business and personal financial statements as the he owed the IRS $500,000 for the business and close to $200,000 personally on the trust fund portion of the liability. After further review, submission of documentation to the IRS, and months of waiting we were finally able to set up a payment arrangement for the business. We set up a monthly payment plan of $2000 per month. Usually the IRS wants close to $10,000 monthly to satisfy the statute requirements.

While reviewing the installment proposal for the business, the IRS decided to chase after the personal liability as well, sending collection letters, threatening levy, etc. This often happens and I would highly recommend representation for both the business and personal financial matters. If the business is represented and one thinks they can handle the trust fund portion on their own, think again! It is very difficult to handle both at the same time.

After submitting a financial statement to the IRS and the IRS allowing all necessary expenses, they agreed to a $250 a month plan with the individual. Therefore, the total plan is for $2,250 and our client can now make financial moves and decisions he could not make before.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Company Saved From Alter Ego Assessment of $82,000!

We have a client in the State of New York that runs a restaurant. Prior to hiring us for the outstanding State of New York tax issues they had a third party come in and purchase the assets, goodwill, and inventory from our client. However, they conducted this transaction without regard to the State Tax Liens in place covering over $82,000 in sales tax and withholding liability. The State of New York was attempting to assess the buyer with the entirety of the liability owed!

We had to go back and recreate the transaction by showing the State of New York the purchase agreement, sales documents, and have the client cut a check to the State in the amount of $6,000 and another $1,000 or $2,000 to cover the sales tax in relation to the transaction. Yes, the State of New York charges sales tax on the resale of assets, licensing, inventory, and goodwill in a business transaction. Unbelievable. We had to go through the Bulk Sale Unit, which by State law a buyer and seller have only 15 days to report the transaction and pay either the liability owed by the seller in full, or pay for the value of the assets along with the applicable tax. If they do not abide by this rule the buyer can be assessed the liability.

After negotiations with the bulk sale unit and the filing of an appeal with the State of New York they agreed to allow us a conciliation conference to discuss the issues with the transaction. We provided all of the sales documents and a copy of the payment that was made to the State when we went back to correct the problem.

Last week we heard back from the State of New York and they decided not to assess the new business with the $82,000 and accept the payment made, with penalty and interest totaling $3,000 to settle the issue. Therefore all in all we saved the new business from lien filings, levies, and other collection action the State might take with regard to the debt.

If you are considering selling an asset, a business, or assets within the business look no further than Highland Tax Group, Inc. at to assist you with your issues. We can also be reached by phone at 720-398-6088.