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Frequently Asked Questions

Tax Relief Services in California

  1. What is Tax Relief and how do I qualify?

  2. Have you handled my type of case before?

  3. Can I talk to some of your past clients about the results you’ve achieved for them?

  4. Who will be handling my tax relief case?

  5. How much do you charge?

 

  6. How do I avoid tax relief scams?

  7. What assets can the IRS seize?

  8. What happens if I wait to solve my tax debt?

  9. Can I just submit an Offer-in-Compromise or Installment Agreement by myself?

10. Do I qualify for tax help through the IRS Fresh Start Program?

 

11. What should I do if I receive a letter or notice  from the IRS?          

12. Can I go to jail for not paying my taxes?

13. How long will it take for Landmark Tax Group to resolve my tax problem?

14. What is a tax lien?

15. If my corporation owes taxes, can the IRS collect from me personally?

 

16. Can Landmark Tax Group assist me with my State tax debt?

17. What is the IRS Offer-in-Compromise and tax settlement program I keep hearing about?

18. Can IRS back taxes be discharged in bankruptcy?

19. What are my rights as a taxpayer?

20. Can Landmark Tax Group stop my wages and  bank account from being levied

 

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1. What is Tax Relief and how do I qualify?

IRS or State tax relief can come in many forms. There is short-term tax relief, such as a release of a bank levy, wage garnishment or tax lien. And there are more permanent forms of tax relief such as penalty removals, installment agreements and tax settlements (aka Offers-in-Compromise). Taxpayers with back taxes can qualify for relief by meeting certain rules and procedures set forth by the IRS and Tax Code. Some forms of relief can be obtained by properly communicating to the IRS in a timely fashion, some can be achieved by filing a timely appeal, and other forms of relief rely heavily on a full understanding of IRS policies and procedures and tax law. We specialize exclusively (100%) in tax relief matters, and can help you achieve the most favorable outcome and tax savings. For immediate assistance with your IRS or State tax matter, contact us now for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with ex-IRS Agents and licensed tax resolution specialists.

2. Have you handled my type of case before?

As former IRS Collectors and Auditors and current tax resolution specialists, we have personally handled thousands of different tax relief cases. Whether you owe back taxes, are in the middle of an audit or need to reach a tax settlement, we can help protect you and your assets. Simply contact us to start a discussion about your tax case – it’s Free. We also review tax notices and letters for Free, and there is no obligation to retain us. See our Case Results page for recent closures of cases just like yours.

3. Can I talk to some of your past clients about the results you’ve achieved for them?

Thanks to our clients, we have become a leading source for taxpayers in need of professional IRS and State tax relief. See what they’re saying in their own words by viewing our Client Testimonials page. We are also very proud of our 5-Star Rating on our Yelp profile; see Page1 and Page2. You are also invited to view our Case Results page for recent case resolutions and actual closing documents.


4. Who will be handling my tax relief case?

Every case is personally handled by our CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Former IRS Collectors and/or Former IRS Auditors. We work your case from beginning to end, with no exceptions. When you contact our office, you will speak directly to us. We are pleased to have been recognized for our superior tax relief services by the U.S. Trade & Commerce Institute. To learn more about us and how we handle your tax relief case, see our What Makes Us Different page. For a Free, no obligation consultation with our licensed tax relief specialists, contact us now.


5. How much do you charge?

Because we have chosen to dedicate 100% of our tax practice to resolution of IRS and State tax disputes, we have become extremely efficient in handling tax relief cases. Our efficiency translates to lower operating costs for our office and savings for our clients. For our professional tax relief services, we simply charge a flat fee that is based on the scope-of-work of a particular case. We accommodate our clients by allowing them to choose to pay via a lump sum payment or over a 12-month payment plan. To find out the flat fee for your particular case, contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation.


6. How do I avoid tax relief scams?

This topic is so important, that we’ve dedicated an entire page called Common Tax Relief Scams which includes many of the scams that we’ve seen while working inside and outside of the IRS. Some of these scams may sound familiar to you and others may come as a big surprise. The page is updated weekly, so check back regularly for more information and news on additional “tax relief” companies that have finally been caught. At least half of our clients have come to us after losing thousands of dollars to unscrupulous tax firms that make various “pennies-on-the-dollar” promises. Learn more about Landmark Tax Group’s ethical tax relief practices by viewing our What Makes Us Different page, or contact us now to speak directly to our licensed tax resolution experts.


7. What assets can the IRS seize?

The IRS engages in seizures all the time. Bank levies and wage garnishments are two common examples. Seizures of taxpayers’ assets are authorized by the Tax Code and reinforced by numerous Tax Court cases. When a seizure of a taxpayer’s asset does occur, the effects can be devastating. In general, if the IRS is considering taking seizure action against you, it may pursue any and all of your real and personal property that contains sufficient equity, such as your home, car and retirement account. Intangible property, such as goodwill or rights to property, can also be seized. In most cases, however, taxpayers can protect themselves by ensuring their case is being handled correctly. To help reduce your chance of an IRS seizure, contact us now for a free, no-obligation tax analysis.


8. What happens if I wait to solve my tax debt?

By far, the worst way we’ve seen taxpayers harm themselves is by failing to address their IRS (or State) tax matter in a timely manner. This includes not opening tax notices and letters, not meeting IRS deadlines for turning in information, and just simply procrastinating or failing to respond. The IRS has certain rules and collection procedures to follow, so if they don’t hear from you or an authorized tax representative right away, they will quickly move forward with enforced collection, such as filing a tax lien, taking your income, and/or seizing your assets. When you bring Landmark Tax Group on board as your representative, we handle 100% of the communication with the IRS on your behalf, facilitate compliance with all deadlines, and set up a resolution that works best for you. Contact us now for a free consultation with our tax resolution specialists and ex-IRS Agents.


9. Can I just submit an Offer-in-Compromise or Installment Agreement by myself?

You sure can. Taxpayers are not prohibited from representing themselves in front of the IRS. Similar to how parties in a lawsuit are quick to hire attorneys to represent them in court proceedings, most savvy taxpayers understand that they need a qualified tax resolution specialist to represent them in front of the IRS in order to help them navigate the Internal Revenue Code and reach a favorable outcome. Many taxpayers come to us after trying to represent themselves, only to find out that the IRS had taken adverse actions against them the whole time and that the agency had failed to properly explain their taxpayer rights. You only get one chance to answer IRS questions the “right” way. There is no room for even the slightest error when you’re trying to negotiate a payment plan or tax settlement with the IRS. Don’t take any chances with IRS negotiations. For instant access to our licensed tax resolution experts and ex-IRS Agents, contact us now.


10. Do I qualify for tax help through the IRS Fresh Start Program?

The new Fresh Start initiative makes it easier for individual and business taxpayers to pay back taxes, avoid IRS tax liens, and get tax relief from the IRS. If you owe back taxes and cannot pay the amount in full or if you have penalties and interest that continue to add up, you may be a good candidate for the IRS Fresh Start program. To find out if you qualify, contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation with our licensed tax relief experts.


11. What should I do if I receive a letter or notice from the IRS?

Some IRS notices are for informational purposes only, however others are instructional and require strict response times. In all cases, it’s important that IRS mail is immediately reviewed to determine the nature and reason for the communication. Most IRS correspondence contain a contact phone number on the top of the first page that you can call to respond. See our step-by-step instructions on how to respond to an IRS notice of letter. For immediate assistance with your IRS matter, contact us now for a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


12. Can I go to jail for not paying my taxes?

Can the IRS send you to jail? Absent fraud or tax evasion, jail time is usually not a possibility in cases where back taxes are due. Learn more about criminal investigations and back taxes, or contact us now for immediate assistance and a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


13. How long will it take for Landmark Tax Group to resolve my tax problem?

Resolution of your case can take one phone call or several months. It varies greatly on the matters involved and the facts of your unique tax situation. In all cases, we seek to resolve all tax matters as soon as practically possible. See: 11 Tips for Taxpayers Who Owe Money to the IRS. For immediate assistance with your tax matter, contact us today for a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


14. What is a tax lien?

A tax lien is a tool used by government to encumber your property and rights to property as a means of securing its interest. For more information, please visit our Lien page, or contact us now for immediate assistance and a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


15. If my corporation owes taxes, can the IRS collect from me personally?

Possibly, but only certain employment/payroll taxes called “trust fund taxes”. For more information, please visit our Trust Fund page. For immediate assistance with your tax matter, contact us today for a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


16. Can Landmark Tax Group assist me with my State tax debt?

Yes. We represent taxpayers in front of the IRS and all State taxing authorities, such as the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). For immediate assistance, contact us now for a FREE consultation with State Tax Resolution Specialists.


17. What is the IRS Offer-in-Compromise and tax settlement program I keep hearing about?

The settlement and offer-in-compromise (OIC) program, sometimes referred to as the IRS Fresh Start Program, allows the IRS to settle a tax debt for less than the amount owed. Although the IRS expanded the program in May 2012 to allow for more flexible terms, certain conditions and requirements must be met in order to qualify. For more information, please visit our offer-in-compromise page. For immediate assistance with your tax matter, contact us today for a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


18. Can IRS back taxes be discharged in bankruptcy?

It depends. When it comes to bankruptcy and tax liabilities, timing is everything. In general, tax debt may be dischargeable if the tax assessment is at least 240 days old, the tax return was filed at least two years ago, the due date for filing the tax return is at least three years ago, the tax return is not fraudulent, and the taxpayer is not guilty of tax evasion. To discuss the details of your case, contact us today for a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


19. What are my rights as a taxpayer?

Taxpayers are afforded slightly different rights depending on where their case is in the IRS collection or examination (audit) process. Two of your most important rights is the right to appeal an IRS action you disagree with and the right to be represented by a qualified tax professional. View the new IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights. For immediate assistance with your tax matter, contact us today for a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.


20. Can Landmark Tax Group stop my wages and bank account from being levied?

By working with you and the IRS, we can usually have your wage garnishment and bank levy lifted within a short timeframe and place you on a path free of enforced collection action. For more information on wage levies and bank garnishments, please visit our Levy page or contact us now for a FREE consultation with ex-IRS Agents.

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Very good experience and glad I made the decision to use this company. Michael was professional and courteous in all of my dealings with him. My tax dilemma was quickly resolved and Michael even waived much of his normal fee. Where else have you heard of a business doing that? Without question, I would recommend Landmark Tax Group for anyone seeking a fair resolution for a tax problem.

Great service! Michael really knows his stuff and goes above and beyond. They delivered more than they promised and helped me get an AWESOME resolution to my case.  I highly recommend them.

I worked with Landmark Tax Group to help sort through my LLC, 501c(3) and personal finance questions. They were prompt, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. This was the best experience I’ve had with a tax company. I would HIGHLY recommend them!

Great service!!! Very diligent and most importantly high integrity. One of those rare occasions when someone is looking out for your best interest.

Michael was fantastic! He understood my case very quickly, got right to work and was super prompt with communications. His professionalism and his friendly demeanor immediately put me at ease. I whole heartedly recommend contacting them if you’re in need of advice and assistance.

I received great advice in how to deal with the FTB, i don’t review often, but when someone is honest and legitimate, they do deserve a review.  My questions were answered, and if i didn’t quite understand, Micheal was more than willing to give me follow-up answers to better help me.  I highly recommend Landmark Tax Group, just for the mere fact that they treat you as a human being, Not a cash cow.

I had some returns from previous years to complete after receiving a hefty bill from the California Franchise Tax Board.  Michael was prompt in answering my questions and very helpful and reassuring.  We had several back and forth communications and this was all done for free since they do not prepare tax returns.  He gave me some contacts and advice and now I’m on my way to getting my situation resolved.  I’m very thankful for his advice and guidance.

While Michael’s scope of practice meant that we ultimately could not work directly to resolve the issue I was having, he was very prompt, professional, generous and kind in taking time out of his schedule to consult with me, refer me to his network of colleagues- not just once, but a second time even months after. Some professionals are just after services and compensations but Michael strikes me as someone who genuinely cares about your situation and wants to see to it that it gets resolved. These other reviews speak to that as well. You never want to be in a situation where you need to be looking up tax help, but God forbid you ever are, Michael is the person you want in your corner!

Michael and Landmark Tax Group were simply awesome. I like so many others had a year’s old tax issue arise with California FTB. I no longer live there which compounded the stress of the situation. The state had seized monies and filed a lien. After a call to an online tax relief place and some sketchy phone calls I was so happy to find Michael and immediately felt in good hands… at a time of considerable panic.
Fast forward to today and with his help I am totally debt free. He saved me $23,000
I highly recommend Michael and Landmark Tax Group

Michael Raanan is an angel! Michael went above and beyond for me. He was very knowledgeable, professional and very thorough! He is easy to talk to and amazing at what he does. I have a feeling that everyone at landmark tax group shares this way of professionalism! I highly recommend coming here for any and all of your tax help. They will help you and you will be more than pleased with them. 🙂

After calling the other highly advertised tax assistant agency’s and being disappointed with how they responded to my tax matter, I feel fortunate to have found out about the Landmark Tax Group. Michael was very understanding of my situation, and I felt very comfortable dealing with him. He was very knowledgeable and professional in handling our tax issue in a timely manner. I would highly recommend The Landmark Tax Group to anyone who needs assistance in dealing with the IRS.

Wow, just wow. I called Michael today to ask about some major tax issues I had with a defunct corporation I’d started years ago. Michael talked to me for about half an hour, walking me through options and generally helping me understand my options.

Because of him, I’m going to rest nicely tonight for the first time in weeks. It was great to hear that he used to work in IRS collections for 8 years too… which made me feel a lot more secure in his answer.

In all, I’m completely stunned by the level of service he gave to a random stranger who called in and wasn’t going to turn into any revenue for him. I have to imagine that his level of service for actual customers is unreal.

Fast, dependable, reliable, full transparency.  Michael Raanan of Landmark Tax Group allayed my fears spending the rest of my senior years paying my tax debt.  As a result of his extensive knowledge of the tax code, the right questions to ask, and his dedication to my case, I had information, resolution and a plan of action within 24 hours, start to finish.  Amazing!  I highly recommend Landmark Tax Group!

We were very pleased with the expert assistance we received from Michael Raanan at Landmark Tax Group.  In a matter of months we had a resolution to our IRS tax issue.  He was very knowledgeable, professional, explained things in easy to understand terminology & was very easy to discuss our tax issues with.  We called around to other tax groups & just felt the most comfortable speaking & working with Michael.  We are happy to recommend him & his firm.

Great place for tax [relief] advice. Even if they don’t see a need for you to use and pay for their service, they’ll still give you excellent advice and direction at no cost. They are worth a call.

Michael Raanan represents the highest level of professionalism, integrity, decency, and true concern for his clients. His advice every step of the way was right on target.  The end result was a savings of $13,000 on my taxes.

I have already referred him to the other members of my financial team and have complete confidence in referring any clients to him. He is a shining star in his field.

Oh, did I mention how reasonable his fees are? Exceptional considering the amount of attention he provides.

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