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CAN I WIND UP IN JAIL OR PRISON FOR UNPAID IRS TAXES?

Can I Wind Up in Jail or Prison for Unpaid IRS Taxes?

In this blog, I’m going to talk about situations that I truly hope you don’t find yourself in.  I’m going to talk about the narrow circumstances under which the IRS can force you in front of a court of law, or even put you in jail. Knowing what kinds of behaviors could trigger the wrath …

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Your Rights as a TaxPayer

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned — this is the sum of good government.” Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801 There is a tad bit more government in …

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Keys to Installment Agreement Types

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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Time & Tax Resolution

How to Become Eligible for Tax Resolution

Once an individual or business falls behind with taxes, a time-bomb clock starts ticking. If you are unable to full pay your tax liability and you wish to avoid nasty consequences, you must become eligible for some form of voluntary tax resolution.

The Truth About The IRS Fresh Start Initiative

If you’ve ever heard one of the many radio or TV ads that gushes about the “IRS Fresh Start Initiative” and how it can result in a “pennies on the dollar” tax settlement for YOU, you’ve probably wondered:  is this for real?  Is it really as simple as calling this 800 number, hiring some kind …

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Top Five Ways to Release IRS Levy

Top 5 Ways to Get an IRS Tax Levy Released

If you have had the misfortune of experiencing an IRS levy then you have experienced the feeling of dread when looking at your bank account’s zero balance and no way to pay that month’s bills.  You may also know how hard it can be to get a levy released.   Below are top five basic strategies …

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Marijuana Business Tax Information - Oregon, Colorado, Washington & California

Marijuana Business Tax Blues in Oregon, Washington, California & Colorado

It’s Not Easy Going Green: How Tax Blues Plague The Budding Marijuana Industry Since 2012, the legalization movement for cannabis has taken the country by storm. Starting with Colorado and Washington in the 2012 election, marijuana has now been legalized in 10 states over the past 6 years. Medical marijuana laws are in effect in …

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Fortress Financial Services, Inc., An Experienced National Tax Resolution Company, Appears On Spotlight

Damon Roberts Interviews Vice President Michael A. Zacha of Fortress Financial Services Inc on Tax Resolution Services On December 8th, at 4 pm Eastern Standard Time (1 pm PST), Fortress Financial Services, an experienced national tax resolution services company with in-house tax attorneys, will be featured on Spotlight Television. Spotlight Television is a national television …

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Healthcare Tax Liabilities

Home Healthcare Companies and Tax Liabilities: A Particularly Toxic Combination

As a tax attorney who deals exclusively with resolving tax debts, I see a disproportionately large number of home healthcare providers as clients.  Through the many home healthcare clients I have helped, I have learned that there are several aspects of the business model that put home healthcare businesses in grave danger of accruing a …

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Default IRS Installment Agreement

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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IRS Revoked Passport

Can The IRS Revoke or Block my Passport?

If you owe the Internal Revenue Service money, your passport could be at risk right now and you might not even know it. Whether you already have your passport or you have just applied for one, if you travel abroad for any reason then you need to know if your delinquent taxes are about to …

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Offer in compromise IRS taxes

Partial Payment Installment Agreements (IRS)

Most people who have had the misfortune of getting behind with the IRS have heard about tax settlements, otherwise known as Offers in Compromise (OIC), as a method for repaying far less than the full amount owed. Many fewer realize that there is an alternate method that can effectuate a similar result: the repayment of …

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Can The IRS Take My Social Security, IRA, 401K, and Pension?

Can The IRS Take My Social Security, IRA, 401K, Pension and Retirement?

Many people who owe taxes to the IRS are terrified that the IRS will swoop in and take their retirement nest egg or retirement income, thereby leaving them destitute for their golden years.  Can the IRS really do that?  Generally, such assets are “off limits” to creditors thanks to federal protections. But they are not …

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What Can The IRS Do To Me?

IRS Threats: What Can They Really Do to Me?

I hear from my clients at times that an IRS Revenue Officer (tax collector) told them they could lose their house, they could be sued, their retirement and 401k will be taken, wages can be garnished, and a whole bunch of other awful scenarios.   These types of threats keep people up at night and are …

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The Secret to Repaying None of Your Tax Debt

You may have heard of people owing the IRS a huge sum of money who claim to have never repaid a penny of it and wondered if this can possibly be true?  Are they crazy?  We are, after all, talking about the IRS—the country’s most formidable creditor. If you owe the IRS, and you’re trying …

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What is an IRS Tax Lien | Notice of Federal Tax Lien | TaxFortress.com

When Does the IRS File a Tax Lien?

If you or your business owe money to the IRS, the specter of a tax lien might be keeping you up at night.  Will the IRS file a tax lien?  When will they do it?  How will this affect me?  These are all legitimate concerns. What is a Federal Tax Lien? Let me begin with …

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Top 6 IRS Collection Notices

6 IRS Collection Notices You Absolutely Need to Notice

Getting behind on your tax obligations to the IRS is very stressful. Much of that stress stems from IRS collection notices. Not only is a delinquent taxpayer’s mailbox flooded with IRS mail, but that mail almost always contains scary, bolded “PAY NOW” demands, confusing language, and seemingly conflicting numbers. Clients often come to us overwhelmed, …

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Offer In Compromise Jaw-dropping Success Stories

Most of us have watched a TV commercial or heard a radio ad promising that a phone call to an 800 number will result in settling your tax debt for “pennies on the dollar.”  Is this too good to be true?  The truth is that most individuals and businesses who have gotten behind with their …

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IRS Tax Levy on Business Account

21 Days to Recover Your Money (from an IRS Levy on Business Bank Account)

“The IRS took all the money out of our business bank account(s)?!    How did this happen?   What are we supposed to do now?    I might as well shut down the business!!” It is panic inducing for a business owner to learn that the Internal Revenue Service has taken all the money out of their business …

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Stop Federal Tax Levy

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 monies that are due to …

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