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IRS Tax Debt Relief in Michigan
Don't ignore tax bills from the Internal Revenue Service or the Michigan Department of Treasury. Your unpaid taxes will continue to haunt you in the form of fines, interest charges, garnished wages, seized assets and more. Instead, hire a Michigan tax attorney to help solve your tax debt problem.
A Michigan tax lawyer can:
- Talk to the IRS and Michigan Department of Treasury on your behalf
- Review the accuracy of your tax bill and file a tax appeal, if there are any mistakes
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the available tax relief solutions and help you decide which is right for you
- Complete tax-related applications and paperwork for you
- Relieve you of the stress of having to deal with your tax debt problems yourself
If, on the other hand, you decide to ignore your past-due tax bills, the government can:
- Assess tax penalties in the form of interest charges and fines
- Place a tax lien on property of value that you own (such as your house, car, motorcycle and/or boat), which presents it from being sold
- Report the tax lien to the credit bureaus so it appears on your credit report, making it more expensive and difficult to obtain loans and lines of credit
- Seize your money—such as bank accounts, paychecks, tax refunds and Social Security payments—to pay your tax debt
- Seize and sell your property to repay your tax debt
Frequently Asked Questions about Federal & Michigan Tax Debt
How long can the government legally try to collect payment for my unpaid taxes?
The statute of limitations for tax debt is 10 years and the government cannot legally try to collect your unpaid taxes after that point. However, it's important to know that the clock does not necessarily start ticking on the day your taxes are due and certain events can pause or even reset the clock. Your Michigan tax lawyer can help calculate the statute of limitations for your unpaid tax debt.
Will the IRS ever accept partial payment for my unpaid taxes and write off the remaining balance?
In certain situations, the IRS will consider what's known as an offer in compromise, which allows the taxpayer to settle their unpaid taxes for less than the full amount which is owed. Certain criteria must be met to qualify for an offer in compromise. For example, you cannot currently be in bankruptcy. Also, there must be some doubt as to whether you actually owe the full amount you're being charged, or the IRS must believe they'd be unable to collect the full amount that's owed, or the IRS must be convinced that paying the full amount would cause you financial hardship.
I cannot afford to pay the government what I owe in back taxes. What does the government expect me to do?
If you're unable to pay your back taxes in a lump-sum payment, you can apply to pay what you owe in an installment plan. This allows you to make monthly payments toward your tax debt, as well as any interest and penalties you've been charged.
My ex-husband forged my name to our tax returns when we were married, but didn't pay our taxes. Now the IRS is trying to collect the money from me! Do I have any legal options?
Yes, you may qualify for what is known as innocent spouse relief, which may absolve you of any responsibility for these unpaid taxes. Your Michigan tax relief attorney can explain in more detail how the IRS evaluates requests for innocent spouse relief and help you apply.
Why do I need to hire a Michigan tax debt lawyer to fix my back tax problems?
You can try to solve your unpaid tax problems yourself, but it can be a stressful and confusing process. Federal tax laws and Michigan tax laws are complex and ever-changing. Tax lawyers and others in the tax profession spend years learning the tax laws, and regularly take classes and read articles to refresh their knowledge and learn about recent changes to the tax code. When you hire a Michigan tax relief lawyer, you're benefiting from those years of education and experience representing other clients facing tax issues similar to yours.
Find & Hire a Michigan Tax Attorney Today
Ready to tackle your tax problem? Congratulations, you're taking an important first step toward ridding yourself of your tax debt. To get started, you'll need to find and hire a Michigan tax lawyer—and Attorneys.com can help you! Complete the form on this page or call us at 877-913-7222. We'll ask you a few simple questions to help match you with a local Michigan tax debt lawyer. The lawyer will contact you within a couple business days or you can call the attorney immediately. It's as easy as that!