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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.

Stamas and Hauck support tax relief

State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Roger Hauck, R-Union Township, have both sponsored bills in the Michigan Legislature to preserve the personal exemption on the state income tax and provide additional tax relief for Michigan families. The federal ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:29:00 GMT



Dems put tax relief atop Maryland legislative priorities

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Speaker Michael Busch, both Democrats, on Tuesday in Annapolis laid out three points to offset changes in the recently passed Republican federal tax bill. State lawmakers, in addition to ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:02:00 GMT



Budget 2018: Middle class can hope for tax relief

The proposals before the ministry is to hike the tax exemption limit from the existing Rs 2.5 lakh per annum to at least Rs 3 lakh New Delhi, Jan 9: Middle class can hope for a big relief in 2018-19 Budget, which will also be the last regular Budget of the ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:22:00 GMT



Gold retailers hopeful of tax relief ahead of Budget

Retailers here claim that their sales have been vastly impacted by the recent economic reforms of demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).ANI | January 19, 2018, 12:10 IST With the Union Budget to be presented in ten days, dealers in gold and ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:49:00 GMT



Top 15 Tax Deductions For The Self-Employed

However, the new tax law retains most self-employment deductions and offers a few new forms of relief even if you don't have billions of dollars parked offshore waiting to be repatriated. Consider these 15 tax deductions that can help you pump more of your ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:11:00 GMT



Tax Relief Opportunity Available for Elderly and Those with Disability

Applications are now open for the eldery/disbaled property tax assesment freeze, which could allow for some people to receive tax relief. The freeze will prevent homeowners property from increasing in value for tax purposes, so if the value of a home ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:12:00 GMT



Finance director gives refresher on local sales and service tax

The ballot question explicitly states that no generated revenues may be used for property tax relief. Based on this stipulation, Jenison said that none of the revenue generated from the Local Option Sales Tax may be used to reduce property taxes within the ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:48:00 GMT



Assembly Democrats offer a dumb tax bill. Republicans love it

tax rebates or other tax relief to be determined, and would be spent on more state-funded child care, early childhood education, affordable health care and college financial aid. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:25:00 GMT



After Scoring Huge Tax Cuts, Charles Koch Floods Ryan With Cash

"This final tax reform plan delivers relief to the working class while unleashing opportunity and growth for America's small business owners and job creators," said Tim Phillips, president of one of the Kochs' best-known political advocacy ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:04:00 GMT



Here's why we think a severance tax is still a bad idea | Opinion

Leaders in Washington are giving the greenlight to investment and job creation as unnecessary red tape has been slashed and much-needed tax relief is on the way. We're not surprised that Americans are feeling better about the direction of the nation's economy.

Published:  Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:30:00 GMT



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