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February 2017 Newsletter: Happy Valentines Day!

 Tobacco Store Owner has to Cough up Big Bucks for Tax Fraud

 Business owner Hisham Jaber, of Pekin, IL pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent corporate income tax returns and sales tax returns with the State of Illinois.

Jaber was the owner of two retail tobacco stores, Smoker’s Paradise One and Two and was charged with underreporting more than $8 million in sales between 2008 and 2013.

The amount of the fraud resulted in an underpayment to the state of $640,000. Jaber was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of the amount owing to the state of $640,000.

Lothamer has helped many smoke shops and MMMP shops get current and pay taxes.

We here at Lothamer Tax Resolution will make sure all your rights are protected!

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January 2017 Newsletter: Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights!

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF THE IRS

The idea that the IRS has a list of 10 Commandments (taxpayer rights) might seem like an oxymoron, but the fact is they do, and here they are:

  1. The Right to be Informed
  2. The Right to Quality Service
  3. The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
  4. The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
  5. The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
  6. The Right to Finality
  7. The Right to Privacy
  8. The Right to Confidentially
  9. The Right to Retain Representation
  10. The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

We here at Lothamer Tax Resolution will make sure all your rights are protected!

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How to Avoid Tax Preparer Fraud

Every tax season, someone will fall victim to a tax preparer fraud scheme. Most incidents occur towards the end of tax season and in low-income neighborhoods. The most common schemes are: inflating personal or business expenses; false deductions or income; and unallowable credits or excessive exemptions. Tax preparer scammers will use these schemes as a way to inflate your refund and keep the money for themselves. Continue reading

Five Things to Look for When Hiring a Tax Attorney

Many Americans are faced with an IRS problem every year.  If you happen to fall into this situation, it is important that you seek the help and advice of a qualified tax attorney.  While there are many reasons to hire one attorney over another, here are five important things to look for when hiring a tax attorney for your case. Continue reading

Missing 1099’s ???

Now that tax season has arrived, we are all patiently waiting to receive our tax forms in the mail.  While many will receive a W-2 from our employer, some may receive a 1099 for work performed or other reasons.  Some common 1099 forms are for interest income, retirement accounts, real estate or broker exchange transactions, merchant card payments, or just miscellaneous income.  As with W-2s, any 1099 should be received by January 31st of the following year.  Here are three things you can do if you do not receive them: Continue reading

IRS Whistleblowers: Who and What they are

form_211A Whistleblower is a person who is paid by the IRS Whistleblower Office in result of blowing the whistle on individuals who have failed to pay the tax that they owe. If the IRS uses information given by the whistleblower, they can be rewarded up to 30% of the additional tax. The primary purpose of the Whistleblower Award is to encourage people with the knowledge of significant tax disobedience to come forward and provide information to the IRS. The IRS vision of the Whistleblower Informant Award includes broadening the program’s reach and providing better communication with existing and potential whistleblowers. Continue reading

How Well is the IRS Handling Taxpayer Phone Calls?

unnamedFor the past few filing seasons, the IRS has been under difficult workplace circumstances. The IRS has had to deal with low funding, fewer employees, and lack of motivation to answer customer’s calls. This affects the IRS’s ability to give proper customer service to taxpayers. In a report by Head Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, statistics on the IRS’s poor phone service performance was noted frequently. Continue reading