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  • IRS Form 941- Quarterly tax return/ payments

    Businesses that withhold wages from their employees are required to file 941-Employers Quarterly Federal Tax Return. These are filed each calendar quarter i.e. January thru March, filed April 30; April thru June, filed July 31; July thru September, filed October 31; and October thru December, filed January 31. Any business that pays more than $2500 in net taxes is required to make quarterly deposits to authorized financial institutions. Again, IRS is trying to aid businesses in being compliant with paying their tax.

  • IRS Form W-2

    Employers must provide employees with a statement of how much they earned in wages, tips and other compensation from the previous year in a W-2 form (by January 31 of each year). The form will reflect state and federal taxes, social security, Medicare wages and tips withheld.

  • IRS Form W-4 (Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate)

    This form, completed by the employee, determines how much of the individuals paycheck is withheld for federal income taxes.

  • Itemized Deductions

    Expenses claimed on an individuals tax return (on Schedule A), that are subtracted from the adjusted gross income to determine taxable income. Examples of itemized deductions include medical expenses, taxes paid (other than federal taxes), interest, charitable contributions, and employee business expenses.

  • Levy

    Garnishment attached to taxpayers wages, bank account, account receivable, social security income, etc.

  • Lien

    Whether a taxpayer does or does not own any property, IRS will issue a lien against their SSN to hinder them from purchasing, selling or transferring any property. A lien will effect their credit report. If the taxpayer is preparing an OIC and it is accepted, the lien will be released once the OIC payment terms have been satisfied. If not preparing an OIC, the lien will be released when the tax debt is either paid in full or the statute to collect the tax has expired. *The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 provides for a statutory lien of the Federal Government to be filed for a tax debt after a proper assessment, notice and demand, and a neglect or refusal to pay. Liens can be discharged or subordinated under special circumstances. **A Federal Tax Lien is formally recording in the appropriate public records office (county recorder, MENSE, Secretary of State (UCC) or US District Court) in order to establish priority over creditors, judgement lien creditors and other lenders.

  • Lien Discharge

    Removal of a lien on a specific piece of property to allow for its sale or disposal.

  • Lien Release

    Issued by IRS when a tax debt is fully paid or if the taxpayer can prove they are suffering from a financial hardship and are unable to provide for their familys health and wellbeing.

  • Lien Subordination

    To set aside a lien temporarily to allow for a sale or refinance.

  • Master File

    An IRS File which consists of a series of runs, data records and files that are in production with links to many of the other IRS systems. All businesses and individuals have an IRS Master File. Master files receives individual or business tax submissions in electronic format and processes them through a pre-posting phase, posts the transactions, analyzes the transactions and produces output in the form of Refund data, Notice data, Reports, and information feeds to other entities.


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