How to Avoid the Dreaded Federal Payment Levy Program

Federal Payment Levy Program If you or your business has unpaid federal taxes and you receive income or revenues from the federal government or an agency of the federal government, watch out!  You could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS and Treasury Department team up to keep […]

5 Must-Knows About Personal Liability for Unpaid Employment Taxes (Trust Fund Recovery Penalty)

Are you an owner or employee of a business that is delinquent with employment taxes?  If so, watch out!  It is possible that you will be held personally liable for what is called the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty. What is the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty? In short, the Trust Fund […]

How to Negotiate IRS Debt

Negotiate IRS Debt IRS Debt Relief

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 […]

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 […]

Six Reasons for Payroll Outsourcing

6 Reasons for Payroll Outsourcing | 941 Employment Tax Liability

As an attorney who makes his living resolving tax liabilities, the majority of my clients are businesses that have accrued 941 employment tax liability.  There are numerous reasons as to why a business accrues a 941 tax liability.  These reasons range from mere lack of funds resulting from both internal […]

Why You Can’t “Set It and Forget It” With A Payroll Service

Payroll Service Contract | Offer In Compromise Default

I recently received a phone call from a former client with a big problem.  We had negotiated an Offer in Compromise for this client in 2012, saving her business a few hundred thousand dollars.  One of the conditions when the IRS accepts an Offer in Compromise is that the taxpayer […]

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 […]

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

Effective Tax Administration | Offer In Compromise |

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 |

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 |

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 […]

IRS Automated Collection System (“ACS”) vs. Revenue Officer: What’s the Difference?

IRS Automated Collection System | IRS Revenue Officer |

When an IRS tax liability goes to collections, it will either be assigned to the IRS Automated Collection System (“ACS”) or to the Collection field function, where a Revenue Officer will be assigned and charged personally with attempting to collect the unpaid tax.  Some delinquent accounts will initially be assigned […]

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, […]

I am Told I Qualify for an Offer in Compromise—Is it a Scam?

Net Realizable Equity | NRE | IRS Offer formula |

As soon as the IRS files a Federal Tax Lien against a delinquent taxpayer, it becomes public record that the person or business has a balance due to the IRS.  The lien is filed very soon after a liability is assessed.  The fact that the lien is public record means […]

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

Third Party Liability | Transferee Liability |

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 […]

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 […]

Congress Instructs IRS To Outsource Collections To Private Companies

IRS Uses Private Collection Agencies | FAST Act |

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 […]