When clients come into their initial appointment and I ask them if they have received any correspondence from the IRS, they usually hand me a stack of letters that have never been opened. I call this the “Pandora” letter syndrome—“If I don’t open it then the bad stuff inside can’t hurt me.”
The reality is that unopened IRS letters can and will hurt you. When you receive a letter from the IRS, there is adequate time to deal with the problem in most cases. Requests for extension of time to deal with the matter are relatively easy to obtain as long as deadlines have not been missed or past promises for action not kept.
Most letters are requesting some action or information on your part. There is a deadline involved. If you provide the information requested within the deadline period, you will have developed a repore with the IRS that will greatly improve your ability to move on to the next step in the process with more latitude.
The important thing is to not make promises you know you can’t keep. Promise a little less that what you know you can do and then over perform. IRS agents rarely get more from taxpayers than what they expect. When they do, it is almost like you get forgotten. Agents have so many people making every effort to avoid them that those who are following through are given much better treatment. Don’t get me wrong, they will still expect you to pay back the taxes owed if you have the ability to do so, but the process to get to an agreed upon settlement that you can live with are much better.
So gather up those letters and come in. I have the best damn letter opener in Arizona. Together we can come up with a plan that will resolve your IRS matter. You have nothing to lose if you come in and have almost everything to lose if you don’t open those letters. Take the leap of faith and schedule your free one hour consultation toady.
Scott Allen E. A.
Tax Debt Advisors, Inc.