How to choose an IRS representative?
First, and perhaps the most important consideration is to make sure that the person who will represent you is the person setting in front of you in your initial interview. If you are only meeting with a sales person who will send your fee and paperwork to another location, you will be disappointed. So find someone local who can be held to a higher level of performance than someone outside your local area.
Second, if you hear the phrases, “pennies on the dollar” or “wipe out all your penalties and interest” you will be disappointed 98% of the time. Those solutions exist but are relatively rare occurrences.
Third, if you are told something that you want to believe but it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Get a second opinion.
Fourth, having a good listing at the BBB is a matter of sending in your fee to be listed. Only rely on BBB information if it is negative. Positive ratings are unreliable. The BBB is bending over backwards to keep clients and are reluctant to lose business unless it is absolutely necessary.
Fifth, if you sign a power of attorney, make sure your representative is listed, has a CAF number, and is either an E. A. Enrolled Agent, CPA or an Attorney.
Six, make sure you have all of your options before you at one time before picking the best solution for you. Every settlement option has something good about it and something not so good about it. However, one is much better than the others. Some IRS settlements require more than one option and it is important that you understand when you are to switch from one option to another.
Scott Allen E. A.
Tax Debt Advisors, Inc