Any American suffering from a financial emergency — whether it be job loss, expensive medical treatment, a divorce, or other challenges — must decide how to handle the increasing pressure. Many turn to sources of money and credit in order to keep going. And while some willingly turn to legal tools like bankruptcy, that can be a hard call for many others.
If you find yourself hesitant about seeking bankruptcy protection even though this may become inevitable, knowing how to tap the right funds — and avoid the wrong money source — is vital. Use this short guide to learn about the do’s and don’ts of using sources of cash and credit in this difficult time.
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No one enjoys dealing with the IRS tax collection process, so few people are well-versed in tax collection terminology. But when you find yourself entangled in unpaid tax debts, you need to understand what all the various terms mean and how they affect you. To help you navigate your own debt challenges, here is a short guide to six key terms you’ll encounter along the way.
1. CP14 Notice
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Are you planning to file for bankruptcy protection? You have a number of things to accomplish and things to avoid doing before you actually put in your claim for bankruptcy. One of the biggest items on your to do list right now should be preparation of your unfiled tax returns with your bankruptcy attorney advising just when to file these. Why is this so important? Read this blog to learn are a few key reasons to file beforehand.
Going through financial hard times is stressful, but what’s even more worrying is accepting that you are insolvent. You need to know when to file for bankruptcy to avoid losing your assets. Unfortunately, most people neither assess their financial situation regularly nor make the necessary adjustments until the time is too late. Failure to file for bankruptcy could get you into a deeper problem that could have been avoided.
This guide highlights signs you should file for bankruptcy. Keep reading.
Have you received notice of an IRS examination of your tax returns? While few taxpayers ever get audited by the tax agency, the experience can be very stressful to those who are. You may wonder how you triggered an audit or what you’ve done wrong to cause this to happen.
The truth is that many audits should not be taken as a personal affront to your honesty, your record-keeping, or your math. These types of audits are often triggered by a few key actions that may not even have anything to do with you. Here are four of the most common scenarios that may be out of your control.
If you have previously filed for bankruptcy and you have found yourself in financial trouble for a second time, you may wonder if you are allowed to file for bankruptcy again. The following is some information you should know if you need help with your debt again.
Can You File for Bankruptcy Again?
If you need to deal with financial difficulties a second time through bankruptcy, it may be possible to file again. According to the bankruptcy code, you can file for bankruptcy again after a certain amount of time if your prior bankruptcy resulted in a discharge of your debt. If you file before your time limit is passed, you will not receive a discharge again.
By law, if you did not receive a discharge of your debt on your prior bankruptcy, you can file again without a waiting period.
Have you discovered during a divorce that your spouse has been committing tax fraud while you were married? Unfortunately, this now puts you in a tricky spot. You need to look after your own interest first and foremost. Those interests, though, can be confusing and may represent multiple challenges.
To help you determine what to do with this new information, consider these unexpected side effects before making any moves.
1. You May Feel an Obligation
For many people, knowing about a fraudulent activity makes them feel morally bound to tell an authority — even if your own taxes were involved. If you feel this way, the best thing you can do is to work with a qualified tax attorney to determine the best way to go about it. The IRS and state tax agencies will generally consider your good faith efforts to be honest and forthcoming, but they are not obligated to.