Van Horn Law Group Blog

How to Tell if Federal Tax Refund Will Be Offset (taken)?

Posted by Chad Van Horn on Feb 3, 2017 7:57:26 AM

It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new tax season. There are some factors affecting tax returns this year, including a delay in processing refunds of those claiming the earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credit (ACTC). These refunds are being held until February 15, regardless of the filing date, as a safeguard against identity theft and tax fraud. This delay will certainly affect those with lower incomes and children, but there are also other factors that can affect your tax refund. The term “offset” is one that is unfamiliar to many people. However, it is one of the biggest factors affecting tax returns.

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Topics: IRS Debt

How the "King of Debt" Donald Trump Hasn't Paid Taxes in 20 Years

Posted by Chad Van Horn on Oct 20, 2016 8:33:42 AM

Q: Hi, I am curious about what a bankruptcy attorney thinks about Donald Trump’s bankruptcies. Is it really possible that Trump hasn’t paid the IRS taxes in 20 years because of it?

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Topics: Bankruptcy, IRS Debt

IRS Debt Triggers Millions of Streams to Help Rapper Nelly

Posted by Chad Van Horn on Sep 22, 2016 8:21:31 AM

Whoa Nelly! The IRS and Nelly got beef.

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Topics: Get Out of Debt, Bankruptcy, IRS Debt

The Truth About Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy

Posted by Chad Van Horn on Sep 14, 2016 7:59:39 AM

I have to tell you that I hear this one all the time. In fact, it is possible to discharge some portion of federal, state, and local income taxes in your bankruptcy along with any penalties or interest that are attached. However, this is not a blanket statement. 

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Topics: Chapter 13, Bankruptcy, Chapter 7, Chapter 11, IRS Debt

Federal Tax Debt and Filing for Bankruptcy: What It Can and Can't Do

Posted by Chad Van Horn on Mar 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM

First and foremost, you need to know this: If you are under audit, filing for bankruptcy will not stop the audit. All that filing for bankruptcy will do is suspend any collection action while the bankruptcy is pending - and that is only if there is no Stay of Relief filed by the IRS. The filing of bankruptcy is a serious matter and the court tends to look poorly upon people playing games with the processcase in point is this fool here

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Topics: Chapter 13, Bankruptcy, Chapter 7, IRS Debt

The Refund Down the Rabbit Hole: Tax Return Garnishment

Posted by Chad Van Horn on Mar 1, 2016 7:30:00 AM

It’s going to be great when that refund hits your bank account, isn’t it? You can pay down some bills, treat yourself to a new big screen, or maybe take a cruise in case the weather isn’t warm and sunny enough in SoFlo for you. Sounds terrific, doesn’t it? However, there might be a big LOL NOPE lurking out there and that refund you’ve been counting on might disappear right down the rabbit hole. You see, there’s this thing called garnishment, and the IRS and the Treasury might have plans for your refund that don’t include any fun stuff. This is called the Treasury Offset Program and there are some specific reasons that your refund might be garnished.

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Topics: Get Out of Debt, IRS Debt


About Chad Van Horn


Chad T. Van Horn, Esq. is a South Florida business leader and founding partner attorney of Van Horn Law Group, P.A. Through a combination of dedicated philanthropy, spirited entrepreneurship and legal expertise, he applies his resources and network to helping people. Learn more about Chad Van Horn.


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