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Tax Settlement and Negotiation Programs

Services to help settle tax debt with the IRS are available for those taxpayers facing financial difficulties. These tax settlement companies negotiate with the IRS on your behalf to find a resolution that fits your unique situation. It’s crucial to seek assistance from licensed attorneys and professionals who understand the intricacies of tax law and IRS negotiations.

Understanding Your Options

There are various tax debt resolution options available, including IRS settlement agreements, tax payment plans, and tax audit defense strategies. The goal is to find a legitimate solution that allows you to manage your tax liabilities effectively. It’s essential to have proper representation, whether through a reputable tax firm or an attorney, to ensure that your rights are protected and you get the best possible outcome.

Effective Tax Negotiation Strategies

Effective tax negotiation requires a deep understanding of tax law and IRS procedures. Whether you’re dealing with tax lien removal or seeking an audit defense, it’s important to work with professionals who have a proven track record of successful negotiations. They should be able to provide you with clear information about your options and the potential outcomes of each strategy.

Choosing the Right Tax Settlement Company

When selecting a tax settlement company, look for one that is licensed and has a strong reputation within the community. Check their credentials and ensure they have the authority to represent you effectively. The right firm will offer transparent fee structures and will be upfront about what you can realistically expect in terms of settlements and agreements.

Key Considerations for Taxpayers

Before engaging in tax negotiations, it’s important to understand the terms and conditions of any agreement. Be wary of companies that promise unrealistic results without a thorough analysis of your financial situation. Always seek professional advice to avoid potential pitfalls and ensure that you’re making informed decisions.

Remember, the goal is to find a solution that allows you to fulfill your tax obligations without putting undue strain on your finances. With the right approach and professional guidance, you can navigate the complexities of tax settlement and find a path to financial stability.

Great company, saved me thousands on my back taxes with the IRS & now I can sleep at nights.These guys are my saving grace. Thanks Again

-Nicholas Jones - 08/04/2020

Could not recommend Clean Slate Tax more for my tax relief! Highly knowledgeable and professional. They helped in a very difficult situation and handled it perfectly. Fees are reasonable and totally worth it.

-Julie Mccarthy - 08/03/2020

Clean Slate Tax saved me over $100,000! Not only that, they released a levy on my bank account. This company was worth every penny! I would suggest using them. Their professionalism, personal touch, availability and communication were remarkable. USE THEM!

-Josefina Mason - 08/01/2020

Joe is the absolute BEST!! He is very knowledgeable, helpful, compassionate, friendly, and very easy to talk to. Everyone at Clean Slate that I talked to was so understanding and nice. They made me feel comfortable sharing very private financial issues that I have a hard time talking about. They were very patient with me paying them for their services. I could not have asked for a better company! (...)

-Julie Hebert - 07/05/2020

From the first contact with Clean Slate to my final day EVERYTHING was transparent, professional and incredibly friendly, straight forward and honest.
No false promises and they kept us in the loop all the time. They promised no more than they could deliver and delivered everything they set out to do.
A pay garnishment and HUGE tax burden was lifted and settled, as they had originally planned.

-R Perreault - 02/05/2020

I’m sure that the good folks at Clean Slate had heard it before....but for me, it was was an accident. That I didn’t file tax returns for 5 years. 2 family members, the 2 I loved the most, and the longest, passed within a year of each other, and it broke me. For the next 4 years. Every time I sat to do my returns, my mind went dead. And along the way, I had been hearing so many ads, “Got a tax problem? Call us”(...)

-Bernadette Spade - 12/10/2019

How Our Service Works

Tax settlement and negotiation services exist to help those struggling taxpayers who cannot pay their taxes in full.

We strive to find the best settlement service option for our clients after reviewing their tax transcripts and financial situation. The IRS and state taxing authorities have strict guidelines for who will qualify for these programs, and we will determine which fits your situation best. Below is a basic outline of how our tax settlement process works to get you the best tax deal.

Steps For Tax Settlement

Step 1: Consider Possible Reduction of Assessed Taxes

Before we begin on a final resolution our tax team will analyze your tax records to see if your tax amount can be reduced. It is common for our clients to receive IRS and state taxation letters with tax balances due that are erroneous. In some cases, the taxing authorities will file a substitute for return (SFR) for you. SFR’s generally minimize tax deductions and omit tax credits resulting in a much higher tax bill. Other situations arise, out of control of the taxpayer, which leads to noncompliance with tax laws. Fortunately,  in many cases, taxing authorities will waive the penalties that were assessed. Below are some of the services we offer for the initial reduction of taxes owed.

  • Amending Tax Returns: If there were errors on your past returns, missed credits and/or deductions, or the tax authorities filed a substitute return for you, we can file an amended tax return for the particular year or years. If the IRS or State accepts the return,  this can reduce the overall tax bill. This will also reduce the amount of penalties and interest accrued as well.
  • Penalty Abatement: If you have a “good enough” reason for not staying in compliance with tax laws, then there is a good chance that penalties may be removed or reduced. Penalties can add a significant amount to a tax bill that is overdue and penalty abatement may significantly reduce that balance.
Step 2: Consider a Final Resolution Method

When we have arrived at a final tax balance owed, we will begin analyzing your financial and tax situation. Depending upon your monthly expenses, the tax amount owed and other financial considerations, we will determine the best resolution method to get back into full compliance with tax laws. Below are some of the resolution methods we will consider for your case.

  • Offer in Compromise: This is a program offered by the IRS and some states to help struggling taxpayers that have a small chance of ever paying off their taxes owed without enduring significant financial hardship. With this program, the IRS or State will accept a smaller amount than the total amount of taxes owed in a lump sum or over a few payments.
  • Innocent Spouse Relief: This isn’t necessarily a settlement, but it does wipe the tax liability clear of one individual and pass it to another. When married couples file a joint tax return they are both equally liable for any taxes that are owed. The IRS and some states realize that it isn’t always fair to hold one party liable for the tax liability. If this is the case for you, the liability may be shifted 100% or mostly to the other spouse or ex-spouse.
  • Partial Payment Installment Agreement: This program allows individuals to make smaller monthly payments than are required with a regular installment agreement (mentioned below). This option is for the struggling taxpayers that would endure financial hardship if they were required to pay the full amount required under a normal payment plan. Typically, with this type of agreement an individual ends up paying less than the total amount of taxes due because the statute of limitations on the debt expires before it is paid off in full.
  • Currently not Collectible: This option puts a hold on tax collection activities. If a taxpayer does not have enough funds to make payments towards the debt the taxing authorities will wait until their financial situation improves before collecting. At times, the statute of limitations on the debt expires before the taxes are paid and the tax debt is forgiven.
  • Installment Agreement: If you can afford a manageable monthly payment, we can enter you into an installment agreement with the IRS and/or the State to pay back the taxes owed. Once entered into this type of agreement you are considered to be in compliance with your taxes and it stops penalties from being assessed (interest still applies).

Our tax professionals will work to get you the best possible outcome by reducing your taxes owed (if possible) and then determining the best resolution method to use. We specialize in dealing with complex tax problems and use some of the best financial and tax modeling software available to help determine the best way to resolve your tax problem.