California Tax Settlements FAQ
Frequently Asked Tax Questions
- How do I know if my tax problem is severe enough to seek tax representation?
- What is tax relief and how do I qualify?
- How do I get started?
- What makes California Tax Settlements different from other tax representation firms?
- How long does this process normally take?
- How soon can you get the IRS off my back?
- Can you get money back that the IRS seized from me?
- How much do your tax relief services cost?
- How much can I save?
- Does California Tax Settlements handle state income tax returns also?
- Can California Tax Settlements provide current tax year preparation and tax planning?
- Is California Tax Settlements a law firm or a CPA firm?
- Why should I hire California Tax Settlements instead of my tax CPA or tax lawyer?
- What does California Tax Settlements do that I can't do for myself?
- Why do you help people cheat the IRS?
How do I know if my tax problem is severe enough to seek tax representation?
If you have received a notice from the IRS about back taxes, balances due, unfiled returns, or an upcoming audit, you need tax representation. As in court, you are entitled to represent yourself in IRS matters, but that is typically a huge mistake. Unless you know tax law and are familiar with revenue agent tactics and ploys, you need to seek qualified assistance.
If you have received a Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Right to a Hearing form the IRS, you need to call us immediately. Failing to get representation in time can lead to levies, liens, and collection actions.
What is tax relief and how do I qualify?
Tax relief is a program that the IRS put into practice years ago to allow taxpayers to potentially settle tax debts for a percentage of what is owed. Tax relief is available on different levels depending on your tax situation. While the IRS does not openly promote these programs, you can call and speak to one of our tax consultants to determine if you qualify for tax relief at (619) 966-8600.
How do I get started?
Call today to discuss your options for tax relief at (619) 966-8600 or fill out the free consultation form. By doing so we can determine if you qualify for tax relief and begin working on putting a STOP to any further collection activity by the IRS.
What makes California Tax Settlements different from other tax representation firms?
California Tax Settlements was established by people with an insider perspective on the IRS, from ex-IRS agents to former Revenue Officers to tax attorneys, tax CPAs, and experienced tax preparers. Knowing the system enables us to plan strategies for our clients that can save them money when settling tax debt or setting up IRS payment plans. Experience, good people, and custom-built solutions are what make us stand out among tax representatives across the country.
How long does this process normally take?
The process typically takes anywhere from 2 to 6 months to resolve. Depending on how complex your tax situation is, we will be able to give you a better timeline for resolution after we assess your situation. We are aggressive in resolving your tax debt and want you to feel comfortable in letting us handle your case. Call today to discuss your options for tax relief at (619) 966-8600.
How soon can you get the IRS off my back?
As soon as you retain services with us, we will begin acting on your behalf with the IRS. Our team of tax experts will immediately begin working on your case and performing the services to which you agreed. This process can be accelerated if you immediately sign and return all forms to us when requested. Depending on your particular tax problem, we may need to act immediately to suspend aggressive collections actions. On typical, non-urgent, cases, we will have a report on you from the IRS and we'll be able to tell you exactly what steps to take to resolve your tax issues completely within three weeks of when you retained us.
Can you get money back that the IRS seized from me?
It's possible. Recovering seized funds is a reality in cases where the IRS acted improperly or wrongfully seized your money or assets. However, as with all things, it is far easier to keep your money than it is to get it back after a seizure. Contacting us sooner rather than later is your best option for keeping your money and property.
How much do your tax relief services cost?
California Tax Settlements charges fees based on the tax services required to fix your tax problem. More severe tax problems tend to cost more to fix because more complex services are required. Our goal is to provide financial benefit that will overweigh the cost of our services.
How much can I save?
Each individual case is unique. We have been successful in saving our clients thousands of dollars as well as settling cases for a fraction of the amount owed. If you call today and speak with one of our tax consultants, we can determine more accurately how much you can save. Call us now at (619) 966-8600 to find out how much we can potentially save you.
Does California Tax Settlements handle state income tax returns also?
Yes, but only as they relate to IRS tax problems. We rarely take on cases where a client has a state income tax debt without having a federal tax debt as well. However, in cases where a client has a federal tax debt and lives in a state that charges income tax, we routinely include services for filing and amending state returns and negotiating debt settlements directly with the state.
Can California Tax Settlements provide current tax year preparation and tax planning?
California Tax Settlements is in the business of helping people in trouble with the IRS, but we also help people prepare returns or map out tax planning strategies. We file current returns and returns for back taxes that have to be filed before we can negotiate with the IRS.
Is California Tax Settlements a law firm or a CPA firm?
California Tax Settlements is not a law firm or a CPA firm. While we do employ CPAs and attorneys among other tax professionals, these professionals are employed by us and are not retained by our clients. California Tax Settlements is a tax representation firm that negotiates on your behalf to solve you IRS tax problem.
Why should I hire California Tax Settlements instead of my tax CPA or tax lawyer?
At California Tax Settlements, we focus on helping clients regain IRS compliance, set up plans to resolve tax debt, and defend clients who are being audited by the IRS. While your tax CPA or tax lawyer may be good at what he or she does, he or she typically cannot compete with our knowledge of tax law, IRS processes, and tactics used by Revenue Officers to collect more revenue for the government. Particularly if you are facing an audit, don't use the same tax CPA to defend you that prepared the return. If the return was flagged for an audit, there's a problem. Odds are your tax CPA would have fixed that problem if he or she knew about it to begin with.
What does California Tax Settlements do that I can't do for myself?
Strictly speaking, nothing. You are free to represent yourself in front of the IRS just like a defendant in a criminal trial is free to represent herself. That's why we added a whole new segment to this website about tax problems.
However, if you purchase our customized tax services, your chances at a favorable resolution to your IRS problem go up dramatically. California Tax Settlements gives you the best shot at regaining IRS compliance, saving money, ensuring the IRS follows the law, and resolving your tax problems.
Why do you help people cheat the IRS?
We don't help people cheat, or in any way advocate cheating, the IRS. As a matter of fact, we do the IRS a favor by bringing our clients back into compliance and negotiating a deal where they can pay back at least a portion of what they owe. We believe it is our duty as Americans to pay our fair share of taxes. However, we don't believe the IRS should be able to use strong-arm tactics or deception to collect more revenue than you owe. We see it as our job to help taxpayers who find themselves cornered and unable to get out of a snowballing tax debt situation.