Published on: February 29, 2016 Last modified: October 21, 2020

Speaking with a Tax Attorney Can Provide a ‘Fresh Start’

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    Few feelings are more debilitating than those that involve the sense that you simply cannot “catch up.” They can become so disheartening and frustrating that they leech any potential joy out of your daily life.

    If you feel that you cannot catch up on your tax debts, you are not alone. Many Americans have felt this way at one point or another. Fortunately, there is a path out of this situation. An experienced tax attorney can explain whether the Internal Revenue Service Fresh Start program might help you navigate your way through it.

    How does the program work?

    Individuals may qualify for this program if they owe less than $50,000 in taxes. (Please note that if you owe in excess of $50,000 options are available beyond the Fresh Start program that may help you tremendously as well.) If you are accepted into the program, you will be able to move forward free of the threat of a tax lien, levy or wage garnishment.

    It is important to understand that the Fresh Start program will not absolve you of any debt whatsoever. However, it will likely allow your attorney to help you obtain either an installation agreement or an accepted offer in compromise. These courses of action will help to ensure that you obtain a clear path out of your debt and that you may successfully “catch up” in ways that will eventually free up more of your income and allow you to breathe more easily.

    The importance of contacting a tax lawyer

    Please avoid tax scams by speaking directly with a licensed tax attorney about this program. Unfortunately, some schemers seek to prey on individuals in debt and try to lure them in with promises of fresh starts that only end in more debt. Licensed attorneys have a duty to work in good faith on behalf of their clients. Therefore, speaking with an attorney about the Fresh Start program is almost certainly a preferable course of action.

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