Tax Professionals be aware of allowances for health care when dealing with IRS collections cases

IRS Collection Financial Standards – National Standards for Out-of-Pocket Health Care

Please note that the IRS Collection Financial Standards are designed for the purpose of calculating repayment of overdue taxes and are effective only for federal tax administration on and after April 25, 2022. For information regarding expenses related to bankruptcy calculations, kindly visit the website of the U.S. Trustee Program.

The allowable out-of-pocket costs for health care for 2023 is $75 for under age 65 and $153 for over age 65.  It is important to note that the standard amounts may change, and thus, it is advisable to check back periodically to ensure that you have the latest version.

The table for health care expenses has been established based on data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and is intended to provide minimum allowances for out-of-pocket health care expenses. These expenses include medical services, prescription drugs, and medical supplies (such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, etc.). This is most items that are bought as part of a prescription from a licensed health care professional. However, elective procedures such as plastic surgery or elective dental work are generally not allowed.

Taxpayers and their dependents are allowed the standard amount monthly on a per-person basis, without being questioned about the amounts they actually spend. In the event that the claimed amount is greater than the total allowed by the health care standards, the taxpayer must provide documentation to substantiate that the expenses are necessary living expenses. Generally, the number of individuals allowed should be the same as the number of dependents claimed on the taxpayer’s most recent year income tax return.

Furthermore, the out-of-pocket health care standard amount is allowed in addition to the amount taxpayers pay for health insurance.… Continue reading

Preparing for 1040 Tax Resolution Season

With the 1040 filing season peak upon you, it’s time to consider how you’re going to continue serving clients and generating revenue into the late spring and summer.
One option, which still presents a growing revenue opportunity for your tax firm, is my good friend tax resolution. While 941 Collections representation isn’t seasonal, the 1040 side most certainly is, and the time to start preparing for that season is right now, not June.
Normally, June is when the IRS starts sending out Collections notices for 1040 returns that were timely filed. Given the current issues at the Service, we may see a delay in the issuance of those notices, but it’s not something that I would bank on. Plus, it’s your business, so run it by your schedule, instead of letting the government dictate the annual pace and progress of business development. Thus, I think it’s best to “act as if” the normal Collections cycle will start on time.
With that in mind, some tips to help you get ready:
  1. If you have little or no experience with IRS Collections and Examination representation, now is a good time to start filling in your skills gap with appropriate CPE. Don’t wait until a representation case lands in your lap, start skilling up now to avoid the mad dash later. If you’re already an experienced representation practitioner, it’s time to get up to speed on any recent changes in IRS policy and procedure on this front.
  2. On the marketing side of the house, start lining up your late spring/early summer public speaking opportunities now at appropriate organizations where people with tax debts are disproportionately present. Delivering Tax Talks to such orgs is, hands down, one of the best ways to get representation clients.
  3. Revisit professional referral partners. During filing season, it’s easy to ignore joint venture and referral partners. Don’t wait until the end of filing season to let other tax professionals, attorneys, financial planners, mortgage loan officers, and the like to know that you are available, ready, and willing to help their clients with tax debt or audit issues.
By doing these most basic things, you’ll be well positioned to seamlessly transition from filing season to resolution season here in a few weeks.
To help you on both the technical side of representation, as well as the marketing and practice management side of the house, I’d encourage you to check out the Tax Resolution Academy.
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Two Simple Ideas for Creating Recurring Revenue in Your Tax Practice

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a great day with your family!

It is late when I am sending this email. I wanted to send you this quick note.

By the time you are reading this, it is the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most of you know it as Black Friday. The day that brings most retailers from being the red financially into the black. Again, most of you know that as a profit.

Well, we did not want you to not see a Black Friday deal from us.

Many of you are always looking for some way to make more money in your practice without trying to find a new client. There aren’t many ways to do this, but I have one (well actually two) for you.

1) Sell an Audit Protection service to your existing tax prep clients. This is where they pay you in advance some amount (from $29 – $249 (or more)) each year. This fee covers the risk that they either get a notice or selected for an audit by the IRS (also works for the many of you with state income taxes). They bet that they will get a notice or selected for audit. You bet they don’t. If you sell this for $50 per client for a clients, that is $5,000. 500 clients? That is $25k extra in your practice for this year. I bet that would help pay some bills, wouldn’t it?

2) Sell IRS Account Monitoring service. You sell this to your tax resolution cases (you could also offer this to your tax prep clients). This is where you pull their IRS transcripts quarterly and send them a report that your ES payments are made, your Installment Agreement payments are posted, and your tax return hit the transcripts, so your OIC is still good. This can be sold for $250-1,000 (or more) per year.

Yes, is this easy to do and create. Sure! But will you do it on your own. Well, why recreate the wheel when you don’t have to?

We have a toolkit to help you do just that. It is called…

Audit Protection Plan & POA Monitoring Service Toolkit

Normally we sell this for $495. Well, starting now, you can have it for 50% off. But please know this expires at midnight (EST) on 11/30/21. This is a very limited time offer and may not be offered at this price again.

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