Solving Your IRS Problem – And Keeping it Solved!
By Steven A Leahy
Listeners to the IRS Radio Hour – heard every Sunday afternoon at 5:00 on AM 560 The Answer – know I help people and businesses solve their IRS problems. What I have learned is – solving the IRS problem is only step one. The next step is keeping the problem solved.
When you reach an agreement with the IRS – whether the remedy is an offer-in-compromise, installment agreement or being declared currently not collectible – there are other conditions of the agreement, conditions often overlooked by taxpayers. For example, here are the conditions included in a recent installment agreement we worked out for a client with the IRS. The IRS wrote:
The other conditions of this agreement are:
– You file and pay on time all federal and state taxes due during the term of the agreement.
– We’ll apply all installment agreement payments to the oldest tax assessments first, then penalties, then interest on that assessment.
– You pay all installment agreement user fees.
– You provide a current financial statement when we request one. If you have a change in your ability to pay, we can revise or cancel your installment agreement.
In addition, the IRS will “apply any refunds you’re due to the amount you owe until you pay your balance in full. A refund payment isn’t a substitute for a monthly payment.”
The first condition is the most common stumbling block. Taxpayers often fail to file and pay all federal and state taxes on time. On time, to the IRS, means NO EXTENSIONS. If you fail to meet any of these conditions, the IRS will cancel the agreement and the taxpayer will find themselves right back where they started.
That’s why, once we solve a client’s IRS problem we offer to continue monitoring the case under our IRS Protection Plan. Under the IRS Protection Plan, we continue covering our client with our Power of Attorney, so we continue to receive all IRS notices. We offer on-going advice about tax issues and we complete their annual tax returns. Occasionally the IRS will erroneously cancel an agreement, or cancel an agreement but agree to re-instate the agreement after a request is submitted. Our IRS protection plan covers those items too. In addition, if you do default, we will offer a discounted rate to work with the IRS on a new agreement.
Even if you don’t default, some agreements, such as partial installment agreements or currently not collectible status may be reviewed after some time, typically every 2 years. And the IRS Protection Plan will provide a discounted rate for that service also.
So, even after you fix your IRS problem, you have to remain vigilant. That’s where Opem Tax Resolutions and The Law Office of Steven A. Leahy, PC comes in with the IRS Protection Plan. Give me a call at 312-664-6640 to fix your IRS problem and KEEP the problem fixed!