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Miami IRS Collection Defense

Miami-Coral Gables Tax Attorney representing you during the IRS debt collection process.

Why Hire a South Florida Tax Debt Relief Attorney?

Tax debt can seem insurmountable, especially when prior years stack up on each other and you are unable to keep up. Many individuals can not deal with the stress and overwhelming effort and time that it requires to protect themselves from stopping IRS Debt Collections.

The federal tax debt collection process usually begins upon final notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS is a government agency and bureau of the Department of the United States Treasury. The IRS is the federal agency responsible for administering the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and collecting taxes from taxpayers. In addition, they are also responsible for pursuing those delinquent accounts. Many individuals are unaware of their tax obligation as they are not familiar with the tax code and the tax return. As such, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a qualified and respected tax professional, such as a Miami-Coral Gables Tax Attorney, to assist you in responding to the collection action (also known as a final notice letter). By hiring an attorney you can ensure that you protect your rights to appeal and/or ability to contest the overall tax liability.

Collection Due Process: Miami IRS Collection Defense Attorney

The IRS can be viscous in their attempt to collect past due tax liability from you. They can garnish from your paycheck (“IRS Wage Garnishment” or “IRS garnishment”), they can levy your accounts (IRS Bank Account Levy) and even assess a lien on your real and personal property (IRS Tax Lien).

In the event that the IRS has pursued a collection action against you, you should seek advice from a local tax attorney that can assist you with informing you of your income taxpayer bill of rights. Salvatore Polidoro, Esq., LL.M. has the experience and the credentials you need when fighting against the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Debt Collection Process

The IRS Tax Collection process can be complicated for many taxpayers. Our firm assists taxpayers and their families with preparing for and requesting a collection due process hearing (CDP). A Collection Due Process Hearing is typically requested upon 30 days from receipt of your notice of intent to levy and the request is submitted to the IRS Office of Appeals.

It is critical to respond and solve your IRS Tax Debt as soon as possible, as ignoring or waiting to the last minute will likely cause you to incur more penalties and interest. Considering the implications that can be assessed against you, it is important to contact an attorney earlier rather than later in the collection process.

Know your Relief Alternatives to Stop IRS Debt

The IRS provides you with several options when it comes to IRS debt relief alternatives. Most commonly individuals will request an IRS installment agreement, an offer in compromise (OIC), or request for innocent spouse relief. In addition, our firm advises and prepares requests for an appeal.

The IRS Collections Appeals Program has many pros and cons and should be taken with precaution and only when absolutely necessary. Accordingly, you should seek the advice of your tax attorney to find out which is best for you. Our Miami Tax Law Firm has tax professionals with the knowledge and the experience to assist you with IRS.

Final Notice of Intent to Levy

This notice from the IRS is the IRS’s attempt to start the IRS Tax Collection Process. You will have 30 days to respond to protect your rights and request a collection due process hearing. You have a right to have a tax attorney represent you at this juncture. It is imperative that all taxpayers seek the advice of a tax professional so that they preserve their appeal rights and find a quick tax resolution to their IRS debt.

Failure to respond to this notice will likely result in enforcement action such as an IRS tax lien (“IRS lien”) or another form of collection alternative described above. Remember that if you do not take any action upon receipt of the notice of intent to levy (“notice of levy”) the IRS can and will levy your accounts such as your wages, real estate commissions, bank accounts held in financial institutions, business assets, personal property and social security benefits.

Publication 594: Taxpayer Rights in Collection Proceedings

The IRS explicitly provides guidance on taxpayer rights in IRS Debt collections in Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process. The service explains taxpayers rights regarding payments and collections. It details what alternatives you have when you receive a tax bill and what you can do if you think your tax liability is incorrect. In addition you can find further information in Publication 1660 Collection Appeal Rights.

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