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The Washington State Department of Revenue is responsible for administering state tax laws in Washington. However, when it comes to tax issues, many individuals in Washington may also have to deal with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which handles federal taxes and enforces federal tax laws.

It is crucial for individuals facing tax problems in Washington to seek the guidance of an experienced Washington tax attorney at Anderson Bradshaw as promptly as possible. A tax attorney can provide valuable assistance by explaining the available options, navigating complex tax laws, and advocating for the best possible outcome in the case.

Whether it is resolving disputes, negotiating settlements, or representing clients in audits or appeals, a knowledgeable tax attorney can help protect the rights and interests of individuals dealing with tax issues. Each tax situation is unique, and having a skilled tax attorney on your side can make a significant difference in effectively addressing the problem and achieving a favorable resolution.

Anybody needing tax debt relief will want to work with Anderson Bradshaw. We handles such tax cases as:

Offers in Compromise

The offer in compromise (OIC) program is administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An offer in compromise allows individuals to settle their tax debt for less than the full amount they owe, taking into consideration their ability to pay, income, expenses, and asset equity.

The IRS will evaluate an offer in compromise based on whether the offered amount represents the maximum they can expect to collect within a reasonable timeframe. To be eligible for an offer in compromise, individuals must have filed all required tax returns, made estimated payments, not be involved in an open bankruptcy proceeding, have a valid extension for the current year’s return, and have made tax deposits as an employer for the current and past two quarters.

If the IRS is unable to process an offer in compromise, they will return the application, application fees, and any offer payments included, applying the payments to the outstanding balance. There are different payment options available, including a lump sum cash payment or periodic payments.

Individuals who meet low income certification guidelines do not have to submit an application fee, initial payment, or make monthly installments while the IRS reviews the offer. In case an offer is rejected, individuals have the right to appeal within 30 days using the Request for Appeal of Offer in Compromise, Form 13711, and the IRS Independent Office of Appeals provides additional assistance.

It is important to note that the offer in compromise process can be complex, and seeking professional guidance, such as consulting with a tax attorney at Anderson Bradshaw, can be beneficial in navigating the process and increasing the chances of a successful outcome.

Stopping Tax Levies & Liens

In Washington, when a person neglects or fails to pay tax debts, the County Treasurer must initiate tax foreclosure on any real property that has a tax payment due that is three or more years delinquent. This is known as a tax deed state, where the county sells the property to recover the unpaid taxes.

Regarding the release of liens, the IRS provides information on its website about the process. The IRS is required to release levies under various circumstances, such as when the taxpayer has fully paid the amount owed, the period for collection has ended, releasing the levy will facilitate tax payment, the taxpayer has entered into an Installment Agreement that doesn’t allow for the levy to continue, the levy will cause economic hardship, or the value of the property exceeds the amount owed, and releasing the levy won’t hinder the IRS’s ability to collect the debt.

If the IRS denies a request to release a lien, it is possible to appeal the decision. Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can be beneficial when dealing with tax liens and navigating the appeals process.

It’s important to note that tax laws and procedures can vary, and it’s recommended to consult with a qualified attorney or tax professional who is familiar with the specific laws and regulations in your jurisdiction for personalized advice and guidance.

IRS Audit Defense

The Washington Department of Revenue does conduct audits to ensure compliance with state excise taxes. These audits are aimed at determining whether taxes were reported and paid correctly. It is true that some audits may involve the IRS, particularly when federal tax issues are involved. Audits can be triggered by various factors, such as claiming excessive charitable donations, reporting substantial losses on a Schedule C, or deducting an unusually high number of business expenses.

When you receive an audit notice, it is important to take it seriously and seek legal assistance promptly. Notices about audits are often followed by notices about penalties, so having legal representation can help protect your rights and interests during the audit process.

For IRS audits, the general time limit for going back and reviewing tax returns is three years, but there can be exceptions for significant errors or fraud. It’s crucial to understand the specific rules and limitations that apply to your situation.

Anderson Bradshaw is a reputable firm that understands tax audits, and you should carefully evaluate and choose a qualified attorney who specializes in tax law and has experience with audits. They can guide you through the audit process, help you provide evidence of compliance, and protect your rights and interests.

Unfiled Tax Returns

The Washington Department of Revenue considers an account delinquent when the due date for a tax return or other liability has passed and the amount due remains unpaid. However, it’s worth noting that the department can grant extensions for filing excise tax returns if the request is made before the due date.

In cases where the IRS is involved in unfiled tax return cases, individuals may face federal failure to file penalties. These penalties can be 5 percent of the net tax due per month or 0.5 percent for each month or part of a month that the tax remains unpaid, with a maximum penalty of 25 percent.

The IRS strongly encourages everyone to immediately file their past due tax returns. Even when filing is done late, it can help avoid accruing additional interest and penalties. Filing on time is also important for protecting Social Security benefits, avoiding complications when obtaining loans, and preventing collection and enforcement actions by the IRS.

It is important to understand that each situation is unique, and the specific consequences and penalties can vary depending on individual circumstances. If you have concerns about late or unfiled tax returns, it is recommended to consult with a qualified tax professional at Anderson Bradshaw who can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation and guide you through the process, help you mitigate any potential penalties, and ensure compliance with tax laws.

Innocent Spouses

Innocent spouse relief is a provision available to couples who file joint tax returns and meet certain criteria. It allows a person to avoid being held responsible for additional taxes when their spouse understated the taxes due on the joint return, and they were unaware of the mistake.

Underreporting of taxes is attributed to the spouse who was responsible for the error, and this attribution should be reflected in the audit report. To qualify for innocent spouse relief, the filing spouse must demonstrate that they had no actual or constructive knowledge of the understatement and that it would be unfair to hold them liable for the tax debt.

It is important to note that people must seek innocent spouse relief within two years of an IRS collection action. This is a complex and often challenging process, and having legal representation is highly recommended to navigate the requirements and present a strong case.

Consulting with a qualified tax attorney at Anderson Bradshaw who has experience in innocent spouse relief cases can provide valuable guidance and assistance throughout the process. They can help assess your eligibility, gather the necessary documentation, and advocate on your behalf to seek relief from any undue tax liability.

Contact Our Washington Tax Attorneys

Are you dealing with significant tax problems anywhere in the state of Washington? You will want to be working with Anderson Bradshaw because we can offer more than 30 years of experience in these cases.

Our tax attorneys provide IRS tax help for residents all over Washington including Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, Renton, Spokane Valley, Federal Way, and more. Call (877) 986-1156 or contact our Washington tax attorney online to set up a free consultation.

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