Should people who don’t, won’t or can’t pay all their owed taxes at one time be allowed to use services like American Tax Relief Commercial? I don’t think they should be allowed to try to get out from under their tax debts.
For whatever reason a person or persons owe their taxes, they need to pay both their federal and state taxes due. The amount people owe to federal and state helps keeps funding for roads, schools, other developmental projects, and other things that helps keep state and federal programs running.
With that said, why would anyone in their right mind pay a company to help them settle their tax debt? By the time you pay for help filling out a form you can fill out yourself to see IF you qualify for the Offer in Compromise program with the IRS. There is not guarantee anyone will qualify through the tax relief commercials, much less through the IRS by doing it yourself.
Why on earth would you want to pay someone another chunk of money to help you try to get out from under a debt that you incurred? By the time you wait for the forms to be filled out, emailed, faxed or mailed in, hear if you are approved or denied, and find out how much you can “save” on your tax bill, you could have sent in payments to reduce this debt yourself. I seriously doubt that you will find out in a few days or a week. By the time everything has been done, you could be looking at months with further penalties and interest being added to your tax bill. By the way folks, those add up fast.
For whatever reason you are behind on paying your taxes, for Pete’s sake pay them off. I suspect those of you who are using these types of services or finding a way not to pay your federal and state taxes are amongst the many who are complaining how horrible your state roads and school systems are, how horrible your state SRS and other local and federally funded programs are, and how horrible it is that states can’t get the funding needed when disaster hits.
Besides since you aren’t “able” to pay your tax debt, how are you going to pay the fees those tax relief companies are charging? How are you going to pay the amount owed once you get your tax debt down to a lower amount? Are you going to make monthly payments again? Are you going to let the penalties and interest start building up again and be back in the same boat you were in to begin with?
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