I also ask that you establish a joint committee between U.S. Departments of Treasury and Justice to establish a flexible and proactive approach for updating the allowable standards.
North Highlands, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2007
Tax attorney Roni Deutch has sent an open letter asking the IRS to reevaluate their current standards for allowable living expenses claiming they are outdated and have an adverse affect on thousands of taxpayers.
In an open letter to Henry M. Paulson, Jr, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, nationally recognized tax attorney Roni Deutch asked the IRS to update the current allowable standards for living expenses. In the letter, Ms. Deutch claims "using outdated allowable standards, refusing to update those standards, and failing to accommodate in the face of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary is not playing fair. It is just playing with power."
When negotiating with the IRS for back tax resolution, taxpayers must complete a detailed financial analysis usually with the help of an experienced tax attorney. The financial analysis compares a taxpayer's gross monthly income with his or her monthly allowable expenses. These allowable expenses do not include all of a taxpayer's monthly expenses, but rather are limited to expenses deemed necessary by the IRS. In calculating these expenses the IRS has developed maximum allowable monthly amounts for food, housekeeping, clothing, personal care, entertainment, housing, utilities, vehicle and vehicle operating expenses. Household size, income and geographical location all play a part in determining an individual taxpayer's allowable amounts.
The IRS determines these amounts based on statistical data from numerous sources. However, the IRS calculates the allowable expenses for any given calendar year using statistical data gathered two years prior to the current year. Thus, in any given year the IRS uses data that is at least two years old to determine a taxpayer's current and future allowable expenses. These allowable expenses are then used for IRS back tax resolution options the taxpayer may qualify for.
To make matters worse, the IRS chose not to update its allowable expenses for 2007. Therefore, the IRS is using statistical data from 2004 to determine the maximum amount taxpayers can claim as expenses in 2007.
"At this time, I plea that you direct the IRS to immediately update the IRS allowable standards using the same formulae it has in the past," claims Deutch in the letter. "I also ask that you establish a joint committee between U.S. Departments of Treasury and Justice to establish a flexible and proactive approach for updating the allowable standards."
Ms. Deutch also suggests the U.S. Treasury Department reprimand the IRS Automated Collection Service Unit for its refusal to deviate from the allowable standards even in the face of strong evidence to support it. "When the taxpayer can demonstrate that he or she is living within the average of their community, and the allowable standard is no longer reflective of that average, then the IRS employee must deviate to the taxpayer-requested amount," notes Deutch. Failure to do so is in complete contradiction to the IRS' own Internal Revenue Manual, which states, "National (and) local expense standards are guidelines. If it is determined a standard amount is inadequate to provide for a specific taxpayer's basic living expenses, allow a deviation."
About Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation
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