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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.

Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters

No one wants to find themselves in a presidentially declared disaster area, but millions of people every year end up within an area of that designation. Once the dust settles, the media leave, and ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:31:00 GMT



Inside NonBelief Relief's Challenge To A Tax Filing Exemption

On Oct. 11, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the constitutionality of Section 6033(a)(3)(A) of the Internal Revenue ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:21:00 GMT



Tax relief, transparency key issues for Lake Co. Board hopefuls Brown, Simpson

Candidates hoping to represent the 18th District on the Lake County Board say they while their influence is limited, they will do what they can to hold the line on property taxes. Republican Karimar " ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:46:00 GMT



IRS Announces Tax Relief For Taxpayers Affected By Hurricane Michael

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced tax relief for victims of Hurricane Michael. Those taxpayers in parts of Florida and elsewhere ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:39:00 GMT



Tax relief for California disaster victims could change if Prop. 5 passes

California provides various types of property-tax relief to people whose homes are destroyed or substantially damaged in a disaster. Some of these laws would change - mostly for the better for victims ...

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The Latest: Hurricane victims getting IRS tax filing relief

The Internal Revenue Service says victims of Hurricane Michael will get a grace period before having to file some tax returns and payments. The IRS said Friday it's offering the relief in parts of ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:43:00 GMT



Senate Bill Would Give Temporary Tax Relief To Tesla

Law360 (October 17, 2018, 7:07 PM EDT) -- A bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would lift the cap on the $7,500 federal subsidy for consumers of electric vehicles made by companies such as Te...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:10:00 GMT



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