By far the most expedited approach would be to have your tax attorney dispute the due process of the collection action. Then, you have a right to petition the Unites States Tax Court, where you can litigate the matter and resolve within a year. But in the meantime, your attorney can arrange a withdrawal of the lien, until the litigation is complete.
As far as the other suggested tactic, there is actually no IRS procedure that will follow that series of processes. Therefore, it is unlikely...
I agree. If you have always filed a joint return (knowingly, willingly), whether he signed for you, then you really cannot challenge that HIS 2006 liability is not also YOURS. Unless ...
Maybe you might fit one of the criteria for innocent spouse relief. In this case, maybe that the liability was attributable to HIS income, or maybe that he was later audited for more tax liability, or maybe that he promised to pay the liability (and failed to pay).
Talk to an experienced tax attorney....
I do agree with the earlier answers. But something else to consider:
The department that processes your payments are likely not the same group of people/programs that issues the Forms 1098. They don't even see the same information, if they "see" it at all. I am certain that no one has specifically flagged your account to delay the form. There may just be another reason why you do not have the form, such as a company-wide delay. Think of this situation that way.
Should we go to the media? I'm being sued by a tax attorney who we believe is extorting money from the wealthy, 90-year-old relative.
This is actually pretty common. But I agree with Attorney Davis. The facts sound strange, and writer really needs an attorney to handle guardianship matters. But ... I have seen far too many family situations where everyone overreacts: the siblings, the children, the caregivers, the lawyers, everybody. Lets just take a step back, and...
Also, keep in mind that the entitlement to claiming a dependent is not on a "first-come" basis. You can file a traditional paper return by mail, including your evidence of entitlement to the deduction. Include the correspondence from the IRS that explained the return "rejection". The corresponding office is required to review and consider your information.
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I agree with the other attorney regarding hiring a criminal attorney that handles white collar or tax-related crime matters.
But also keep in mind that you have the option of hiring someone outside of your area, if the attorney fits your needs (qualification, experience, cost, availability). He/she can represent your mother by a special permission called a "pro hac vice" admission. Good luck.