Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What can I do if the IRS informs me of a collection action?
    You have several options, but the IRS may not make them evident. There are ways to negotiate releases from these collection actions, and you often have appeal rights. Above all, do not take threats of collection actions lightly.
  2. What’s the best way to take control of my tax liability?
    Proactively contact the IRS and state taxing authorities and let them know that you are addressing the situation and are willing to work toward a resolution. Don’t avoid the problem. Professional advice will help you determine the best tax resolution strategy for your situation. Taxes are not a good “do it yourself” project.
  3. Can I deal with the IRS on my own?
    Yes you can, and Ohio Tax Solutions often recommends that you advocate on your own behalf, as long as you are armed with the right resources. Basic information, including your strategy options, collection division procedures, the correct forms and IRS contacts, is essential.
  4. Can you find out how much I owe?
    Ohio Tax Solutions can order your account transcripts from the IRS and state taxing authorities, or help you understand a transcript that you have ordered. Our experienced staff can break down the file into an easy to understand document that clarifies your principal liability, along with any penalties and interest.
  5. Can you find out if I have deadlines?
    Three things are certain with the government: paperwork, procedures and deadlines. But it’s tough to know who to contact and how to ask the right questions. Ohio Tax Solutions makes it simple by handling the paperwork, understanding the procedures and clarifying deadlines. We will proactively contact the IRS to determine where you stand in the collection process.
  6. Can you negotiate down my taxes?
    Yes. In many instances we can lessen a tax burden through penalty abatements or possibly and Offer in Compromise.
  7. Can you help release a wage garnishment?
    Yes, Ohio Tax Solutions can help release wage garnishments executed by states or the IRS, often effective immediately.
  8. What is the difference between a levy and a lien?
    A lien is a claim on an asset that the government uses to secure a debt and precedes enforced collection. When a levy is issued, the government actually takes money out of your bank account.
  9. How are taxes, penalties and interest calculated?
    Unfortunately, this topic is beyond the scope of what we can address here. Each tax and each taxing authority has its own set of complex rules and variables. Call us and we will specify to your tax needs.
  10. Can I go to jail for owing taxes?
    The federal government eliminated debtor’s prison long ago. Currently, people go to jail only for tax evasion, or the willful exercise of not paying taxes on money earned.
  11. Why can’t my accountant or attorney do this for me?
    In theory, accountants and attorneys may represent you in state or federal tax issues. In reality, however, it depends upon their specific area of practice. Unless your accountant or attorney regularly works with collection authorities, they may not have the practical understanding of someone who works exclusively with the collection division of the IRS and States, as Ohio Tax Solutions does.
  12. How does Ohio Tax Solutions operate nationally?
    Because of our expertise in collection procedures, we can effectively communicate with revenue officers across the U.S. via fax, email and phone. In fact, revenue officers tend to prefer such contact because it eliminates the need for time-consuming and uncomfortable face-to-face visits. Similarly, our approach saves clients valuable time and money.