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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: This course is the product of the twenty-five years I have helped clients deal with federal tax debt.  Many spend thousands on tax-problem Fixers found on the TV, the radio, or the internet before they come to me.

One client exemplifies the others – let's call him Jim.  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 garnishing his wages, and he didn't have enough money to pay his bills.  So, Jim put $2,300 on a credit card to pay for help.  The firm stopped the garnishment 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 payment to the IRS.  He was digging himself deeper and deeper into debt.

Making matters worse, Jim now owed the IRS for another tax year and couldn't pay.  In IRS-speak, this meant Jim's payment agreement was in default.  Now, he owed the IRS over $12,000 and didn't know what to do.  He definitely couldn't afford another $2,300 and was afraid.  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 the rep firm $2,300? stop a garnishment?… And, now owe over $8,000 in tax?”

Jim nodded sheepishly.  “Yes, I…-”

“First, you're not going to jail,” I interrupted, waving away the thought.  “When it comes to back taxes, your greatest threat is your imagination.”

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

Ultimately, things ended as I assumed (and should have for the $2,300 Jim paid for help).  He 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 afford to pay.  Then, Jim could work out a payment plan that would not break him.

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 resolve the debt on their own for a tiny fraction of what representation costs.  If their efforts don't work, 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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