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Alternatives To Tax Attorneys To Resolve IRS Tax Debt

Facing IRS tax problems can be a stressful and complex situation, and you might think you need the help of a tax attorney. While tax attorneys can provide valuable assistance and expertise, they may not be necessary or affordable for everyone. There are alternatives to using a tax attorney to resolve IRS back taxes that provide the experience and knowledge you need and potentially save on costs.

Engage a Certified Public Accountant

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are highly qualified licensed professionals specializing in accounting and taxation. CPAs specializing in tax resolution are experienced in dealing with the IRS on behalf of their clients. They can effectively communicate and negotiate with IRS  Revenue Agents and Revenue Officers, helping to resolve your tax issues efficiently. Their representation can alleviate the stress of interacting with the IRS directly, ensuring that your rights are protected, and your best interests are represented. A CPA will assess your circumstances, thoroughly analyze your financial records, and develop a customized tax resolution strategy to address your needs. They will explore options such as installment agreements, offers in compromise, innocent spouse relief, or penalty abatement to help you achieve the best possible outcome. By tailoring their approach to your situation, a CPA can maximize your chances of reaching a favorable resolution.

Resolving your IRS back tax problems is just one part of the equation. A CPA can assist you in achieving long-term tax compliance by providing guidance on record-keeping, tax planning, and filing obligations. By staying compliant, you can prevent future tax problems and ensure a smoother relationship with the IRS.

Seek Assistance from an Enrolled Agent

Enrolled agents (EAs) are federally licensed tax professionals authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS. They must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the IRS, covering various aspects of tax law, including individual and business taxation, tax planning, and representation.  They can advise, represent, and prepare tax returns for individuals, businesses, and any other entity required to report to the IRS. With their understanding of the tax law and regulations, an EA can provide guidance in resolving your IRS back tax debt. Like a CPA, they can communicate and negotiate with the IRS on your behalf in collection, audit, and appeals matters.

Consider Community Resources

Individuals with limited financial resources may sometimes find assistance through community organizations or low-income taxpayer clinics. Often affiliated with law schools or nonprofit organizations, these clinics provide free or low-cost legal services to taxpayers facing IRS tax debt issues. They can help with tax return preparation, audit representation, and resolving tax debt problems while focusing on the specific needs of low-income individuals and small businesses.

Contact the IRS Directly

Sometimes, taxpayers may choose to represent themselves when resolving IRS tax debt. This option requires an understanding of tax laws, regulations, and IRS procedures. While self-representation can save on professional fees, investing significant time and effort in research and preparation is crucial. The IRS provides resources and information on its website to assist taxpayers in understanding their rights and obligations. However, professional assistance is often advisable for complex cases or situations involving significant amounts of tax debt.

Alternatives to Tax Attorneys

Resolving IRS back taxes can be a complex and challenging process, but it doesn’t always require the involvement of a tax attorney.  By exploring alternatives such as retaining a Certified Public Accountant or Enrolled Agent, considering help from community resources, or contacting the IRS directly, you can find the right solution to your back tax problems. Of course, you’ll need an attorney if you’re dealing with a criminal tax matter or need to take your case to court.  Call East Coast Tax Consulting Group today for customized tax help.

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You deserve the best in IRS tax representation, tax preparation, and tax planning services. At East Coast Tax Consulting Group, you’ll work with a licensed CPA who will handle your case from beginning to end. We invite you to contact our team to schedule a free, confidential consultation.