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Amerihope Alliance Legal Services will provide honest, aggressive, superior IRS tax relief. Our firm will provide you with a free consultation and can assist you to determine the best course for resolving your tax debt with the IRS. If you have just been notified of a tax debt or you have been struggling to pay off your taxes for some time, our tax attorney, Gregory Nordt, Esq., can advise you of your best options and may be able to alleviate your tax burden.
Our country's financial nightmare has taken a toll on millions of Americans. Speaking with a tax attorney can be the first step in effectively resolving your outstanding tax debt. Amerihope Alliance Legal Services is owned by Gregory Nordt, Esq., a tax attorney.
Do you owe more to the IRS than you can possibly repay? You are not alone and we can negotiate a solution that is right for you. Click to schedule your Tax Debt Consultation
We don't send mail to resolve your problem. For example, Amerihope Alliance Legal Services' clients' levies are generally lifted within several business days.
Gregory M. Nordt, Esq., Tax Attorney
Gregory Nordt, Esq. personally communicates with the IRS via the phone on all clients' tax issues.
Mr. Gregory Nordt, graduated cum laude from Florida State University in 1991, with a B.S. in accounting. He entered law school at the University of Miami in fall of 1991. At Miami, he served as a Dean's Fellow for Minnette Massey, the former Dean of the University of Miami Law School. He graduated cum laude in the spring of 1995, with his Juris Doctorate and was admitted to the Florida Bar Association. In fall of 1995, Mr. Nordt enrolled in the University of Florida's world-renowned tax program and received his L.L.M. in taxation in the fall of 1996. After graduation, Mr. Nordt obtained employment at several large, prestigious law firms and focused on IRS tax controversy and mergers and acquisitions.
Call (877) 882-5338 for your IRS Debt Consultation
Choosing a tax firm comprised of salespeople will only delay the process and cost you more money. You need a tax attorney who knows how to handle the IRS. Gregory Nordt, Esq. personally communicates with the IRS via the phone on all clients' tax issues.
What options are available to me to solve my tax problems?
Among several services, we offer:
Installment Agreement - A monthly payment plan set up to pay back the taxpayer's tax liability. The IRS has guidelines as to what amount they will accept and the time frame they will accept it in. A financial profile is required from the taxpayer before the tax resolution firm can negotiate an installment agreement.
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You have choices when it comes to negotiating these back taxes. It is highly recommended to have legal representation assist you with this process. If you attempt to negotiate with the IRS yourself, their agents will ask you questions regarding your income, assets, etc. They do this in order to determine ways to levy, seize or place liens on these assets. They may also attempt to have you commit to a payment which you may be unable to afford. The IRS manual actually states that if a taxpayer agrees to pay an amount that is higher than the National Standards recommends,the IRS is not required to inform the taxpayer of this fact or notify them of any other programs that might be beneficial to them. The National Standards were put into effect by Congress in 1998 to protect taxpayers from the IRS. The rules and regulations state that a taxpayer who agrees to a payment plan with the IRS is allowed a certain amount of money for food, clothing, housing, transportation and medical expenses. This can be a very complicated issue.
Payment Plan: The National Standards determines what amount the taxpayer is allowed for food, housing, clothing, medical and transportation expenses. This involves a complicated mathematical formula. In most cases, the National Standards do not have to be used for the first year. The actual expenses of the taxpayer can be used and then the taxpayer has one year to comply with the National Standards. The IRS will not inform you of or assist you with this. It is, therefore, essential to retain a tax attorney to assist you with this matter.
Offer in Compromise / Tax Relief - An offer to the IRS to lower the total tax liability owed by the taxpayer due to financial constraints. This is a very popular solution advertised by most firms, but not always effective.
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This is an offer by the IRS to settle your debt for less than what is owed. Only 16% of taxpayers qualify for this Offer in Compromise. An example of an Offer in Compromise is: The IRS would require 48 months' worth of your disposable income. If your disposable income is $100 per month, the IRS would require $4,800 PLUS 100% of all your assets, which would be calculated on a quick sale. This would equal approximately 80%. An example of this would be: if your home is worth $100,000 and you owe $75,000, you would deduct 20% of the value of your home, leaving a quick sale of your home of $80,000. The IRS would require $5,000 of those assets. If your only disposable income is $100, plus the $5,000 in assets in the form of your home, your offer to the IRS would be $9,800. This usually can be paid out in up to a 24-month period. This is a very complicated program and the IRS would rather not utilize these types of programs because they do not receive 100% of the money due to them.
The IRS has the legal authority to settle outstanding tax debts for less than is owed if certain criteria are met. This means that if you owe more than you can afford to pay, the IRS may be willing to reduce what you owe so you are able to rid yourself of your burdensome debt. This reduction is referred to as an offer in compromise.
When a person petitions the IRS for an offer in compromise, the process is usually a long and complicated one. The person that petitions the IRS for a compromise must provide detailed financial information. Unfortunately, IRS officials rarely agree to an offer in compromise, which is why a knowledgeable tax attorney may be necessary. It is in the government's best interest to receive taxes due, so the Internal Revenue Service offers several payment options to get you back on track. The one disadvantage to applying for a payment plan is that you will have to pay extra in interest, fees, and penalties. However, if you cannot afford to pay for it all at once this is likely the program right for you, although IRS officials are often known to be unwilling to make this compromise. A professional tax controversy lawyer is usually necessary to ensure that the offer of a settlement is accepted.
Types of Offers in Compromise
There are three types of claims where the IRS will consider negotiation on a tax lien:
• If you were assessed for the wrong amount, when the proper documentation is presented, the IRS will create a settlement for the correct amount owed.
• Tax Mistake -- If you were taxed for work you did not perform or perhaps did not correctly list your dependents, you can petition the IRS to have your lien adjusted.
• Finally, you can claim "exceptional circumstances" that makes you unable to pay your taxes. If you can provide proof of a medical or employment hardship, for instance, a good tax attorney can negotiate a lowered amount that you can afford to pay.
Currently Not Collectible - When the taxpayer cannot afford to pay the IRS monies due to a lack of assets and low income or no income (recently laid off due to current economy) then the IRS will deem the taxpayer Currently Not Collectible and agree that their tax liability be waived for the time being.
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This is being used more frequently against the IRS. In order to be eligible for this option, the taxpayer must have no disposable income. In this case, the IRS will stop attempting to collect from the taxpayer for 1-2 years. After this time, the IRS will review the taxpayer's tax returns and make a further determination if his or her income has increased. If so, they will begin collections again. This allows the taxpayer time to recover from their current situation.
Penalty Abatement - The IRS assesses penalties and interest on tax liabilities so over time taxes due years ago can increase from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The IRS will sometimes lower or eliminate these fees with a well worded request.
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In most cases, 30-40% of the taxes owed to the IRS are penalties along with compounded interest on the penalties. Qualifying for this program can eliminate or greatly reduce these amounts giving the taxpayer the ability to negotiate with the IRS.
Putting an End to IRS Collections: In order to appeal an IRS collection, a CDP appeal or a CAP appeal must be completed.
CDP Appeal: If a final notice of intent to levy is administered by the IRS, and the taxpayer decides to file a CDP appeal, it must be filed within thirty (30) days. This would allow the case to be removed from the aggressive collection division and be given to a senior technical advisor with the IRS to review the case. In most cases filing a CDP appeal is a better alternative than filing a CAP appeal.
CAP Appeal: If the taxpayer does not file within the thirty (30) days, he or she has the right to file a CAP appeal. Most IRS agents are not knowledgeable about this appeal. We often use this strategy against the IRS. If the IRS has not filed a wage garnishment or levy against the taxpayer, we immediately file a CAP appeal. This appeal immediately allows for the removal of the case from the collection division and turns it over to a technical advisor. A technical advisor is a professional who has been employed by the IRS for many years and will follow the IRS guidelines. This CAP appeal also stops wage garnishments and levies on an individual's social security income and payroll monies from being filed. One stipulation that is necessary in order to file either of these appeals is that the taxpayer must be in full compliance with the IRS by having filed all tax returns.
Bank Levies/Wage Garnishment Release - The IRS will collect their monies due by any means necessary. They may take all your assets with a levy or garnish up to 70% or your wages. A tax resolution firm can negotiate with the IRS to have these released in as little as 4 business days.
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99.9% of our clients' wage garnishments are lifted within days of hiring us. Our tax attorney knows how the IRS works and what documentation is necessary. There are several ways to clear a levy or garnishment. First it must be verified that the taxpayer is in compliance with the IRS. (This means that all outstanding tax returns [1040s, 1099s, quarterly estimated tax payments, 941s or 940s, depending on taxpayer's status] have been filed with the IRS. In order to ensure that the taxpayer is compliant, the IRS must immediately be contacted when the taxpayer is notified of an IRS garnishment or levy. Prior to informing the taxpayer of the status of his or her complaint, the IRS, in order to begin to levy, garnish or seize any assets the taxpayer may have, will aggressively question the taxpayer as to his or her bank accounts, other incomes they may have and the assets they own.
The main reason a tax attorney should be the one handling this on the taxpayer's behalf is that they are not required to release that personal information to the IRS.
The IRS determines everything via computers and their automated collections division. The only way to be in compliance is to file all years that had not previously been filed. The IRS will inform the tax professional or taxpayer if there are compliance issues. If so, it will be important to then prepare these taxes and FAX them to the IRS so that they are immediately recorded in the IRS computers and processing can be started within hours.
The wage garnishment will not be released until these tax returns are submitted for processing. When the taxpayer is fully compliant, the IRS will then decide on a payment plan, a partial payment plan, having the taxpayer declared non-collectible or an offer in compromise. In order to determine how much, if anything, the taxpayer can afford to pay towards their tax liability, the taxpayer must fill out certain IRS forms. If the case is being handled in the automated collections division, a 433F form (a simplified Collection Information Statement), along with supporting documentation, must be prepared and submitted.
In 90% of these cases, the wage garnishment or levy is a hardship on the taxpayer. The proper procedure is that after submitting these financial, the IRS should release the wage garnishment within hours. Unfortunately, when taxpayers attempt to remedy this situation by themselves, the IRS delays this process with the excuse that the taxpayer did not comply with the rules and regulations in a timely fashion. (A knowledgeable tax attorney understands the IRS rules and regulations and may be able to settle these matters within hours.)
Another way to have a wage garnishment or levy released is to prove to the IRS that this wage garnishment is a true and immediate hardship to the taxpayer. This means that housing (including electricity), transportation or food expenses are at immediate risk. Requesting the wage garnishment or levy to be lifted is extremely difficult due to the fact that the IRS receives nothing. The IRS is supposed to follow procedures and a tax attorney can be very persuasive in these circumstances.
Audit Representation - If you are currently being audited and you don't know why, it is very important to be represented by tax professionals who can get to the bottom of the problems and fix them. We can even have your past audit reopened if you feel you did not get a fair shake.
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Everyone dreads the IRS audit, with good reason. The taxpayer is at a disadvantage when dealing with the IRS as the agents do not take into account a particular taxpayer's circumstances and quite frankly, do not care. They want their money and are willing to overlook personal issues that may have arisen.
Most people are not aware of the fact that the final results of an IRS audit can be appealed and approximately 80% of these appeals are successful. In order to stall the IRS for a few months and possibly negotiate to lower the amount the taxpayer owes to the IRS, a tax attorney will submit a written formal protest within thirty (30) days.
All appeals are handled by the the appeals office of the IRS. This means that an appeals officer, not the IRS agent who initially handled the audit, will be handling the case. This is to the taxpayer's advantage as the appeals officer will not be as familiar with the taxpayer's situation as the IRS agent would be.
It is necessary to hire a tax attorney when appealing an audit. Sometimes taxpayers hire CPA's to handle their IRS audit issues. CPA's are not always knowledgeable of all the IRS's rules and regulations. They are not tax professionals. Hiring and working with a tax attorney who specializes in IRS issues will be the most beneficial way in which to resolve your IRS audit issues.
Most Tax Firms ARE NOT owned by a Tax Attorney. This is why on their website they DO NOT list a single tax attorney. Their offices are simply shell operations with high-pressure salespeople.
Beware of companies' advertisements that sound too good to be true. Some of these companies have been sued by their State Attorneys General or by Local Government Agencies.
Most Tax Firms Will Do The Following:
- Contract out their clients to unknown or unqualified licensed tax persons because their firms have no licensed individuals.
- Take in large retainers and do nothing for the American Taxpayer.
- If they have a licensed individual they have little to no IRS experience.
- Advertise an A rating with the BBB but have only been in business for a short period of time. Or they advertise they are rated with the BBB and they are not rated at all.
- Have hundreds of complaints or have been sued.
How Amerihope Alliance Legal Services is Different:
- Is a full-service Law Firm
- Our firm will work endlessly to ensure our clients' receive the most experienced representation and satisfaction.
- We are owned by Gregory Nordt, Esq., a tax attorney
- Maintains a high rating with the Better Business Bureau with excellent client reviews
- Have been in business for over 3 years
Research Before Selecting a Tax Firm for Your Tax Problems.
The easiest way to determine if the firm you are choosing is trustworthy is to simply look them up through the following links which will help you research the reputation of any company.
- • Better Business Bureau - www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews
- • Rip Off Report - www.ripoffreport.com
- • Complaints.com - www.complaintsboard.com
Amerihope Alliance Legal Services will provide you with a free consultation and can assist you to determine the best course for resolving your tax problems with the IRS. Call (877) 882-5338.
I have unfiled taxes from previous years but no longer have my records from those years. Can you help me?
Amerihope Alliance Legal Services Group can prepare your past unfiled tax returns by requesting your IRS wage transcripts and completing a tax questionnaire.
Is there anything I need to do before I can solve my tax problems?
Before the IRS will accept any negotiations to solve your tax liability you will need to be in compliance with any unfiled tax returns. Any unfiled taxes up to ten years ago will be required to be prepared and filed with the IRS.
The tax resolution firm I contacted has told me that they will solve my problems with an Offer in Compromise. Is this true?
Caution! Do not be fooled! Many people do not qualify. The Offer in Compromise (OIC) process is long and difficult. The Internal Revenue Service rejects a great majority of the offers it receives.
Annually, the IRS accepts approximately 14% of the Offers in Compromise it receives. That's down from over 17% in 1997 through 2001. Why? Former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson, who served from 2002 through 2007, disliked OIC acceptances and did much to discourage them. By doing so, he also discouraged OIC submissions by ethical tax professionals, who choose not to accept a fee for submitting an OIC which the IRS very probably will reject. As a result, there has been a big drop in the number of OICs received annually by the IRS.
Only taxpayers with a certain financial profile qualify for the program. Simply put, if there are enough assets and income available to the taxpayer, he or she does not qualify for an OIC. But unscrupulous tax resolution firms will not disclose this information to the taxpayer. They will take the taxpayer's money, fill out an application and send it in to the IRS, regardless of whether the taxpayer has a legitimate chance of success. The tax firm will consider the "job" completed with the submission of the OIC and hold no further obligation to the customer. A tax resolution firm with your best interest in mind will let you know upfront that there are several options available to you, including the OIC, but also where you fit in, especially after a comprehensive financial profile. With over 120 years of combined insider IRS experience, Amerihope Alliance Legal Services will let you know upfront whether you do or do not qualify for an OIC and what your other options may be.
The IRS is sending me letters and calling me. What should I do?
The IRS is the world's largest collection agency. They will ask the taxpayer for information on their employment, bank accounts, properties owned, automobiles and any other assets they may have for the purpose of knowing what they can levy or garnish. They will note down all conversations with the taxpayers for future use by other agents. The IRS can seize just about any assets needed to pay unpaid taxes. One of the main reasons to hire a tax resolution firm is for the experience they bring in dealing with the IRS. When you hire a tax resolution firm they will take care of all communications with the IRS so you do not have to deal with the harassing phone calls and upsetting letters. The firm will also compile a comprehensive financial profile for the taxpayer using both information from the taxpayer as well as all records that the IRS has on the taxpayer. The professionals at Amerihope Alliance Legal Services know how the IRS thinks and what they are looking for and therefore any negotiations with the IRS will be done from a place of power and not fear.
I have a tax liability from years past when I was single but am now married. Does my new spouse share in my tax liability?
If you have been assessed taxes due while you were single or married to another person, your new spouse does not share in your tax liability. But the IRS may still request your new spouse's financial information because they need to know what your household can afford to pay the IRS. But the truth is that only the taxpayer who filed those tax years is liable for them. A tax resolution firm will make sure that your spouse is not involved in your tax solution and that the IRS will only deal with what you can afford to pay.
My financial institution received a bank levy. What can I do?
When a levy is issued, the government actually takes money out of your bank account or collects money owed to you or your business. They will keep sending a notice to your financial institution to wipe out your account periodically. Amerihope Alliance Legal Services will remove the bank levy within 4 business days.
I have a wage garnishment in effect. Can you help me?
Amerihope Alliance Legal Services Group can release wage garnishments within 4 business days or stop them temporarily and give you the time you need to get in compliance with the IRS.
Can the IRS take my house?
Property seizures are all but nonexistent due to the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, but the IRS will still threaten to take your home, cars and retirement accounts in order to scare you into complying with their demands. Representation from Amerihope Alliance Legal Services Group protects you from these threatening tactics.
Can I go to jail for owing back taxes?
Debtor's prisons were eliminated long ago. Nowadays, people usually only go to jail for tax evasion, or the willful exercise of not paying taxes on money earned.
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