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Tax debt is one of the scariest and most intimidating types of debt you can face. As a government agency, the IRS can take any number of measures to collect debt that they think you owe. If you don’t understand how the debt works, what your rights are when you face problems, and what steps you need to take to eliminate any issues, then you need professional help.
The answers below answer the most common questions our tax debt specialists receive when people are having problems. These answers may be able to help you understand some key topics about tax debt, in general. You can begin to understand the basics so you know the right questions to ask and steps to take in your specific situation.
Keep in mind though, if you’re having trouble, almost every situation is unique, so you need to consult with someone individually to make sure you’re taking the right steps for the circumstances you’re in.
If you know you won’t be able to pay your taxes, it might seem like a good idea to just not file until you can at least get back on your feet and have the money to pay. But really, this is the worst choice you can make when it comes to debt. Learn why you don’t want to try and dodge the IRS and what can happen if you do.
If you don’t file, then how does the IRS even determine how much you owe in back taxes and when to audit you? With today’s technology and our cultural dependence on databases, you’re going to have a hard time hiding forever. Learn how the IRS uses third-party information to find out that you have unreported income.
If your spouse causes problems with tax debt, such as not filing, not paying on back taxes and even underreporting income, you may not find out until the IRS comes after you for the debt – even if you’re divorced. We help you understand your rights to claim Innocent Spouse Relief and tell you what you need to know to qualify.
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