How To Get Help With Back Taxes?
Chances are you have seen a bunch of ads claiming they can help you with your back taxes. Some even claim they can eliminate your tax liabilities. Of course there are some who qualify for these programs, but most taxpayers do not. Finding help to get through the tax process and file those back taxes may require more than just responding to an add and calling an 800 number. It is very important to find a reputable company to help you file those taxes and help you if you are facing a levy or garnishment.
A knowledgeable tax professional will know what programs are available and which ones you will qualify for. He or she can help you with your back taxes, getting all the proper forms filed and helping you deal with the IRS. You may have to meet your tax professional for a fact-to-face meeting to determine if he or she can help you.
If you owe back taxes, you are not alone. Do not panic and do not ignore the tax bill. Look into different options available to you. If you are having trouble paying your tax bill, it is better to work out a payment plan with the IRS for the balance owed. To set up a payment plan, file an Installment Agreement Request (Form 9465). This form can be filed when you submit your taxes or if you discover you are having difficulties paying the full amount, you can file it later. This can help you avoid future collection attempts by the IRS, such as liens, levies and garnishments.
Another program available for taxpayers with back taxes is an Offer in Compromise, which allows you to permanently settle your tax liability, with one single payment, for less than the full amount owed. This option is available only for select individuals with certain financial circumstances and only if all other payment options have been exhausted.
Penalty and interest abatements may also be an option, but are only granted in very limited circumstances. This will reduce, postpone or eliminate the penalties and interest that adds up when you fall behind on filling and/or paying your tax bill.
With so many different options for your back taxes available to you, you might want to seek help from a tax professional. When looking for someone to help you negotiate your back taxes, schedule an appointment to speak with them face-to-face. For third-party negotiation with the IRS, it is best to seek assistance from federally-authorized tax practitioners, certified public accountants and attorneys. When looking for a reputable company to work with, ask about their certification, licenses and insurance. Also, have them explain all of their fees so you know what to expect and are not hit with any unexpected expenses.
When you fall behind on your taxes and need help, it is important to learn about your options and seek the help of a reputable company. Doing so will ensure you get the help you need with your back taxes and help reduce the chances of you having to pay more fees than what is necessary.
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