If you owe back taxes to the IRS or State, your immediate thought may be to tackle the problem head on by yourself. However, speaking to the IRS or State without proper representation can make matters worse. The primary goal of the IRS is to collect the taxes they believe you owe. In other words, they are not on your side and they are not out to protect your interests. There are many things you should be aware of before speaking with the IRS about your tax problem…

YOU HAVE RIGHTS! Believe it or not, you have rights as a taxpayer that you may not even know exist. One of those liberties is the right to representation. If an IRS revenue officer or audit agent gives you a call or pays you a visit, you have no obligation to answer any of their condescending questions without the presence of an attorney. In this instance, ask for the best contact information and kindly inform them that you are in the process of hiring a professional and that they will contact you directly. Answering these questions can dig you a deeper hole than you already have. If you are being audited or in the process of being audited, you will be asked a list of intrusive questions in the initial interview. The way you answer these questions can entirely tyrannize the outcome of your case. Having a tax resolution specialist conduct these meetings is a great way to ensure the most successful fate of your case.

YOU HAVE OPTIONS! The IRS will not tell you about the accessible settlement programs and extensive options you have. They just want your money. The IRS has many flexible programs under the Fresh Start Initiative to those who owe between $10,000 and $25,000. Some of these options include Installment Agreements, Payment Plans, Offer in Compromise, Currently Not Collectible Status and Penalty Reduction. These options are available to you and a tax professional can guarantee you are taking advantage of the benefits at your disposal.

In addition besides civil penalties the IRS can also impose criminal penalties and prosecution. Do not make the mistake of saying something that could hurt you. The IRS rules are long and complicated and if you don’t know them you could hurt yourself in the long run

Would you go to court without a lawyer? Would you talk to the police and make a plea without a defense lawyer present? Having a person in your corner who knows how to negotiate the rules, regulations, and Tax Codes can ensure you get the best possible deal with the IRS. The Tomes Law Firm has experienced, licensed tax professionals to do the heavy lifting and relieve the weight of tax debt off your back. To protect you and your assets from the IRS, book a free consultation with us today! We are here to help.