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I hope you have managed to stay safe and well! We focus on resolving tax issues in Prince William County and throughout the lower Northern Virginia area.

Here are some facts about resolving your debt with the IRS.

The IRS really would rather work with taxpayers as opposed to taking an adversarial approach. In a way, the IRS is actually on your side, the agency is typically eager and happy to collect or resolve old debts. It truly wants to work with taxpayers, but there are many, many rules you need to know about and a process to follow.

You should know that only three types of professionals can represent you in front of the IRS. Of course, you can represent yourself in front of the IRS. But, that puts you right back at square one, in many cases, and might not be the best idea, especially if your debt is very high or you’ve ignored the situation for a long time. The three types of professionals that can represent your case at the IRS:

  1. CPAs, Certified Public Accountants. But be careful: not all CPAs haver their focus on IRS representation.
  2. EAs, Enrolled Agents. Again, make sure the EA has a focus on representing clients to the IRS.
  3. Attorneys. Same story as above. Not all attorneys are tax attorneys, and even not all tax attorneys have a bustling representation practice.

Great questions to ask anyone you hire is “What is the focus of your practice?” “Do you deal IRS representatives and agents on a regular basis?”

Here are some things to keep in mind: Whether you’re an individual with or without a business, you’ll probably need to get your bookkeeping caught up, in a manner or speaking. Bookkeeping is merely a method of determining how much came in during a given period and how much went out during that same period. And if you’re behind on your taxes, it often follows that you are behind on your bookkeeping as well. Anyone you hire is going to need good numbers in order to work with you, so a good first step is to catch up on your bookkeeping.

Of course, we’d be happy to assist you with any bookkeeping catch-up services. We can easily do the minimum you need, or if you want something greater, that can be arranged as well, in order to get you or your business into compliance.

These are just the initial steps in working toward resolving your federal tax obligations. Be sure to open all of your IRS mail. Yes, we know, you have them sitting in a stack somewhere in your home. If you haven’t opened the mail, start opening it up. It’s helpful for tax professionals to know what type of notice you received. In most cases, tax resolution specialists will know the letter by form number, and that will give them an idea of where to start with your case.

To get started with us, please contact us to arrange for a convenient time to discuss your specific situation. We will handle your situation with the utmost professionalism. We’re to help when you need us.