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Divorce agreements not binding on IRS

Georgia residents sometimes enter into tax-sharing agreements through which two parties agree to be responsible for paying a certain percentage of the tax liabilities owed. These types of agreements or orders are common in divorce cases. As a 2017 case demonstrates, the agreements are not binding on the Internal Revenue Service.

Debts that can cause income tax refunds to be held back

Every year, taxpayers in Georgia and around the country who were expecting to receive federal income tax refunds are sent what are known as offset notices instead. The Bureau of Fiscal Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, sends these notices out when refunds are being withheld because taxpayers owe certain types of debt. The agency can also garnish Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in similar situations.

How to recognize an IRS agent

It is possible that a Georgia resident will be visited by an IRS agent. However, it is important to understand whether or not a person claiming to be an agent is a legitimate representative of the IRS. There are three main reasons why an agent may want to visit with a taxpayer. First, a caseworker may make a routine unannounced visit to remind a taxpayer about his or her tax obligations.

Charitable giving as part of estate planning

When Georgia residents consider writing a will, they are often concerned with ensuring that their loved ones are provided for, that minor children will be taken care of, and that their end-of-life medical decisions will be respected. One area that is sometimes neglected is that of charitable giving.

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