Most people do not require assistance from a tax professional, but those that owe back taxes should not procrastinate. It is important to choose the right professional – an attorney, CPA or Enrolled Agent – for the problem at hand. If it is important to keep information confidential, it is best to consult a tax attorney. In most cases, when working with a tax attorney, information shared is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

IRS (and state tax agencies) can audit a person when they detect a discrepancy in their income tax returns, or unreported income. Whether tax returns were prepared at home or by a tax preparer, it is best to consult a tax professional if problems arise. Tax professionals experienced in tax resolution problems, can help navigate through the collection process, represent clients and negotiate with the tax agencies. Qualified tax resolution professionals are well versed in collection procedures, tax laws, and the fastest way to get results. They are able to use their knowledge and experience to the client’s advantage. Tax professionals can protect the client from missing deadlines and from the bullying and tactics often used by the IRS and state tax agencies. Tax professionals can also handle and manage all communications and deadlines with the IRS and states, relieving much stress for the clients.

For those who owe past due taxes, or have not even filed returns, it is vital to find a tax professional to help deal with these serious problems. Those who rely on self help may not succeed in getting the best possible resolution, and could even make their situation worse.

Dealing with the IRS and state tax agencies can be a lengthy, complicated, and stressful process. Having a tax professional by your side can simplify the process, and result in faster and better settlement results.