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  • IRS Collection Statute Expiration Date – Why do we talk about it so much?

    The very first thing I do when a person with a large tax debt balance hires me, is to calculate the IRS Collection Statute Expiration Date or CSED for short. I calculate the clock. Why do I care so much about this bit of information and write about it all the time?  I mean come…

  • Negotiating a streamlined payment plan with the IRS on your own

              Most payment plans arranged with the IRS are “streamlined” plans.   An IRS streamlined payment plan is one that allows the taxpayer up to 72 months to pay the debt if the original debt assessed is less than $50,000.00, all returns have been filed, and the taxpayer agrees to allow the…

  • How many years will my IRS currently non collectible status stay in place?

    When you are in an IRS currently not collectible status (CNC status) you are protected from IRS collection enforcement.  The IRS can’t levy or garnish and other than possibly filing a notice of tax lien, it leaves you alone. This sounds great,  but in order to be placed in this status you have to convince…

  • What “Tolls” the IRS’ 10 Year Statute of Limitation on Collection

    When I speak with clients about the IRS’ 10 year statute of limitations and mention the word “toll”, I get the impression that people think I’m saying “troll”.  I understand the confusion.  The IRS is scary. There are ways to challenge the monster however,  One way is to use the law that requires the IRS…

  • I have a Serious IRS Tax Debt and I have been out of the Country for a few years, how will being out of the Country affect my Tax Debt?

    The IRS’ ability to collect a Tax Debt ends 10 years after the IRS assesses the Tax.  This also applies to IRS Liens. This 10 year period starts running on the date the IRS assesses the Tax or writes in down in it’s books as a debt owed by you.  The 10 year period doesn’t…

  • Does an IRS installment plan extend the 10 year collection statute?

    An IRS Installment Plan doesn’t extend the IRS Statute of Limitations period for the collection of debt. The IRS has 10 years to collect a tax debt.  The 10 year period begins on the date the tax balance is “assessed”. The tax is usually assessed when the IRS processes the tax return. If your 2004…

  • IRS LEVY – Two reasons to file the IRS Collection Due Process Appeal late

    IRS LEVY? Two reasons to file the IRS Collection Due Process Appeal late The IRS is a debt collection machine. If there were an NFL Draft for debt collection outfits, the IRS would be the first player drafted every year. Part of the reason why the IRS is so good at its job is because…


    IRS Debt: The stuff of sleepless nights and serious regrets. If you have a serious tax debt ,you may have some regrets and worse…you may feel as if there won’t be a viable solution. I can tell you though that for many people with serious tax debt problems, there is hope. Many of my clients can…

  • IRS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON COLLECTION OF DEBT – Sometimes you shouldn’t stop it

    The IRS has 10 years to collect a debt. Yes, you read that right. This rule is commonly called the IRS Statute of Limitations on Collection. It is real, and it is responsible for the elimination of millions in tax debt each year. Unfortunately, many taxpayers don’t understand that it exists or how it works….

  • When the IRS audits, adjusts or files a substitute tax return, pay close attention to deadlines

    IRS Audit?  Pay close attention to deadlines, they mean something A great number of Americans owe the IRS at any given time.  Some estimates are as many as 10-15% of all taxpayers owe…right now.   The most common reason I see a consumer owing tax, is the most obvious one; the taxpayer just didn’t withhold…