Shortly after leaving the Internal Revenue Service I sat down and wrote a book to help all taxpayers based on what I experienced in their collection area. After actually being in the belly of the beast, the very heart of what the IRS exists for, I saw that they were really not as bad as people tried to make out.
In the past I had a couple of issues with them myself because I did not claim some early retirement withdrawal in which tax was withheld before I received it and I genuinely thought I didn’t have to declare it because they had to have already known about it. Oh how innocent I was! Another time I didn’t realize there was something called EIC that I qualified for because of a drop in my income. I’m sure many people don’t know any better when they are about to file. In fact most IRS issues are genuine failure to follow through because you think you are not liable to do something from filing to reporting things. The IRS will give you the benefit of the doubt if this is your first time making the mistake. One time I owed tax the other instance, they gave me a refund because of a credit I didn’t know I had coming.
Most of the time I handled the incoming calls from those that had levies and liens issued against them. That is the area that also issues these collection actions. The taxpayers are sent several notices before their cases are transferred to the Automated Collection System for further collection action. They will try to call you and send you additional notices depending how many were previously sent. If you don’t call within the time frame given, they will issue liens on any property you may have and levy bank accounts or your wages. You have to respond even if you cannot pay or don’t plan to file. It will go much better for you and the representatives will go over many options to resolve any issues you have that you probably are not even aware of. They will actually be able to stop or prevent collection against you regardless of what you owe if you are currently in a hardship status.
My book was to let people know the easiest and best ways to resolve their individual tax problems without the added expense of a third-party. It is very easy to deal with the IRS. There are not ways they will trick you or any other such nonsense. Make no mistake they will want you to “full pay today” as they are required to ask you, but as long as you tell them what you are able to do, they will work with you. Many so-called tax resolution experts are not who they say they are and most are either fraudulent, deceiving or incompetent at best. In the years I was there, we literally talked to thousands of people that were defrauded by just such people by thousands of dollars they could have used to pay towards their tax liabilities or used towards an Offer-in-Compromise if qualified. Many POA’s simply never bothered to even contact the IRS on behalf of the client that they just filled out the 2848 form with. This form states for the taxpayer not to call themselves and for this fact, they know you won’t know that they haven’t called yet until you end up with collection action on you. Then good luck finding some of them that actually disconnect their phones and skip town.
Notice how the tax resolution commercials all seem to say to contact them if you owe over $10,000. That’s ridiculous! Any legitimate expert will take your case regardless if you owe anything and work out a reasonable fee with you. These companies hope that the more you owe, the more you won’t mind paying the $2,000 or more in fees in the hopes they will be able to offer pennies on the dollar, which almost never happens. Yes there may be legitimate tax accountants and attorneys, there has to be, but don’t just go with anyone. Make sure who you are dealing with before you make any business deals or sign anything. Be sure they are referred by someone you trust and respect. There were many that were taken advantage of by relatives or relatives of friends of theirs so just because you know them does not guarantee anything.
I promise to post more information regarding tax information and resolution in short increments in the future.
See duplicate post under pogirlshines.me Tax Problems?
Enjoy the video below but for the time being, “Don’t Mess With The IRS An Unauthorized Customer Service Guide to Resolving Your ACS Collection Issues” is not available.
I just read the most amusing article on Yahoo this morning about Illinois being the fourth state to allow illegal aliens to get a driver’s license so they can have a way to get to work.
Amazing for the fact that coming into America illegally makes them a criminal. They have broken the law. When was the last time any of you were rewarded for breaking a law? As a legal American citizen, I can’t remember a time. I think America usually punishes law breakers to discourage the behavior in the future, and to get extra funds to keep operating. You have to know that if so many people are getting into America so easily as this, who is stopping the terrorists from doing the same thing?
Another frightening fact is that the people making and changing our laws lately don’t seem to have the brains God gave little green apples, as my grandmother used to put it. Many of the new laws and rules are unfair, unjust and downright destructive to a civilized society. The way I see it, if some receive a “get out of jail free card” the rest of us should as well.
I have first hand proof of what encouraging illegal immigrants to America causes, as an ex-employee of the Internal Revenue Service.
The problems go from the small business owners that are tempted into hiring cheap labor and paying under the table, so employment taxes are not paid, to the fact that the business owners that hire these people, probably for less money, do not have legitimate or correct documentation for their employees and get fined for this on a Federal level. I am not sure what the states do in these cases. The illegals usually are not filing their income tax returns and the ones that do use false documentation to do so and cause huge headaches for the IRS. An example is when you have about ten people all using the same social security number. After some of them decide to file, usually trying to get a refund of some sort, it flags up that this individual did not claim all their income, because of the many others across the state using the same social security number. I had one man break down and confess to me what he was doing. Someone sold him a social security number when he came over illegally so he could work.
So it also encourages the entrepreneurs trying to make a buck off of selling illegal aliens the same social security number, not caring what a nightmare scenario they are creating for America’s internal revenue system. Funny how these kinds of problems never are discussed by the news or never actively dealt with as a real problem yet. It may be for the fact that many of our politicians and government employees really don’t know what they are doing. They are not very bright, are not trying to cover anything up, but lack the ability to connect the dots. Instead, we have mass money shortages in our governments, some not caused by internal corruption, and everyone has to pay the price, but the guilty.
I can’t accept this. As someone who has seen first hand the problems that are being caused by illegals in this country, I do not agree that we should be making it easier for them by giving them driver’s licenses and help with their children’s education when the children of the citizens of America do without. This is a travesty and it looks to me like an ObamaNation and makes me want to join the Birthers.
Man was not meant to live like slaves that pay for their own bondage. Pigeon holed in a life style that will take years off their lives, doing things that are bad for their body, mind and spirit just to make money for the stinking rich conglomerates that put the small guy out of business so we are stuck working for them. This just has to stop and this fake “poor economy” is blowing the lid off their sins. They are about the only ones making good money, but somehow not paying their fair share of taxes. This is why our country and government has no money. They made it like this, managed through the years to put tons of small businesses out of business and now our tax income is suffering. The Whitehouse knows what to do, congress knows what to do, but is afraid to piss off the lobbyist and who they work for.
There is going to be a price to pay for this because they no longer can hide their sins and we can’t foot the bill any longer. If they don’t take it upon themselves to help this economy out, there will be hell to pay in many ways from boycotts to outright really angry people not being able to control themselves.
Hopefully I am wrong about the idea that America might be doing this on purpose so they can cause civil unrest and then declare martial law, take away our guns and try to enslave us even more. Most people refuse to learn from history that man simply cannot take this and will not take it for long.
They don’t want bullies, yet the ones in charge are complete heartless bullies and prove it everyday. They pay others big bucks to prevent paying it to the government, yet the government not only lets them get away with this, but makes a way for them to continue to do this. Funny that the little guy would never get away with getting congress to change rules for them, as poor as they are and need the help more.
We need to start setting our priorities in this country about what is fair. The ones sitting in their castles while others work themselves to death to give them that castle need to understand that peons are people too.