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What is a UCC Lien and How Does it Impact My Business?

By Spodek Law Group | January 13, 2024

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A BUSINESS DEBT SETTLEMENT COMPANY, VISIT DELANCEY STREET. CLICK HERE NOW. -       What is a UCC Lien and How Does it Impact My Business? A UCC lien, also known as a Uniform Commercial Code lien, is a legal claim on assets or personal...

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division’s Use of Informants

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division's Use of Informants The IRS Criminal Investigation Division, or CI, relies on informants to help build cases against suspected tax cheats. Informants provide tips and inside information that CI agents can use to uncover evidence of criminal tax violations. But the use of informants raises...

How to Challenge the IRS Statute of Limitations on Tax Prosecution

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Challenge the IRS Statute of Limitations on Tax Prosecution Dealing with the IRS can be intimidating. Many people panic when they get a letter from the IRS saying they are being audited or accused of tax fraud. However, there are limits on how long the IRS has to...

The Most Common IRS Tax Fraud and Evasion Penalties Explained

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

The Most Common IRS Tax Fraud and Evasion Penalties Explained Paying taxes is never fun, but avoiding or evading taxes can lead to serious consequences with the IRS. While a simple mistake may result in a penalty, deliberately trying to reduce your tax liability through fraud or evasion can lead...

The IRS Special Enforcement Program (SEP): Audits From Hell

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

The IRS Special Enforcement Program (SEP): Audits From Hell Dealing with the IRS is never fun, but getting hit with a Special Enforcement Program (SEP) audit can feel like you've been sent straight to audit hell. The SEP is the IRS' version of a special forces team that handles the...

How to Detect IRS Surveillance and Undercover Operations

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Detect IRS Surveillance and Undercover Operations Dealing with the IRS can be stressful under normal circumstances. But if you suspect you may be the target of an IRS surveillance or undercover operation, it can be downright frightening. While the IRS conducts hundreds of undercover operations each year[4], there...

How to Respond to Threats of IRS Prosecution From Auditors

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Respond to Threats of IRS Prosecution From Auditors Dealing with an IRS audit can be an intimidating and stressful experience. Many taxpayers panic when they receive an audit notice in the mail, immediately assuming the worst. However, it's important to stay calm and take the proper steps to...

When Should You Hire a Tax Attorney During an IRS Investigation?

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

When Should You Hire a Tax Attorney During an IRS Investigation? Dealing with the IRS can be intimidating. Their letters full of legal jargon, threats of penalties and interest, and the looming possibility of criminal charges are enough to make anyone break out in a cold sweat. Your first instinct...

How to Detect IRS Deception and Intimidation Tactics

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Detect IRS Deception and Intimidation Tactics Dealing with the IRS can be scary. You may get a call or letter that seems threatening and makes you worry you're in trouble with the taxman. But often, these communications are scams by criminals impersonating the IRS to trick you into...

How to Challenge Questionable IRS Investigation Tactics

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Challenge Questionable IRS Investigation Tactics Dealing with an IRS investigation can be stressful and intimidating. However, as a taxpayer, you have rights. If you feel the investigation tactics are questionable or abusive, there are ways to challenge them. Know Your Rights The first step is understanding your basic...

How to Respond to Threats of IRS Asset Seizure or Levies

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Respond to Threats of IRS Asset Seizure or Levies Getting a notice from the IRS about a potential levy or seizure of your assets can be scary. But don't panic! There are steps you can take to respond and protect your property. What is a Levy or Seizure?...

The Most Common IRS Badges Used by Special Agents

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

The Most Common IRS Badges Used by Special Agents IRS special agents have one of the most important jobs in law enforcement. They are responsible for investigating financial crimes like tax evasion, money laundering, and other violations of tax law. Special agents have to be experts in accounting, finance, and...

How to Detect a Fake or Bogus IRS Agent or Investigation

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Detect a Fake or Bogus IRS Agent or Investigation Dealing with the IRS can be scary, especially if someone contacts you claiming you owe money or are under investigation. Unfortunately, scammers often impersonate the IRS to try and get money or personal information from unsuspecting taxpayers. It's important...

What is the IRS Criminal Investigation Process and Procedures?

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

What is the IRS Criminal Investigation Process and Procedures? Dealing with the IRS can be intimidating enough during a routine tax audit. But when your case escalates into a full-blown criminal investigation, the stakes get much higher. While only a small percentage of IRS audits lead to criminal charges, if...

How to Respond to an IRS Search Warrant for Your Home or Business

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Respond to an IRS Search Warrant for Your Home or Business Getting a search warrant from the IRS can be scary and stressful. But there are some key things you can do to protect yourself and your rights. This article will walk you through the basics of how...

The Most Common Tax Charges in IRS Criminal Prosecutions

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

The Most Common Tax Charges in IRS Criminal Prosecutions Getting charged with a tax crime by the IRS can be scary. But it's pretty rare - only about 2,500 Americans get convicted each year, out of over 150 million taxpayers[3]. That's less than 0.002%! Still, it's good to understand the...

How to Prevent IRS Fishing Expeditions During Audits

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

Dealing With IRS Audits: How To Avoid Fishing Expeditions Hey there! Dealing with an IRS audit can feel super stressful and intimidating. As someone who's gone through a few audits myself, I know firsthand how nerve-wracking it can be. You might be worried that the auditors are going to go...

The Most Common Legal Defenses in IRS Criminal Tax Cases

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

The Most Common Legal Defenses in IRS Criminal Tax Cases Dealing with the IRS can be scary, especially if you're being investigated for potential criminal tax fraud. While the government has a high burden of proof in these cases, the penalties for conviction can be severe. However, there are viable...

How to Challenge an IRS Summons for Documents or Testimony

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Challenge an IRS Summons for Documents or Testimony Dealing with the IRS can be intimidating, especially if you receive a summons requesting documents or testimony. A summons is a legal demand that requires you to provide information to the IRS. You may feel anxious or unsure of what...

How to Respond to Threats of IRS Prosecution From Auditors

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Respond to Threats of IRS Prosecution From Auditors Dealing with an IRS audit can be an intimidating and stressful experience. Many taxpayers panic when they receive an audit notice in the mail, immediately assuming the worst. However, it's important to stay calm and take the proper steps to...

How to Prevent IRS Abuse of Power During Investigations

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Prevent IRS Abuse of Power During Investigations Dealing with the IRS can be scary. An audit or investigation can make anyone feel anxious and worried. While the IRS does important work to enforce tax laws, sometimes they can overstep or abuse their power. As a taxpayer, you have...

How to Correct Past Tax Mistakes Before an IRS Investigation Starts

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Correct Past Tax Mistakes Before an IRS Investigation Starts Making mistakes on your taxes is super common, so don't freak out! The good news is that there are options for fixing errors, even if the IRS hasn't contacted you yet. This article will walk through how to amend...

The Differences Between Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

The Differences Between Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion Paying taxes is a part of life - but that doesn't mean we have to like it! While most people want to pay their fair share, it's understandable to want to reduce your tax bill through legal means. However, some tactics for...

When IRS Special Agents Can Draw Weapons During Investigations

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

When IRS Special Agents Can Draw Weapons During Investigations The IRS Criminal Investigation division has come under scrutiny lately as the agency looks to add more special agents. With the new agents comes more access to weapons, leading some to question if that's really necessary. So when can IRS special...

How to Challenge Questionable IRS Investigation Tactics

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

Dealing With a Tax Audit? Know Your Rights and Don't Be Afraid to Speak Up! Getting audited by the IRS can be a total nightmare. Believe me, I've been there! The letters start coming in, then the scary phone calls demanding documents and information. It's enough to make anyone feel...

How to Detect if Your Tax Preparer is Under IRS Investigation

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Detect if Your Tax Preparer is Under IRS Investigation Finding out your tax preparer is being looked at by the IRS can be scary. But there are some signs you can watch out for to get ahead of any problems. This article will walk you through what to...

How to Respond to an IRS Search Warrant for Your Home or Business

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

How to Respond to an IRS Search Warrant for Your Home or Business Getting a search warrant from the IRS can be scary and stressful. But there are some key things you can do to protect yourself and your rights. This article will walk you through the basics of how...

Understanding FTC Investigative Authority and Enforcement Powers

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

  Understanding FTC Investigative Authority and Enforcement Powers The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the government agency tasked with protecting consumers and promoting competition. The FTC enforces various consumer protection and antitrust laws that prohibit unfair, deceptive, or anti-competitive business practices. When companies violate these laws, the FTC has broad...

Triggers and Red Flags That Lead to FTC Investigations

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

Triggers and Red Flags That Lead to FTC Investigations The Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, is responsible for protecting consumers and promoting competition in the marketplace. Part of their job is investigating potential violations of consumer protection or antitrust laws. While FTC investigations are generally non-public, there are certain triggers...

The FTC Investigative Process Step-By-Step

By Spodek Law Group | February 20, 2024

  The FTC Investigative Process Step-By-Step When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suspects that a company has violated antitrust or consumer protection laws, it can launch an investigation. This article will walk through the typical steps in an FTC investigation so you know what to expect if the FTC comes...

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