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Michael Sullivan is Former Award Winning IRS Agent and Teaching Instructor with the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Sullivan worked in the local, district and regional offices of the IRS. Mr. Sullivan has been in private practice since 1982 and is a tax expert in the field of Federal and State Tax Resolution. Connect with Michael Sullivan on Google+

Michael D. Sullivan +Former IRS Quoted re Trump Audit

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  Thanks to Nixon, President Trump’s taxes will be audited automatically every year President-elect Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. Carolyn Kaster AP By Kevin G. Hall and Greg Gordon khall@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON When Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, his complex business empire will immediately be subject to an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Thanks to an obscure provision in the IRS manual, Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will each be under a mandatory audit annually. “The requirement for mandatory audits of the tax returns of the president and vice president dates back to the Watergate era in the 1970s,” the IRS said in a statement to McClatchy, noting that nonpartisan career employees adopted the requirement. “Since then, this provision has remained in place during both Republican and Democratic administrations as well as under IRS Commissioners appointed by both parties.” ADVERTISING The little-known provision in the IRS manual spells out strict rules under which the returns are audited. … Continue reading

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Former IRS Agent, Teaching Instructor + Ask Me Question about IRS

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    Michael D. Sullivan    1-866-700-1040 Former IRS Agent & Teaching Instucting Michael D. Sullivan is one of the founders of Fresh Start Tax LLC. He had a distinguished career with the Internal Revenue Service for 10 years. As a veteran IRS Revenue Officer / Agent, he served as an Offer in Compromise Tax Specialist and Large Dollar Case Specialist. He also collaborated with the U.S. Attorney’s office on undercover operations. Michael received several awards for his work and dedication as a IRS Agent . During his tenure with the IRS, he was a Certified Tax Instructor who taught out of the Atlanta Regional IRS Training Offices. He also taught out of the local and district offices of the IRS. Mr. Sullivan trained many of the new IRS Agents. Michael has been in private practice for the last 34 years in the field of Taxpayer  Consultation for IRS Audit and Collection tax resolution issues. He often consults with corporations and individuals, which involves a wide range of tax issues. Michael has worked many large complex cases for high net worth … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Offer in Compromise Accepted + Former Agent Speaks

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    How To Get Your Offer in Compromise Accepted   We are true tax experts for the IRS offer in Compromise. As a former Agent, I worked the offer program for the IRS. We are true experts in the process of settling your IRS tax debt. To get your IRS offer in compromise accepted, you must know the system. The Internal Revenue Service is very particular about what offers are accepted and will look to reject an offer in compromise faster then they will to accept it because of the amount of work they have to put in. Also, each offer in compromise accepted becomes a matter of public record for one year at the regional offices. The offer in compromise must be signed off by three different people before is accepted so much caution is given before IRS simply signs their name even if an offer makes common business sense. The offer must be filled out correctly and accurately and all documentation needs to be given before any offer is accepted. The best chance of having an offer … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know + IRS Tax Debt Settlements + Former IRS Settlement Officer

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    The process of settling Your Tax Debt with the IRS, What you Need to Know   We are true tax experts for the IRS offer in Compromise. As a former Agent, I worked the offer program for the IRS. We are true experts in the process of settling your IRS tax debt. There are ads all over the television and the Internet is draped with splash ads and companies advertising you can settle your tax debt for pennies on the dollar through the IRS offer in compromise program. You can contact us today for a free initial consultation and we can walk you through the offer in compromise program at the Internal Revenue Service. The Internal Revenue Service receives about 60,000 offers in compromise each year and accepts about 38% of those filed. Before we tell you everything you need to know please understand that I would not contemplate filing an offer in compromise on your own because of the very specific standards that IRS uses to qualify a taxpayer for an offer in compromise. The average Internal … Continue reading

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The Process Of Settling Your Debt With the IRS + Former Agent Speaks

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    The process of settling Your Tax Debt with the IRS   We are true tax experts for the IRS offer in Compromise. As a former Agent, I worked the offer program for the IRS. We are true experts in the process of settling your tax debt. There are ads all over the television and the Internet is draped with splash ads and companies advertising you can settle your tax debt for pennies on the dollar through the IRS offer in compromise program. You can contact us today for a free initial consultation and we can walk you through the offer in compromise program at the Internal Revenue Service. The Internal Revenue Service receives about 60,000 offers in compromise each year and accepts about 38% of those filed. Most of those offers and compromises that are accepted are filed by professional firms that have on staff tax attorneys, tax lawyers, certified public accountants, enrolled agents or former IRS agents. Before we tell you everything you need to know please understand that I would not contemplate filing an offer in … Continue reading

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The New Offer in Compromise Program by the IRS

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    We are true tax experts for the IRS offer in Compromise. As a former Agent, I worked the offer program for the IRS.   There are ads all over the television and the Internet is draped with splash ads and companies advertising you can settle your tax debt for pennies on the dollar through the IRS offer in compromise program. The fact of the matter that’s true however I would make sure you fill out the IRS qualifier or tool before filing an offer in compromise. Take my word on this I am a former IRS agent in teaching instructor who taught the offer in compromise program while at the Internal Revenue Service. I am a tax expert in the offer in compromise. You can contact us today for a free initial consultation and we can walk you through the offer in compromise program at the Internal Revenue Service. The Internal Revenue Service receives about 60,000 offers in compromise each year and accepts about 38% of those filed. Most of those offers and compromises that are accepted are … Continue reading

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IRS Improving Tax ID Theft + Here is What is New

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    IRS, Security Summit Partners Expand Identity Theft Safeguards for 2017 Filing Season, Build on 2016 Successes The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and industry partners today finalized plans for 2017 to improve identity theft protections for individual and business taxpayers after making significant inroads this year against fraudulent returns. Public and private sector leaders announced today that their collective efforts through the Security Summit initiative have led to a marked improvement in the battle against identity theft during 2016. This is highlighted by the number of new people reporting stolen identities on federal tax returns falling by more than 50 percent, with nearly 275,000 fewer victims compared to a year ago. At a Washington press conference, Summit leaders also detailed new and expanded safeguards for taxpayers in the upcoming 2017 tax season. The 2017 focus revolves around “trusted customer” features that will help ensure the authenticity of the taxpayer and the tax return – before, during and after a tax return is filed. The additional protections will build on the 2016 successes that prevented fraudulent returns and … Continue reading

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IRS Tax Audits Experts + Hobby Loss Tax Audits + New Report + Expert IRS Tax Audit Help

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    The treasury Inspector General audits the Internal Revenue Service from time to time on different issues. After a thorough and detailed review of the IRS procedure the Inspector General found many areas of improvement that the Internal Revenue Service should employ,below is that report.   Opportunities Exist to Identify and Examine Individual Taxpayers Who Deduct Potential   Hobby Losses to Offset Other Income The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) today publicly released its audit report of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) methods of addressing taxpayers who take business tax deductions for activities not engaged in for profit. TIGTA found that the IRS can improve its methods for identifying high-income taxpayers who may be offsetting their income with “hobby losses” from unprofitable business activity. The tax code allows taxpayers to deduct all ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred in carrying on a trade or business.  However, in the “hobby loss” provision in the tax code, the IRS generally disallows business tax deductions for activities not engaged in for profit. TIGTA found that the IRS does not … Continue reading

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IRS Audits + Many Have No Collection Potential

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  Office of Audit Examination Collectibility Procedures Need to Be Clarified and Applied Consistently Final Report Issued on September 7, 2016 Highlights Highlights of Reference Number:  2016-30-070 to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner for the Small Business/Self-Employed Division. IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS Throughout an examination, examiners are expected to follow Internal Revenue Manual procedures to consider the taxpayer’s ability to pay a potential assessment. Taxpayers who have financial difficulties and cannot afford to make tax payments may be further burdened if the IRS audits them for additional assessments that they cannot pay.  Further, taxpayers may be treated inconsistently when examiners do not follow procedures to consider a taxpayer’s ability to make payments. WHY TIGTA DID THE AUDIT In Fiscal Year 2015, 50 percent of all Field Collection closures and 19 percent of all Automated Collection System closures of taxpayer delinquent accounts resulting from an examination were closed currently not collectible. This audit was initiated to determine whether the Small Business/Self-Employed Division Examination function is properly and accurately performing collectibility determinations before and during Field and Office examinations.   WHAT TIGTA FOUND … Continue reading

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60 day New Procedure Helps People Making IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers Easier

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  New Procedure Helps People Making IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers IR-2016-113, Aug. 24, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service today provided a self-certification procedure designed to help recipients of retirement plan distributions who inadvertently miss the 60-day time limit for properly rolling these amounts into another retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement (IRA). In Revenue Procedure 2016-47, posted today on IRS.gov, the IRS explained how eligible taxpayers, encountering a variety of mitigating circumstances, can qualify for a waiver of the 60-day time limit and avoid possible early distribution taxes. In addition, the revenue procedure includes a sample self-certification letter that a taxpayer can use to notify the administrator or trustee of the retirement plan or IRA receiving the rollover that they qualify for the waiver. Normally, an eligible distribution from an IRA or workplace retirement plan can only qualify for tax-free rollover treatment if it is contributed to another IRA or workplace plan by the 60th day after it was received. In most cases, taxpayers who fail to meet the time limit could only obtain a waiver by requesting a … Continue reading

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