Jeffrey M. Rosenblum, P.C.
A Fresh Start

October 2016 Archives

Who's most likely to be audited?

If there's one thing that unites Americans, even amid a highly-contentious presidential election, it's the fear of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Realistically, your chances of being audited are very slim and dropping. Fewer than 1 percent of filers were audited for the tax year 2013. With budget cuts, the resources available to conduct audits are becoming scarcer.

Want to travel? You may have to pay the IRS first.

Legislation quietly passed last year in Congress may prevent you from traveling abroad if you owe a significant amount of tax debt. The law, initially proposed in 2012, did not gain overwhelming support from Congress and the President until 2015. The enactment, part of H.R.22, adds "Revocation or Denial of Passports In Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies" (Section 7345) to the tax code. It grants the State Department the power to revoke, limit, or deny a passport to anyone with a considerably delinquent tax debt exceeding $50,000. That amount includes penalties and interest, which add up quickly. The IRS compiles the list of offenders and gives the State Department the green light to cancel or deny passports. 

How can bankruptcy affect your employment prospects?

One of the concerns that people have about filing for bankruptcy is how it will affect their employment prospects in the future. Employers cannot legally deny people employment or advancement due to something on their credit report. However, short of an employer stating that this is the reason for their decision, that's pretty hard to prove.