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Every single resident in the state of Pennsylvania has an obligation to file income taxes every year, but there can be situations in which people may forget to file taxes or they have issues with the taxes that they did file. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is the state agency in charge of taxes, but the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the federal agency that ends up being most prominent in most tax cases.

When a person is dealing with any kind of tax issue in Pennsylvania, they are going to need to be sure that they begin working with an experienced attorney who understands tax law and will know how to provide real results. You will always be best served by retaining legal counsel as soon as you know you are going to be dealing with the IRS because a lawyer can begin communicating with the agency on your behalf.

Anderson Bradshaw can deliver tax debt relief for people facing all kinds of tax problems, and we make it a point to really understand the cases of our clients so we can best represent their interests. Some of the cases we handle most often include:

Offers in Compromise

An offer in compromise is a potential option for taxpayers who are unable to pay their tax debt in full. The IRS evaluates various factors, such as the taxpayer’s income, expenses, assets, and overall financial situation, to determine whether accepting an offer in compromise is appropriate.

The IRS provides clear guidelines and forms for taxpayers to apply for an offer in compromise. If the IRS is unable to process the offer, they will return the application and fees and apply any payment included to the outstanding balance.

Different payment options are available, including lump sum cash payments or periodic payments, depending on the taxpayer’s circumstances. Low-income taxpayers who meet certain eligibility criteria may qualify for a waiver of the application fee, initial payment, and monthly installments while the IRS reviews the offer.

If an offer in compromise is rejected, the taxpayer has the right to appeal the decision within 30 days using the appropriate form, Request for Appeal of Offer in Compromise (Form 13711). The IRS Independent Office of Appeals can provide additional assistance during the appeals process.

It’s important to note that the process of submitting an offer in compromise can be complex, and it may be beneficial to consult with a qualified tax attorney or tax professional who can provide guidance and help navigate the process effectively.

Stopping Tax Levies & Liens

Tax liens are legal claims by the government against property when a taxpayer fails to pay a tax debt. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Revenue is responsible for most state tax liens, while federal tax liens can be issued by the IRS.

The IRS has specific guidelines for releasing tax liens and levies. They are required to release a levy in situations such as when the taxpayer has fully paid the amount owed, the collection period for the tax debt has ended, releasing the levy will facilitate the taxpayer’s ability to pay their taxes, the taxpayer has entered into an Installment Agreement that does not allow for the levy to continue, the levy would cause an economic hardship preventing the taxpayer from meeting basic living expenses, or the value of the property exceeds the amount owed, and releasing the levy will not hinder the IRS’ ability to collect the debt.

If the IRS denies a request to release a tax lien, taxpayers have the right to appeal the decision. It is important to note that tax lien cases can be complex, and seeking legal counsel is advisable.

Experienced tax attorneys can help navigate the appeals process and address the challenges associated with overturning tax liens. Consulting with a qualified tax attorney or tax professional at Anderson Bradshaw will ensure that taxpayers receive appropriate guidance and representation in dealing with tax liens and related issues.

IRS Audit Defense

Tax audits can be conducted by either the state or federal tax authorities, depending on the nature and scope of the audit. Audits are carried out for various reasons, including potential issues such as excessive business expenses, home office deductions, or significant losses reported on Schedule C.

When a person receives a notice about an audit, it is common for a penalty notice to follow soon after. Seeking legal assistance promptly upon receiving an audit notice is advisable to ensure proper representation and guidance throughout the process.

For IRS audits, the general time frame for which the agency can go back and review tax returns is three years. However, exceptions may be made in cases involving major errors or fraud.

If a taxpayer requires tax debt relief in relation to an audit, it is important to work with a reputable firm such as Anderson Bradshaw to ensure appropriate assistance and representation in dealing with the IRS. Engaging the services of experienced tax attorneys or professionals can help individuals navigate the complexities of tax audits, address any issues identified, and work towards a resolution that is in their best interest.

Unfiled Tax Returns

There can be consequences to not filing tax returns, failing to make payments, underpaying taxes, filing or paying late, or owing additional money as a result of an audit. In such cases, both state agencies and the IRS can be involved in addressing the tax issues.

Failure to file penalties can be imposed by the tax authorities, with the specific penalties varying depending on the circumstances. The IRS imposes a penalty of 5 percent of the net tax due per month or 0.5 percent for every month or part of a month that the tax remains unpaid, up to a maximum penalty of 25 percent.

The IRS strongly encourages individuals to file past due tax returns as soon as possible. By doing so, they can avoid further accumulation of interest and penalties.

Additionally, filing past due returns can have other benefits, such as protecting Social Security benefits, preventing issues when applying for loans, and avoiding potential collection and enforcement actions by the tax authorities. It is essential for people facing such tax issues to consult with a qualified tax professional or attorney who can provide guidance and assistance in resolving their tax obligations and mitigating any potential penalties.

Innocent Spouses

Innocent spouse relief is a provision that allows an individual to be relieved of tax liability for a joint tax return when their spouse or former spouse understated the taxes owed on that return, and the individual can demonstrate that they were unaware of and had no reason to know about the errors or underreporting. Under innocent spouse relief, the tax liability is attributed to the spouse who was responsible for the underreported taxes.

This attribution should be reflected in the audit report or other relevant documentation. It is important to note that innocent spouse relief must be sought within two years of an IRS collection action.

This means that the individual must apply for relief within two years from the date the IRS initiates collection activities against them. However, it is worth mentioning that obtaining innocent spouse relief can be a complex process, and it may require gathering evidence and presenting a strong case to the IRS.

As a result, seeking legal assistance from a qualified tax professional or attorney is advisable to navigate through the application process and increase the chances of obtaining innocent spouse relief.

Contact Our Pennsylvania Tax Attorneys

If you or anyone you know is facing tax issues in Pennsylvania, it can be beneficial to seek professional assistance from a tax attorney or a qualified tax professional who can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation. Anderson Bradshaw can help people with their tax problems, and it is always a good idea to consult with a professional who specializes in tax law to ensure you receive accurate advice and guidance.

Our tax attorneys provide IRS tax help for residents all over Pennsylvania including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Reading, Erie, Upper Darby Township, Scranton, Bethlehem, Bensalem Township, Lancaster, and more. Call (877) 986-1156 or contact our Pennsylvania tax attorney online to set up a free consultation.

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