Question: I owe $55,000+ in back taxes but I think I can handle this myself. Is there any reason why I shouldn’t deal with the IRS on my own?
Answer: One of the worst things you can do is talk to the IRS directly without proper representation. Would you go to court without a lawyer? You are guilty until proven innocent when it comes to dealing with the IRS. The IRS is not on your side and their primary goal is to aggressively collect money they think is theirs.
However, you do have rights as a taxpayer. One of those rights is the right to representation. If an IRS revenue officer or revenue agent shows up at your front door, will you know what to say or do? The IRS will ask you a series of very intrusive, intimidating questions in the initial interview with them, and how you answer these questions will dictate the fate of your case. Half of the referrals to the IRS’s criminal investigation division come from that “nice” revenue officer you’re having a conversation with.
Attorney who is also a tax resolution specialist can conduct these meetings on your behalf. They know how to navigate the IRS maze because they do this for a living, day-in, day-out. They know the “ins” and “outs” and know how to deal with the IRS so your rights are protected. A tax resolution specialist also knows how to protect your income and assets from levy’s and seizures and get you the lowest possible settlement allowed by law.