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gift tax, transfer taxes, San Jose tax attorney, estate tax, gift tax returnIn the United States, we are all too aware of the taxes that affect our everyday lives, such as sales tax and income tax. However, there are additional taxes that apply in special situations, including when someone leaves assets to his or her heirs after their death and when a person gives someone a large gift of money or property. These taxes are known as transfer taxes, and people should be aware of the tax laws that apply in these situations.

Estate Tax

When a person dies, taxes may apply to the transfer of his or her property to his or her heirs. A complete accounting of one’s assets will be made, including cash, real estate, investments, and business interests, using the fair market value of these items. The total value of this property is known as the Gross Estate. Deductions from this amount may apply for debts, expenses related to estate administration, property left to charities, and property left to a surviving spouse.

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San Jose tax attorney, foreign tax compliance, IRS criminal investigation, pay taxes, International Tax Enforcement GroupThe IRS is turning to large-scale data analysis to help detect criminal activity among taxpayers. It is doing this through the creation of two initiatives, each with a different focus. Both initiatives will heavily rely on data gained through the IRS’s civil departments that will be used by the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Initiative 1: International Tax Enforcement Group

Foreign tax compliance, including the reporting of offshore accounts, has long been a priority for the IRS. Recently, the IRS announced that a new team, the International Tax Enforcement Group, will analyze massive amounts of collected data in an attempt to find non-compliant tax filers.

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San Jose S corporation tax attorney, tax filing guidelines, 
S corporations, federal income tax, California taxIf you are setting up a new business or restructuring an existing one, you might consider electing to be taxed as an S Corporation, which means you are electing to have your entity taxed under Subchapter S of the federal tax code. Such entities will also be considered as an S corporation for California tax purposes.

Provided that the business qualifies, it may be beneficial from a tax perspective for an entity to be considered an S corporation as the business will be able to avoid federal double taxation because there is no corporate federal income tax on the profits of the company. All profits and losses are passed on to the entity’s shareholders.

Structure of an S Corporation

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San Jose LLC tax attorney,  tax flexibility, limited liability companies, LLCs, California taxation lawLimited liability companies (LLCs) are often touted for their tax flexibility. In fact, that is one of the reasons why people choose to set up their business as an LLC.

LLCs are commonly called pass-through tax entities for federal income tax purposes. This is because the LLC will not be responsible for these taxes. Instead, the LLC’s individual members will pay the federal income taxes.

However, LLCs must comply with certain filing requirements and possibly pay a state minimum tax in California and may need to pay a California LLC fee. The proper forms and amount of taxes and fees will be determined by the setup of the LLC and also by certain elections made.

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delinquent tax debt, San Jose delinquent tax attorney, back taxes issues, IRS property seized, tax debtIf you have a delinquent tax debt, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), or California Board of Equalization (BOE) may have the power to take your property. This power to seize, or levy, your assets is why you should seek to remedy the delinquency as soon as possible through an installment agreement or other means.

The levy process is meant to satisfy your tax debt. The IRS, FTB, or BOE may seize your property and sell it, if necessary, and apply the proceeds to your delinquent taxes. The cost of the sale may also have to be paid by the taxpayer through the levied property.

The following property is subject to seizure:

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