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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.

Governor: Online Tax Revenue Must Go to Property Tax Relief

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's governor says that if the Legislature takes advantage of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to let states collect sales tax from online purchases, the new Nebraska revenue should go toward property tax relief. The court ruled ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:30:00 GMT



Ricketts says online sales taxes should go to property tax relief if Nebraska takes advantage of ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the path for Nebraska's collection of state sales taxes on online purchases, opening the door to an increase in state revenue estimated at $30 million to $40 million a year. The 5-4 decision overruled a previous ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT



Bill Kelly: Canadian businesses need tax relief

A number of Canadian business associations are calling on the federal government to reduce the commercial and business tax rate, and the government should be paying attention. One of the main reasons for Canada's slide is the massive business tax cuts ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:49:00 GMT



Keep over-60s at work with tax relief, says bosses' lobby

PETALING JAYA: The federal government should provide tax relief for older workers and double deductions for employers who keep older workers in the work force beyond retirement age, says the Malaysian Employers Federation. MEF executive director Shamsuddin ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:09:00 GMT



Bill to Promote Property Tax Relief Program Advances

This post was contributed by a community member. OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help ensure that New Jersey taxpayers are well aware of the property tax relief programs available to them was ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:45:00 GMT



Tanzania tourism toasts effects of tax relief

Tourism players in Tanzania are likely to raise their glasses to toast for remarkable earnings this year, thanks to the state for granting them a tax relief in a bid to spur industry growth. In the 2018/19 budget tabled in parliament on Thursday last week ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:38:00 GMT



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