Hot Tips for Taxpayers to Gain Tax Relief During the Summer

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Leading tax mediation firm Tax Resolution Services, Co., advises taxpayers on how to beat the IRS heat and get tax debt relief during the dog days of summer.

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Many people think that just because it’s summer they can’t be proactive about settling their tax debt with the IRS and make sure they are withholding correctly for 2012

Throughout its many years of existence, the IRS has earned its stripes as the most rigorous, relentless, and ruthless collection agency in America. While most taxpayers and tax preparers focus on the mid-April deadline for filing income tax returns, it’s not like the IRS takes a holiday for the rest of the calendar year. In fact, as the founder and CEO of Tax Resolution Services, Co., Michael Rozbruch points out, summertime is a prime time for taxpayers to remain financially diligent to maximize tax debt relief in the short and long term—particularly for those who still owe back taxes to the IRS.

“Many people think that just because it’s summer they can’t be proactive about settling their tax debt with the IRS and make sure they are withholding correctly for 2012,” said Rozbruch. “The longer people ignore their responsibility to settle their tax debt, the more compounded the problem becomes. Avoiding the IRS will not make them go away.”

For taxpayers looking to make progress on their IRS tax debt during the summer, Rozbruch provides ten essential tips. The number-one priority is to pay the tax debt by basically any means necessary—even if it means getting a loan or paying with a credit card. Rozbruch suggests owing a loan agency or a bank is a far lesser evil than owing the IRS. If paying taxes now is not an option, Rozbruch suggests asking for additional time to make a full payment, or requesting a payment plan or an installment agreement, which allows taxpayers to make partial payments over time. To apply for an installment agreement, taxpayers must fill out and submit IRS Form 9465; additionally, taxpayers can apply online as well.

“Before beginning the installment agreement process to alleviate tax debt, understand that while it may seem like a simple application process, the IRS is looking for taxpayers to meet certain qualifications to participate,” said Rozbruch.

In addition to double-checking their withholding on W-4 forms, taxpayers can rectify their IRS tax debt by pursuing programs including the Offer in Compromise, which allows qualifying taxpayers to settle their debt for less than the full obligation, as well as the Fresh Start initiative, which allows individuals and small businesses the opportunity to pay delinquent taxes without paying additional penalties. However, “as always,” said Rozbruch, “the devil is in the details; proceed with extreme caution before applying to any of these IRS programs or accepting an agreement.” Perhaps the best way taxpayers can accomplish this goal is to seek the assistance of a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist who is a CPA, tax attorney, or enrolled agent specifically trained in tax problem resolution.

For more expert analysis of breaking tax news and other financial issues facing the nation, visit Michael Rozbruch’s blog at

About Tax Resolution Services, Co. (TRS)
The tax attorneys, CPAs, EAs, and tax relief professionals at Tax Resolution Services, Co. have successfully settled thousands of cases over the past 14 years, and are committed to providing affordable, competitive solutions to businesses and individuals. Got IRS stress? Contact TRS. To find out how TRS can help, or to receive a free tax problem consultation, visit or call (888) 851-5894.

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