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Tax Controversy

Our parents encourage us to “play fair.” Unfortunately, when an individual or a business must face the IRS, the California Franchise Tax Board, or the California State Board of Equalization, nothing seems “fair.” It does not always feel like a level playing field when the government notifies taxpayers that they owe unpaid taxes, interest, and penalties; or that they failed to timely file multiple years of tax returns triggering huge penalties; or that the government intends to perform an audit and assess additional taxes. Confronted with such government assertions, the goal often becomes clear: negotiate a satisfactory settlement without having to proceed all the way to a court trial. Palm Desert tax debt and collection lawyers Sanger & Molever can help taxpayers with large unpaid taxes.

Tax Debt/Collection

When the IRS or any state government has already assessed a tax against you, the IRS can employ various methods to collect that debt (euphemistically called “enforced collection”). The IRS’s “enforced collection” methods often involve recording tax liens, levying bank accounts, seizing your business or personal assets including your home or other real estate; plus recording “nominee liens” on assets owned by other people. In some cases, your passport could be in jeopardy.

Once the IRS or a state taxing authority has assessed a tax, the assessed tax becomes a debt. Then, the fight with the government starts to collect that debt. Sanger & Molever have the experience and skill to resolve your tax debt and reach an appropriate resolution that makes economic sense and avoids IRS levies. The resolution maybe an Offer in Compromise, or an installment payment agreement. If tax liens and levies are making your life miserable, contact Palm Desert tax debt and collection lawyers Sanger & Molever to help you negotiate possible IRS resolution that might allow you to sleep at night.

A taxpayer with unpaid taxes that ostrich-like disregards the IRS collection notices, invites IRS levies of bank accounts. IRS bank levies raise the specter that the taxpayer’s checks to pay monthly rent, to pay the monthly mortgage, to pay monthly utility bills, to pay monthly credit card monthly bills, will bounce; returned NSF. Not good for the taxpayer’s credit rating. Or the taxpayer’s reputation.

Sanger & Molever can help you deal with IRS levies and IRS tax liens, and hopefully avoid your rent, mortgage, utility, and credit card checks bouncing. The Sanger & Molever firm can attempt to avoid the levies and bounced check, by attempting to negotiate with the IRS an installment payment agreement, or an Offer In Compromise, and perhaps getting some penalties abated.

Example: You owe the IRS $100X. The Revenue Officer assigned to collect the $100X states you must pay $8X monthly. The $8X reflects the difference between

  1. your monthly income, minus
  2. the IRS tables of allowed monthly expenses.

However, based on your actual monthly expenses, you can only pay $5X/month. The Revenue Officer demands you remit $8X monthly, or he will levy your bank accounts, your social security, your salary, and your right testicle. With Sanger & Molever’s experience in dealing with enforced collection, and our knowledge of the Internal Revenue Manual (“IRM”) that governs Revenue Officers, Sanger & Molever can very likely secure you a one year reprieve and obtain a written installment agreement for $5X monthly … the amount you can actually afford given your actual monthly expenses.

Do not believe the TV ads that claim (a) unpaid IRS taxes can be easily settled for ten cents on the dollar, or (b) that the ad’s sponsor can convert your tax debt into a refund.

Audit Representation

If you have a dispute with the IRS about the tax consequences of a transaction, or about a deduction you claimed, or the character of income you reported, and your CPA needs back up, the Sanger & Molever law firm might help. The Sanger & Molever firm has represented numerous clients at various levels of the tax litigation spectrum. Howard Sanger and Jeff Molever have over 85 years of combined tax experience. Both Howard Sanger and Jeff Molever have been hired as experts to assist CPAs and other lawyers in income tax, estate tax, and property tax matters. You do not want to go into a tax dispute with the government, “unarmed.” If you or your accountant need the help of a tax attorney, with a pending IRS audit, call the Palm Desert Sanger & Molever firm of tax lawyers.

Client Reviews

The Sanger firm has represented my family for greater than a generation, creating and recreating our family trust and wills, as well as innumerable leases and other contracts. I have solid trust in Howard's abilities, particularly his tenacious attention to detail and client needs.

I cannot recommend anyone higher.

Before your negotiations with the IRS, the IRS's levies and tax liens, would have driven us out of business. Thanks to your negotiations with the IRS Revenue Officer, our company was not shut down, and our company is now back on its feet, and again successfully operating. Plus, an extra special "thanks" for serving as a buffer between us and the antagonistic IRS Revenue Officer whose aggressive "enforced collection" threats, made it impossible for me to sleep at night, and left me with blood pressure far above 80/120. M.Y.