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How To Choose A Tax Relief Agency

“We can guarantee the IRS will not place a lien on your property or garnish your wages. Come see us, and see how easy it is to obtain tax relief!”

“Tired of being hounded by the federal government over money you just can’t pay? We’ve helped over a thousand people just like you to settle their tax debts at a fraction of the amount owed!”

Do those pitches sound familiar? If so, then chances are you’ve seen one of the many advertisements for tax debt relief agencies.

There is a plethora of companies on the market today that claim to be the best at reducing the amount of debt taxpayers owe the federal government. Some of those companies are reputable, while others are no more than clever fronts to convince taxpayers to hand over money for services they will never receive.

The Federal Trade Commission reported last year that it had received numerous complaints from taxpayers who signed up for services with tax relief agencies, only to find they had become the victims of financial fraud. Some companies were accused of requiring upfront fees of several thousand dollars, while others were accused of making unauthorized charges on consumers’ credit cards or bank account withdrawals.

The Federal Trade Commission closely monitors agencies of this nature, and takes all complaints about them seriously. In fact, in 2010, the commission was behind a federal judge’s decision to shut down a company called American Tax Relief after it had received numerous complaints about the company. The company operated on a nationwide level and is accused of bilking consumers out of thousands of dollars. The company had its license to operate suspended and was ordered to pay restitution to its clients.

So how does one ensure they are not being taken advantage of if they seek out the help of a tax debt relief agency?

There are a few simple rules to consider when choosing a tax relief agency.

The internet can be your friend when it comes to checking the legitimacy and reputation of any agency you are considering using. Websites such as the Better Business Bureau and TopConsumerReviews.com can be used to identify which tax relief companies provide the best service to their customers. If you have a specific agency in mind, research them to make sure they are legitimate before ever contacting them.

If you find no poor reviews or complaints about an agency on the internet, the next step is to find out more information about the people who work for the agency. Are they qualified to represent you? Do they have any prior experience in settling tax claims? Is anyone in the agency certified through the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers, or ASTPS? A non-profit agency, ASTPS consists of professionals who represent taxpayers before the IRS. It only gives certification to agents who are able to pass a written exam, provide evidence they have experience in the tax industry and be a licensed certified public accountant or tax attorney.

President Trump's Tax Relief Will Ease The Tax Burden On Low-Income Americans

President Trump's Tax Framework Will Expand The Child Tax Credit, Double The Standard Deduction, And Raise Wages For Hard Working Americans President Trump's tax relief framework will increase the Child Tax Credit "significantly," rewarding families for ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Trump: "˜Massive tax relief' would be "˜best Christmas present of all'

In a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation, Trump said that he wants to deliver "massive tax relief" to American families. "So let's give our country the best Christmas present of all - massive tax relief," Trump said, before delving into ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:55:00 GMT



President Trump Signs Disaster Tax Relief Bill in Wake of Hurricanes

With overwhelming bi-partisan support, President Donald Trump signed sweeping tax relief measures into law for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. U.S. citizens still recovering from the devastation of the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:41:00 GMT



Tax relief arrives for North Bay fire-damaged properties

Lake County is offering deferral of the first property-tax payment a month's relief from the established tax-payment deadline, according to Assessor Richard Ford. The form for doing that is posted on the Assessor's Office website (www.co.lake.ca.us ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:35:00 GMT



Democrats seek tax relief for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of Democratic lawmakers are asking for tax relief for hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, saying people and businesses in the two U.S. territories don't enjoy the same benefits as those in the mainland.

Published:  Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:34:00 GMT



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