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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.

Developer Brown to seek tax relief for Mechanic Theatre site project

Developer Howard S. Brown said he needs a 15- or 20-year tax incentive to build two apartment towers where the Morris A. Mechanic Theater once stood. Brown said an overabundance of new apartments in the city, rising construction costs and high city taxes ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:11:00 GMT



State, Local Tax Deduction Cap Relief Is Even More Complicated Than It Looks

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Taxpayers who pay more than $10,000 in state and local taxes, the new limit on that federal deduction, should not count on relief any time soon. Even if their state approves a workaround ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:58:00 GMT



What happened to property tax relief

Senators are preparing to wrap up the 2018 legislative session this week. While the Legislature took action on issues like balancing the budget, occupational licensing reform, and streamlining speed limits on state highways, taxpayers will likely remember ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:46:00 GMT



Some ask for tax relief at budget hearing

Most of the speakers at Tuesday's public hearing on the county government's budget told the St. Mary's commissioners they wanted to see more funding for public schools, but two others said they wanted to see some tax relief. The property tax rate in ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:31:00 GMT



More homeowners affected by culvert collapse receive tax relief

CALDWELL - Another Nampa family affected by last summer's culvert collapse received property tax relief from county commissioners. Lori Hardin appeared before the Canyon County Board of Commissioners Wednesday to provide testimony regarding the ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:57:00 GMT



A Measured Approach to Income Tax Relief in Minnesota

The tax reform debate is heating up in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) released his proposal several weeks ago, but Republicans have criticized the plan. Criticism picked up particularly after the Department of Revenue released an incidence report ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:38:00 GMT



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