The IRS & Tithing

The IRS seems to be at war against the middle class, or at least being used as a weapon in that war. How else do you explain their lack of effort to protect taxpayers from fairly obvious tax fraud, the escalating number of cases where IRS employees (former and current) are directly responsible for tax fraud, and their ever-growing efforts to punish the rest of us. But, sitting here and complaining about the Internal Revenue Service's apparent lack of ethics isn't actually going to help anyone. So, I have decided to pick apart some of these stories I've been reading, and hand out some valuable advice that may help you avoid becoming a statistic in an article.

I have mentioned in a few blogs already, that the IRS disallowed tens of thousands of dollars a couple made to their church based on a technicality. What was that technicality? On the receipts the couple got from the church, the church didn't specify that the couple was NOT trading their offerings in exchange for goods or services. I am fairly certain the couple, as well as the church, had no idea that this rule even existed more or less that the IRS would come down on the couple so hard for missing that.

For all church-going, tithe-giving, tax-paying American citizens I recommend you keep Publication 526 handy at home. And, heck, give it to your church secretary or treasurer while you're at it. Read it, highlight what applies to you, and be very thorough next tax season (and all tax seasons to come).

If it is already too late and the IRS has landed you with a tax debt of $10,000 or more, I can help. Give me a call at 888-415-1337 or fill out the submission form for a free, no-obligation consultation with the best in the business. Remember, the IRS isn't your friend, but you can find a friend in me.