A client who has unpaid IRS or State taxes and is needing back taxes help, is not without defenses to the IRS or State collection process of his or her outstanding income tax liability. In determining which defenses are available for their tax case, the taxpayer and adviser will analyze many options to determine the best course of action.
- Determine whether the income tax was properly assessed to make sure you need back taxes help. While the IRS does not ordinarily does not assess an incorrect tax by not processing a tax return correctly, the IRS frequently will determine the tax owed of a taxpayer who has not filed an income tax return. In these cases, the IRS often computes an incorrect tax since they were not aware of any of the particulars of the taxpayer, such as the number of child they have, whether they are married, or if they had business expenses (which would offset business income).
- Make sure that the statute of limitations (SOL) on collection of the tax debt has not expired. Normally the IRS has 10 years from when they assessed the tax to collect it. This period of time can be increased if you file an offer in compromise, or pending payment plan. Therefore, it makes sense to double check the IRS on the dates your tax debt expires since they sometimes miscalculate the date.