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How to Get Free Taxpayer Assistance

It is my firmly held belief that everyone should have access to good, top quality legal representation. However, even by charging the absolute minimum that I can for legal services, there are some taxpayers for whom even my services are too costly. Although I take on and handle a significant amount of pro bono projects […]

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What is the Taxpayer Advocate?

The Taxpayer Advocate helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS. The Taxpayer Advocate also recommends changes to help prevent problems in the future. The advocate handles those tax problems that are causing significant financial difficulty; when you or your business are facing immediate, adverse threat; and when you have tried to contact the IRS repeatedly […]

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IRS Taxpayer Advocate – What it Does

The IRS Taxpayer Advocate helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS. The Taxpayer Advocate also recommends changes to help prevent problems in the future. The Taxpayer Advocate handles those issues when the tax problem is causing significant financial difficulty; when you or your business are facing immediate, adverse threat; and when you have tried to […]

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Who Qualifies for Legal Aid – Part One

A list of free legal clinics is available on your local and state Bar Association website and through Volunteer Attorney programming. Local entities also offer neighborhood legal services and legal aid clinics. In addition, university law programs offer free legal aid. Consult your local websites and universities for more information. In general, qualifying for free […]

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Who Qualifies for IRS Legal Aid?

Click here for the previous section about legal aid. Disabled Veteran Status If you are a disabled veteran, you may qualify for free IRS legal aid. Eligibility is based upon issues that may range from rental assistance to child visitation matters. To determine if you are eligible, contact your local veterans association. The association will […]

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IRS National Standards

IRS National Standards The IRS has developed IRS national standards as guides for taxpayers responsible for resolving their tax liabilities. The IRS national standards (or IRS Collection Financial Standards)  are defined as five categories of necessary expenses developed and used by the IRS to calculate a taxpayer’s payment potential. The standards are used for the purpose of […]

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Income and Expense Table and Future Income

The IRS Income Expense Table Similar to the asset/equity table, the IRS income and expense table (IET) outlines necessary living expenses, where the taxpayer lists both total income and expenses. The IRS income and expense table is divided into two major categories where the taxpayer eventually calculates the net difference multiplied by one or more amounts […]

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IRS Offer in Compromise Rules

IRS Offer in Compromise Rules – Salability of Assets Salability, or marketability, is defined in terms of liquidity, “the ability to quickly convert property to cash or pay a liability” (IRS.gov, “Discount for Lack of Marketability: Job Aid for IRS Valuation Professionals, September 25, 2009, page 5” 8/25/2013). Under the IRS offer in compromise rules, […]

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IRS Financial Analysis

IRS financial analysis is conducted by the IRS in order to both analyze and verifies financial information. When conducting an IRS financial analysis, the IRS evaluates the income and expenses of the taxpayer to calculate for disposable income. Disposable income is defined as gross income less all allowable expenses. During their IRS financial analysis, the […]

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IRS Form 433-A Breakdown

IRS Form 433-A, Collection Information Statement for Wage Earners and Self-Employed Individuals is used to collect financial information about the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s ability to repay a current tax liability. Major Sections of the IRS Form 433-A: Section 1: Personal Information Section 2: Employment Information for Wage Earners Section 3: Other Financial Information Section […]

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