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 or press criminal charges.
The VITA program offers free tax help by IRS-certified volunteers to qualified people who make $52,000 or less. Go to irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ for the nearest VITA location.
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.
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 can’t pay it all, pay as much as you possibly can and immediately work out a payment plan with the IRS.
If you have overwhelming debt, payday or title loans, or unpaid taxes make an ap- pointment to speak to a Boleman attorney. The consultation is free.
Russell “Rusty” Boleman III, Chairman of Boleman Law Firm, P.C. and his wife, Gayle have enjoyed almost fifty years of marriage and working together. Their early days were spent in Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin and finally Texas, where Rusty worked as a technical recruiter in the oil industry. Then, suddenly, the American oil industry collapsed with low oil prices. Rusty and Gayle, along with thousands of American oil workers, experienced loss of jobs and income.
As Boleman Law clients know all too well, during a financial crisis, bad things can happen to anyone. The poor treatment Rusty and Gayle received as they sought solutions to financial problems led them to believe that there was a need for a change in bankruptcy law practice. At age 40, those experiences led Rusty to law school in Richmond -much later in life than most of his law school colleagues. He worked all through law school with Gayle at his side. After graduation, they founded Boleman Law Firm in 1991 with the goal of treating everyone who came to them seeking help with respect and dignity, while providing excellence in customer service and legal advice.
Rusty’s strong commitment to legal knowledge, ethics and community service has made him one of Virginia’s leading lawyers, Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell and a Virginia Lawyers Weekly 2017 Virginia Leader in the Law. Almost 30 years later, the firm that bears his name has helped almost 110,000 Virginians regain their financial health. The 13 lawyers and 30 staff members carry on the traditions of excellence and compassion as they provide assistance to over 10,000 folks each year.
Rusty and Gayle are proud parents of one daughter and grandparents of two grandchildren. They and their two cats are now enjoying semi-retirement and spending time with their family. But, no matter where they are, they are never far from their other family, the lawyers and staff who strive every day to make Boleman Law Firm a safe and happy place for both clients and employees.