We Help With Unpaid Taxes
You probably found us by searching for “Tax attorney near me” or “IRS tax attorney.” We are glad you found us.
We are a tax law firm in Houston, Texas. We are often included in listings of top tax attorneys. Our attorneys are members of the state bar association and are in good standing. More importantly, we can help with your IRS tax debt.
The IRS has broad administrative powers to collect unpaid taxes. And it is not shy about using these powers. The IRS continues to step up its efforts to collect unpaid tax, penalties, and interest.
This often involves issuing tax liens and/or seizing or garnishing paychecks and bank accounts, taking vehicles and other personal or business property, and foreclosing on real estate. The IRS can even take your house and, in some cases, foreign assets.
The IRS can also contact third parties. This can have a negative effect on how you are perceived and limit your business opportunities.
The IRS may even enlist the courts to take your property from you or third parties and the IRS may blatantly violate the law in doing so.
What can a tax lawyer do for me?
An experienced tax resolution attorney can often get the IRS to agree to a temporary collection hold. This collection hold can afford you an opportunity to gather your financial records, file any late tax returns, and get organized so they can help settle your tax balances with the IRS.
The tax attorney may also pursue other options. This often includes filing for a collection due process hearing or collection appeal process to lift an IRS levy, helping you enter into a temporary or permanent payment or installment agreement with the IRS, filing an offer in compromise to try to settle the tax debt, helping you get your IRS-certified passport reinstated, or, in some cases, filing bankruptcy to discharge the tax debts.
Can a tax attorney negotiate with IRS?
The answer is “yes!” The tax attorney can and often should negotiate with the IRS. This negotiation starts with their first contact with the IRS. The IRS bureaucracy affords the tax attorney several opportunities to negotiate with the IRS as your case progresses. Each step has its own nuances. If these negotiations are not successful, the attorney can try negotiating with the IRS attorney or U.S. Department of Justice attorney who is assigned to the case.
Do I need a lawyer to deal with the IRS?
The answer is “maybe.” There are some situations where you absolutely need a tax lawyer. If you owe the IRS and are a politician, celebrity, lawyer, or accountant, you will need to hire a tax lawyer. The IRS has a history of trying to make an example out taxpayers who have this background. These cases make the news and, from the IRS’s perspective, the news headlines encourage others to voluntarily comply with our tax laws.
You also need to hire a tax lawyer if you have any criminal tax exposure. This can include having not filed tax returns for several years and having been contacted by an IRS revenue officer or IRS special agent.
You also need to hire a tax lawyer if you received an IRS summons, complaint, or have been served with papers by the IRS.
You also need to hire a tax lawyer if you do not have the time or inclination to work through your back taxes with the IRS.
How much does an IRS lawyer cost?
This is not the correct question. The more correct question is how much will it cost if you don’t hire an IRS tax lawyer?
Many of our clients are surprised to find that we charge reasonable rates for the work we do. We can come up with a plan that even those with modest means can afford. We typically work on fixed fee arrangements and are willing to work on monthly payment plans. We offer a free consultation and can discuss pricing during the meeting.
What should I expect from the IRS?
This is a hard question to answer. The IRS collections function handles a number of different types of tax cases.
The IRS computers handle many IRS collection cases. The IRS computers may even process lien notices, issue come levies on wages or bank accounts, and take other actions. The IRS assigns some cases to IRS revenue officers or IRS special agents “in the field” to work. And other cases are farmed out to private tax collectors.
There are several legal, procedural, and policy rules that the IRS has to follow when taking these collection activities. There are also legal, procedural, and policy rules surrounding all of the collection alternatives mentioned above. These rules are nuanced. To give you an example, there are special rules for U.S. military personnel who owe back taxes. There are also special considerations for truck drivers. This list could go on for quite some time.
Dealing With IRS Debts & Collections
There are several options for dealing with IRS debts and collections. This includes:
- Settling tax debts for less.
- Working out payment agreements.
- Getting a temporary reprieve from collections.
- Appealing adverse collection actions.
- Discharging your taxes in bankruptcy.
- Avoiding the IRS tax refund offset.
While these options are available, it is up to you and your IRS tax attorney to choose the right strategy.
Hire Our IRS Tax Attorneys Today
An experienced IRS attorney can help ensure that the IRS follows the law and that the law is used to your benefit rather than your detriment. You can read our case studies involving unpaid taxes here.
If your case is in collections and you want to talk to an IRS attorney, we want to hear from you.
Call us at (713) 909-4906 or schedule an appointment with our IRS collection attorneys.
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