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Learn How a Tax Debt Lawyer Can Help You Deal with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Dealing with tax debt can be stressful. It can also be very high-risk. When you pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) less than you owe, interest and penalties begin to accrue immediately, and your financial situation can quickly go from bad to much, much worse.

Failure to pay your taxes can also lead to criminal allegations in some cases. If the IRS’s Criminal Investigation division (IRS CI) determines that you have intentionally paid less than you owe (or less than your company owes), you can face charges for tax evasion, tax fraud, and other federal crimes. These crimes carry even greater financial penalties, and a conviction can also result in a prison sentence ranging from years to decades.

As a result, if you owe the IRS, it is important that you speak with a tax debt lawyer immediately. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you decide what to do and deal with the IRS (or IRS CI) on your behalf. Regardless of your circumstances, you have options available, and protecting yourself (or your company) to the fullest extent possible will involve pursuing the right path in light of the circumstances at hand.

Meet the Tax Debt Lawyers at Oberheiden P.C.

At Oberheiden P.C., our tax debt lawyers have extensive experience representing individual and corporate taxpayers in IRS and IRS CI matters. Our team includes a former IRS tax attorney, as well as former Special Agents with IRS CI. Whether you are trying to proactively resolve your tax debt or you are facing an IRS audit or IRS CI investigation, we can help, but it is important that you speak with a member of our team as soon as possible.

Meet the lawyers and former IRS CI Special Agents who will assist you.

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)

5 Options for Resolving Tax Debt with the IRS

If you are not currently facing a tax audit or criminal tax fraud investigation, you still have time to address your tax debt proactively. Once you hear from the IRS (or IRS CI), your options become more limited, and the risks you are facing can become much greater. In this scenario, the options we may be able to help you pursue include:

1. Submitting an Offer in Compromise

For taxpayers that cannot afford to pay what they owe, the IRS’s Offer in Compromise program affords an opportunity to settle their tax debt without the risk of further consequences. Submitting an Offer in Compromise requires careful planning and preparation, and securing a favorable deal requires the ability to negotiate effectively with the IRS.

2. Negotiating an Installment Agreement

If a taxpayer does not qualify for an Offer in Compromise, the taxpayer may still be able to avoid enforcement action by negotiating an installment agreement. Installment agreements allow taxpayers to pay down what they owe over time—also without the risk of further consequences (as long as they make their payments when due).

3. Seeking Relief Under an IRS Relief Program

The IRS has established several relief programs that allow taxpayers to avoid liability for tax debts that are not their fault. The Innocent Spouse Relief program is one example, but there are others a tax debt lawyer at Oberheiden P.C. may be able to help you utilize as well.

4. Seeking Currently Not Collectible (CNC) Status

If even an Offer in Compromise won’t allow you to successfully pay off your tax debt, you may be eligible to have your account placed in currently not collectible (CNC) status. When your account is in CNC status, “the IRS generally won’t try to collect from you. . . . [h]owever, the IRS will still assess interest and penalties to your account and may keep your refunds and apply them to your debt.”

5. Submitting a Voluntary Disclosure

For taxpayers that have willfully paid less than they owe, IRS CI’s Voluntary Disclosure Practice affords an opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution. As IRS CI explains, “voluntary disclosure will not automatically guarantee immunity from prosecution; however, a voluntary disclosure may result in prosecution not being recommended.” Not all taxpayers qualify, and submitting a voluntary disclosure can be very risky. As a result, it is critical to work with an experienced tax debt lawyer when pursuing this option.

Depending on your circumstances, these may not be the only options you have available. An experienced tax debt lawyer will be able to assess all of your options and help you choose the best path forward. Different options are available in different circumstances; and, if you or your business is in debt to the federal government, you need to be making informed decisions based on the advice of experienced legal counsel.

Are You Facing an IRS Audit or IRS CI Investigation?

If you are facing an IRS audit or IRS CI investigation, you need to handle your situation very differently. Rather than focusing on avoiding scrutiny, you must focus on minimizing the consequences of the audit or investigation to the greatest extent possible.

IRS audits and IRS CI investigations both present substantial risks for taxpayers that are behind on their federal tax liability. Even if you are not at risk for criminal charges, you can still face substantial civil penalties, and the IRS can use various means of enforcement to compel payment of the full amount you owe. We represent individual and corporate taxpayers in audits and investigations; and, as your defense counsel, we can work to resolve the IRS’s or IRS CI’s inquiry as efficiently, favorably, and quietly as possible.

Here are some key facts to keep in mind if you have federal tax debt and are facing an audit or investigation:

  • When facing an audit or investigation, you need to be very careful about sharing any information with the IRS or IRS CI.
  • While it may ultimately be in your best interests to cooperate, before you cooperate, you need to have a clear strategic plan and a specific outcome in mind.
  • While the IRS can require taxpayers to provide information and produce records through various means, its authority is not absolute, and taxpayers can dispute requests on various grounds.
  • The fact that you are facing an audit or investigation does not mean that you are guilty of tax evasion or tax fraud—to make informed decisions during the process, you need to rely on the advice of an experienced tax debt lawyer who has your best interests in mind.
  • Audits and investigations can have several outcomes, and under no circumstances should you assume that the outcome of your audit or investigation is a foregone conclusion.

FAQs: Hiring a Tax Debt Lawyer to Deal with the IRS

Is it possible to settle my federal tax debt for less than the full amount I owe?

The IRS is willing to work with taxpayers to settle their tax debt in many cases. This means that you can end up paying less than the full amount you owe. However, negotiating with the IRS requires an informed and strategic approach, and you need to know which of the IRS’s programs (i.e., the Offer in Compromise program or the Innocent Spouse Relief program) to utilize based on your individual circumstances.

What can the IRS do to enforce taxpayers’ payment obligations?

The IRS can enforce individual and corporate taxpayers’ payment obligations through various means. For example, the IRS can garnish taxpayers’ wages, place liens on their property, and retain taxpayers’ refunds—and these are just the start. When warranted, the IRS can also impose civil penalties or pursue criminal prosecution for tax evasion, tax fraud, and other federal crimes.

Do I need a lawyer to negotiate with the IRS?

It is strongly in your best interests to hire a tax debt lawyer to negotiate with the IRS on your behalf. Dealing with the IRS can be risky, and you need to ensure that you are not making mistakes that could increase your chances of facing unnecessary liability for back taxes, interest, and penalties.

What should I do if the IRS is coming after me for my tax debt?

If the IRS has contacted you regarding your tax debt, you should speak with a lawyer promptly. You have options available, and an experienced tax debt lawyer can help you choose the best path forward.

How can a tax debt lawyer help me?

From helping you decide how to resolve your tax debt to dealing with the IRS (or IRS CI) on your behalf, there are several ways an experienced tax debt lawyer can help you. At Oberheiden P.C., we offer free initial consultations, and we can engage with the IRS (or IRS CI) on your behalf immediately if necessary.


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If you need to speak with a tax debt lawyer, we encourage you to contact us promptly. To schedule a free initial consultation at Oberheiden P.C., please call 888-680-1745 or request an appointment online today.

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