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21 questions to ask before you hire a professional to resolve your tax problem.
- Where did you go to school to learn tax resolution work?
- How many years have you practiced in tax resolution work?
- How much of your practice is devoted to the IRS problem resolution versus tax, accounting or legal work?
Most professionals with adequate knowledge and experience to handle tax problem resolution have at least 50% of their practice in tax resolution. At U S Tax Solutions, 100 % of our practice is tax resolution.
- Are you the person who will be in charge of solving my problem?
Many firms use commissioned salespersons. Their job is to sell you their services, not solve your problem.
- May I talk with the individual who will be in charge of solving my problem?
- How many offers in compromise have you negotiated?
- What is your success rate in offers in compromise?
In a typical year, the IRS accepts less than 5% of all offers submitted. At U S Tax Solutions, our success rate has been over 90% in some years and is currently 87.8% acceptance rate.
- Have you ever appealed an offer in compromise rejection?
In today’s extreme IRS enforcement mode, it’s rare than any offer in compromise is accepted initially. After rejection an appeal is required in nearly every compromise settlement.
- Will you verify that the IRS releases the federal tax lien after my offer in compromise is approved?
The compromise contract contains a provision requiring the IRS to release the federal tax lien within 30 days of full payment of the offer. Unfortunately they frequently “forget” or release only one of several tax liens. Clearing these liens from your credit report is critical for you.
- Have you ever negotiated a wage levy release?
- How long does it take to get a wage levy released?
If all tax returns have been filed, U S Tax Solutions can usually get the IRS to fax a release to your employer on the day we receive all necessary information from you. The IRS will release the levy in exchange for an installment payment plan or classification of your liability as “currently not collectible.” If you have unfiled tax returns, we must file them before the IRS will release the levy.
- Have you ever gotten a federal tax lien released?
Federal tax liens are handled by a special IRS section outside of the normal collections function. Release of the tax lien with anything other than full payment involves extensive paperwork, negotiation and time, usually 30 days or more. The tax lien is the most effective collection tool the IRS has. They do not let go easily.
- Have you ever gotten IRS penalties abated?
The IRS may abate penalties for “reasonable cause.”
- Will you check my IRS transcripts to make sure my records are in order?
The IRS transcript is the IRS record of your tax account. According to the IRS, “if it’s not in your transcript, it didn’t happen.” Right or wrong, it summarizes the tax problem which must be dealt with to resolve your case. At U S Tax Solutions, we obtain your IRS transcript online within 48 hours of receiving your power of attorney form. We don’t like surprises.
- Have you ever negotiated a partial payment installment plan?
A recent change in the law allows installment payment plans which do not pay the tax liability in full over the remaining statute of limitations. Sometimes known as a “backdoor offer in compromise” a partial payment agreement involves financial disclosures and negotiations similar to an offer in compromise.
- Have you ever negotiated currently not collectible status with the IRS?
Convincing the IRS that you are unable to pay them anything will stop all enforced collection by them. Unfortunately, it is usually a temporary solution, not a final resolution to your problem.
- Will you consider use of the statute of limitations or bankruptcy to deal with my IRS problem?
- Are you a member of the American Society of IRS Problem Solvers or similar IRS problem resolution professional organization?
- How many hours of continuing education did you take in IRS problem solving last year?
- Can you handle a state tax problem?
- Are you a federally authorized tax practitioner licensed to represent taxpayers before the IRS?
All Enrolled Agents, CPAs and Attorneys are federally authorized to represent taxpayers. Tax preparers without these licenses cannot represent you before the IRS unless you are physically present or on the phone call to the IRS with them.
We are very selective about the cases we accept!
We simply don’t take every case.
You should be very selective about who you hire!
Very few professionals specialize in tax problem resolution. The majority of lawyers, CPAs and Enrolled Agent’s concentrate their services in other areas. They often have limited knowledge of tax resolution work.
At U S Tax Solutions, tax resolution is our specialty. We are the Emergency Room for good people with tax problems. We rescue taxpayers in crisis.