How it Works
Taxpayer Advocacy For Back Tax Problems
When tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arise, most individuals are unsure of how to effectively and successfully resolve these problems. This could be attributed to the fact that many individuals look unfavorably upon the IRS in the first place. A great number of individuals view the IRS with suspicion and sometimes even with animosity. Even though the IRS may seem like an overpowering and frightening institution, the truth is that the agency is often willing to work with individuals that desire to resolve their tax problems. To bring a tax problem to a satisfactory resolution, individuals should retain the services of an IRS tax advocate. An IRS taxpayer advocate can help individuals formulate a fair and reasonable proposal to the IRS in an effort to bring the current tax problem to an acceptable conclusion.
Negotiating with the IRS
Entering into negotiations with the IRS can seem like a daunting task for those unfamiliar with agency processes, policies, rules and regulations. Another aspect of negotiations with the IRS that typically proves difficult for most individuals is the complexity of U.S. tax laws and codes. Without a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the aforementioned information, it may be impossible for individuals to adequately negotiate with the IRS. An IRS tax attorney will be an expert in the field of tax law and will be knowledgeable of IRS processes. An attorney acting as an IRS advocate for an individual will have the experience and skills necessary to successfully negotiate with the agency. Individuals that desire to bring their tax problems to an agreeable conclusion will want to seriously consider contacting an income tax lawyer for assistance.
Options Available to Settle Tax Problems
The IRS makes several options available to individuals through which tax problems may be settled. Available options include things such as: Offer in Compromise, payment plans, and non collectible status. Even though these options are available, there are certain conditions and stipulations attached to each. Individuals, based on their financial records, may not be eligible to apply for each of these options. The IRS advocate doing taxpayer advocacy can evaluate the individual’s financial records and help them determine which option will be best for them. Because it is important to pursue the settlement option that will be of most benefit to the individual, having the assistance of an IRS tax attorney can be invaluable.
Avoiding Enforced Compliance Measures
There are a number of reasons that individuals may have a delinquent tax bill. Perhaps they feel they do not owe the amount of their current tax liability or they may simply not have the financial resources necessary to clear the balance owed. Whatever the reason for the outstanding tax debt, individuals need to take proactive steps to settle their tax debt in a timely manner. By doing so, individuals may avoid enforced compliance measures by the IRS. Enforced compliance is utilized by the IRS in an effort to collect outstanding tax liabilities and may include things such as bank levies, wage garnishments, and civil or criminal prosecution. Any enforced compliance actions taken against an individual can result in significant financial harm. An income tax lawyer can help individuals take the steps necessary to voluntarily comply with the IRS regarding payment of overdue taxes. Voluntary compliance will be most beneficial to the individual.
Making Payments on an IRS Tax Debt
Individuals will be relieved to know that the IRS does not always insist that the overdue tax bill be paid in one lump sum. The IRS understands that individuals may not have the funds required to settle the tax debt with one payment. For this reason, the IRS sometimes allows individuals to pay their outstanding tax liabilities through installment payments. In some cases, the IRS may not even pursue collection efforts against an individual because they realize their efforts would prove fruitless. The IRS may halt collection efforts until the individual’s financial status changes or the statute of limitations for collections expires. An IRS taxpayer advocate can help individuals determine a payment method that will be right for them. Furthermore, an IRS tax advocate can assist individuals in establishing the payment plan with the IRS.
How the Tax Law Center Can Help
An attorney with the tax law center can provide individuals with taxpayer advocacy and the expert legal counsel and advice they need to successfully negotiate with the IRS. The attorneys at the tax law center do not recommend that individuals attempt negotiations with the IRS without first securing legal representation. It will be advantageous for the individual taxpayer to have an attorney for taxpayer advocacy that can negotiate with the IRS on their behalf. For questions regarding any tax problems or to speak with a tax attorney, please contact the tax law center for help.