Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq.

Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq.Steve is the founder and President of Fortress Financial Services. Steve has worked in the tax resolution industry, and has been representing taxpayers in collections with both state and federal governments, since 1999. Steve holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington (focus on Finance and Marketing) and attended Seattle University School of Law on an academic scholarship. He graduated cum laude and in the top 25% of his law school class. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado and is admitted to practice in United States Tax Court. Steve Galgoczy has never been disciplined by the Colorado Bar Association.Before Fortress, Steve spent four years as the top Associate with two of the largest tax resolution firms in the United States. During his career as a tax resolution professional, Steve has personally handled over 1500 cases involving delinquent taxes and has had significant involvement in well over 2500 such cases. Steve has extensive experience handling some of the most difficult tax collection cases found in the world of tax resolution and is considered by many to be among the best tax resolution professionals in the country. Steve is also considered by many to be among the best in the nation when it comes to training other tax resolution professionals. He has trained a number of professionals who are currently employed by competing firms, including at least one professional who is an owner of a competing firm. Steve has also extensively trained every single Fortress attorney, which typically means more than 500 hours of one on one time with each attorney--and the vast majority of that time is spent working real life cases. While Steve’s primary focus is quality assurance for all Fortress clients, he is available to assist other Fortress attorneys when additional firepower is needed.

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Marijuana Business Tax Blues in Oregon, Washington, California & Colorado

It’s Not Easy Going Green: How Tax Blues Plague The Budding Marijuana Industry Since 2012, the legalization movement for cannabis has taken the country by storm. Starting with Colorado and Washington in the 2012 election, marijuana has now been legalized in 10 states over the past 6 years. Medical marijuana laws are in effect in …

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Fortress Financial Services, Inc., An Experienced National Tax Resolution Company, Appears On Spotlight

Damon Roberts Interviews Vice President Michael A. Zacha of Fortress Financial Services Inc on Tax Resolution Services On December 8th, at 4 pm Eastern Standard Time (1 pm PST), Fortress Financial Services, an experienced national tax resolution services company with in-house tax attorneys, will be featured on Spotlight Television. Spotlight Television is a national television …

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Can The IRS Take My Social Security, IRA, 401K, and Pension?

Can The IRS Take My 401K, Social Security, IRA, Pension & Retirement?

Many people who owe taxes to the IRS are terrified that the IRS will swoop in and take their retirement nest egg or retirement income, thereby leaving them destitute for their golden years.  Can the IRS really do that?  Generally, such assets are “off limits” to creditors thanks to federal protections. But they are not …

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Top 6 IRS Collection Notices

6 IRS Collection Notices You Absolutely Need to Notice

Getting behind on your tax obligations to the IRS is very stressful. Much of that stress stems from IRS collection notices. Not only is a delinquent taxpayer’s mailbox flooded with IRS mail, but that mail almost always contains scary, bolded “PAY NOW” demands, confusing language, and seemingly conflicting numbers. Clients often come to us overwhelmed, …

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21 Days to Recover Your Money (from an IRS Levy on Business Bank Account)

“The IRS took all the money out of our business bank account(s)?!    How did this happen?   What are we supposed to do now?    I might as well shut down the business!!” It is panic inducing for a business owner to learn that the Internal Revenue Service has taken all the money out of their business …

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How to Negotiate IRS Debt

To most people, the Internal Revenue Service is a mystery. It collects taxes and can make your life miserable. But beyond that, how the IRS operates is relatively unknown. This is one of the reasons why, when an individual or business owes a significant debt to the IRS, sleepless nights ensue. Yes, dealing with the …

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IRS Final Notice of Intent to Levy (FNIL)

If you or your business had the misfortune of winding up in collections with the Internal Revenue Service, you’ve probably been receiving what might seem like an overwhelming amount of mail from the IRS regarding your tax liability.  It is not uncommon for people in this situation to feel a sense of dread every time …

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Can I Settle My Tax Liability Even Though I Have Enough Income?

Laws often appear to be very black or white. But, real life can feel more like one big gray area. As a governmental entity, the IRS is required to treat all taxpayers equally. With regard to evaluating Offers in Compromise (tax settlements), this means that the IRS has set standards for how they review the …

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Fortress Financial Services Featured On Moving America Forward Hosted By William Shatner

Earlier this year, I received a voice message from a producer for a television show called Moving America Forward, hosted by William Shatner.  The message stated that they were interested in speaking with me about possibly appearing on their nationally broadcasted television show. Moving America Forward Interviews Fortress Financial Services I was intrigued to say …

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How To Defend Yourself Against The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

Each year, the IRS publishes its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams, which is essentially a list of the biggest, most widespread tax-related scams. Typically, the lion’s share of the “Dirty Dozen” consists of schemes perpetrated by individuals and businesses trying to scam the IRS by way of abusive tax shelters, hiding money offshore, padding deductions on …

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Congress Instructs IRS To Outsource Collections To Private Companies

On December 4th, 2015 President Barack Obama signed into law the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” to improve the Nation’s surface transportation infrastructure. Also referred to as the FAST Act, the legislation included a provision which requires the Internal Revenue Service to outsource certain tax debts to private debt collection agencies. The idea behind the …

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Top 5 Ways To Reduce An IRS Tax Liability

So, something in life or business didn’t go according to plan, and now you’re faced with an IRS tax liability. While few people relish being a collection target of America’s most formidable creditor, there may be a silver lining. You may have options which could significantly reduce the amount that you have to pay the …

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Beware of IRS Telephone Scam With Threat of Arrest or Jail

Caller: Hello, Ms. Smith? Taxpayer: Yes? Caller: This is Michael Jones with the IRS, badge # 01324847. Is this the Ms. Smith that resides at 232 West Baker Street? Taxpayer: I, uh…. Caller: I have a warrant for your arrest for back taxes owed from 2008 through 2012 for “theft by deception.” The total owing …

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Get a Tax Pro to Settle Your IRS Tax Liability (OIC) Offer in Compromise

If you or your business have gotten behind with the IRS, a tax settlement, also known as an Offer in Compromise (OIC), might be the best way to get rid of your tax liability—if you qualify. There are three general categories of OICs: Doubt as to Liability (I don’t actually owe this tax), Effective Tax …

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How to Sell an Asset That is Subject to a Notice of Federal Tax Lien

If you owe taxes to the IRS, a tax lien automatically arises against you and attaches to just about everything you own.  This is sometimes called a secret lien since the government’s claim does not initially appear in any public records.  Rather, the lien automatically comes into existence when the tax liability is assessed.  Eventually, …

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It’s Almost April 15th, and I Can’t Pay My 1040 Tax. What Do I Do?

April 15th is right around the corner, and if you expect to owe 1040 income tax, but don’t have the resources with which to pay it, you are in the same boat as many Americans.  First of all, don’t panic.  Federal officers are not going to show up at your home on April 16th to …

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