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.

Telephone IRS Tax Scams | Tax Scam | Fortress Financial Services Inc

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

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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Notice of Federal Tax Lien | Certificate of Discharge | TaxFortress

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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1040 | Penalty Abatement | Failure to Pay Penalty | TaxFortress

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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EFTPS | Electronic Federal Tax Payment System | IRS Form 941

Payroll Tax Deposits | 941 Employer Taxes

Starting a new business comes with an enormous amount of responsibilities.  One of the most commonly overlooked, though, is the responsibility to learn how, when, and why to report different types of taxes the business may be obligated to pay and file.  Payroll taxes, also known as employer withholding taxes or 941 taxes, are among …

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IRS Installment Payments

IRS Installment Payments: Can I Avoid Back Tax Penalties

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” IRS installment payments applied toward your tax liability.  Keep in mind that payments made in accordance with a formalized installment agreement are not considered voluntary, so you have no right …

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

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

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 you unless every other collection …

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IRS Fresh Start Initiative | Offers in Compromise | TaxFortress

The IRS Fresh Start Initiative – A Welcomed Relief to Taxpayers

In 2008 the United States, along with much of the rest of the world, witnessed a financial crisis of devastating proportions.  In response, the federal government issued bailouts to the major banks after deeming them ‘too big to fail.’  Small businesses, however, were trying to get back on their feet but were being denied even …

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