Each year, the IRS publishes its Data Book which gives insight into taxpayer issues. You can read other IRS reports from various sources like the General Accountability Office, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), and the IRS advisory committees to glean more data into tax problems. Here are the six most common problems faced by taxpayers:
The IRS is coming for their money, payroll taxes collected by employers make up more than 70% of all taxes collected.
Federal tax lien is the government’s legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt.
On average, 20.1 million owe taxes and cannot pay Over $539 billion is currently owed to the US.
Affects 1.9 million Americans annually and the IRS adjusts returns automatically by notice by mail.
1.1 million audits conducted by the IRS – 89% of tax returns that are audited are changed by the IRS.
IRS Demand Letter is a notice from the IRS stating that you owe them a certain amount of money from back taxes.
Part of your wages will be sent to the IRS each check until making other arrangements to pay your overdue taxes.
Even paying employee taxes 16 days late results in a 10% penalty, if an IRS notice results in a penalty of 15%.
An estimated 3 million Americans under report their income. IRS Automated Underreporter Program
Affecting 29.5 million taxpayers annually and there are over 150 different types of IRS penalties.
Criminal penalties of up to $1,000 per misclassified worker and one year in prison can be imposed.
A willfulness penalty may be imposed on any person who willfully fails to file the FBAR, with the ceiling on the penalty being the greater of $100,000 or 50% of the balance in the account at the time of the violation