You’ve probably heard the old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” It turns out that that advice is particularly applicable in the tax debt relief arena. Many taxpayers who are struggling with tax debt often feel that their problems are insurmountable, which can result in feelings of desperation.
The IRS is a large and complex bureaucracy that wields an enormous amount of power over the lives of everyday Americans, most of whom have little understanding of how the IRS works or what it expects of them. This is why receiving a letter or notice from the IRS causes a great deal of fear and anxiety in many taxpayers.
When you’re faced with tax debt that you do not have the ability to pay in full, you should ideally contact the IRS to apprise them of your situation and work out a payment plan. However, if you do not work out payment arrangements with the IRS, or you default on your payment agreement, the IRS may begin to take increasingly hostile collections actions against you.
We know the story all too well: finances are tight so you either don’t file your tax return, or file the return but don’t pay the balance due. But you tell yourself not to worry as next year things will get better.