Sometimes taxpayers with IRS tax problems decide to face the IRS on their own. Sometimes they hire a professional like a CPA, Attorney or EA, but not someone who specializes in tax resolution. The best thing to do when faced with an IRS Problem is to hire an expert in tax resolution so you can get the best result possible.
Even if you owe $10,000 or less, have all your income tax returns filed, and are able to pay the amount due over 36 months with a guaranteed a monthly Installment Agreement (payment plan), it’s good to pay a small fee to have a professional set it up for you.
Here are the top 4 reasons why hiring a Federally Licensed Tax Resolution Specialist is the smart thing to do if you OWE money to the IRS
Contrary to popular belief, you DO have rights as a taxpayer you probably don’t even know exists. One of those rights is the right to representation. If an IRS revenue officer or revenue agent calls or “visits” you, did you know you are under no obligation to answer any of their (very intrusive and condescending) questions? You politely respond by asking for their contact information and telling them you are in the process of hiring a professional to represent you and that this person will contact them directly. A Federally Licensed Tax Resolution Specialist deals with IRS problems for a living knows the “ins” and “outs” and how to deal with the IRS so that your rights are protected. A tax resolution specialist also knows how to get you the lowest possible settlement. Generally, our clients never meet or speak with the IRS once we’re on the scene!
If you owe between $10,000 and $200,000 plus, the IRS has many NEW flexible programs available to taxpayers such as Offer in Compromise, Partial Pay Installment Agreements, Payment Plans, Penalty Reduction, and Currently Not Collectible Status to name a few. Each carries with it its own unique process, procedures and qualifications. Having an experienced Tax Pro in your corner ensures you are taking advantage of the best options available to you.
Having unfiled returns (on average our clients have more than 3 years of unfiled returns) qualifies for getting professional help. Not filing legally required tax returns when due is considered a federal misdemeanor which carries with it a $10,000 fine and potential jail time. Generally, the IRS won’t throw you in jail unless the taxpayer is deemed to owe and is uncooperative about getting the returns filed. Hiring a Federally Licensed Tax Resolution Specialist l to represent you is the smartest move you can make here!
If you are being audited or about to be – The IRS will ask you about 50 very intrusive questions in the initial interview with them. How you answer these questions will dictate the fate of your case. Having a Federally Licensed Tax Resolution Specialist conduct these meetings, WITHOUT you is the best course of action I can recommend.
Over 73.8% of the referrals to the IRS’s criminal investigation division (CID) came from that “nice” guy or gal you’re sitting across the table from at the audit.
One last thing…. ask yourself this question: Would you go to court without a lawyer? If you answered “yes” hopefully you know the law inside and out concerning your case, but if representing yourself doesn’t seem like a good idea it’s best to hire somebody who is well versed in the subject matter. Well, it’s the same thing with the IRS. Having someone who knows how to negotiate and deal with the IRS may be the best money you’ve ever spent!
Myth #1: All tax professionals have basically the same training.
The Truth: Not all tax professionals have the same training. A Tax Resolution Specialist, for example, undergoes a rigorous comprehensive training and participates in annual continuing education courses specifically dealing with IRS problems. They have access to up to date material on an ongoing basis.
Myth #2: Former IRS employees have special connections that give them an inside edge that other tax professionals do not have.
The Truth: All IRS problems are resolved based on the facts of the case, the applicable law and the skill of the Tax Resolution Professional. Personal connections with the IRS can pose biases and make the former IRS employee uncomfortable with properly representing your case.
Myth #3: The large national tax resolution firms have an advantage over a local Tax Resolution Professional.
The Truth: National firms have no advantage over local Tax Resolution Professionals and often are at a disadvantage. A local Tax Resolution Professional is in a unique position of understanding not only the local economy but also any other issues that may affect taxpayers living in their area. Smaller firms have a 23.6% higher resolution satisfaction rating vs. national firms due to their willingness to spend more quality time on each case.
Myth #4: Tax professionals paying for ads on Google are a better option than a local tax resolution firm that doesn’t.
The Truth: Search engines are nothing more than a company who places a business at the top for money. The only qualification required to be listed at the top of the first page of any search engine is the ability to pay big bucks; skills and reputation have nothing to do with it.
Myth #5: A tax professional who can guarantee results must be better than those who do not guarantee results.
The Truth: No legitimate Tax Resolution Professional can guarantee results. It is the IRS who ultimately decides the outcome of your case. It is only by choosing a skilled and experienced Tax Resolution Professional that you can enhance your chances of a positive result.
Few people look forward to tax filing season. Unless you are an accountant who loves tax season, you probably dread this time of year, and you are thrilled when your return is in and your refund is on the way or your tax debt is all paid off.
When you sign your tax return and send it in, you may think that tax filing season is finally over, and that the IRS will not be bugging you for another year. That’s unfortunately not the case. Millions of Americans get letters from the IRS stating they owe more money or asking for more information. So there are times when you may need to revisit your old return and file an amended one.
NOTE: If you have back tax debt, are under audit, or have multiple years of unfiled tax returns, we highly recommend readers to reach out to our firm first. Our clients never have to talk to the IRS, and tax resolution through our firm can save you money and time in the long run. You might also be eligible for other IRS relief programs or get your penalties reduced or removed. Reach out to our firm today for a consultation.
So when should you file an amended return, and how do you go about it? Here are some key things you need to know.
You Forgot to Report All Your Income
If you neglected to report all of your income, it is only a matter of time until the IRS finds out, and when they do you could be on the wrong side of a big bill. So instead of waiting for the IRS to catch up, fess up by filing an amended return.
Be sure to gather up all of your documents and compare the income you reported to the new total you have now calculated. If you owe any additional tax, you will want to pay it right away to avoid interest and penalties.
Brokerage Forms are Sometimes Late
If you have stock market holdings and own mutual funds, you will be receiving forms from the brokerage firms that hold those accounts. Those forms will provide details of the dividend income and capital gains you received, so you can provide accurate filings to the IRS.
What you may not know is that those brokerage and mutual fund statements are sometimes sent out late. Worse yet, the numbers are often updated after the fact, meaning the information you filed on your original return may no longer be accurate.
If you receive an updated 1099 from your brokerage firm or mutual fund company, you may need to file an amended return to account for the discrepancy. If you fail to update your own numbers, the IRS could come after you for additional taxes and penalties.
You Got a Tax Bill But You Know You Don’t Owe
This can be tricky and it’s best to have representation from a tax resolution firm like ours. If the IRS is sending you letters claiming you owe money, but you’re certain you don’t owe, then filing an amended return can sometimes do the trick.
Another thing to note is that the IRS makes mistakes. So having an IRS Relief firm like ours on your side can help clear these mistakes and settle your tax debt.
You Forgot to Claim a Legitimate Credit or Deduction
Sometimes an amended return can reduce the amount you owe if you forgot to claim a legitimate tax credit or deduction.
Even if you have already filed your return, you can still go back and claim any credits or deductions you may have missed.
File Your Amended Return Within Three Years
You only have a limited amount of time to file an amended return, so you need to act quickly. In most cases you will need to file your amended return within three years, and if you miss the deadline you could be out of luck.
If you think you need to file an amended return, check out your tax records for the last three years. If you identify any potential issues, or overlooked credits and deductions, it is time to file your amended return.
Tax filing season may be over, but you can always file an amended return. As long as you are within the allowable time period, you can adjust your already filed returns to reflect previous omissions or take advantage of overlooked deductions.
OWE BACK TAXES?
Our firm specializes in tax problem resolution. We serve clients virtually so don’t hesitate to reach out. If you want an expert tax resolution specialist who knows how to navigate the IRS maze, reach out to our firm and we’ll schedule a no-obligation confidential consultation to explain your options to permanently resolve your tax problem.
1. We will meet or speak with you and thoroughly discuss your tax situation.
It is important that we obtain a thorough understanding of your unique situation. This personal interview will provide us with the background needed to develop the appropriate strategy for solving your IRS problem.
2. We will prepare a Power of Attorney for you to sign.
With the Power of Attorney, we put the IRS on notice that we are representing you. All future telephone calls from the IRS should come to us and not to you.
3. We will obtain transcripts of your accounts from the IRS.
By reviewing your IRS transcripts, we will be able to accurately determine what the IRS thinks it knows about your tax situation.
4. We will develop the appropriate strategy for solving your IRS problem.
Every taxpayer’s situation is unique. With the information you have provided, we will develop a strategy to get you the lowest possible settlement allowed by law.
5. We will send you an easy-to-follow checklist of additional information you need to provide.
Preparing complicated IRS forms is our business. You, however, will have to provide us the information needed to complete these IRS forms. We will make this process as easy as possible by sending you our easy-to-follow checklist.
6. We will prepare all forms required by the IRS to resolve your IRS problem.
We will prepare all forms required by the IRS. All you have to do is review these forms and sign them. We take care of the rest.
7. We will negotiate with the IRS to obtain the lowest possible settlement allowed by law.
We will handle all negotiations with the IRS in order to get you the best deal possible.
8. We will thoroughly discuss all aspects of your settlement with you.
We will explain all aspects of your settlement with you and will answer any and all questions you may have. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied.
When it comes to your money, there’s only one person that truly has your best interests at heart – and that person is looking back at you in the mirror. Handling your own finances and making your own decisions can give you peace of mind and help you avoid a costly mistake.
There is a lot to be said for the do-it-yourself approach to your money, yet the go it alone path does have its limitations, especially when it comes to the IRS and back taxes.
We see clients that have tried to handle their taxes on their own, sometimes raising red flags with the IRS, resulting in audits, or getting hit with a big tax bill they can’t pay. They might set up an installment agreement on their own, but oftentimes, the DIY approach just makes the penalties and interest keep stacking up, placing you in an endless loop of compounding interest, penalties and your tax debt growing every month despite making monthly payments. Many of our clients started out by trying to do this on their own or with their current tax preparer and didn’t get the results they were hoping for.
Dealing with the IRS takes a very specialized skill set that most tax preparers and even CPA’s don’t possess. Make sure you have a tax resolution specialist on your side.
So, before you end up in that horror story, here are 3 times when hiring a tax pro or a tax relief firm like ours is the only way to go.
#1 You Just Received a Major Windfall
Even if you know how to handle your finances, receiving a major windfall can throw your plans for a loop. Whether you are the lucky holder of a winning lottery ticket or the recipient of a major inheritance, it pays to seek outside advice.
If you choose the DIY approach and make a mistake, you could end up paying more in taxes than you should, but a high tax bill is not the only danger. Handling your windfall the wrong way could throw off your asset allocation, impact financial aid for your college-bound children and create additional problems down the road.
#2 You Have Existing Tax Problems with the IRS
When you have issues with the IRS, you absolutely cannot afford to go it alone. Attempting to resolve tax issues on your own is unwise in the extreme, and a single slipup could leave you on the hook for even more. I mean, ask yourself if you would go before a judge in court without a lawyer representing you? Probably not. It’s the same here. Representing yourself before the IRS is generally not a good idea. Don’t do it. You most likely will get “creamed”!
If you receive a notice from the IRS, time is of the essence, but you should not let the desire for fast action override the need for professional help and guidance. If you want to resolve your issues fairly without going broke, do yourself a favor and find the right tax resolution firm. Hiring an enrolled agent, CPA or an attorney that is trained in tax relief is the best way to preserve your rights, and you do not want to go it alone.
#3 When You Have Assets You Need to Protect
When you owe taxes, the IRS only cares about one thing, and that is to get paid what they think you owe them.
They’ll levy your bank account, emptying everything you have in there. If you run a business, that means you won’t be able to pay your employees, pay your office rent or keep your lights on, ultimately putting you out of business.
They’ll also garnish your paycheck leaving you about 10% to 25% of your net pay to live on. Good luck with that.
They can also put a lien on your assets, including real estate, personal property and financial assets. This puts in jeopardy everything you’ve worked so hard to attain.
Hiring the right tax relief professional can help you avoid such extreme measures taken by the IRS. They’ll communicate with the IRS on your behalf and can often remove a lien or levy. If you have assets you can’t afford to lose, then hiring a tax relief pro is the only way to go.
The Bottom Line
Even if you are confident in your Do It Yourself (DIY) approach or feel your tax problem isn’t so serious, it never hurts to get a second opinion. If you are doing everything right, that tax resolution specialist’s advice will give you peace of mind. If there are deficiencies in your actions, the advice you get could stop you from making a devastating, and possibly irreversible, mistake. Plus, you may find out that you can settle your back tax liabilities for less than what you owe. Oftentimes, for a fraction of what’s owed!
If you do run into tax trouble, reach out to our tax resolution firm and we’ll schedule a free, no-obligation confidential consultation to explain your options in full to permanently resolve your tax problem.