Living in Connecticut is Expensive. Tax Problems can make it impossible.
Connecticut is an expensive place to live. Sometimes, in order to get by, Connecticut taxpayers might put off paying their tax bill. It will take some time, but eventually the notices will start coming. You will get several notices telling you that you owe the IRS some money. Then, you get a cp504 - Notice of Intent to Levy, and the tone of the letters change. All of a sudden the IRS isn't asking you to pay your tax bill. Now, the IRS is telling you that it is going to seize your state refund and "other property." Finally, the IRS is going to come at you with a "Final Notice of Intent to Levy" - cp1058 and/or a Notice of Federal Tax Lien Filing. (NOTE: The IRS has started using a much more benign-looking letter called the "LT11." Make sure you read every letter you get from the IRS to make sure that it does not mention a Collection Due Process hearing.) At that point, you have 30 days to act - or your bank account, wages, and other property and income is at risk of being seized by the Internal Revenue Service. But Connecticut is an expensive place to live, and even though you owe them money - the IRS cannot collect more money from you than you can afford to pay. The bottom line is that most people at the IRS do not get what it is like to live in Connecticut. You need Tax Help in Connecticut. And I can provide that help.
There are things that can be done to keep the IRS in check while you sort out your finances and figure out exactly what you can pay. Too many taxpayers rush into Installment Agreements that they truly cannot afford. The important thing to keep in mind is that agreeing to an Installment Agreement with the IRS will not protect you from future collection action if the Installment Agreement ends up in default. A Tax Attorney can help you arrange your finances so that your reasonable living expenses are documented and acceptable to the IRS. But if you are not proactive, if you - or someone you hire - doesn't call the IRS, then the Tax Machine will go into motion, levy notices will be sent to banks and employers - and you might end up struggling trying to figure out how to put food on the table and keep a roof over your family's head.
That's why you want to get into an arrangement that will actually work for you. The first time.
IRS Help in Connecticut
If you live in Connecticut, and have problems with the IRS, you might be wondering whether or not you should speak with a Tax Attorney, a CPA, an Enrolled Agent, or go another route. Any of these professionals can deal with your case at the administrative level. I know several CPAs and Enrolled Agents who I would trust to resolve most tax issues. But, sometimes, even when a client's position is reasonable, the IRS will refuse to budge. The IRS will "abuse" it's discretion. When that happens, only a Tax Attorney (or a United States Tax Court Practitioner) can take your case all the way to Tax Court.
Whether your plan is to go it alone, or seek advice from a Tax Professional, I would be happy to discuss your options with you, free of charge. Click the "Talk2Tom" button below to send me a message, or schedule a phone call with me. Even with prospective clients, communications are always confidential and protected by attorney-client privilege.
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