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Understanding IRS Enrolled Agents and Back Taxes

August 7th

If you have back taxes and are facing issues with the IRS, chances are that you’re wondering what your resources are for help. From a certified public accountant to a tax debt lawyer, there are many professionals who can help you settle your back taxes. Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about IRS enrolled agents. So what exactly is the difference between an enrolled agent, an accountant, and a tax debt lawyer? Knowing who can best help settle your back taxes will make it easier to deal with the IRS.

Why Hire a Tax Debt Lawyer?

While an enrolled agent, accountant, and tax debt lawyer can all help you deal with back taxes, only one of these professionals have the training and experience to work in a court of law. When dealing with the IRS and back taxes, it’s important to work with a professional who understands both the financial and legal ramifications of every action. Here’s a breakdown of how these financial professionals differ from one another.

· Certified public accountants can offer general tax advice and can certainly help you design a plan to repay back taxes. Because they are trained to offer general financial advice, you may already have an accountant that you’re tempted to consult with about your back taxes. An accountant can help with the financial side, but a tax debt lawyer can offer more specific expertise and support.

· IRS enrolled agents are specifically authorized by the IRS to offer specialized advice concerning back taxes. They can help you if you’re being audited or if you need to stay on top of taxes throughout the year.

· A tax debt lawyer provides the same financial expertise as an IRS enrolled agent or accountant, but is also able to handle complex tax situations. Sometimes, back taxes are the least of your worries. You might be faced with harassment from collections, tax penalties, and other consequences. Only a tax debt lawyer has the expertise and experience to legally put an end to all these stressors.

Dealing with the IRS and your back taxes can be an intimidating process, so trust a legal and financial expert to help you through it.


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