Dealing with legal tax issues is daunting, so understanding what types of tax troubles you may come across can better help you avoid them.
One thing that makes the issue more difficult is that many people have an inherent fear of the IRS. When problems arise, they are unsure how to proceed because they are inclined to avoid contacting the IRS with their questions.
Rather than let this fear keep you from acting, remember that many issues can be researched easily. Although not all answers are easy, it will become clear when to contact a professional before you get in touch with the IRS. Often asking a simple legal question of a local attorney will help you to create a plan.
Avoiding tax issues is preferable. One type of tax problem that businesspeople sometimes encounter is payroll taxes. New business owners often try to handle their own payroll rather than use a service, which is fine if they keep up with all the reporting and payment due dates. The IRS is tremendously persistent about collecting past due payroll taxes so getting behind is not a good idea. Take care to be diligent in completing and submitting reports and payments. Also be careful that all reports are correct, with no typographical errors.
Payroll tax issues are not only a problem for business owners. Even employees can run into problems with the IRS. Employees should not assume that their employer handled things correctly. They should keep good records to substantiate what was withheld.
Minor issues can become big issues if ignored. When the IRS does not get a response, things can progress into an IRS tax lien, tax levy, seizure, wage garnishment and additional audits. Don’t delay, get help right away.