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The timeframe for appeal of a denied offer in compromise

In a previous post, we discussed a denied offer in compromise filed by actor Wesley Snipes. He tried appealing, first to the IRS Office of Appeals and then to the Tax Court, but lost his appeals due to specific fact circumstances unique to his case. In this post, we’ll discuss the time frames for general appeals of denied offers in compromise.

Social media: A new tool in proving tax fraud

How do these topics go together? The French Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin, announced that its IRS-equivalent tax enforcement agency will start searching social media as it cracks down on tax fraud. Here in the U.S., the Criminal Investigation division of the IRS (IRS-CI) also reviews social media when building tax fraud cases.

Tax Court sustains rejection of high-profile offer in compromise

The IRS scored much more than a glancing blow to former action movie powerhouse actor Wesley Snipes this week, with the Tax Court sustaining the Service’s rejection of a lowball offer in compromise settlement. Snipes owes more than $23.5 million in back taxes to the government, dating back to between 1999 and 2006, a period during which he made approximately $40 million but paid no taxes (he also didn’t file tax returns during that time).

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