Hiring the Right Tax Attorney, CPA, or Tax Resolution Specialist to Ensure You Get the Tax Help You Need

With today’s tax scam horror stories and so many choices for tax lawyers, choosing the right tax attorney may seem a daunting task. When you’re faced with IRS tax problems such as back taxes and delinquent tax returns, there are many different tax attorneys in the yellow book who will “deal” with these issues. How do you know that you’ve chosen the correct representation for your unique situation? You must stay informed and remember to ask the right questions.

Before you begin building your case with your tax lawyer, here are a few questions to ask your prospective tax representative:

1. Where did this tax attorney or CPA go to school for tax resolution? How current are they (how much continuing education is this tax attorney taking)?

2. How long has this tax attorney or tax professional practiced tax resolution, not straight tax law but real battle with the IRS for tax resolution?

3. What percentage of their jobs are tax problems like yours?

4. Who is their direct supervisor? What is their contact information?

5. Does the individual tax attorney, CPA or tax resolution specialist have references?

6. What is his/her personal success rate? (How many Offers in Compromise settlements have been accepted and what was the negotiated amount owed versus the initial amount of taxes owed and penalties? In short, how much has this individual tax attorney or tax resolution professional saved clients? How does this tax attorney or tax resolution specialist compare to the rest of the firm: above average or below?)

7. What sorts of releases for tax liens, levies, etc. have they achieved? How fast?

8. What sorts of penalties (like mine) have this tax attorney/ tax resolution specialist gotten waived?

9. What sorts of installment agreements in situations like mine has this tax attorney or tax resolution professional negotiated and what was the payment schedule?

10. Is this tax professional certified as a tax resolution specialist specifically licensed to negotiate resolutions with the IRS?

Read more questions to ask yourself before seeking professional tax representation.

Tax Resolution Services is the only national tax resolution firm certified by the ASTPS to negotiate tax settlements with the IRS. We are a nationwide professional tax solution company with a team of tax attorneys and IRS specialists who can help you find tax relief.  Free tax consultation – sign up on our website or call us at 866-IRS-PROBLEMS (866-477-7762).

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2 Responses to “Hiring the Right Tax Attorney, CPA, or Tax Resolution Specialist to Ensure You Get the Tax Help You Need”

  1. Da Prada T Emanuela Says:

    In 1992 I lost my job and I had 2 tax leans discharged by bankruptcy in 1995. I lost house and had nothing left. Now years later I am doing well with high fico score and I am purchasing a small house in NY state. The loan officer said that the leans are still showing on my credit as not discharge and I cannot close till they are removed. How do I do that?

    I wish you had a site like this 20 years ago, it is incredibly helpful

  2. TRS Says:

    If these are federal (as opposed to NYS) tax liens, they should be released (the IRS does not “remove” them generally). However, any one “worth their salt” in the lending business knows that if a lien has been released it does not negatively affect your FICO score.

    The tax liens can be released if a) you had no real property for the tax liens to attach to when you filed the bankruptcy petition, and/or b) the 10 year (add the time spent in bankruptcy plus 6 months) Collection Expiration date (CSED) has expired. This is generally 10 years after you filed the return. If you filed late the 10 years start when you filed, not when the return was due. Remember to add the time spent in bankruptcy onto the 10 years.

    We have a special service we provide called a “CSED Transcript Investigation” that may benefit you in attempting to get these tax liens released.

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