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Wow! The IRS Can Really Do This | IRS Enforcement

Updated: Aug 22


Coast to Coast IRS Help


IRS Enforcement -Tax Collections

An IRS levy, garnishment, or lien is a stressful prospect for anyone who owes an IRS tax liability. Flat Fee Tax Relief's experienced team of tax lawyers serve provide valuable IRS tax debt help from coast to coast. Strategically located in both Clearwater, Florida, and Sand Diego, California allows our tax professionals extra hours to stop an IRS levy in one day. Our teams advise clients on available tax collections options and our Tax Attorneys advocate for alternative approaches to favor our clients. For more than a decade, Flat Fee Tax Relief have provided a A-Plus tax relief services at a very affordable and flat fee (absolutely no hidden fees). Most so-called tax resolution firms and tax lawyers will exploit fear of IRS enforcement actions to try and extract large fees. It is important taxpayers are educated about what tax relief options and which Fresh Start Program is available to them. Some will be able to obtain self help (Do It Yourself), while for others it might be wise to hire a professional tax attorney. Not everyone is exactly like everyone else. Please keep in mind that each collection case is unique based on the circumstances, but in general the following applies to most collection cases.

The Good News is, the vast majority of IRS enforcement is civil, not criminal. The IRS reserves criminal prosecution for the most egregious violations. While criminal liability should be evaluated, it is improbable for most taxpayers. Due to both volume of taxpayers with a tax debt and ease to enforce, the IRS and other tax agencies have two primary enforcement tools. The first is an IRS order to levy. An IRS levy (#IRSgarnishment) is when the IRS seizes assets to pay a tax balance. This may come in the form of a wage garnishment or a bank levy. In rare cases, the IRS will administratively or judicially seize property like valuable jewelry or real estate. The second enforcement mechanism is a federal tax lien. A tax lien is the government's legal claim against all of your property. It is typically recorded in the county you reside and attaches to the title of any real estate and property you own. A federal tax lien will come into play if you attempt to sell/refinance the property or sell a an automobile. Preventing a federal tax lien and wage and bank levies depends on the amount owed, whether the IRS has begun these enforcement actions, and whether the taxpayer’s account is assigned to a revenue officer for collection. Generally, actions and tactics can be employed to prevent levies. The IRS has two threshold requirements to avoid enforced collection. First, a taxpayer must achieve filing compliance. This means all tax returns have been filed. Second, a taxpayer must have paid all estimated taxes for the current tax year. This sounds relatively simple, but this can trip up many taxpayers, and the IRS strictly enforces these requirements. There are three primary tax collections options:

1. Offer in Compromise

2. Installment Agreement

3. Currently not Collectible status (IRS Hardship)

All three tax relief programs are based on a taxpayer’s ability or inability to pay their tax liability. The IRS evaluates the taxpayer’s assets, income, against their allowable living expenses (everyday living expenses) to determine what can or cannot be paid.

***IT IS NOT NECESSARY FOR A TAXPAYER TO BE "DESTITUTE" TO GET INTO AN IRS TAX RELIEF PROGRAM*** All of these tax relief programs start by completing an IRS Form 433. It is helpful for the taxpayer to review the applicable IRS national standards to better anticipate IRS analysis of expenses. And for any taxpayer interested in the Offer in Compromise (#IRSsettlement) they should first try the IRS pre-qualifier tool. This will help taxpayers assess their IRS tax relief options. Should you take a moment to call our teams (1-866-747-7435), our tax professionals can tell you in 20 or 30 minutes whether or not an Offer in Compromise is the right way for you to go.





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