Stephen B. Jordan, EA

Stephen B. Jordan, EA

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Tax Rescue

Tax Rescue
ACCOUNTING | TAX CONSULTING | RESOLUTION
heartIn-Person Tax Help
  • One-stop resource for face-to-face tax help and solutions to tax problems, every business day.  Get help solving federal tax problems. We only ask you make an appointment by calling our office at (603) 893-9336 and leaving a message if necessary.
  • We can help you:
    • File innocent spouse claims if you believe you are not liable for your spouse's share of a joint liability
    • Make an installment agreement if you cannot pay your taxes in full
    • Prepare an Offer-in-Compromise to settle an unpaid tax debt
    • Request a release of federal tax liens and levies when appropriate
    • Resolve IRS account & notice issues
  • Other services include:
    • Answers to your tax questions
    • Information about your tax account (IRS Power of Attorney necessary)
    • Help preparing your individual income tax return
    • Help preparing your heavy use vehicle tax return
Call our office today to find out if you qualify for an Offer or Payment arrangement. 
We do legitimate offers!
We will not accept one dime unless you pre-qualify. We're here to do whatever is in our client's best interest.
Options:
  1. Full pay
  2. Payment plan
  3. OIC--Equity
  4. CNC--debt doesn't go away
Federal Tax Collection Rules & Procedures - Internet Resource Links:
heartTaxpayer Representation - resolving tax liabilities
  • Options
    • Full Pay
    • Payment plan
    • OIC - Equity
    • CNC - Debt doesn't go away (Currently Not Collectible - "Code 530")     
Tax (debt) Resolution Pricing*
Bronze $500 Levy Release
Flat fee will STOP your Wage Garnishment (if "financial hardship" exists) in as little as 4 business days. Our flat fee to represent you as Power of Attorney (POA) before the IRS is $500.  The fee includes Levy and/or Wage Garnishment release (if "financial hardship" exists). NOTE: Additional fee applies to implement Partial Payment Installment Agreement (PPIA), potential Penalty Abatement, Injured/Innocent Spouse Relief, Installment Agreement, Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) and/or having you listed as Currently Not Collectible (CNC) by the IRS.
Silver $1,500
Full Service
If your tax debt is less than $50,000 our flat fee to represent you as Power of Attorney (POA) before the IRS is $1,500. The fee includes Levy and/or Wage Garnishment release (if "financial hardship" exists), potential penalty abatement, Injured/Innocent Spouse Relief, Installment Agreement, Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) and/or having you listed as Currently Not Collectible (CNC) by the IRS.
Gold
$2,000
Full Service
If your tax debt is more than $50,000 our flat fee to represent you as Power of Attorney (POA) before the IRS is $2,000. The fee includes Levy and/or Wage Garnishment release (if "financial hardship" exists), potential Penalty Abatement, Injured/Innocent Spouse Relief, Installment Agreement, Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) and/or having you listed as Currently Not Collectible (CNC) by the IRS.
Platinum
Fee to be
determined
after we complete
a tax debt analysis
of your case.
If your tax debt is more than $1,000,000 our flat fee to represent you as Power of Attorney (POA) before the IRS to be determined after we complete your tax debt analysis. The fee will include Levy and/or Wage Garnishment removal (if "financial hardship" exists), potential Penalty Abatement, Injured/Innocent Spouse Relief, Installment Agreement, Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) and/or having you listed as Currently Not Collectible (CNC) by the IRS.

 * To obtain a permanent reduction in your tax debt, it's not enough to show the IRS that you can't pay your tax bill.  You must also prove you've exhausted all of your financial resources and have little hope of raising money in the future.  

heartHaven't Filed in a While?
  • Owe Money to the IRS?
    • Now What?
      • We Can Help You!
        • We do legitimate offers!
Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier online tool  This online tool can be used to determine if a taxpayer is eligible for an Offer in Compromise (OIC).  If the taxpayer is eligible for an OIC they must still complete and submit a Form 656 and a Collection Information Statement (Form 433-A). The tool brings the user (the practitioner or the taxpayer) through six steps:
  1. Status: This step contains questions to determine the taxpayer’s eligibility for an OIC.
  2. Basic info: This step contains questions regarding the taxpayer’s location and their tax debt.
  3. Assets: This step contains questions regarding the taxpayer’s assets (FMV and any encumbrances).
  4. Income: This step contains questions regarding gross wages, net business and rental income, and other sources of income.
  5. Expenses: This step requests information regarding the taxpayer’s necessary living expenses. The tool will consider the local allowable expense criteria for the taxpayer.
  6. Proposal: In this step the tool will suggest a starting point for the offer amount representing the sum of asset equity and present value of future income.
The taxpayer or their authorized representative should use the results from the OIC Pre-Qualifier to complete the required forms in the OIC booklet.  If the suggested amount cannot be offered, a lower amount could be justified if the taxpayer has qualifying exceptional circumstances (Section 3 of Form 656).
Has it been awhile since you filed a tax return?
  • Feeling guilty? Scared?
  • Don't know what to do or where to turn?
  • Past Due Taxes Are a Serious Problem!!
  • Do you even need to file? Yes.
Tax Resolution | Tax Problems? Past or Present...
Your 1st step to solving these problems is calling our office.
We will help you with the following:
  • Handle all negotiations with the IRS for you
  • Prepare past due returns
  • Evaluate CNC status, and implement if appropriate  (for people having an "economic hardship")
  • Negotiate an affordable monthly payment plan to the IRS
  • Settle your tax debt with the IRS for your reasonable collection potential (RCP)
  • Wage Garnishment/Bank Levy Release (wintin 4 days)
  • Discharge tax liens from your credit and property (if debt is settled)
  • Our service is not over when your crisis is over. As tax specialists, we can prepare your prior and present year returns; keeping you current, to avoid a similar occurrence in the future.  We will prepare financial statements and help you set realistic goals for repayment. We help create a long-term plan for future success.
  • Attorney referrals to discharge taxes in bankruptcy for certain exceptions
Volunteer
If you come forward and voluntarily file your missing tax returns, the system works more in your favor. Since nearly three out of four tax returns filed are due a refund, there is a good chance that the IRS might owe money to you. The only catch is that if you don't ask for your refund within three years, the IRS isn't going to give you what was yours in the first place. We are available to help you file your returns and, if necessary, act as your representative before the IRS. We work for you, not the IRS. Sometimes things just happen. If there is a good reason for not filing a tax return, some of the penalties can be reduced. Generally, if the IRS owes you a refund there are no penalties at all. 

Scared of Volunteering?
If the IRS decides to come looking for you, life can become very difficult and frequently embarrassing. There is a chance that your employer might be requested to send part of your paycheck to the IRS instead of handing your paycheck to you. Your bank account could be frozen or even seized. A lien could be placed on your house. In the worst case, you could face criminal prosecution.  


What if you owe money?
Installment Agreements -- If you can pay the full amount within five years, you should be able to set up a monthly payment plan and make regular installment payments.  The IRS is now accepting Partial Payment Installment Agreement (PPIA).   
 
What if you owe a lot of money?
Offer in Compromise -- If you owe so much money that you will never be able to pay your tax liability, we may be able to work out a compromise where the IRS will accept less than you actually owe. If the IRS accepts your Offer-in-Compromise (OIC), your total tax liability including interest and penalty is considered paid in full. An OIC is a mathematical formula, NOT an amnesty program. Professional assistance is strongly recommended when compromising a tax liability. 
 
Professional assistance Don't be afraid to ask for help. By law, you have the right to professional representation. Only an Enrolled Agent, certified public accountant or attorney can represent your case before an IRS Collections Officer. Remember, your representative is working for you.  
The IRS has ten (10) years from the date of a tax assessment to collect a debt from the taxpayer.
  • The date the collection statute expires is called the Collection Statute Expiration Date or CSED.  IRC §6502 provides that the length of period for collection after assessment of a tax liability is ten years. 
  •  When the CSED date passes, the IRS is barred from attempting to collect your tax debt unless you waive the enforcement of the statute.
  When Does the Collection Statute Start to Run?
  •   The statute starts on the day an IRS assessment is made.
  •   Generally, the dates of assessment are as follows:
    • Filed tax returns – The date you mailed the tax return plus six weeks.
    • Audit Adjustments (agreed) – The date you signed the auditor’s report plus three weeks.
    • Audit Adjustments (unagreed) – The date the appeals process and the tax court process (if any) is completed and the tax court judge has issued his or her ruling.
What Will Cause the Collection Statute to be Extended?
  •   The Collection Statute can be extended (tolled) by one or more of the following acts or situations:
    • The filing of a bankruptcy petition - The statute is extended for duration of the bankruptcy proceedings.
    • The filing of an Offer in Compromise - The statute is extended for duration of the Offer or one year, whichever is greater.
    • The filing of requests for relief – The statute is extended when a taxpayer files for a Collection Due Process (CDP) hearing, Innocent Spouse Relief and any other form of relief that requires the IRS to suspend collection enforcement while it reviews the validity of the underlying assessment. 
    • The signing of a waiver extending the statute - The statute is extended to date indicated in signed waiver. Never sign a statute extension without first consulting your tax advisor.
    • The taxpayer is out of IRS jurisdiction – The statute is extended for duration taxpayer was out of IRS jurisdiction.
  • Example:  10-year period begins to run with the date of the “assessment,” not the tax year for which taxes are due. For example, if the return for 2005 is not filed until 2008 and the tax is assessed in 2009, the 10-year period begins to run in 2009 and expires in 2019.  Ten years is not always the limit. There are a number of other ways the 10-year collection period may be extended. For example, during the period an Offer in Compromise is pending, the statute of limitations is extended accordingly. Similarly, if bankruptcy is declared, while the bankruptcy proceeding is pending, the 10-year statute of limitations on collection is extended by the duration of the bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Many types of court actions may also suspend the running of the 10 years. The filing of an IRS levy or a judgment entered in a Federal Court in a suit by the Department of Justice can also extend the 10-year period. The IRS can ask the Department of Justice to institute a collection proceeding in Federal District Court. If such a proceeding is begun and the United States Government prevails, then the statute of limitations on collection on that judgment is extended for the period generally allowed to collect such judgments, and such judgments can be renewed subject to the discretion of the Court.
  •  If the tax return was prepared by the IRS (Substitute For Return - SFR) under the authority of IRC §6020(b) the statute of limitations on assessment and collection shall not apply.  IRC §6501(b)(3) Rev. Reg. §301.6501(b)-1(c).
 
What options are available to me to solve my tax problems 
Among services we offer:
  • Currently Not Collectible (CNC) Hardship - When the taxpayer cannot afford to pay the IRS monies due to a lack of assets and low income or no income (e.g. recently laid off due to current economy, divorce, illness) then the IRS will deem the taxpayer Currently Not Collectible (CNC) (Code 530) and agree that their tax liability will be suspended for the time being.
  • Installment Agreement (IRC §6159) - A monthly payment plan set up to pay back the taxpayer's tax liability. The IRS has guidelines as to what amount they will accept and the time frame they will accept it in (usually sixty months). A financial affidavit (Form 433-A) is required from the taxpayer before the we can negotiate an installment agreement.   Under an installment plan, you make monthly payments on your tax debt for up to five years.  This is something you can do on your own.  The IRS fee to set up an installment plan is $105, or $52 if you agree to have payments automatically debited from your bank account. Approval is automatic for taxpayers who owe $10,000 or less and are in good standing with the IRS.
  • Offer in Compromise (IRC §7122) (We do legitimate offers!) - An offer to the IRS to lower the total tax liability owed by the taxpayer due to financial constraints. This is a very popular solution advertised on TV.  Under the offer program, the IRS agrees to accept less than you owe.  But to obtain a permanent reduction in your tax debt, it's not enough to show the IRS that you can't pay your tax bill.  You must also prove you've exhausted all of your financial resources and have little hope of raising money in the future
  • Penalty Abatement - The IRS assesses penalties and interest on tax liabilities so over time taxes due years ago can increase from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The IRS will sometimes lower or eliminate these fees with a well worded request.  The IRS won't grant penalty abatement without reasonable cause.  For example, a widow who filed her tax return late because her husband died shortly before April 15 might qualify for penalty abatement.  If you believe you can show extenuating circumstances, you can apply on your own or ask your tax preparer to file a request on your behalf.  
  • Wage Garnishment/Bank Levy Release - The IRS will collect their monies due by any means necessary. They may take all your assets with a levy or garnish up to 70% or your wages.  We can negotiate with the IRS to have these released in as little as 4 business days.
  • Audit Representation - If you are currently being audited and you don't know why, it is very important to be represented by a tax professional who can get to the bottom of the problems and fix them. We can have your past audit reopened if you feel you did not get a fair shake.
  • I have unfiled taxes from previous years but no longer have my records from those years. Can you help me? We can prepare your past unfiled tax returns by requesting your IRS wage transcripts and completing a tax questionnaire.
  • Is there anything I need to do before I can solve my tax problems? Before the IRS will accept any negotiations to solve your tax liability you will need to be in compliance with any unfiled tax returns. Any unfiled taxes up to ten years ago may be required to be prepared and filed with the IRS. 
  • If you owe the IRS money, you have options:
  • Talk to a Enrolled Agent who has experience dealing with IRS collection issues. If you already have a tax preparer, he or she may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can.  In a clash with the IRS, don't be unarmed.  Defend yourself with cutting edge tax knowledge and the shield of confidence provided by an Enrolled Agent. You would not go into battle without a weapon, or court without a lawyer. Don't try to negotiate successfully with the IRS without and Enrolled Agent (EA) to represent you. EA's are admitted to represent you before the IRS.  Call us your "TAXPAYER ADVOCATES!"
  • If you can't afford to hire a tax professional, you may qualify for a Low-Income Tax Clinic.  To find one near you, go to the website for the IRS Taxpayer Advocate or call 877-777-4778.
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