About the Author Matt Robinson

Matt has been writing about business and individuals taxes for the last 10 years. He has a wide knowledge of both IRS and various state taxes. Moreover, he previously was part of an actual tax resolution firm.
February 21, 2020By: Matt Robinson

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may be heading to your house. Recently, the agency announced plans to make in-person visits to high-income taxpayers who have not filed tax returns in 2018 or previous years. Are you worried about a knock on your door? Here is what you need to know. 

May 2, 2019By: Matt Robinson

When you filed your income tax returns for the past tax year, your tax preparer or the software program you were using probably gave an estimate of how much money you would receive back from the government.  You were likely very excited to receive your tax refund. You may have planned precisely how you were going to spend it.

February 2, 2018By: Matt Robinson

In 2017, the IRS hired and paid private tax collection agencies $20 million, but these firms only collected $6.7 million, meaning the IRS lost over $13 million in the process. Besides losing the government money, the program has arguably been a failure in countless other ways.

December 15, 2017By: Matt Robinson

The last day of the year is just around the corner, and if you’re someone who usually faces a tax bill in April, this is your last chance to lower your tax liability for 2017. Even though there are only a couple of weeks left in the year, there are lots of things you can still do. Here are 10 ways to reduce your 2017 Federal tax liability.

November 20, 2017By: Matt Robinson

In the United States, federal income tax is just the start. In most cases, you also have to pay state tax, and some municipalities charge local or city income tax as well. All those bills can add up, and you may be wondering “how can I avoid state income tax?” or “can I lower my state tax bill?”

June 12, 2017By: Matt Robinson

Owing property taxes is scary. Worst case scenario—if you don’t pay the taxes, or you end up with unpaid property taxes for a long period of time, you lose your home. Luckily, there are a lot of options before that happens.

May 17, 2017By: Matt Robinson

With the 2017 tax season over,  you probably already put your tax return behind you and put your tax refund to good use. But what about all that paperwork? How long to keep tax papers? Have you filed your 2016 documents away somewhere never to be gazed upon again? Perhaps the documents are still sitting in a folder on your counter or on top of your printer, or desk? Maybe you’ve even thought about tossing these documents. Find out why it might be a bad idea to toss any tax-related documents away, at least right away. Here is some insight as to how long to keep tax papers.

April 12, 2017By: Matt Robinson

It’s already mid-April and the tax season is just about to come to a close. For those who still haven’t filed their taxes, the deadline is now just a week away, unless you’ve filed for an extension. However, the deadline to file your federal income tax return is not the only significant tax event that takes place in the month of April. The IRS recently announced that private collection of some overdue federal taxes would begin this month, as well. So what does that mean for you the average taxpayer? Actually, for most taxpayers, it means nothing, but for anyone who owes the government money and has already been contacted by the IRS previously, it could be mean some additional nagging from a private collection agency.

April 3, 2017By: Matt Robinson

The IRS recently released their annual offer in compromise (OIC) data for 2016. Although the acceptance rate fell in the fiscal year 2014 and 2015, it reached a new all-time high in 2016 with an acceptance rate of 42.86%. That is almost 1% more than the previous all-time high reached in the fiscal year 2013.

May 19, 2016By: Matt Robinson

When you received your first paycheck, you were probably surprised to discover that what you told you are earning, and what you actually come home with, are two different things. Due to tax withholding from your paycheck, your take-home pay is usually less than you earn.