Questions About IRS Debt?

Tampa Tax Debt FAQ

Answering Your Pressing Tax Questions

If you're struggling with tax debt in Florida or have received notices from the IRS, you're probably under a large amount of stress. After over 20 years of experience as a Tampa tax attorney, I know that knowledge is power when it comes to tax problems. The more you know about your tax-related rights and responsibilities, the better prepared you’ll be to tackle tax problems effectively. Read on for answers to some commonly asked tax law questions.

If you don’t see the answer to your question below, call my office at (813) 295-7648 to schedule a free consultation.

  • When should I hire a tax attorney?

    You may want to seek the counsel of a tax attorney in Tampa if you are being audited, have received notices from the IRS, owe back taxes, or are under investigation for tax fraud. Whether you are simply seeking preventative advice or need legal representation immediately, I can help.

  • Why might the IRS audit me?

    Receiving a notice from the IRS alerting you of an audit does not necessarily mean there is a problem or that you are in trouble. It is possible that you were randomly selected or that your return involves another person or company whose return is being audited. Of course, it can also indicate that you made a mistake or will eventually owe the IRS money.

    There are a few reasons that you might be audited, such as:

    • Mathematical errors
    • Claiming numerous charitable operations on a tax return
    • Claiming several losses on your Schedule C
    • Failing to report all income
    • Claiming several business expenditures
    • Claiming deductions for a home office
    • Random selection

    Having a skilled tax attorney by your side as soon as you receive notice of an audit can be extremely beneficial.

  • What is a bank levy?

    A bank levy is a way for the IRS to garnish an unpaid debt by having your bank freeze the money in your account. Once the bank receives the levy, it freezes the money in your account for the next 21 days. A Tampa tax attorney can help you get the levy removed.

  • Is there a statute of limitations regarding back taxes?

    Yes, there is. The IRS has 10 years to collect on your back taxes. Once a decade has passed, the IRS is legally prohibited from taking action against you.

  • I am married and my spouse or ex-spouse owes back taxes. Am I liable for these?

    If the tax debt accumulated during your marriage and/or you filed jointly, you may be liable. Luckily, the IRS has policies in place to protect innocent spouses from penalties they aren’t responsible for. You can apply for Innocent Spouse relief or Separation of Liability depending on your circumstances. I’d be happy to assess your situation and help you determine if you qualify for any of these forms of relief.

  • I am a business owner and I can’t afford to pay my quarterly payroll taxes. What do I do?

    Failing to pay your business’s payroll taxes will generally result in a financial penalty. After a certain period of time, however, those penalties will only get worse and could eventually result in a huge fine or even jail time. Getting an attorney on your side is the smartest choice in this situation. I can help you negotiate and communicate with the IRS and find a solution that will protect your business, your future, and your finances.

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