The IRS can pounce without warning if you haven’t filed tax returns.
Tax season is special. Few people enjoy it, but most somehow make the effort to file. For some the incentive is a refund. For those who have to pay, the incentive may be to prevent interest charges and fines.
Then there are the people who fail to file a return. Maybe for several years. If they owe taxes, the IRS can pounce without warning to seize assets and even press criminal charges.
There are plenty of scams on the Internet and TV promoting pennies-on-the-dollar tax settlements. Investigate them very carefully before making a commitment. Ask yourself: Would I be more comfortable dealing with an unknown voice on the phone, or face-to-face in an office with an experienced, local attorney?
Then there are the storefront tax shops that spring up promising more money on refunds. Faster refunds. Bigger refund loans. In too many cases angry customers arrive to find the tax shop is locked up and their refunds stolen.
Here’s my recommendation: File your tax return on time. If you are unable to pay the amount owed, call us immediately for a free consultation.
Mark Leffler, Shareholder and Chief Legal Officer, joined Boleman Law Firm in 2000. Mark has spent most of his career litigating in Bankruptcy Court, including bringing numerous actions against debt collectors, mortgage companies, and predatory lenders in bankruptcy. He currently focuses his practice on federal consumer protection litigation, mostly under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Mark is President of the NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education, is a frequent author for the NACTT Academy’s webzine, and has served as a panelist at numerous national legal conferences such as the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT) and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC). Mark is AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell, he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in bankruptcy and debtor rights, and he is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy matters for Virginia CLE programs.
Mark was raised in Williamsburg, VA, and lives in Norfolk, VA with his wife, Leigh, and two children. In his free time, he enjoys staying physically active, regularly training in powerlifting, snow skiing during the winter, and traveling with his wife.