Tax Problems

Who pays Income Tax?

On the distribution of the tax burden, the 1994 data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made clear that the vast bulk of the federal income tax burden is borne by the rich gross of the society.

  • The top 1% of taxpayers, who have adjusted gross incomes (AGI) above $196,000, paid 29% of all income taxes.
  • And the top 5% of taxpayers, whose incomes are above $91,000, bore almost half of the federal income tax burden.
  • By contrast, the bottom 50% of taxpayers, whose incomes fall below $22,000, actually paid less than 5% of all income taxes.

Until 1983, health, disability, survivor, and retirement benefits were tax free. Congress decided to tax some retirement benefits in 1983, due to which a growing percentage of moderate-income Social Security beneficiaries face tax rates of 50% or more.

Its functioning is described below:

  • If the combination of following bonds exceeds $25,000 for singles or $32,000 for couples, a portion of your Social Security benefits will be taxed
    • Half of your Social Security income plus your adjusted gross income from other sources plus your tax-free income from municipal.
  • In 1993, the portion of counted Social Security benefits was raised from 50% to 85%, which created some of the highest marginal tax rates in America.
  • Those $25,000 and $32,000 tax points have been the same since 1983, not indexed to inflation.

These Social Security benefits tax is reportedly hitting an increasing number of seniors, and an increasing number of Social Security benefits are being reported as income:

  • In 1985, approximately three million tax returns depicted $9.6 billion of Social Security income in their adjusted gross incomes.
  • By 2000, the figures had increased to 10.6 million returns that depicted $90 billion of Social Security income.

The above mentioned date depicted that millions of people, who moved money into tax-deferred accounts to save 27% in taxes, will reportedly take out dollars taxed at 50%.

Tax Code Short-Changes Families Over the Years

The $500 per-child tax credit is not expected to provide the same economic swing as cuts in capital gains tax rates or in marginal tax rates. However, it should be included in the final budget purely as a matter of fairness, in the opinion of legal counsels.

It is also pointed out that over the years, Congress has vastly decreased or stopped most family tax benefits.

  • When Congress reformed the tax laws in 1944, it established a $500 personal exemption, which was increased to $600 in 1948.

IRS Problems

If any of the citizens have had IRS Problems in the past, it is considered to be pretty that particular citizen and his/her family. If one is now free of IRS Problems, the citizen will understand the importance of avoiding IRS problems in the future. The selection of right plan helps in the accomplishment of such a task.

The Plan

  • Settlement of personal taxes by the due date
  • Filing of the tax returns every year, without any failure
  • Preparation of accurate tax returns
  • Prompt response to IRS notices

Following the steps mentioned above may hopefully help to stop any criminal charges and fines, which can be assessed for failing to file or for filing late. The last step mentioned is most important, as described below:

Respond to IRS notices promptly

One should panic when an IRS notice is received. There could be some minor issues such as forgetting the Taxpayer Identification Number or for a math error. The notice should be read very carefully so as to understand why it has been sent to you. If the notice is not comprehensible, call the number indicated on the notice to get an explanation. The directions should be taken special care to respond promptly. If necessary, a tax professional should be hired for help. When a notice is issued, it should be returned properly using certified mail and the return receipt should be requested so that you know that the IRS receives your reply.

Offer in Compromise Program

The Offer in Compromise program allows various taxpayers to settle their IRS taxes for less, or often much less than one owes (or what the IRS has claimed to you).

Internal Revenue Code authorizes the IRS that it can accept less than full amount of tax liability owed in any IRS civil or criminal case, which arises under the tax laws. But this should take place before the referral of the case to the Department of Justice. For an Offer in Compromise to be accepted, the taxpayer has to prove, to the satisfaction of the IRS, that the taxpayer either has no means of paying the tax, or does not actually owe the tax.