IRS Representation/Resolution


So you got a letter from the IRS...

Eek! There’s a knot in your stomach and a lump in your throat. I’ve been there. That’s how I used to feel when I got a letter from “them.” I reverted to a scared 10 year-old. I wouldn’t even touch the envelope. I would ask my mom to drive over to open it and tell me what it said.

No matter who opens it, that letter has to be read very carefully. If your brain goes fuzzy at the mere sight of the words “Internal Revenue Service” (like mine did), you should have someone else read the letter.  Ask them to write down exactly what the IRS is telling you or asking for.

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Fear keeps us from dealing with an IRS notice.

If you couldn’t pay your full tax bill to the IRS, or decided not to file, for whatever reason, do NOT go into denial and inaction.

The IRS has the legal right to collect taxes. See the infographic to the right to learn what the IRS will do to in response to unfiled tax returns or late payments.  

Beyond confirming personal data such as your name, address or Social Security number, it’s usually NOT a good idea for taxpayers to respond to the IRS on their own because

  • the IRS, like any agency, can make a mistake. But without being well versed in tax law, you wouldn’t recognize the mistake.
  • people are usually so afraid that they just pay or do what they are told even if the IRS is wrong or the taxpayer has alternative options.

It is critical to understand your status with the IRS and how to respond to their collection notices before penalties and interest are imposed.

If you are my client, I will read the letter and explain what it means and outline the next steps. We will strategize and problem solve until we reach a do-able outcome.

If you are not yet my client, you can call me and tell me what the IRS’s issues are. We can make a Consultation appointment and I will tell you what you can do next.

Having the right strategy makes all the difference!

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When to consider getting IRS Representation


The IRS can take several aggressive collection actions against taxpayers who do not file a return or who do not pay the full amount of taxes owed. The infographic to the left lists the main steps they may legally take.

If you are receiving this kind of attention from the IRS, then a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) approach with them can be dangerous. If you have broken bones in your body, you wouldn't try to set them yourself. You would get a medical expert to take care of you. 

My job as your IRS Representative is to protect you from serious harm resulting from aggressive IRS collection actions. Your business and family depend on your mental, emotional, and financial wellbeing. 

I can help if you

  • get a notice that the IRS has selected your returns for audit
  • have one or more years where you have not filed your taxes and you had enough income to owe taxes
  • have had your tax refund held and applied to tax debt or overdue child support
  • keep getting collection or Notice of Deficiency letters from the IRS
  • are getting collection notices from IRS Revenue Officer 
  • received Notice of Garnishment or Notice of Intent to Levy
  • have had a tax lien was filed against you
  • can't afford your Chapter 13 payments to the IRS
  • had your property seized
  • are in a payment plan with IRS, but
    • would like a waiver of penalties
    • are going to owe taxes for current year
    • didn't keep up with your payment schedule

There are some cool options for scary IRS problems. I won’t say it’s never as bad as one thinks it will be, but it’s usually not as bad. Sometimes, it’s almost painless.

The right strategy makes all the difference!