Offer in Compromise

An Offer in Compromise is a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service (or state taxing authority) for less than the full amount owed. If you are not eligible for an OIC, we may be able to help you become eligible.

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

Business Fails to Resolve Back Taxes | Federal Tax Lien | TaxFortress.com

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 […]

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

Effective Tax Administration | Offer In Compromise | Taxfortress.com

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 […]

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

Accrual Method of Accounting | Installment Agreement | TaxFortress.com

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 […]

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 […]

Will The IRS Seize My Assets, Business Or My Residence?

IRS Asset Seizure | Tax Seizure | TaxFortress.com

You and/or your business have accrued a tax liability and are now receiving increasingly threatening letters from the IRS that indicate that they are going to seize your assets.  Many questions arise.  Can the IRS actually do this?  Will they seize my corporate assets and shut my business down?  Will […]

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, […]

Understanding IRS Successor, Alter Ego , Nominee, And Transferee Liability

Third Party Liability | Transferee Liability | TaxFortress.com

You invested your entire savings and better part of your working life into your business in an attempt to have it succeed and ultimately grow.  During this time many unforeseen obstacles occurred that caused you to have to make difficult decisions, one of which was to forego making a tax […]

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

Taxpayer Advocate Service | Offer in Compromise | TaxFortress.com

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 | TaxFortress.com

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 […]

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

Tax Professional | IRS Collections Representation | TaxFortress.com

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 […]

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 Eliminate IRS Civil Penalties And State Withholding Tax Return Discrepancies

IRS Civil Penalty | Discrepancy Notice | TaxFortress

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

Will the IRS Garnish My Wages?

IRS Garnishment | Will The IRS Garnish My Wages | IRS Levy

Question:  Will the IRS garnish my wages or Levy my wages? How can I avoid this? Answer: In order to answer this question effectively, some background and definitions with regards to IRS procedures are warranted.  A levy on wages is where the IRS effectively takes a portion of ones wages […]