Surviving Tax Problems

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Tips for Surviving Tax Problems
  • Never Ignore Notices
It never helps to ignore notices.  Dealing with a tax problem sooner than later saves on interest and penalties.  Save your notices.  If you cannot full pay your back tax debt, a tax attorney can offer advice on the different ways to solve your problems.
  • Deadlines Count
When the IRS gives a deadline, pay attention.  By meeting deadlines, you can avoid IRS enforced collection action such as a bank or paycheck seizure.  Leaving problems fester only makes matters worse.
  • Be Respectful of the IRS Debt Collector
Don't make matters worse by treating IRS officials in a rude, unpleasant manner.  The IRS can make your life miserable.  You will do far better if you treat the IRS with respect and in a professional manner.  Going overboard by being extremely nice will be viewed as suspicious.  It is against the law to attempt to bribe or seek an undue advantage.  Stick to courteous, respectful, and professional.
  • Take Care In What You Say
When the IRS questions, answer directly and to the point.  Talking too much can lead to the IRS opening an investigation and discovering additional taxes that you owe.  A tax attorney deals with the IRS so that you do not have to.  Controlling the information that the IRS receives is one the most important of the many benefits of using a tax attorney.
  • Ask For An Extension
Make sure that you are 100% prepared for an audit or a visit from an IRS collection officer.  If you are not, request an extension for more time.  If you are unsure of whether you can handle your tax problem, tell the IRS you want to engage a tax professional to help you.  Then find an experienced, knowledgeable tax attorney who will represent you.  
  • Be Honest
If the IRS is auditing you, do not lie.  Because the tax laws are complicated, you will fare better if a tax attorney represents you.  Tax attorneys understand the law and how to comply with IRS requests in a matter that will best serve your case.

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