My monthly expenditures exceed my monthly disability income. The Internal Revenue Service contacted me and told me that unsecured debts are not considered as a part of expenditures. In that case, I face of losing my credit in lieu of IRS debt. I contacted TAS ( Tax Advocate Service ) and asked their help based on disability, medical problems and financial hardship. However, they were less than helpful and they tried to refer me back to IRS collections without answering any questions.
Frankly, the Taxpayer Advocate is not useful in these cases. You really need a good tax lawyer to represent you. Remember, what the IRS considers as valid expenses is not necessarily the same as your real expenses.
I hope this helps!
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If tax advocate people are not helpful, which is the case sometimes, and then contact the IRS collection people for help. Depending on the amount of tax liability, they may require the form 433-A and or 656 (Offer-in-compromise). The information presented herein is for general purposes only. It is not intended to, and may not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. For specific advice, please consult a attorney in person. Good luck. Zaher Fallahi, Tax Attorney, CPA (California).
Tax advocates are not helpful. You should consider hiring a tax attorney to assist you. He or she will be able to assist in seeing what options are best for you and help you through the procedure. You are best not to try this on your own. Contact an attorney at least for a consultation. Many attorneys offer payment plans as well.
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