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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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Avoiding the Disaster of a Defaulted IRS Installment Agreement (CP523)

Aside from getting behind with the IRS in the first place, defaulting an IRS installment agreement can be among the most disastrous financial missteps a person can make.  Thus, knowing how to avoid a default and what steps to take in the event that you receive a default notice is must-know info for anyone on …

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

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 of circumstances, full payment of …

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Accrual Method of Accounting | Installment Agreement | TaxFortress.com

Cash And Acurral Methods Of Accounting Can Impact The Outcome Of A Tax Collection Case

To some business owners, the accounting part of their business is the last thing they want to deal with.  “Leave that to the accountant or bookkeeper and let me get to work” is the sentiment I get from a lot of small business owners. Accrual Method of Accounting Many business owners just don’t have 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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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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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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Tax Compliance & Eligibility | Installment Agreement | Offer in Compromise

Tax Compliance – What You Need to Know to Become Eligible for an IRS Installment Agreement

In order to be eligible to resolve an outstanding federal tax liability on a voluntary basis (e.g. Installment Agreement, Offer in Compromise), as opposed to having it forcefully resolved through collection action such as levies, garnishments, and the seizure of assets, the IRS has two basic requirements. The first requirement is that you are in …

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

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 few tax payments during the …

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IRS Levy | Notice of Levy | IRS Seizure | TaxTortress

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

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, you may never realize it …

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IRS Installment Agreement | Notice of Default | CP523 | TaxFortress

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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IRS Offer in Compromise | Fresh Start Initiative | Form 656

IRS Offer in Compromise: Common Challenges to Approval

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.  You feel the IRS should …

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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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Voluntary Payment | IRS Appeals | Installment Agreement

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

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 you have no right to …

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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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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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