You are not alone! There are several tax problems that our clients have in common, and it is possible to solve them. Here are the main problems we most often deal with.
You haven’t filed your taxes in several years.
Just because you neglected to file your tax returns, doesn’t mean that they were forgotten by the IRS. We understand that life gets in the way of filing tax returns. People get married and get divorced. People lose jobs and businesses. Unfortunately people get sick and they get behind on their tax returns. And while all of this is happening, the IRS still expects full compliance. When you neglect to file, you may receive a notice from the IRS requesting that you file. The worst news is that the IRS can file a tax return for you if you neglect to file. But when they file for you, your filing status is single/MFS (even if you’re married), they don’t claim any credits/deductions, and they don’t use expenses to offset your business income. Your income will be higher than if you filed on your own and consequently so will the tax due.
If you haven’t filed for a number of years, the thought of catching up may be a major source of stress. The good news is that the IRS only requires the past six years of returns for compliance.
Due to the constantly changing regulations of the IRS, filing can be quite complicated. If you have no idea of where to start, it is best to hire a professional who can help you resolve these issues. Don’t face the IRS alone. You can find out more here.
You can’t pay your taxes.
Every day good people find themselves unable to pay their taxes for various reasons and circumstances. It’s important to keep in mind that those who cannot pay their taxes are not criminals. The IRS has several tax-relief options programs to help taxpayers become compliant again.
Many assume bankruptcy is the only option, but there are rules about which taxes can be discharged in a bankruptcy and bankruptcy ruins your credit score. There are other alternative solutions to tax debt.
We look into your financial position and how much you owe to determine the best solution for you. Some of the tax resolution options we specialize in are Offers in Compromise, amending tax returns, penalty abatement, and several types of installment agreements to help reduce the burden of tax debt. Contact us today if you are interested in receiving these services.
I have received an IRS letter.
Getting the letter from the IRS doesn’t necessarily mean that you are in immediate trouble, or that you are going to jail. However, there is a problem that should be addressed as soon as possible. Please read the letter, determine if there are any deadlines or actions that you need to make. If you are struggling to understand what the IRS is asking of you, or if you would like help and guidance, with your letters, please reach out to us today.