IRS Final Notice of Intent to Levy (FNIL)

Notice of Intent to Levy | Letter 1058 | Notice LT 11 & Notice CP 90 | 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 […]

Can I Resolve Back Taxes By Qualifying For Currently Not Collectible Status?

Business Fails to Resolve Back Taxes | Federal Tax Lien |

Benjamin Franklin once said that nothing is certain in this life but death and taxes.  I’ll agree that none of us will cheat death.  But I may quibble with Mr. Franklin on the issue of whether or not you have to pay all of your taxes.  Under the right set […]

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

Moving America Forward Interview | Tax Resolution Services

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 […]

Can My Business Settle its IRS Tax Liability with an In Business Offer in Compromise?

Business Offer in Compromise | Payroll Tax Settlement | 941 Employment

When the Internal Revenue Service created the Offer in Compromise program, the candidates they probably had in mind were those people who were struggling to keep the lights on, feed and clothe themselves and their children, and keep a roof over their heads.  The ideal candidate, they most likely surmised, […]

How To Defend Yourself Against The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams | Fortress Financial Services Inc

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 […]

Taxpayer Advocate Service: Utilizing the Taxpayer Advocate to Resolve IRS Tax Liabilities

Taxpayer Advocate Service | Offer in Compromise |

The Internal Revenue Service is one of the largest government agencies in the world. With around 90,000 employees and a budget in the billions, it’s truly an empire within our government, and its rules and regulations are not wholly known by any one single human being. Therefore, as you can […]

Top 5 Ways To Reduce An IRS Tax Liability

How to Reduce Your IRS Tax Liability | OIC |

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 […]

Barking Up the IRS Chain of Command – Getting Results by Working the Bureaucracy

IRS Appeals | Offer In Compromise | Tax Relief Help

Recently I was engaged in a heated discussion with an IRS Appeals Settlement Officer. The subject was an Offer in Compromise (Tax Settlement) I had filed on a client’s behalf. The IRS did not want to approve our Offer because they noticed that my client had been late with a […]

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

OIC | IRS Offer in Compromise | Free Tax Help | TaxFortress

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 […]

The IRS Levied My Bank Account! What Do I Do?

IRS Levy | Notice of Levy | IRS Seizure | TaxTortress

Perhaps no other action taken by the IRS is more disruptive, surprising, and panic-inducing than an IRS levy on your checking or savings account. With one notice sent to your bank, the IRS can seize every penny you’ve got, and apply it toward your tax bill. To make it worse, […]

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

Notice of Federal Tax Lien | Certificate of Discharge | TaxFortress

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 […]

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

1040 | Penalty Abatement | Failure to Pay Penalty | TaxFortress

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 […]

IRS Offer in Compromise: Common Challenges to Approval

IRS Offer in Compromise | Fresh Start Initiative | Form 656

You have read the Form 656, IRS Offer in Compromise booklet, the rules under the Fresh Start Initiative, and perhaps even hired an attorney or other representative to help you submit your Offer in Compromise to the IRS.  You feel you have sent in a complete Offer, with all documentation attached. […]

Can I Avoid Additional Tax Penalties by Designating Payments to My IRS Tax Liability?

Voluntary Payment | IRS Appeals | Installment Agreement

Answer: Depending upon the specifics of your situation, it may be possible to avoid hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in penalties simply by “designating” voluntary payments applied toward your tax liability.  Keep in mind that payments made in accordance with a formalized installment agreement are not considered voluntary, so […]

Personal Liability for Unpaid Employer Withholding Taxes

941 Tax | IRC 6672 | Trust Fund Recovery | TaxFortress

Can I be held personally liable for unpaid 941 employer withholding taxes?  What can be done to avoid this/protect personal assets/income? If you are an owner, officer, check-signer or decision-maker at a business that is behind on 941 taxes, you are at risk of being personally assessed with a penalty […]

Will the IRS Seize Assets or Force the Sale of Them?

IRS Asset Seizure | Tax Levy | Notice of Levy | TaxFortress

Will the IRS take your assets or force you to liquidate assets in order to satisfy your IRS back tax liability? The IRS can, with a few limited exemptions, seize your assets to satisfy your IRS back taxes. However, if you have competent legal representation, this should not happen to […]