WHY YOU CAN’T “SET IT AND FORGET IT” WITH A PAYROLL SERVICE

Payroll Service Contract | Offer In Compromise Default

I recently received a phone call from a former client with a big problem.  We had negotiated an Offer in Compromise for this client in 2012, saving her business a few hundred thousand dollars.  One of the conditions when the IRS accepts an Offer in Compromise is that the taxpayer […]

I am Told I Qualify for an Offer in Compromise—Is it a Scam?

Net Realizable Equity | NRE | IRS Offer formula | TaxFortress.com

As soon as the IRS files a Federal Tax Lien against a delinquent taxpayer, it becomes public record that the person or business has a balance due to the IRS.  The lien is filed very soon after a liability is assessed.  The fact that the lien is public record means […]

How to Choose the Best Tax Professional to Handle Resolving Your Tax Debt

Tax Professional | IRS Collections Representation | TaxFortress.com

If you’ve accrued a debt to the taxing authorities, your first inclination may be to handle it yourself. If you make that choice, beware that there are a number of frustrations involved in trying to communicate with the taxing authorities. Unless your case has been assigned to a Revenue Officer […]

How to Eliminate IRS Civil Penalties Arising from W-2, W-3, 941, and State Withholding Tax Return Discrepancies

IRS Civil Penalty | Discrepancy Notice | TaxFortress

One of the most frustrating situations my clients confront is the IRS’s addition of large amounts of tax or Civil Penalties to tax periods that ended a long time ago. There can be several reasons for additions to tax or Civil Penalties, but the most common ones I encounter are […]

IRS Installment Agreement Defaults: How To Avoid Them, and What To Do If You Default

CP523 | IRS Installment Agreement | Notice of Default | TaxFortress

OK, so you’ve negotiated an Installment Agreement for your IRS tax liability, and can finally breathe easy because you will not have to deal with your Revenue Officer anymore. Time to celebrate, right? Not so fast. IRS employees frequently tell me that the vast majority of Installment Agreements default before […]

Understanding IRS Collection Notices and Correspondence

LT-11 | CP 504 | Collection Due Process | IRS CDP | TaxFortress

A taxpayer who accrues a balance due with the IRS receives a lot of correspondence as the IRS tries to collect on that liability.  Some of this correspondence appears threatening, but actually doesn’t have much “bite.”  Other correspondence means there could be serious danger up ahead, and may require immediate […]

Installment Agreements

IRS Payment Plan | Installment Agreement | TaxFortress

Any time a taxpayer incurs a balance due to the IRS, the IRS’s first response is almost invariably to demand that the debt be fully paid, immediately.  However, in many situations, the taxpayer does not have the ability to fully and immediately pay the tax debt.  This inability to quickly […]