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Tax Debt Attorney

Are You (or is Your Company) In Debt to the IRS? If So, Our Attorneys Can Help

Alina Veneziano
Attorney Alina Veneziano
Tax Debt Attorney & CPA Team Lead
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Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Tax Debt Attorney Team Lead
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Many individuals and companies end up owing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more than they can afford to pay. For those who find themselves in this scenario, making informed decisions is the key to avoiding unnecessary consequences. Talking to an experienced tax attorney is the first step—as there are a variety of potential options available, and an experienced IRS tax attorney will be able to help you choose the best option based on your (or your company’s) particular circumstances.

For individuals and companies with IRS tax debt, one thing is clear: Doing nothing can prove very costly. Both nonpayment and underpayment can trigger invasive audits and investigations. The IRS also has various means of enforcement; and, if the IRS determines that an individual or company has intentionally paid less than it owes, the IRS can work with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to pursue federal criminal charges.

How a Tax Debt Attorney Can Help You

An IRS tax lawyer can help you make informed and strategic decisions while working with the IRS on your behalf. Your lawyer can work with the IRS to resolve your tax debt proactively—ensuring that both: (i) you have time to pay without facing enforcement action; and, (ii) you are not required to pay any more than necessary. Depending on your (or your company’s) circumstances, this may involve pursuing one (or more) of the following options:

  • Amended or Delinquent Filing – If your tax debt is a result of an inaccurate filing or failure to file your tax return, submitting an amended or delinquent return may be your next step. If you have overstated your tax liability, you should not have to pay more than you legally owe. If you have underreported your tax liability, coming current with your filings will be a necessary step toward accurately determining the amount that you need to pay.
  • Voluntary Disclosure – If you have willfully underreported or underpaid your federal tax liability, submitting an amended or delinquent return might not be enough to resolve your situation with the IRS. In this scenario, you may also need to submit a voluntary disclosure. This is a means of resolving willful tax law violations without exposing yourself to the risk of a criminal tax fraud investigation.
  • Tax Appeal – If the IRS has incorrectly calculated your (or your company’s) liability, a tax debt attorney at Oberheiden P.C. can help you pursue a tax appeal. The IRS’s Independent Office of Appeals hears challenges from taxpayers; and, if you do not receive a satisfactory resolution from the Independent Office of Appeals, your lawyer can take your tax dispute to federal court.
  • Installment Agreement or Payment Plan – Negotiating an installment agreement or payment plan with the IRS allows taxpayers to pay their debt over time without facing collection. This is a viable solution for many individuals and companies. If you are interested in an installment agreement or payment plan, the IRS will let your tax lawyer negotiate with them on your behalf—and potentially seek a reduction in the total amount owed as well.
  • Offer in Compromise – Negotiating an offer in compromise with the IRS affords the opportunity to settle your (or your company’s) tax debt for less than the full amount owed. This may be a viable option if: (i) there is doubt as to collectability (i.e., due to inability to pay); (ii) there is doubt as to liability; or, (iii) reducing your tax debt in order to achieve a final resolution serves the IRS’s goal of effective tax administration.
  • IRS Penalty Relief – The IRS administers various penalty relief programs—including programs that are designed specifically to help taxpayers get a fresh start and tax relief after a one-time mistake. A tax debt lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. can determine if you are eligible to take advantage of any of these programs and work to secure appropriate penalty relief on your behalf.
  • “Currently Not Collectible” Status – If you need time to pay the IRS, another option for resolving your tax debt may be to seek “currently not collectible” status. When your tax debt is designated as “currently not collectible,” the IRS will defer collection—and you will be able to avoid enforcement action as long as you pay once your status changes.

While these are among the most common strategies for resolving tax problems with the IRS, these are by no means the only options you have available. When you schedule a complimentary initial consultation at Oberheiden P.C., we will arrange for you to speak with one of our senior tax attorneys one-on-one. Your tax debt lawyer will help you carefully consider all of your options, and then your lawyer will help you pursue the option (or options) that make the most sense in light of the circumstances at hand.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Founder

Attorney-at-Law

Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney

Partner

Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

Deciding How to Resolve Tax Debt with the IRS

When we advise individuals and companies regarding tax debt resolution, we take a systematic approach focused on developing strategies that are custom-tailored to our clients’ specific needs. As your tax debt resolution counsel, we will:

1. Determine How Much Tax and Interest You Owe

We will begin by determining how much you actually owe to the IRS. When faced with federal tax debt, it is equally important to ensure that both: (i) you have not under-calculated the amount you owe; and, (ii) you are not paying any more than necessary.

2. Determine What Tax Penalties Apply

Along with determining how much tax and interest you owe, we will also determine what penalties apply. This will give you a complete picture of your debt to the IRS. It is important to keep in mind that penalties begin to accrue immediately—and continue to accrue until they reach the maximum statutory amount—so it is in your best interests to engage an experienced tax debt attorney as soon as possible.

3. Realistically Assess Your Ability to Pay

The lawyers on our team will also work with you to realistically assess your ability to pay. This will allow us to assess your eligibility to submit an offer in compromise, seek “currently not collectible” status, and pursue certain other options for resolving your tax debt with the IRS.

4. Evaluate Your Options

Once we have conducted these preliminary assessments, we will help you evaluate all of the options you have available. As former DOJ prosecutors and IRS CI Special Agents, we can also assess your risk and help you take a strategic approach focused on avoiding both civil and criminal enforcement action.

5. Engage with the IRS (or IRS Independent Office of Appeals)

Finally, with a strategy in place, we will engage with the IRS (or IRS Independent Office of Appeals) on your behalf. We will keep you updated and informed throughout the process, and we will assist you with making all critical decisions.

FAQs: Engaging a Tax Debt Attorney to Deal with the IRS

When Can (and Should) I Engage a Tax Debt Lawyer to Deal with the IRS on My Behalf?

We recommend speaking with an experienced IRS attorney any time you disagree with the IRS’s determination of your tax liability or you owe more than you can comfortably pay. You have options available in both of these scenarios, and an experienced tax debt lawyer will be able to help you pursue the best option based on your individual circumstances.

Can a Tax Debt Lawyer Help Me Pay Less Than I Owe?

Tax lawyers can help taxpayers pay less than the full amount they owe in many (but not all) cases. During your complimentary initial consultation at Oberheiden P.C., our lawyers will help you understand your options so that you can make informed decisions about your next steps.

Does the IRS Settle with Taxpayers?

Yes, the IRS settles tax disputes with taxpayers. In many cases, negotiating a settlement will be the best option for resolving IRS debt without facing collection or enforcement. If you are interested in seeking a settlement, our attorneys can guide you forward.

Can I Pay My Tax Debt in Installments?

The IRS also negotiates installment agreements with taxpayers. If you need additional time to pay your tax debt, you should talk to a lawyer about negotiating an installment agreement or payment plan with the IRS. You should not simply submit partial payment. Not only will this expose you to penalties, but it may trigger scrutiny from the IRS as well.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Tax Debt Lawyer?

Different law firms charge different fees for their services. Our rates are competitive with those charged by other law firms of similar size. We offer extensive experience both in private practice and within the federal government, and we focus on providing cost-effective solutions to our clients. In tax debt relief matters, this often means charging our clients less than we are able to help them save.


Schedule a Complimentary Consultation with a Tax Debt Attorney at Oberheiden P.C.

If you would like to speak with a tax debt lawyer at Oberheiden P.C., we invite you to get in touch. Please call 888-680-1745 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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