Choosing a Tax Settlement Professional

The help of a qualified tax settlement professional can be an invaluable asset in attempting to resolve any type of back tax issue. However, the selection of a reputable tax professional can be a difficult task in itself. It is important to verify any advertised credentials before hiring because many individuals and companies who advertise tax settlement services are actually marketing agents and salespeople with no professional qualifications. Tax law is so complex and the policies and procedures of the IRS are so complicated that it takes an individual who is both knowledgeable and experienced to successfully negotiate a tax settlement agreement.

 Some things to look for:

  • Select a well established individual or firm, one that is likely to still be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.
  • Select an individual or firm with a verifiable physical address.
  • Search the internet to make sure there are no registered complaints about the professional under consideration.
  • Check out available references, reviews, and ratings from the local Better Business Bureau.
  • Choose a professional who specializes in tax settlement issues. Such and individual will be the most familiar with all of the tax settlement options available and will have experience in negotiating tax settlement contracts with the IRS.
  • Select a tax settlement professional with a verifiable licensing history. Certified Public accountants, enrolled agents, and attorneys are the only individuals who can represent taxpayers before the IRS in matters other than returns they have actually prepared.
  • Select a tax settlement professional who is affiliated with a professional organization. Such organizations hold their members to a code of ethics and provide opportunities for continuing education.

 Some things to avoid:

  • Avoid tax settlement professionals who make extravagant promises about the percentage of tax debt they can eliminate.
  • Avoid tax settlement professionals who base their fees on a percentage of the amount of the settlement they obtain.
  • Avoid tax settlement professionals who have no verifiable licensure or physical address.
  • Avoid tax settlement professionals who are unwilling to sign the returns and agreements they prepare.
  • Avoid tax settlement professionals who have negative reviews, a history of registered complaints, or low ratings with the local Better Business Bureau.

Many taxpayers are slow to resolve their back tax issues and contact a professional only after making numerous attempts to resolve a tax debt on their own. These attempts have often been unsuccessful because the IRS is made up of many unconnected departments with specific functions, making the system difficult for an inexperienced individual to navigate. In addition, while IRS employees are generally very knowledgeable, it is their job to collect taxes rather than to act as an advocate for the delinquent taxpayer. A tax settlement professional will be experienced at negotiating with the IRS and will know how to communicate with them effectively on the client’s behalf.

If you are in need of any type of tax settlement services or have tax debt, the tax specialists at Professional Tax resolution can provide you with the help you need.  Because our professionals are familiar with all of the available tax settlement options and are experienced at negotiating tax settlement agreements with the IRS, we can ensure that you will receive the maximum tax advantage for your specific financial situation. For more information about our tax settlement services, visit us today at Contact us by phone at (877)-889-6527 or by email at to receive a free, no obligation consultation.