Do you Owe Back Taxes? If you owe the IRS back taxes, this course is for you. Dealing with IRS Tax Debt teaches everything you need to know about your unpaid federal income taxes. Before you contact a representation firm, consider our course which will provide you a working knowledge of your options and the process for dealing with your IRS Tax Debt.

From the Instructor – Read Before Contacting IRS Rep Firm: I have been helping clients deal with their federal tax debt for the past twenty-five years.  Many of these clients arrived in my office after spending thousands of dollars on tax-problem Fixers whose ads they saw on TV, heard on the radio, or found on the internet.  

One client that stands out in my memory – let’s call him Jim - hired one of these firms to help him with his tax problem.  At first, Jim owed roughly $8,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest.  The IRS was having his wages garnished, and there wasn’t enough of his paychecks left to pay his living expenses.  He put $2,300 on a credit card to pay the firm.  The firm was able to stop the wage levy by working out a payment plan on Jim’s behalf.  But now, Jim had another problem.  He still couldn’t pay his bills and make the agreed-to payment to the IRS.  He was digging himself deeper and deeper into debt.  

Making matters worse, Jim now owed taxes for another year and didn’t have the money to pay.  In IRS-speak, this meant Jim’s payment agreement was in default.  Now, he owed over $12,000 in back taxes and didn’t know what to do.  He definitely couldn’t afford another $2,300 and feared what the IRS might do.  Another garnishment would break him.  If he couldn’t pay, was he going to jail? 

I sat in stunned silence as Jim shared his story.  When he finished, it took me a moment to recover.  “You paid them $2,300? stop a garnishment?… Over $8,000 in tax?”

Jim nodded sheepishly.  “I…-”

“First, you’re not going to jail,” I interrupted, waving the thought off to oblivion. “When it comes to back taxes, our greatest threat is often our imagination.” 

I then proceeded to ask Jim a few questions.  After he answered, I asked him to go home and call the number on the last notice he received.   After advising him of the long hold time, I told Jim what to say when the IRS answered.  He did.

In the end, things ended as I assumed (and as they should have for $2,300).  Jim got placed in what the IRS calls Currently Not Collectible Status because of his income and bills.  All collections activity stopped, at least until he could pay.  Then, if and when his income increased, Jim could work out a payment plan.  The payment might sting a little, but at least he could afford to make it.

The deal was a win-win: Jim handled his IRS tax debt, and I earned a reasonable fee for helping him out.

Jim’s outcome reflects how we work with clients with uncomplicated tax debt.  Often, they can resolve the debt on their own for a tiny fraction of the cost of representation.  It’s worth a shot and usually works splendidly.  When it doesn’t, we can take over from there.

The success of our policy is why we created this course.

Do you Owe Back Taxes?  If you owe the IRS back taxes, this course is for you.  Dealing with IRS Tax Debt teaches everything you need to know about your unpaid federal income taxes.  You will learn:

  • How and when income taxes get assessed
  • How long the IRS has to collect back taxes
  • Abatement of penalties and interest
  • When the IRS will stop collection activity & if these rules apply to you
  • Your payment options, including the Fresh Start Initiative that representation firms tout as the magic tax cure-all.

This course is a MUST BUY if you’re considering contacting a representation firm for help.  In many cases, you will be able to handle the debt yourself, saving potentially thousands in fees.  If not, it will provide a working knowledge of your options and the process, ensuring your representation dollars get put to good use.

Are You Looking to Help Clients with Back Taxes? Dealing With IRS Debt is also for you.  If you or your employees are new to IRS representation, they will learn everything they need to know to start helping taxpayers with IRS tax debt.  Our course includes tons of resources and study materials.  It also comes with a free exam and answers guide.  Even a certificate for those who complete the course!

Due to the nature of this course and federal regulations around representation, our instructors are not able to answer questions regarding this course.

All courses and articles are for informational purposes only and do not constitute tax advice. Taxes are complicated - do not act on course information without consulting a professional. Always refer to treasury regulation before making any tax decision. Read the full disclaimer.

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