Help With Unpaid Taxes

The IRS and state tax authorities continue to step up their efforts to collect unpaid tax, penalties, and interest.

The IRS has broad administrative powers to collect unpaid taxes. IRS collections efforts typically include the IRS issuing tax liens and/or seizing or garnishing paychecks and bank accounts, vehicles and other personal or business property, and real estate. The IRS may even enlist the courts to take property from the taxpayer or others who hold property belonging to the taxpayer.

Prevent Unlawful Collections

In most cases, it may be possible to get the IRS to agree to a temporary collection hold from the IRS. This collection hold can afford the taxpayer an opportunity to gather their financial records and file any missing tax returns.

There are times an informal collection hold is insufficient. There are a number of ways to halt IRS collections activities, including filing a collection due process hearing request or collection appeal process request, entering into a payment or installment agreement with the IRS, filing an offer in compromise to try to settle the tax debt, or, in some cases, filing a bankruptcy petition.

How the IRS processes the case depends on who is working the case. The IRS computers handle many IRS collection cases. Others are assigned to revenue officers “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. There are also special rules for U.S. military personnel who owe back taxes. There are also special considerations for truck drivers.

Dealing With IRS Debts & Collections

There are several options for dealing with IRS debts and collections. This includes:

  1. Settling tax debts for less.
  2. Working out payment agreements.
  3. Getting a temporary reprieve from collections.
  4. Appealing adverse collection actions.
  5. Discharging your taxes in bankruptcy.

While these options are available, it is up to you and your tax attorneys to choose the right strategy.

See How We Can Help With Your Tax Debt

An experienced tax attorney can help ensure that the IRS and states follow these rules and that the rules are used to your benefit rather than your detriment. If your case is in collections you need to speak to an experienced tax attorney.

Please call us at (713) 909-4906 or schedule an appointment with our tax debt collection attorneys.

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