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Dealing with Collection Efforts of the IRS


The IRS is the federal government agency responsible for enforcement of U.S. Tax Code and collection of taxes. As a bureau of the United States Department of Treasury, the IRS has far greater collection authority than other bill and debt collectors. Some of the methods employed by the Internal Revenue Service to enforce tax code and collect tax debts include imposition of penalties and interest, tax audits, tax liens, bank levies, wage garnishments, and seizure of assets, in addition to criminal prosecution.


IRS Penalties and Interest

In order to encourage compliance, U.S. Tax Code gives the IRS authority to impose penalties and interest charges to taxpayers who do not comply with tax laws. These penalties and interest charges are assessed whether the failure to comply is intentional or unintentional. However, there is the possibility of having IRS Tax penalties  reduced or removed through the abatement process. In order to get tax penalties abated we must show the IRS that you have reasonable cause and the failure was not due to willful neglect.

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IRS Tax Audits

The IRS imposes tax examinations (audits) of individuals and businesses as a method of enforcement of U.S. Tax Code. Receiving an IRS notice that you are being audited by the IRS can be a scary experience, especially since the law places the burden on you to demonstrate that your income tax return information is correct. There is never a good time to find out that you will be the subject of an IRS tax audit, however plenty of help is available by contacting experienced tax relief attorney Ken Sheppard, Jr. to deal with the IRS on your behalf.

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IRS Tax Liens

An IRS federal tax lien is a claim against a taxpayer's real and/or personal property as collateral to pay for the federal tax debt. The IRS uses this tax lien to ensure that the federal tax debt is paid by the taxpayer and it will seek to secure payment from any source it can find.  This federal tax lien will show on the credit reports of the taxpayer and can possibly negatively impact the taxpayer's credit rating, therefore it is a good idea to prevent the tax lien from being imposed if possible, or seek to have the tax lien removed as soon as possible if it has already been imposed.

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IRS Tax Levies

The IRS can seize and sell your real and personal property to satisfy a tax debt. The IRS can levy against other property you may own such as retirement accounts, accounts receivables, rental income, and of course bank accounts.  The IRS can also levy against your federal and state income tax refunds. A levy ends when either the levy is released by the IRS,  the tax debt is paid in its entirety, or when the time period for collection has expired. Even if you are unable to make a lump sum debt payment, there are several methods which may be implored to successfully release a levy including an appeal, tax payment plan, offer in compromise, and proof of  economic hardship.

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IRS Wage Garnishments

A wage garnishment is a type of levy that forces your employer to withhold part of your paycheck and turn that amount over to the federal government for the purpose of paying off your tax debt.  Wage garnishments are continuous in nature, which means they last until your tax debt is satisfied, you lose or quit your job, or you reach a negotiated agreement with the IRS. A qualified tax attorney can review the specifics of your tax debt and seek resolution with the IRS in order to release the federal wage garnishment.

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IRS Seizure of Assets

The IRS can assess a type of tax levy known as property seizure in order to collect unpaid tax debts. Some of the types of assets which the IRS will seize includes your home or other personal real estate, a business, bank accounts, federal pensions, social security benefits, life insurance cash value, furniture, vehicles, as well as other assets even if they have recently been transferred to friends or family. There are several ways in which a seizure of assets may be avoided, including paying the tax debt in full setting up a tax payment plan, negotiating an offer in compromise with the IRS, filing bankruptcy, or appealing the planned property seizure.

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Law offices of Columbus, Ohio based Tax lawyer  Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr. serving clients on a national and local scale. We serve clients throughout the United States and abroad in dealing with the IRS, State, and Local taxation authorities. We have Ohio tax law offices located in Columbus, Canton, Newark, and Mt. Vernon. We handle tax issues for clients located  throughout the country, including Ohio, North Carolina, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.

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