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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.

Private schools tax relief "ėcould hit state pupils'

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay's controversial suggestion that local authorities could give rates relief to private schools risks harming the state education sector, it was claimed on Saturday. The wa...

Published:  Sun, 19 Aug 2018 02:13:25 GMT



Property tax relief should be prioritized over Medicaid expansion

The ballot initiative petition drive for the "Medicaid Expansion" (otherwise known as Obamacare) has collected enough signatures to be put on the ballot. So far, Nebraska is one of only 17 states smar...

Published:  Sun, 12 Aug 2018 13:40:00 GMT



Tax relief or pay raises for cops Dallas City Council wrestles with budget decisions

After two days of talking about next year's city budget, Dallas council members seemed to reach a consensus: the strained police department needs more money. But the funding has to come from somewhere ...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT



New property tax relief petition drive set to begin

A new billion-dollar property tax reduction petition proposal has been submitted to the secretary of state with the goal of gaining a slot on the 2020 election ballot while applying pressure on the 20...

Published:  Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:00:00 GMT



Income tax relief could lift tenancies and productivity

Higher income tax relief should be made available on let land income, to increase tenancy opportunities and raise agricultural productivity, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) says ...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:44:00 GMT



Where reality blows lids off tax relief

Editor's note: This is the last of a two-part series examining taxes in Lincoln County. Part 1, published in Sunday's Telegraph, can be read here. It's a familiar argument: If we hadn't done something ...

Published:  Wed, 08 Aug 2018 01:00:00 GMT



Tax relief is N.L. finance minister's hope, but not a given

Finance Minister Tom Osborne says Newfoundland and Labrador will, first and foremost, continue to work towards financial stability under the Liberal government. Asked about a VOCM online news article ...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:38:00 GMT



City unveils legislative plan for property tax relief

Over the past two state legislative sessions, the cities of Texas have been on the defensive. In fighting against Republican-led efforts to impose stringent revenue caps on local communities, municipa...

Published:  Wed, 08 Aug 2018 07:27:00 GMT



Sachin finally gets tax relief on his Pune property

Under the I-T Act, if a person has more than one property, one of them may be treated as given on rent even if it is vacant Sachin Tendulkar has got a favourable ruling from a tribunal in a case relat...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:28:00 GMT



'Going to war' for tax relief: Bergmann

'Going to war' for tax relief: Bergmann NJ must seize the moment to straighten out its fiscal problems. And citizens must do their part by putting pressure on Trenton to do so. Check out this story on ...

Published:  Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:45:00 GMT



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