IRS Tax Problem Resolution

General Description

IRS problem tax resolution is a special area of my professional practice involving unfiled tax returns, unpaid taxes, tax liens or levies, audit representation and any other type of tax controversy. As an Enrolled Agent, I am uniquely qualified to represent taxpayers before the IRS and other tax authorities in all 50 states.

Some of the specialized services I provide in this arena to help you include the following:

  • Unfiled Tax Returns
  • Offer in Compromise
  • Installment Agreements
  • Penalty Abatement & Reduction
  • Your IRS File
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Liens, Levies & Garnishments
  • Innocent Spouse

Unfiled Returns

Failure to file a tax return is a criminal offense that may be punishable by one year in jail for each unfiled year! In most situations we can prepare and file delinquent returns avoiding exposure to such harsh penalties. In some cases the IRS has prepared a return for you and assessed the tax based on that return. These returns will reflect income items without credit for deductions or exemptions you are entitled to. Therefore, the amount of tax assessed is higher than the amount I would calculate considering appropriate deductions and exemptions.

Offer In Compromise

The Offer in Compromise program is the government’s “Let’s Make A Deal” program that allows you to pay an amount you can afford to satisfy your entire tax liability. It even includes the penalties and interest. Yes, the amount you pay is based on what you can afford, not the amount you owe! The program allows an eligible taxpayer to pay what they can afford to pay regardless of the amount they owe. Once the offer is accepted and paid the taxpayer is then current with all their tax liabilities.

Installment Agreement

I can secure an agreement with the IRS to allow monthly payments on your tax liability. The agreement keeps them from filing liens and levies as long as the payments are made. Without an agreement the IRS may take money from your paycheck or bank accounts, they can file liens against your home or other property. I may be able to combine an Installment Agreement with Penalty Abatement, described below.

Penalty Abatement

The IRS increases the amount a taxpayer owes by adding penalties and interest to the unpaid tax. In many cases a taxpayer could pay the tax, but thanks to the penalties and interest, the ever-growing balance quickly becomes unmanageable. Often I am able to have the penalties and interest reduced or eliminated by providing reasonable cause. Further, I may be able to couple penalty abatement with an Installment Agreement.

Your IRS File

I will secure your IRS file without raising any red flags. Filing under the Freedom of Information Act I can review and interpret the IRS transcripts for you. This record reveals your history with the IRS (according to them.) I may also be able to anticipate their moves based on the information within your transcripts.

Statute of Limitations

The IRS has a designated window of time during which they can assess taxes against you and in which they can collect those taxes from you. I can review these time frames, on your behalf, to determine if any of the Statute of Limitations have expired or are nearing expiration which could result in decreasing your tax liability.

Liens, Levies and Garnishments

The IRS may take money from your paycheck or bank account by garnishee or levy. They may place liens on your house or other assets. I can often prevent these actions from happening in the first place or have them removed and arrange more affordable solution to resolving your tax bill.

If you are presently dealing with or your are concerned about a lien, levy or garnishee I can help. Remember, the earlier the problem is addressed the more successful the outcome is likely to be. Ignoring a tax problem gets nothing resolved and usually results a much bigger problem to deal with in the future.

Innocent Spouse

Special new rules went into effect under the 1998 IRS Restructuring Act. The new rules protect innocent spouses from exposure to IRS collection actions related to a spouse or former spouse’s tax liability. If the IRS is trying to collect tax related to the income of a (current or former) spouse that you believe you don’t owe, call me for a free consultation.