Tax Help Consultants FAQs
Welcome to Tax Help Consultants IRS questions and answers section. We specialize in providing affordable solutions to businesses and individuals who are owing back taxes to the IRS and are in need of tax relief.
Here are the most commonly asked questions we receive.

    • Why can’t I just deal with the IRS myself?
    • What do your services cost?
    • Do I have to appear before the IRS in person?
    • What can I do about all the penalties and interest?
    • What are my options if I can’t reach an agreement with the IRS?
    • What if I can’t pay all my back taxes at once?
    • What can I do about IRS and other tax liens?
    • How long does it take to negotiate an IRS back tax settlement?
    • When can I get the liens on my property removed?
    • What should I do if it’s been several years since I last filed?
    • Is the IRS required to give me a payment plan?
    • After we settle, will I be in good standing with the IRS?
    • Will an Offer in Compromise show up on my Credit Report?
    • How is the amount of the offer calculated in an Offer in Compromise?
    • Why can’t I just deal with the IRS myself?

In fact, you can attempt to resolve your tax issue yourself, but it is a very difficult process. First, there’s the frustration of dealing with endless complicated IRS forms and publications…and long waits on hold. Then there’s the issue of knowing how to negotiate with the IRS officers. It’s important to note that over 85% of offers are rejected by the IRS, simply because the average person doesn’t understand the process. The experts at Tax Help Consultants have decades of experience handling all kinds of current and back tax issues, so you can be assured we’ll get you the best IRS possible outcome.

What do your services cost?
Our services vary in cost depending on the amount of back taxes owed, type of resolution and where you are in the IRS collections process. Our initial consultation is free, and we won’t take on your case unless we’re confident we can get a favorable outcome that you’ll be happy with.

Do I have to appear before the IRS in person?
No. One of the benefits of hiring Tax Help Consultants is that not only do you not have to meet face to face with the IRS, you won’t even have to speak with them on the phone. Tax Help Consultants will be your personal liaison with the IRS.

What can I do about all the IRS penalties and interest?

In some cases Tax Help Consultants can argue for an abatement of all IRS penalties and associated interest. Call us for a free consultation to see if you qualify.

What are my options if I can’t reach an agreement with the IRS?
The IRS is always interested in reaching some sort of settlement with delinquent taxpayers. Keep in mind, it’s not their goal to make your life miserable by garnishing your wages and levying your bank accounts. It’s to get you into compliance and collect as much money as they can, as quickly as possible.

What if I can’t pay all my back taxes at once?
Most people can’t. This is, after all, why most of our clients are in the position they’re in. It is our function to lower the amount of IRS back taxes owed and work out an affordable monthly payment, while at the same time protecting your assets.

What can I do about IRS and other tax liens?
Depending upon the size of the IRS tax lien that’s secured, the debtor can move to pay it off if he has, or can borrow, the funds. Sometimes this can be done by direct negotiation with the State or IRS tax agency to agree on the secured value of the lien.

Other times, the debtor may have to resort to bankruptcy options, such as paying off the value of the secured debt in a Chapter 13 plan. This also may require an action in court to determine the value of the collateral, and hence the equity to which the State or IRS tax lien attaches. Sometimes a challenge to the validity of the lien, may be available, if grounds exist, such as:

  • The notice of tax lien was never recorded, although the tax agency says it was
  • The notice was recorded after the automatic stay took effect
  • The IRS notice was filed against assets that do not belong to you
  • The tax lien was based on an invalid assessment
  • The tax lien expired. The life of the tax lien is ten years, unless re-recorded

How long does it take to negotiate an IRS back tax settlement?
It usually takes about 7 months for an IRS back tax settlement. First we need to gather evidence for the case, which would include financials for an Offer in Compromise and a narrative for penalty abatement. This takes approximately one month. Then we submit the offer to the IRS for review and to verify the financials. This takes about 3 or 4 months, after which the IRS will either accept or reject the offer. If the offer is rejected, it takes about 2 months to appeal the judgment.

When can I get the IRS tax liens on my property removed?
Removing tax liens on your property and credit will take up to 30 days of the satisfaction of your IRS back tax settlement.

What should I do if it’s been several years since I last filed?
Actually, you can attempt to resolve your IRS back tax issue yourself, but it is a very difficult process. First, there’s the frustration of dealing with endless complicated IRS forms and publications…and long waits on hold. Then there’s the issue of knowing how to negotiate with the IRS officers. It’s important to note that over 85% of offers are rejected by the IRS, simply because the average person doesn’t understand the process. The experts at Progressive Tax Group have decades of experience handling all kinds of IRS back tax issues, so you can be assured we’ll negotiate the best IRS settlement possible.

Is the IRS required to give me a payment plan?
If you owe the IRS less than $10,000 of tax and it can be paid in 5 years, you have the legal right to a payment plan. The IRS also has a streamlined plan that can be arranged if you owe a total of less than $25,000 including penalty and interest, and if it can be repaid in 5 years. This is not a legal right, but it is IRS policy. The professional cost to secure one of these should be a low fixed fee.

After we settle, will I be in good standing with the IRS?
Yes. For the next five years, however, you must remain in compliance with the IRS tax laws. This means you must file and pay all subsequent IRS tax returns in a timely manner. You must also make timely estimated tax payments if required.

Will an Offer in Compromise show up on my Credit Report?
NO. Unlike a bankruptcy or credit card charge off, an IRS Offer in Compromise does not get reported to the credit reporting agencies. An offer in compromise will not negatively affect your credit score. However, ignoring the problem will cause the IRS to file a notice of federal Tax Lien, with your county recorder, which WILL show up on your credit report.

How is the amount of the offer calculated in an Offer in Compromise?
There are two parts to the formula. The first is the equity in assets you own, the second is based on the income you have available each month after paying for allowable expenses, multiplied by a factor of 48 or 60.