IRS Representation & Tax Resolution

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Have you received a letter from the IRS ? Are you being audited ? Are you behind on filing your taxes ?

Dealing with the IRS over tax problems is stressful, intimidating and can be overwhelming when attempting to resolve the problems on your own.  The penalties can leave you hopeless. I take the stress out of the tax resolution process, make it manageable and bring you peace of mind. I provide the experience and skills you need to get relief from tax problems. I will protect you from the IRS, inform you of your rights as a taxpayer and resolve your tax problems so you can reclaim your life.

Many start out by trying to handle their IRS case by themselves but end up with negative results or no results at all. I know the “ins and outs” of the tax system and can negotiate a solution that works for you. I specialize in representing individuals and business owners before the IRS. As a tax resolution specialist, I represent you and your business at audits and all dealings with the IRS. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that an expert in the tax laws and the rules and procedures to effectively work with the IRS is by your side.

If you have not filed tax returns in previous years or if you owe the IRS money it is helpful to know some of the key terms and how they are used in the language of the IRS tax collection industry. Below are 14 terms to understand on your journey to resolving tax debt:

  • 1) Offer in Compromise : If you cannot afford to pay your back taxes in full, the Offer in Compromise (OIC) program offers taxpayers you owe the IRS more than they could ever afford to pay, the opportunity to pay a small amount as a full and final payment. Taxpayers who attempt to file for an OIC on their own often put themselves at risk of not qualify for a settlement or end up paying far more than they have to because they don’t know the IRS playbook.
  • 2) Delinquent Tax Returns: To qualify for an IRS payment plan or Offer in Compromise tax settlement to resolve your back taxes, you need to file all delinquent tax returns with the IRS. Until you have filed all legally required tax returns, the IRS will not entertain any type of tax settlement or payment plan to settle your back taxes.
  • 3) Freedom of Information Requests: It is important to understand how the IRS has assessed back taxes and penalties against you. You have the right to see governmental documents, including your IRS files, to better understand your IRS problems. The IRS must disclose the information used to assess back taxes and interest against taxpayers.
  • 4) Penalty Abatement: There are well over 145 various types of penalties. If you are one of these taxpayers, there is hope ! Taxpayers that are assessed with IRS penalties can request that the penalties be abated. Abated means to be completely or partially remove or forgive the penalty. In many cases where a taxpayer requests abatement, the IRS removes 100% of the penalty.
  • 5) IRS Payment Plans: If you can’t pay your back taxes in full but could potentially pay them back over time, you can negotiate a reasonable monthly payment plan with the IRS. Once an IRS Payment plan (also known as an Installment Agreement) is constituted, the IRS will not enforce collection action, including the levy of bank accounts or wages, as long as you remain current with all filing and payment obligations.
  • 6) Liens: When the IRS places a Lien (or a hold) on real estate you own you cannot sell it without the net proceeds going to the IRS to satisfy your IRS debt. If you meet the needed criteria I can remove the Lien so you can sell your real estate.
  • 7) Collection Appeals: You may appeal a decision with the IRS if you do not agree with the decision.
  • 8) Payroll Tax Problems: If you owe back taxes on overdue payroll and employment taxes, it is important to resolve payroll tax debt problems swiftly to protect the future of your company since the IRS assigns a higher priority to collecting employment taxes than income taxes.
  • 9) IRS Audits: There are 3 types of audit methods the IRS will use: 1) Correspondence (by mail) 2) Office (you go to the IRS Office), or 3) Field (the IRS makes a surprise visit to you). I can help protect you in each of these methods. You have RIGHTS.
  • 10) IRS Bank Levies: The IRS is serious about collecting on the debts they “say” you owe. I can stop the IRS from taking money out of your account, within 8 to 12 business days.
  • 11) Innocent Spouse: If you owe back taxes because of your spouse’s’ (or ex-spouse’s) actions, you may qualify to achieve tax relief by qualifying as an innocent spouse. To do this you must prove you are an innocent spouse, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code.
  • 12) Wage Garnishments:  Once a wage garnishment is filed with an employer, the employer is required by law to collect  a large percentage (usually 30 to 75% or more) of the taxpayers NET paycheck and return to the IRS.
  • 13) Bankruptcy: As a final result for settling back taxes, it may be possible for you to file for bankruptcy if the IRS rejects your IRS Payment Plan or Offer in Compromise. There are very specific rules and regulations that must be followed by using this technique
  • 14) Expiration of Statutes: This can be one of the most daunting methods of eliminating back taxes, especially if they were assessed against you years ago. The IRS is prohibited, by law from collecting on expired back taxes. Generally, the IRS has 10 years from the date of assessment (usually close to the filing date or audit assessment date) to collect back taxes. I can determine on what day you will be free of this obligation. I accomplish this by obtaining and analyzing your IRS Tax Transcripts and Records of Account.

For more information on the process see my Blogs and YouTube Videos on Tax Resolution.

I represent clients before all federal and state taxing authorities including the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), Comptroller of Maryland, Virginia Department of Taxation and the DC Office of Tax and Revenue.

I respond to any tax challenge raised by a government taxing authority. I understand the government agencies’ practices and procedures. I counsel my clients through the administrative process and help them achieve the best results possible.

I represent clients who seek to challenge a proposed civil tax liability, who need to work out an arrangement to resolve a past tax debt, or who failed to file tax returns.

I negotiate payment arrangements with the IRS as well as the state taxing authorities.

My objective is to resolve issues quickly, efficiently, and successfully and to resolve tax controversies prior to litigation.

I represent taxpayers who are faced with a large tax liability due to their spouse or former spouse’s tax issues as well as represent innocent spouse and injured spouse claims.

Federal Taxes
I handle federal tax matters of corporations, partnerships, individuals and estates. I represent taxpayers before the Examination Division, Appeals Office, and Collection Division of the Internal Revenue Service. I help my client with offers in compromise, installment agreements, and innocent spouse relief applications, as well as handling all manner of payroll tax issues with the objective of minimizing personal liability for such payroll taxes.

State Tax Issues
I represent business and individual clients in connection with state tax issues including sales, payroll, and withholding income taxes.

Find out how i can help. Email me at: lisa@yourtaxdiva.com to Schedule a FREE consultation today. 

Below are Links from for IRS Representation videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lOsd3zMds0 – Appealing an Audit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imMIMk5mIa8 – Offer in Compromise