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Questions To Ask Tax Relief Agencies

The only thing worse than owing back taxes is having a so-called tax-relief agency rob you blind without providing anything resembling actual tax relief.

Most consumers feel intimidated when it comes to dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, so they seek out professional help from a tax-relief agency. The problem with this strategy is that not all tax-relief agencies are created equal. Some are staffed by qualified professionals who can truly help a taxpayer, while others simply exist to scam consumers out of money.

So how do consumers tell the difference between the two? The first important step is to make sure to ask the right questions to any tax relief agency one is considering using.

One question that can be asked is whether anyone at the agency is 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.

Another question to ask is if the agency is able to provide references from prior clients who used and were satisfied with the service they received there. In addition to references, search for independent reviews of the tax relief agency. Professional reviews can guide a person to tax relief companies that are the most beneficial.

Itís also is worthwhile to check the Better Business Bureauís website to see if the company has had any complaints lodged against it, and if so, of what nature. Using a company which is a member of the Better Business Bureau can be to a consumerís benefit should there be issues with the service received by that company. The BBB will intervene to work out a solution.

Ask about the companyís fee structure and be sure to get it in writing. A common complaint about some tax-relief agencies is they say one thing when it comes to their fees, and then employ other tactics once the customer has been reeled in. The Federal Trade Commission advises that agencies which require up-front payment should be avoided.

Early tax relief

Apparently the next big thing in Washington will be a run toward tax reform. Will it be as successful as Repeal & Replace That is, not successful at all The country will soon find out. But there are a couple of U.S. senators who aren't waiting around to ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:10:00 GMT



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



Congress Offers Hurricane Victims Disaster Tax Relief

If you are a victim of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria-or you know someone who is-listen up. In the midst of the mayhem down in D.C., our congressional leaders actually are showing some compassion and have passed a pretty comprehensive bill to help ...

Published:  Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:59:00 GMT



Larson Tax Relief Honored as Finalist for 2017 Denver/Boulder BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Trust - Large Business Category

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Larson Tax Relief, a national tax resolution firm, was honored as a finalist in the 2017 Large Business category for the Denver/Boulder BBB Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust. The BBB of Denver/Boulder ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:27:00 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



IREDD Urges Gov't to Grant More Tax Relief to Local Businesses

Deacon Johnson: "IREDD considered the Executive Order a welcoming development and a direct response to our advocacy campaign for fairer taxation in the country." The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has called on the government ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:21:00 GMT



Small business tax relief needed in W.Va.

Recently proposed federal tax cuts could help West Virgina more than any other states. The proposed tax cuts on the middle-class and small businesses, like mine, would mean more money in West Virginian's pockets, helping them cover rising costs of living ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Oct 2017 04:19:00 GMT



IRS Provides Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

The IRS has announced that "affected taxpayers" in areas of Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands designated as "covered disaster areas" are eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes, and perform ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Trump: "ėMassive tax relief' would be "ėbest 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. ADVERTISEMENT "So let's give our country the best Christmas present of all - massive tax relief," Trump said, before ...

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



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