Legal Counsel For Resolving Back Taxes
State and federal penalties on back taxes are steep, and this can increase your overall bill multiple times. These agencies might also add high interest rates on your balance during your attempts to pay it off, thereby contributing to your financial troubles. When dealing with tax authorities, you need a lawyer whose practice is exclusive to tax law, one who will present your options in a straightforward manner, so you know exactly where you stand.
Tax Collectors Show No Mercy
Tax authorities show no mercy when it comes to collection efforts. They don’t care what your monetary situation is or if their actions will place you in severe financial distress. Therefore, you must immediately go on the defensive, and your first step is to take action before they exercise their options. Ignoring your tax debt will not make it go away. Rather, it might cause the California Franchise Tax Board and/or the IRS to:
- Garnish your wages, Social Security or retirement income
- Put a lien on your property
- Seize your bank accounts
- Open a criminal investigation against you
You can prevent these collection activities in a number of ways. An attorney may be able to help you negotiate a settlement with the tax authority or submit an offer in compromise. If your financial situation is extremely dire, you can file for bankruptcy to resolve your tax debt. You may also appeal the tax collection process or request reduced or abated penalties for a more manageable final bill.
A Knowledgeable Approach
The Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard knows these preventative measures. Mr. Leonard has been practicing tax law exclusively for more than 20 years, and provides legal counsel and guidance to people throughout the Los Angeles Area from our Woodland Hills office. It is his mission to “provide exceptional legal services that continually exceed the expectations of our clients,” and he is not afraid of the California Franchise Tax Board or the IRS. He will work aggressively to reduce or eliminate your back tax bill. Send us an online message or call 818-485-2115 to arrange a free initial consultation.