FTR TAX TIP OF THE MONTH
DON’T NEGLECT YOUR MAIL!
This month’s tip is simple: Open all your mail. This may seem like common sense, but, in my experience, plenty of people go weeks or even months without opening letters from the IRS or state either because they forget them in the pile of junk mail on the counter or because they’re afraid they’ll carry nothing but bad news. This is a poor choice. If left untended, the IRS and state will garnish your wages or levy your bank account in order to recoup the taxes they are owed. However, if you open your mail right away and engage the services of a taxpayer representation expert like me, you’ll have time to appeal and work out another payment method. An appeal puts the whole process on hold, setting you up for a good outcome like an Offer in Compromise (you won’t have to pay the full amount owed), gaining “currently not collectible” status (collections will stop until you have the ability to pay), or a properly structured full or partial pay installment agreement. Here’s an extreme example of notices gone wrong. In October of 2018, a guy called me up and told me he had a tax problem. As usual, I asked him to stop by my office and to bring any mail from the IRS and state with him. A few days later he showed up with a big box. In it were 67 envelopes, all unopened!! Some of them dated back more than a year. Several were certified, meaning he’d have had to sign for them, but even those were unopened. When I started tearing into them, I found out that the IRS had threatened to levy his bank account multiple times before they actually levied his account on two occasions. This wouldn’t have happened if he’d opened his mail and come to me sooner. Please don’t wait to take action until it’s too late. Open your mail, and be proactive with your tax problems. Not only is there a good chance you’ll save money, but you’ll also make a good impression on the IRS, and save yourself being labeled a problem taxpayer. If you’re facing a mounting pile of letters, opened or unopened, and aren’t sure what to do with them, give Francetic Tax Resolution a call today. No matter how far gone the situation is, I can usually do something to help.
THE BEST LEFTOVER TURKEY SANDWICH
Thanksgiving may be held on Thursday, but the food often lasts at least through the weekend. To make the best use of the excess, grill up some killer turkey sandwiches.
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2 slices sourdough bread 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 slices Swiss cheese
1/3 cup leftover dressing or stuffing
2 tbsp leftover gravy
1/3 cup shredded leftover turkey 3 tbsp leftover cranberry sauce
1 tbsp butter, room temperature
Note: Don’t worry if you don’t have all the leftovers required.
1. Coat inside of each bread slice with mustard and a slice of cheese. Place turkey and cranberry sauce on one slice and dressing and gravy on the other. 2. Combine sandwich and spread butter on both sides. 3. In a panini maker or large skillet, grill until crispy and golden brown. 4. Slice and serve.
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