Tax Defense Network Informative - Tax relief
Before you start paying out big bucks to tax relief agencies, you can do a little investigation yourself.
Before you get to the "intent to levy" stage, take the time to go to the IRS website (IRS.gov) for form 4506-T. Fill this out online, check the boxes for Account Transcript and Record of Account, then print off both pages. The form is easy and self explanatory, but page 2 is the instruction page. Read that, fill out the form, print it out, then find your state and the RAIVS team office for your area. A mailing address is provided, as is a fax number. On line 9, specify what years you are requesting for.
Know your taxpayer rights. The IRS has a statute of limitations on collections, which is ten years after assessment. They have three years to audit a return. Go to your regional Taxpayer Advocate office if you are experiencing difficulties, having trouble paying, etc. Don't expect a whole lot of miracles. The Advocate office is still an arm of the IRS, but go in prepared. Raise questions. Know your rights and due process.
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I prefer local representation, such as a local CPA. Nobody is cheap, but at least you have someone you can sit down with and talk to face to face.