Chicago Tax Attorney and CPA

Chicago Tax Attorney and CPA

As a Chicago tax attorney and CPA, I prepare tax returns, settle IRS tax debts and provide tax relief help to my clients.  First, I will investigate your tax debts and evaluate your alternatives.  Second, I file all past due tax returns. Third, I guide clients through the IRS Fresh Start tax resolution process and prepare the necessary forms.

IRS Tax Liens and Notice of Intent to Levy

The IRS has 10 years from the date of tax assessment (usually, close to the filing date) to collect taxes, penalties and interest from you. The IRS will file a notice of federal tax lien, levy on bank accounts and/or garnish wages to collect tax debts.

IRS Tax Relief and IRS Tax Debt Settlement

IRS tax relief help usually takes the form of an installment agreement or an offer in compromise (OIC).  The 10-year collection period is suspended while the IRS considers your application for an installment agreement or offer in compromise.  Contact me now at for tax resolution help and resolve your tax problems.

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Chicago tax attorney and CPA Brian J. Thompson

IRS Installment Agreement

An IRS tax relief agreement or installment agreement permits the taxpayer to pay his full federal tax debt in installments.  Tax relief agreements generally require equal monthly payments. The amount and number of  installment payments depend on the amount of federal tax debts. The IRS also considers your ability to pay.  However, an installment agreement is more costly than immediately paying all your unpaid federal income tax debts. The IRS charges interest and penalties on the unpaid portion of the federal tax debt.

If you owe the IRS more than $50,000, the IRS may also ask for financial information to determine your ability to pay. Even if you set up an installment agreement, the IRS may still file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien to secure the government’s interest until you make your final payment. However, the IRS can’t take any collection actions affecting your property while the IRS considers a taxpayer’s request for an installment agreement, while the installment agreement is in effect, for 30 days after the IRS rejects your request for an installment agreement, or for any period while the taxpayer appeals the rejection.

Installment Agreement Fees

In addition, the IRS charges a setup fee for installment agreements. The IRS raised its fees for installment agreements and offers in compromise. Effective January 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service increased the processing fees for standard installment agreements from $105 to $120 and doubt as to collectability offers in compromise from $150 to $186.  The fees for a direct debit installment agreement remains unchanged at $52.

Offer in Compromise

The IRS Fresh Start Program allows taxpayers relief from tax debt. An offer in compromise allows a taxpayer to settle tax debt for less than the full amount owed.  The three types of offers in compromise include:  (1) doubt as to collectability, (2) doubt as to liability, and (3) an exceptional circumstance.

When evaluating doubt as to collectability, the IRS considers the taxpayer’s Ability to Pay, Income, Expenses, and Asset Equity.

Generally, the IRS approves an OIC when the amount offered represents the most the IRS expects to collect within a reasonable time.

IRS Raises OIC Fees

Effective January 1, 2014, the IRS increased the fee for offers in compromise from $150 to $186.

Unfiled Tax Returns

Starting March, 2017, the IRS will not consider OIC applications if the taxpayer has unfiled tax returns.  However, I prepare all your unfiled personal income tax returns and business income tax returns.

Tax debt resolution and tax relief issues are complex.  Therefore, retain a Chicago tax attorney and CPA to represent you.

Brian J. Thompson, CPA & Attorney