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5 Tips to Settle Tax Debt or Negotiate a Tax Settlement

Getting a back tax notice from the IRS is shocking and scary. It's easy to bury your head in the sand and hope they forget about you. But this is a situation where it's better to man-up, be proactive and get professional outside tax help.

Once you know the IRS has you in their sites, you and your Atlanta tax attorney need to stay one step ahead. The longer you wait, the worse it will get, and the smaller your chances for tax relief.

Atlanta taxpayers will benefit from these 5 tips to effectively settle your tax debt:

  • Get your records and documents in order. Whether you have the proverbial shoebox full of receipts or meticulously organized files, when seeking tax help you're going to need a paper trail for your Atlanta tax lawyer to follow.
  • Get professional help. The search for tax relief is not the time to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Once you know you're in trouble, call a big gun in the form of a reputable Atlanta tax attorney. They alone know the ins and outs of the tax code and will be able to keep the IRS honest and get you tax help. The government is in the business of squeezing as much money out of you as they can. Your Atlanta tax lawyer works for you, and will cut you the best deal possible.
  • Be honest with your Atlanta tax attorney. If you don't lay all your cards on the table, they won't be able to get you tax relief when the IRS discovers that you're hiding money overseas, or have a secret cash stash in your garage. Forewarned is forearmed. Give your tax lawyer all the tools he needs.
  • Make peace with the fact that you will pay. Unless you have extreme circumstances and are designated as Currently Not Collectible, no one walks away from the IRS unscathed. But your tax attorney has the experience to try to get accruing penalties and interest amounts knocked down or eliminated, and to provide the best tax help for the most advantageous settlement available. Let them take the heat for you and go toe-to-toe with the IRS, and make sure you don't get bamboozled into signing away your life.
  • Listen to your tax lawyer. They are experts who regularly work with the IRS and probably know the IRS attorneys professionally in your region. Your tax attorney has negotiated hundreds or thousands of tax settlement offers similar to yours, and they understand how to defend your rights and make the most of the situation. If they recommend you take an Offer in Compromise, sign up for a payment plan for tax relief, or pursue penalty waivers - do it!

If you're in a bad tax situation, don't make it worse by doing nothing. Call an Atlanta tax attorney today for immediate tax help and advice. You want to be able to sleep through the night again.

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