Don’t do it alone when the IRS calls
Are you being haunted by the IRS for back taxes? Getting overdue tax and interest-due notices? Are you being threatened with a tax lien? Are you unsure what to do next?
Above all, don’t you wish it would just go away?
Whether you are an individual with a tax issue or a business receiving notices due to late filings, missed payments and are facing the unrelenting power of the IRS, we can help you.
Our tax resolution experts are experienced Enrolled Agents, tax preparers, and CPAs who know how to deal with the IRS effectively. We will negotiate the best outcome possible for you. While no service can guarantee results with the IRS, our team has an extraordinary track record for success in reducing or eliminating fees, service charges and improper charges from your record. Permanently.
Here are just some of the issues our IRS Tax Resolution Team can help resolve:
IRS wage garnishment is the deduction of money from an employee’s monetary compensation resulting from unpaid IRS taxes. Typically, garnishment is an advanced action. The IRS will only levy one’s wages after repeated letters and warnings about the taxes owed. This is one of the IRS’s most aggressive tax collection mechanisms and should not be taken lightly. The IRS would rather resolve taxes in a different manner, however, they will levy when they feel they have run out of other options. It is important to understand how garnishments work to ensure you take the appropriate actions to avoid the IRS from taking your wages.
An IRS levy permits the legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. It can garnish wages, take money in your bank or other financial account, or seize and sell your vehicle(s), real estate and other personal property.
If you receive an IRS bill titled Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to A Hearing, contact us right away.
If you receive an IRS notice of levy against your employee, vendor, customer or other third party, it is important that you comply with the levy.
IRS Threatening Letter
The IRS has the power and the will to carry through on their threats. For this reason, ignoring an IRS threatening letter is absolutely the worst thing to do. Instead, read carefully to check the facts in the letter. If there is anything amiss in their calculations or your liabilities or their assessment, write a polite letter back explaining the error or omission and see if they will remedy the situation. However, if they begin sending you threatening letters, more proactive action is needed to resolve the situation before the IRS become proactive themselves. You do not want this to happen. If you allow the IRS to take action before you do, the result will find you needlessly suffering at their hands. The IRS has considerable powers when it comes to collecting taxes and they are rarely if ever prone to taking the lightweight approach. The IRS sends out threatening letters when they know or think they know that you owe them money; beyond that, they have little interest in you.
IRS Audit Notification
Did You Receive an Audit Letter From the IRS? – The first step is not to panic. The IRS uses letters to communicate with taxpayers about IRS audits. As with most IRS communication, there are deadlines associated with IRS audit letters. You will have time to review the items that are being contested and prepare your response. Selecting a return for examination does not always suggest that the taxpayer has either made an error or been dishonest. In fact, some examinations result in a refund to the taxpayer or acceptance of the return without change.
What if you fail to file? The IRS may file what is known as a substitute return for you. However, as you well know, the IRS will not be looking to save you any money. In fact, a substitute return will not include any of the standard deductions your accountant would typically include in your return. Case in point, a substitute return only allows one exemption: single or married filing separate, so you end up with higher tax liability than if you would have just filed.
A federal tax lien arises when a tax return is filed and the tax isn’t paid after a demand for payment has been made. By law the lien is in favor of the United States and is upon all property and rights to property of the person with the unpaid tax. It gives the IRS the authority to seize any proceeds from sales of real estate owned by a delinquent taxpayer. To protect the government’s right of priority against other parties who are owed money by the same person, the IRS will file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, which puts other creditors on notice about the IRS’s claim.
One of the favorable financial resolutions that ZMC & Associates can negotiate for you with the IRS is an offer in compromise. You can reduce your IRS debt with an Offer-In-Compromise. Qualifying for an offer-in-compromise settlement can save you thousands of dollars in taxes, penalties and interest. An offer-in-compromise is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS to settle the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. Absent special circumstances, an offer will not be accepted if the IRS believes that the liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement.
Many married taxpayers choose to file a joint tax return because of certain benefits this filing status allows. Both taxpayers are jointly and individually responsible for the tax and any interest or penalty due on the joint return even if they later divorce. This is true even if a divorce decree states that a former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns. One spouse may be held responsible for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse.
In some cases, a spouse will be relieved of the tax, interest, and penalties on a joint tax return. There are three types of relief available:
- Innocent spouse relief
- Separation of liability
- Equitable relief.
If you were taken financial advantage by a spouse filing a joint return that resulted in IRS debt assigned to you, let our tax resolution team go to work. If the facts support it, we may be able to negotiate a reduction or elimination of your tax, interest and penalties.