At the TAX SOLUTIONS LAW FIRM, LLC, we provide affordable tax help to individuals and businesses with tax problems. No gimmicks or fast-talking salespeople--just straight-forward, honest advice that solves real-world tax problems. Our experienced, local tax attorneys can help you resolve your tax problems and allow you to reclaim your life and eliminate the burden of tax debt.
Are you looking to reach a tax settlement with the IRS so that you can live your life again--free from worry about what the IRS might do to you? If so, you have come to the right place. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, LLC, we help ordinary taxpayers settle their tax debts with the IRS (and the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Revenue).
As part of our services, we can provide you with a personalized tax settlement analysis. This analysis will provide you with the information necessary to make informed decisions when solving your tax problems.
Call us at 913-491-HELP for a free phone consultation to see how we can help you. We have helped hundreds of local taxpayers just like you.
Start solving your tax problems today! The longer you wait to resolve your tax problems, the more aggressive the IRS collection methods will become. Under federal law, the IRS has tremendous authority to collect the taxes owed. This collection authority includes wage garnishments, bank levies, even seizing your assets.
Fortunately, there is good news: Your IRS problems can be solved!!! But YOU must take action to solve themâ€”your IRS problems will not go away by themselves. If solving your tax problems were easy, you would have done it already. You need help.
Why should you contact the TAX SOLUTIONS LAW FIRM, LLC to assist you with solving your tax problem?
- We offer a free phone consultation to see if we can help you. We can show you how you can reclaim your life from IRS problems and stop the worry associated with owing back taxes. We can help you get your life back.
- We are local. Unlike many tax resolution firms, our tax attorneys live and work right here in the Kansas City area. Why is this important to you? You can meet with us face-to-face. No long distance communication. With all the scams in the tax resolution industry, it is important for you to meet the person who will be solving your tax problems.
- We are experienced, knowledgeable tax attorneys. We know the tax law and have tremendous experience dealing with the Collection Division of the IRS, so we can identify and work toward the best possible solution for your individual circumstances. There is no one-size-fits-all settlement for tax problems. You deserve personal attention and you will receive that personal attention from the Tax Solutions Law Firm. Our tax attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience helping taxpayers with legal, tax, and accounting issues as well as IRS related problems.
- We are affordable and offer flexible tax representation options. Some of our clients take advantage of our full representation option in which we deal directly with the IRS to solve your tax problems. Many of our other clients choose our one-time consultation option in which we discuss your tax problems and develop a plan to solve them. After this one-time consultation, you can make a choice whether you to solve your tax problem yourself or hire us to do it for you. Call us today to see which option is best for you.
- Our clients never meet with, or even speak with, the IRS, after they hire us for the full representation option.
As with any large problem, the first thing to do is break it down to smaller steps. You have already taken the first step by admitting that you have a serious problem and investigating professional help. The second step you should take is to call us today for your free phone consultation. There is no reason to live in fear from the IRS any longer. With qualified help just a phone call away, you can begin to reclaim your life today. Call us today at 913-491-HELP for your free phone consultation. You will be happy you did.
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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
Will the IRS put me in jail?
One of the questions I am frequently asked in our initial consultation is: Will the IRS put me in jail for not filing my tax returns or for owing back taxes? The answer is: â€śno, in most situations, you will not go to jail for not filing your tax return and not being able to pay your taxes.â€ť While it is a criminal offense not to file a tax return when you owe tax (or to willfully evade the payment of taxes), usually the IRS is much more interested in getting payment from you rather than putting you in jail. However, if you are intentionally evading your tax obligations under the law, you could be subject to criminal penalties and prosecution. The good news is that regardless of your situation, your tax problems can be solved by dealing with the problem and not ignoring it.
IRS DEBT SETTLEMENT TIP 1: One of the best things you can do for yourself is to file an accurate tax return, even if you cannot afford to pay the tax. While failing to file a tax return (when you owe tax) is crime, failing to pay your taxes (when you truly cannot afford to do so) is not a crime.
What is a tax lien?
Liens give the IRS a legal, enforceable claim to your property as security for payment of the tax you owe. [A tax lien is the same concept as a mortgage on a residence. The money borrowed to buy the residence is secured by (or guaranteed by) the mortgage. If you were to default on your mortgage payments, the lender can come take the residence as repayment for the money borrowed.] In a similar manner, if you fail to pay your taxes, the tax liens give the IRS the legal right to take your property.
There are two lien terms that cause confusion with many taxpayers: a federal tax lien and a Notice of Federal Tax Lien. According to federal tax laws, a federal tax lien arises automatically when the following three events occur: (1) the IRS assesses your tax liability (usually when you file your tax return or when the IRS files a return for you), (2) the IRS sends you a â€śNotice and Demand for Paymentâ€ť, and (3) you do not pay the full amount within 10 days after the IRS notifies you about the tax debt. The creation of a federal tax lien gives the IRS the ability to begin collection action against you. However, the creation of the federal tax lien is an internal administrative IRS process. In other words, nobody knows about it (besides the IRS and you).
If the tax owe is large enough, the IRS may file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien against you in the public records (usually your Countyâ€™s Register of Deeds Office). The filing of a Notice of Federal Tax Lien by the IRS gives notice to the world that you owe federal taxes. By filing a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, your creditors are publicly notified that the IRS has a claim against all of your property, including property you acquire after the lien was filed.
The lien attaches to (is valid against) all of your property (such as your house, cars, and bank accounts) and to all of your rights to property (such as wages or accounts receivable).
A Notice of Federal Tax Lien may harm your credit rating and may affect your ability to get a loan, buy a house or a car, get a new credit card or a sign a lease.
What is a levy?
A levy is a legal seizure of your property to satisfy your tax debt. Levies are different from liens in that the levy is the actual enforcement of the lien. In other words, while a lien is a claim used as security for the tax debt, the levy actually takes your property to satisfy the tax debt. A levy is a serious event in which the IRS takes legal ownership your assets (then sells the assets, if necessary, to pay the taxes you owe).
Levies can occur in many ways. If you do not pay your taxes, the IRS can sieze and sell property that you hold in your possession (your car, boat or house) or the IRS can take property that is yours but is held by someone else (your wages, bank accounts, retirement accounts, dividends, account receivable, etc.).
Fortunately, levies do not come â€śout of the blue.â€ť The IRS is required to make you aware that they are about to take your property. Federal law requires the IRS to send you a â€śFinal Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of your Right to a Hearing.â€ť This is a levy notice. This notice gives you important legal rightsâ€”and should not be ignored.
IRS DEBT SETTLEMENT TIP 2: Open all your mail from the IRS. We know it is unpleasant to open your mail from the IRS when you owe taxes but ignoring the problem will not make it go away. In fact, by not opening mail from the IRS you may be unintentionally waiving important legal rights.
What is the best way to solve my tax problem?
The best way to solve your tax problem is to get started immediately. The longer you ignore the problem, the worse the problem will getâ€”and the fewer viable options you will have to solve your tax problem.
To be honest, if you have a simple tax problem, you can probably solve it yourself. If there is no law or rule that says that you must hire a professional to solve your tax problem. First, you need to educate yourself by using websites like this one and the IRS website at www.irs.gov. Second, call the IRS to negotiate a resolution to your problem. What is a simple problem? If you owe the IRS under $10,000, you probably have a relatively simple problem and can solve it yourself.
If your situation is complicated or you do not want take the time, effort and hassle to do-it-yourself (e.g., you do not want to talk to the IRS), you should hire an experienced tax professional to help you. While you could learn all the tax law and all the rules that govern the IRS collection procedures, it would take you an awfully long time to learn it all so that you could start using it in your own situation. An experienced tax professional will already know a tremendous amount about the tax law and the rules governing the IRS collection process. A good tax professional will use their skill, experience and knowledge to get the best result possible for you.
Why should I hire a professional to solve my tax problem?
While it will cost you money to hire professional, it will be more cost effective in the long run. In most situations, an experienced tax professional can more effectively evaluate your options than you could yourself. Once an appropriate solution has been determined, an experienced tax professional can negotiate a lower payment with the IRS with significantly less time, stress and hassle than if you did it yourself.
You probably undertake a similar analysis when you deciding whether to go see your doctor. When you get sick, do you attempt to treat yourself or do you go to the doctor? It depends on the seriousness of the illness. If you have the common cold (a simple problem that you can take care of yourself), you probably deal with it yourselfâ€”no doctor visit. But if you do not get better after a while or you have a serious illness, you seeking professional medical help from your qualified, experienced doctor. Your doctorâ€™s training and experience make him better suited than you to solve your medical problem.
We would suggest the same is true in solving your tax problem. While you can call the IRS and attempt to negotiate a settlement on your tax problem, due to your lack of knowledge about the process (and what the IRS is really looking for), it is highly likely that you would pay more than if you hired an experienced tax professional.
How do I go about choosing an experienced tax professional to help me?
You should evaluate several aspects when choosing a tax professional to help you with your tax problem. First, whether or not you hire the Tax Solutions Law Firm, it is our very strong recommendation that you hire a local, experienced tax professional. With all the scams in the tax resolution industry, it is important for you to get to know the person who will be solving your tax problems. Second, choose a tax professional that has experience dealing with the IRS Collection Division.
There are many good people who prepare tax returns very well, but these same persons have very little or no experience in dealing with the IRS Collection Division. Choose someone that has the experience to get the best result for you. Third and just as importantly, choose a tax professional that you will enjoy talking with. This is the importance of being able to meet them before you hire them. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we meet or exceed all these criteria and would enjoy talking to you about your tax problems.
IRS DEBT SETTLEMENT TIP 3: Get started today! Your IRS problems can be solved. But YOU must take action to solve them - your IRS problems will not go away by themselves. Call us today for your free initial consultation. Our experienced, tax attorneys have helped hundreds of people in the Kansas City area solve their tax problems.
IRS Debt Settlements Helpful Hints
We have compiled this information to make you aware of the common mistakes that we have seen taxpayers make when dealing with the IRS. Unfortunately, we have seen taxpayers make these mistakes again and again. It is critically important that you avoid these mistakes if you want to maximize your chances of successfully resolving your IRS debt problem.
Open all mail from the IRS.
This may seem obvious, but many people do not do it. The IRS is not going to go away just because you don´t open your mail. Ignoring your IRS problems is not the answer. It is crucially important to open all your mail from the IRS (especially the certified letters). While it may be unpleasant to open, the mail from the IRS provides you notice of your legal rights (yes, you do have legal rights even when dealing with the IRS). By ignoring your legal rights, you are making it more difficult - and perhaps even more expensive - to solve your tax problems. So if you do nothing else, open all your mail from the IRS. When you begin to get certified letters from the IRS, you need to take action -- either on your own or hiring experienced professionals like the Tax Solutions Law Firm.
Don´t fall further behind.
Many people think that if they are already behind in their taxes, they should simply not bother to pay their current taxes. This is not true. One of the best actions you can take to start solving your tax problems is to become a good taxpaying citizen again. The IRS is easier to deal with when you are meeting your current tax obligations. Everyone falls into a rough patch in life now and again. A temporary failure to pay your taxes is much easier to explain to the IRS than continued failure to pay taxes (unless there's a good reason).
File your taxes even if you cannot pay them.
Many people also believe that if you cannot afford to pay your taxes, you should not file tax returns. Again, this is not true. There are penalties for failing to file your taxes. There are penalties for failing to pay your taxes. By filing your taxes even if you are unable to pay, you can avoid the failure to file penalties. Also, as a general rule, the IRS is more aggressive in dealing with taxpayers who fail to file their tax returns and fail to pay their taxes.
Potential IRS Solutions for your IRS Problems
Some problems are just too big to handle on your own. Let the tax lawyers at Tax Solutions Law Firm help you solve your tax problems -- and help you get your life back!
Our tax attorneys have over fifteen (15) years of experience dealing specifically with IRS tax problems and over fifty (50) years experience dealing with general tax matters and tax issues.
Because each tax problem is unique, the solution to each problem is unique. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we can develop a solution that is specific to your particular situation -- a solution that addresses your specific needs and concerns. We do not attempt to apply a one-size-fits-all solution to every problem.
For your convenience, we have provided a summary of some of the more common solutions to taxpayer problems.
Offers in Compromise
The Offer in Compromise program is the only IRS - approved way of reducing your total tax debt. It is a great way to resolve outstanding tax liabilities, if you meet the qualifications. Unfortunately, the IRS continues to increase the requirements so that fewer people qualify for this program. Successfully obtaining an Offer in Compromise requires submission to the IRS of a substantial amount of financial information. The entire process may take as long as 12 months (or longer). After you submit your financial information, the IRS will determine how much of your tax debt you can pay. The key to a successful Offer in Compromise is to properly analyze your financial situation and to properly submit your financial information to the IRS. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we can help you qualify for the relief you need. Our tax lawyers have been helping taxpayers successfully obtain relief under the Offer in Compromise program for over fifteen years.
A standard installment plan does not reduce your overall tax debt; instead, it allows you to pay your existing tax debt over a period of time. The benefit of an installment plan is that as long as you are making your monthly payments on time (and you are meeting all of your other tax obligations), the IRS cannot take aggressive collection action against you (e.g., no wage garnishments, no bank levies, etc.). If you owe more than a certain amount, the IRS will require that you submit financial information to them so that the IRS can determine how much you can afford to pay on a monthly basis. Again, the key to obtaining a reasonable monthly payment is proper analysis of your financial situation and to the appropriate submission of your financial information to the IRS. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we can help you qualify for the lowest monthly payment allowed by law. Our lawyers have been helping taxpayers successfully obtain installment agreements for over fifteen years.
If you do not file your taxes on time or pay your taxes on time, the IRS can (and usually does) assess a penalty against you. These penalties can add more than 25% to the amount of tax owed. Under some circumstances, these penalties can be forgiven if you have a good reason for not filing or paying your taxes. As an added bonus, if the penalty is canceled, the interest related to the penalty is also canceled. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we can help you determine if you qualify for penalty abatement.
Some (but not all) taxes are dischargeable in Bankruptcy. Bankruptcy may be an option for those taxpayers who meet the qualifications. These qualifications are complex and confusing to many people. Before pursuing this option, you should consult with a qualified bankruptcy/tax advisor who can properly advise you on both the tax aspects and the non-tax aspects of this option. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we have help numerous people discharged taxes through bankruptcy. While not the solution for everyone, it is a wonderful solution for those who qualify. Call us today to see if you might be able to qualify for bankruptcy relief!
An IRS Audit or Exam is when the IRS attempts to verify your income and deductions taken on your tax return. IRS audits can be extremely time - consuming, at best, and horribly stressful and intimidating, at worst. The best way to reduce the time, intimidation and stress of an audit is to hire someone who is experience at dealing with the IRS. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we can not only help you survive your audit, but perhaps even thrive after the audit is complete.
We believe that if you are or are about to be audited by the IRS, you should be represented by someone who is skilled and experienced in audits...not necessarily the person who prepared your return. Most tax preparers are very good at what they do - preparing tax returns. But most of them are not experienced in dealing with the Examination Division of the IRS.
The best chance to protect your interests and to minimize future problems is to have skilled representation right from the beginning of your audit. Most of our audit clients never meet with the IRS. We understand the tax law and we know how to use it to your advantage. If you have already been audited and disagree with the auditor, you may have appeal rights. If you have new information or new facts to support your position, you may be entitled to a second audit - an Audit Reconsideration.
If you have received an audit notice, you should contact us immediately. If you are involved in any way in an audit, call us. We can help you determine your best course of action.
Would you go into surgery without a doctor? Why do battle with the IRS without a qualified tax lawyer on your side? The IRS has thousands of attorney on its side - working to make sure the IRS collects as much money as possible. You need an experience tax attorney working for you.
The IRS issues tax liens to protect the governments´ interest when you have unpaid taxes. These tax liens are a matter of public record and are filed with the county clerk in which you live (or your business operates). These tax liens can destroy your credit and make it difficult or nearly impossible to borrow the funds to pay off your tax debt. Unfortunately, once a valid tax lien was issued, it is difficult to remove until all the taxes are paid. Levies and liens are usually the IRS´ last resort in collection. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we can help you remedy this threatened course of action.
If you have received an IRS Notice of Intent to Levy or Lien contact us today for your free phone consultation.
After the IRS has issued all its required notices and taxes are still unpaid, the IRS may begin to take your assets. This is known as a tax levy. Tax levies can take many forms, such as wage garnishments, levy on bank accounts, and even seizure of physical assets. If you have received an IRS´ Notice of Intent to Levy, you should take immediate action to protect your assets. At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, P.A., we can take action to protect your assets from IRS levy. BUT you must act quickly. The tax law only gives a short window after you receive such a notice in which you can assert your rights under the law. And even if you have missed this short window, you can still take action to stop aggressive IRS collection action. Contact us today for your free consultation to determine the best way to stop the IRS aggressive collection tactics and get your life back. Remember: Stopping IRS levies before they occur is much easier than removing them after they occur -- and much less expensive too.
A Wage Garnishment is a specific type of levy. Your employer is required to pay the IRS all wages owed to you (you are allowed to keep a small exemption amount - and it is small). Your employer must continue to pay your wages to the IRS until the Garnishment is canceled by the IRS or the total amount of taxes, penalty and interest has been paid. Garnishment can be embarrassing, at best, and devastating to your finances, at worst. If you are subject to a wage garnishment, what you waiting for? Call us today so that we can help you put a stop to these aggressive IRS collection actions. Experienced, professional, and local tax help is just a phone call away.
Levy on a Bank Account
A Levy on a bank account is a specific type of levy. Along with wage garnishments, a levy on a bank account is usually one of the first aggressive collection actions that the IRS takes. A levy on a bank account can be inconvenient, at best, and devastating to your finances, at worst, by causing bounced checks and other disruptions to your cash flow. If the IRS has levied against your bank account, call us today so that we can help you put a stop to these aggressive IRS collection actions. Experienced, effective, and local tax help is just a phone call away.
When a business pays wages to its employees, the business is required to deduct social security, medicare and federal income tax from the employees´ paychecks. These deductions from the employees paychecks are referred to as the "trust fund taxes" and should be paid to the IRS in a timely fashion. In addition to the trust fund taxes, businesses must also make a matching contribution on behalf of their employees for Social Security and Medicare taxes. The trust fund taxes and matching contributions are commonly referred to as payroll taxes. When these payroll taxes are not paid into the IRS in a timely fashion, the IRS usually acts quickly and aggressively to collect these amounts. The penalties for late payment of these amounts are very severe.
Many business owners who have formed a corporation or a LLC believe that they are protected from the nonpayment of payroll taxes because they have "limited liability". Unfortunately for many business owners, this is simply not true when it comes to the trust fund taxes. Federal law gives the IRS the ability to transfer the liability to those who are responsible individuals of the business. The individual owners of the business are then subject to collection activities.
If you own a business and you are getting behind on your payroll taxes, call us immediately so that we can help you devise a plan to minimize your personal tax liability.
Unfiled Tax Returns
If you owe taxes, the law requires that you file a tax return. For various reasons, some taxpayers do not file their tax returns by the due date. Many people believe that if you cannot afford to pay your taxes, you should not file tax returns. This is not true. Filing accurate tax returns is usually the first step in solving your tax problems. Whatever your reasons for not filing your tax returns, we can assist you with filing all the required returns and create a solution to your tax problems.
If you do not voluntarily file a return, the IRS may file a return for you. The worst thing about the IRS completing your tax return for you is that your tax will be computed in favor of the IRS. Even if this has happened to you, you may still file a voluntary return to take advantage of all deductions and credits to which you are entitled.
Appellate Division Review
Like any large government agency, the IRS has several levels of bureaucracy. In some cases, when dealing with the first level of bureaucracy, the taxpayer may not get a favorable result. When this happens, many times, we are able to successfully appealed to the Appellate Division of the IRS and obtain a much more favorable result for taxpayer. Using our experience, knowledge and skill, the tax lawyers at the Tax Solutions Law Firm, have successfully appealed numerous decisions to be IRS Appellate Division.
Innocent Spouse Relief
For married couples, income taxes are generally lower if a joint return (rather than married filing separately return) is filed. One disadvantage of filing a joint return is that both the husband and wife owe the entire income tax balance on the return (although the IRS can collect no more than the total amount owed). Sometimes the husband or the wife does not report an item of income and the IRS makes an additional tax assessment. In this situation the innocent spouse and the guilty spouse both owe the additional tax and the IRS can collect from either spouse. We may be able to persuade the IRS to release the non-guilty spouse from liability for the additional tax. There are many factors that the IRS will consider including how much did the non-guilty spouse know about the improper item or the existence of physical or mental abuse of the non - guilty spouse.
In a situation when a joint return is filed but the tax owed on the return is not paid, both parties are liable for the full amount of the tax even if one spouse had very little or no income. If the parties later separate or divorce and the tax is unpaid, we may be able to divide the joint liability proportionately so that the spouse with little or no income is only liable for a small portion or none of the tax.
Collection Statute Expiration
As a general rule the IRS can collect taxes, penalties and interest during a ten year period which starts with the assessment of the tax (usually the filing of the return). This ten year period can be extended under several circumstances including the filing of an Offer in Compromise or Bankruptcy. We may be able to force cancellation of tax, interest and penalty if this collection period has expired. We may also be able to obtain a release of any lien that has been filed for the expired collections period. Your tax debt is really old, call us today to see if this solution might be appropriate for you.
Call us at (913) 491-HELP to schedule your free initial phone consultation. We are local tax lawyers that can help you solve your tax problems and get your life back. Call Today!
Pennies on the Dollar Settlements
Have you seen the â€śPennies on the Dollarâ€ť advertisements on TV that state (or even guarantee) a particular organization can settle your case for "pennies on the dollar?â€ť Do these advertisements leave wondering "Can my tax debt be settled for pennies on the dollar?" Of course, they do.
BUT ARE SUCH CLAIMS REALISTIC?
The honest answer is that it depends on the facts your particular case. Some cases can be settled for "pennies on the dollar"; however, most cases cannot. The good news is that a tax settlement can be obtained in all cases. A tax settlement is nothing more than a solution to your tax problem that both you and the taxing authority can live with.
At the Tax Solutions Law Firm, we have settled some cases for "pennies on the dollar" and we have also negotiated full payment of taxes owed for taxpayers who could afford to pay their taxes in full. Again, there is no one-size-fits-all settlement for tax problems. You deserve and should receive individual attention from the professional you hire to settle your tax problem. You will receive such attention from Tax Solutions Law Firm. You owe it to yourself to call us today for your free initial phone consultation.
There is no reason to live in fear from the IRS any longer. With qualified help just a phone call away, you can begin to reclaim your life today.
Call Ray or Bob today at 913-491-HELP for your free initial phone consultation. Our office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday).
For your convenience, we accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover, if you decide to retain our services.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Tax Solutions Law Firm, LLC
8700 Monrovia Street, Suite 310
Lenexa, Kansas 66215
Phone: 913-491-HELP (4357)