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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 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.

Tax relief helps Wyo. families

There is more good news every day about the once-in-a-generation tax relief law Congress passed in late December. While traveling across Wyoming these past few months, I've heard firsthand from local families and businesses how this law is helping them.

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:03:00 GMT

Education firms wasting millions thanks to R&D tax relief blind spot

Firms in the education sector are throwing away millions of pounds a year because more than half could be eligible for tax relief on their bright ideas, specialist tax relief firm Catax revealed today. In total, 58% of education businesses have developed ...

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:57:00 GMT

Deadline Approaching for Tax Relief Applicants

Albemarle County offers real estate tax relief for certain elderly and/or permanently disabled persons. If you received tax relief last year, the renewal certification filing deadline is April 2, 2018. Although the deadline for first-time applicants is ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:09:00 GMT

Bostelman: Committed to real property tax relief this session

The legislature has less than 15 days left of this short 60 day session. The focus for the remainder of session will be on debate of priority legislation and passage of the budget bills. The package of budget bills include LB944, LB945 and LB946.

Published:  Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:05:00 GMT

Dayton spending plan aims for tax relief for many Minnesotans

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed tax relief for two million Minnesotans Friday, as part of a broader proposal to increase state spending on schools, infrastructure, opioid treatment and protections for vulnerable adults. "Individual Minnesotans did not receive ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:45:00 GMT

Despite relief from SC, Aadhaar still mandatory for income-tax returns

22 Mar 2018: Despite relief from SC, Aadhaar still mandatory for income-tax returns It has been 10 days since the SC indefinitely extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar to various services, but the Income Tax (I-T) website continues to grossly violate laws.

Published:  Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:34:00 GMT

County tax relief deadline for elderly, disabled set for April 2

WINCHESTER - Elderly and permanently/totally disabled Frederick County residents have until April 2 to apply for tax relief this year. The relief is based on various qualifications. County homeowners who are permanently disabled or are 65 and older can ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Delaware Governor Gives Assurance on Tax Relief as Casino Bill Put on Ice

Delaware's proposal to slash tax rates for its three struggling casinos has been put on hold, following assurances from Governor John Carney that his administration is open to changing the tax structure to preserve casino jobs. Carney says he wants to ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:15:00 GMT

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