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IRS Tax Debt Relief in Maryland
Do you owe back taxes to the federal government or the Comptroller of Maryland? You may be eligible for certain types of tax relief—and a Maryland tax attorney can help you determine if you qualify.
The government will aggressively try to collect any and all unpaid taxes that it is owed. But in some circumstances, you may be able to get your tax bill reduced or eliminated entirely. The government offers several types of tax relief options, including:
- Penalty Abatement - The government will consider erasing some or all of the penalties, fines and interest charges that have been added to your tax bill. These fees can quickly add up, and could increase your total tax bill by 25 percent or more. If you have a compelling reason for being unable to pay your taxes—such as a major illness, unemployment or the loss of your tax records in a natural disaster—the government will consider waiving all or some of these fees. However, you'll still be responsible for paying the underlying taxes.
- Offer in Compromise - You may be able to settle your taxes for less than the full amount you owe. To qualify, you must meet one of three conditions: The Internal Revenue Service must believe it will be unable to collect the entire amount it is owed. Or, there must be doubt as to the accuracy of your tax bill. Or, full payment of your back taxes will cause a serious financial hardship. Your Maryland tax lawyer can help you determine if you are eligible for an offer in compromise and can apply for an OIC on your behalf.
- Innocent Spouse Relief - If your tax debt problem is a result of erroneous tax returns filed by your spouse or ex-spouse, the government will consider what is known as innocent spouse relief. This relieves you of the responsibility of paying back taxes owed as a result of your spouse's fraud or deception. (Your spouse or ex-spouse will be solely responsible for paying that portion of the tax debt.) However, you may still owe unrelated back taxes.
- Financial Hardship - If payment of your tax debt is causing a serious financial hardship, the IRS will consider a variety of solutions to ease your situation. You may be able to skip a monthly payment, reduce your monthly payments, for example, or the IRS may suspend collection efforts. A Maryland tax relief attorney can explain these options and help you apply for them.
How the Government Collects Unpaid Taxes
If you owe back taxes and ignore government efforts to collect the money, the government will take legal action against you. This can include tax penalties, in the form of interest charges and fines.
If the penalties don't compel you to pay your debt, the government will place a tax lien on your property. A tax lien is a type of legal claim against the property, and you'll be unable to sell the asset until the debt is paid and the lien is lifted. In addition, a tax lien will appear on your credit report and may make it more difficult or expensive to obtain a new credit card, car loan or home mortgage.
Finally, the government may impose a tax levy, which allows it to seize and sell your assets to pay your tax debt. Among the things the government can seize: Your paycheck, bank accounts, Social Security payments, car, boat and even your home.
Find & Hire a Maryland Tax Debt Lawyer
A Maryland tax debt attorney can help you in a number of ways. The lawyer can:
- Analyze your financial situation to determine how much you can afford to pay and review your tax bills to ensure they are accurate
- Communicate with the government on your behalf, including helping you apply for various tax relief solutions
- Explain your tax debt payment options, as well as the pros and cons of each choice
- Give you peace of mind, knowing that your tax debt issue is being handled by an expert with years of education and experience working with tax laws, the government and other clients facing similar tax debt problems
Ready to hire a Maryland tax debt lawyer today? Congratulations, you're taking an important step toward solving your tax debt problem. And Attorneys.com can help. That's because we offer a free and fast service that can connect you with a tax attorney in your area. To get started, simply complete the form on this page or call us at 877-913-7222.