Using a State or IRS Tax Professional or Expert
Table of Contents
- How Federal or IRS Back Tax Professionals Can Help
- Should You Hire a Tax Professional or Expert?
- Benefits of Using a Tax Professional if You Can’t Pay Taxes
- Types of Tax Professionals & Services to Help With Problems
- How to Find a Tax Relief Professional
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Tax Professionals Are Your Best Solution To Tax Issues
When it comes to dealing with the IRS, people tend to be unsure if they should deal with the IRS on their own or hire someone to help them. Under the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, you are allowed to have a tax professional handle any issue that you have with the IRS. There are only three types of tax professionals that can represent tax payers before the IRS. These three are tax attorneys, enrolled agents and CPAs.
How Federal or IRS Back Tax Professionals Can Help
Tax professionals are great at dealing with the IRS for you. IRS employees (collectors or auditors) would much rather prefer dealing with a professional. Dealing with a professional makes their job easier.
IRS tax professionals know the likely outcomes of many IRS issues and chances are that they have worked through many cases like your own. They understand that the IRS works around a formula and their job is to understand that formula and make your numbers add up to what the IRS is looking for.
Tax professionals also don’t carry an emotional attachment to the problem like you may have. Most of the IRS’s power and ability to get what they want comes from their intimidation factor; using a professional makes this weapon of theirs useless. Tax professionals will be able to handle all of your tax dealings on your behalf by filing for power of attorney. With power of attorney all correspondence will go to your tax professional instead of you.
Should You Hire a Tax Professional or Expert?
There are many times where it would be to the tax payers benefit to handle issues with the IRS on their own. IRS tax professionals cost money and the amount you pay varies by the tax problem you have. We offer a free tax analysis and consultation so that you can understand your options first, as well as their costs. Many other tax firms do not offer this service and often charge “retainer fees” or “hidden fees.” Sometimes these fees are too much to justify the service that these tax professionals are doing. Below are a few instances where you can easily use the information from this site to handle the issues on your own or contact us.
- You received an audit notice and you have all proper back up and can legitimately come up with support for the majority of the items on the tax return. With that being said, you also have nothing to hide and you did not knowingly make any miscalculations. The IRS has a process to select returns to audit, some are completely random and you can just have one of those cases.
- You owe the IRS $10,000 or less and you do have the ability to pay this off over time. Owing $10,000 or under is a very minimal amount to the IRS and they will allow you to pay this off over time without any questions asked through an installment agreement.
In the cases above it might be in your best benefit to take on the IRS on your own, if you feel like you may run into problems, a tax professional will help you, but you will be paying more than if you did it on your own.
Benefits of Using a Tax Professional If You Can’t Pay Taxes
Why Hire A State or IRS Tax Professional?
There are thousands of taxpayers out there struggling with Tax Bills that they simply cannot pay. But there is help for those that are being hounded by the IRS. The best option is to hire a Tax Professional.
Complex Tax Code
The average Taxpayer will not have knowledge of all of the complex IRS Tax laws and codes. Tax professionals / individuals who went to school for years to learn IRS Tax codes and procedures know better. These skilled professionals in a Tax Firm’s team include tax attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents, tax lawyers, Accountants, and Expert Tax Professionals all trained to deal with IRS issues.
IRS Power of Attorney Representation
Through IRS power of attorney representation tax professionals can handle the IRS on your behalf. This can quickly cut down your stress by stopping the harassing phone calls or visits to the IRS. Your tax professional can handle all negotiations and IRS dealings on your behalf. Tax professionals understand the tactics and they will not crack under pressure and go for an agreement that doesn’t fit your needs. Having someone on your side that isn’t emotionally attached to the taxes owed is a great thing and can lead to much better outcomes than the average taxpayer could get on their own.
Better Tax Resolution Outcome
A qualified professional will analyze your entire financial situation to make the right choices for you. When you are working on your own, it’s hard to know all the tax laws and loopholes that will ensure you make the right choices with your IRS taxes owed.
Save Time and Prevent Further Penalties and Interest
Tax Professionals save you time. People in busy professions like doctors often hire tax professionals to handle their cases on their behalf.
Good Tax Relief Professionals Are Not Expensive
A good IRS tax professional network should not be expensive, charge retainer fees, and have a diverse team of tax professionals. Typically, the average cost to the taxpayer for a resolution is minimal compared to what can be saved in term of penalties, interest, and a possible settlement.
Working with the IRS is notoriously difficult. If you make just one small mistake, you risk owing money to the IRS than when you started. If there’s a tax bill you cannot pay, it’s best to seek the help of a Tax Professional. Use the form to the right or contact us today for a free tax analysis.
Types of Tax Professionals & Services To Help With Tax Problems
There are three main types of professionals when dealing with back taxes issues. These are tax attorneys, CPAs (certified public accountant), and enrolled agents.
Tax Attorney/Tax Relief Lawyer
Tax attorneys are lawyers who deal with the complex and technical field of tax law. A tax attorney is a good option if there is a large amount of money involved, typically $15,000 and up, and you are going to court for tax-related issues or the IRS has accused you of tax fraud. Tax attorneys are best to use when dealing with complex tax law and technical tax issues.
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CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
CPAs are state-licensed tax professionals. CPAs deal mainly with technical accounting and auditing.
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An enrolled agent is a tax advisor and tax-preparer who is specifically licensed to practice before the IRS. On average, an enrolled agent is the most experienced professional to work with in dealing with the IRS, and they are also typically the least expensive to hire.
Depending on your tax needs, our partners are comprised of CPAs, former IRS agents, Tax Attorneys, and more, and can be utilized depending on your specific state and tax problem.
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Tax Resolution Services
Tax resolution service companies are generally made up of a team of professionals made up of enrolled agents, CPAs, tax attorneys, and tax preparers. Generally their sole focus is in resolving tax problems related to IRS and State taxes owed. Even though they may employee tax attorneys, you won’t get the attorney-client privilege and it is likely that they cannot help with tax court-related cases.
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Taxpayer Advocate Services
This program helps about 200,000 taxpayers with their tax problems each year. This is a free service that is designed to help those that have issues resolving their problems through normal IRS channels. This is an independent organization within the IRS and they do have specific qualifications to use their help.
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Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
This program helps close to 20,000 taxpayers each year. This is a free or low-cost service that is offered to taxpayers that meet specific income requirements or English is their second language and don’t fully understand their responsibilities and rights as a taxpayer. This service is mainly provided by volunteers through organizations that receive partial grant funding from the IRS.
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How to Find a Trusted Tax Relief Expert
When should you seek a tax professional or tax professional services and under what circumstances? You might decide to take on the IRS alone and you might be successful. But, if you feel like you’re in over your head and want professional help, seeking a tax professional is the best option for you. But how do you find a reliable one?
Watch out for Tax Relief “Retainer Fee”
Any company that says the words “Retainer” or “Retainer Fee” is probably only interested in taking your money. A retainer fee is a fee that “holds the services until an actual agreement is made.” This means that the Retainer fee is not the real charge. This fee allows companies to legally hold the right to change prices to the agreement. What you should look for is a company with a flat rate, so you know exactly what you’re getting for your money. Watch out for this phrase, and make sure you’re being charged fairly.
Watch out for “Pennies on the Dollar”
“You can settle your liability for Pennies on the Dollar!” If you’ve been searching for information on Tax Relief Professionals, this phrase is sure to have come up more than once. It’s in reference to the IRS’ Offer in Compromise Program. The Offer in Compromise allows you to settle your liability for a lesser amount. But remember, the guidelines for the program are rigid and few people actually qualify. If a Tax Professional tells you that you qualify for this program without knowing the specifics of your tax problem, don’t trust them.
Watch out for Direct Tax Relief Solicitation
If the IRS has filed a notice of federal tax lien against you, you may receive a call or letter from a tax professional. These companies lie in wait and then bombard people with calls. This is a way for companies to hide their bad reputations. Usually, these companies have to buy lists of numbers because they can’t get people to call them. In general, good quality tax professionals do not have to stoop this low to get clients.
Check the Better Business Bureau
So you’ve found a Tax Relief Professional that seems reliable? It’s not over yet. Now you need to reference the Better Business Bureau and check their rating. If they have a rating of at least “Satisfactory”, you know that they can be trusted. But, if they are listed as “Unsatisfactory” or are not a member of the BBB at all, this is a big red flag.
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