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Peter R. Brantley, Esq.

Peter holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Colorado College. After working as a corporate litigation support specialist for one of Portland, Oregon's largest corporate law firms, Peter attended Willamette University College of Law on an academic scholarship, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. Consistent with the unblemished track record of all Fortress attorneys, Peter Brantley has never been disciplined by the Oregon Bar Association.Prior to becoming a tax negotiation professional, Peter honed his legal skills as an extern for the Oregon Supreme Court and became an expert in a wide variety of governmental legal issues as the sole law clerk for Oregon's Administrative Law Judges at the Office of Administrative Hearings. With his experience in government-related administrative law and high-stakes corporate litigation, Peter quickly became a formidable defender of taxpayers in collections with both the Internal Revenue Service and numerous state taxing authorities. While generally affable in demeanor, Peter has demonstrated excellent instinct and judgment in terms of "choosing his battles wisely" with the taxing authorities. Under appropriate circumstances, Peter will not hesitate to fight relentlessly for the benefit of his clients. This dynamic and tactful approach has led to regular occurrences of remarkable results for the benefit of Peter's clients.

Keys to Installment Agreement Types

The Keys to “Easy” IRS Installment Agreement Negotiations

If you have accrued a tax liability and think that an IRS collection representative will cheerfully explain how to best go about resolving your tax debt, think again.  The IRS does a terrible job of advising taxpayers about their options for resolving unpaid taxes.  The IRS Collections Department’s function is to collect as much of …

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Healthcare Tax Liabilities

Home Healthcare Companies and Tax Liabilities: A Particularly Toxic Combination

As a tax attorney who deals exclusively with resolving tax debts, I see a disproportionately large number of home healthcare providers as clients.  Through the many home healthcare clients I have helped, I have learned that there are several aspects of the business model that put home healthcare businesses in grave danger of accruing a …

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The Secret to Repaying None of Your Tax Debt

You may have heard of people owing the IRS a huge sum of money who claim to have never repaid a penny of it and wondered if this can possibly be true?  Are they crazy?  We are, after all, talking about the IRS—the country’s most formidable creditor. If you owe the IRS, and you’re trying …

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7 Effective Methods of Avoiding and Resolving Personal IRS Levies and Garnishments

If you are an individual who owes money to the IRS, the last thing you want is for them to freeze your bank account or levy (garnish) your wages.  The good news is that there are some very effective methods you can use to avoid such a potentially devastating situation.  I’ll cover those below, along …

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Payroll Service Contract | Offer In Compromise Default

Why You Can’t “Set It and Forget It” With A Payroll Service

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 must not accrue any new …

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

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 that anybody who cares to …

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

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 in the “field,” you will …

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How to Eliminate IRS Civil Penalties And State Withholding Tax Return Discrepancies

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 reporting and reconciliation deficiencies across …

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

OK, so you’ve negotiated an IRS 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 the balance is paid …

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Understanding IRS Collection Notices and Correspondence

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 action.  It is, therefore, important …

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IRS Payment Plan Installment Agreements

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 resolve the liability can lead …

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