An Ideal Solution for your Tax Debt Problems

  1. Do you owe back taxes to the IRS?
  2. Are you behind with filing tax returns?
  3. Is dealing with tax matters becoming frustrating or overwhelming?
  4. Or…
    Are you compliant with your tax obligations but would like to establish a plan to minimize the impact of future income taxes?

If you have tax problems, what is the ideal solution for your tax struggles? The answer depends on the “big picture” of your financial situation. There is no one option that is the best choice for each person. A one size fits all approach does not work with tax resolution. The IRS simply wants to ensure that you pay your tax obligation and they will take various measures to make sure you do so according to their terms. It is up to you, the taxpayer (with some professional guidance), to make smart financial decisions when choosing among your tax resolution alternatives. Keep in mind that the IRS is essentially the accounts receivables department of the U.S. Government. Their job is to make sure that everyone that should pay taxes does. If a taxpayer is not compliant with IRS procedures they have the authority to collect.

The Internal Revenue Service does not necessarily care that you choose the best tax resolution option available. They simply want to ensure that you pay your tax obligation and they will take various measures to make sure you do so according to their terms. It is up to you, the taxpayer, to make smart financial decisions when choosing among your tax resolution alternatives.”

The bottom line is that avoidance is not an option. Take control of your tax problems, and while you are doing so assume control of something more important- your total financial situation. There are many options available during your quest to deal with resolving a tax liability. However, taking control of your life by establishing a financial plan is NOT an option…it should be viewed as a requirement if you truly want to reduce your financial stress and get on with your life on your terms (not the IRS’s). Remember, the IRS is interested in one thing during the collections process and that is collecting taxes that are past due.

If you are faced with the task of dealing with a past due tax liability, you need to understand how to organize your financial life in order to deal with the IRS in the most effective manner. This means putting your goals and objectives first and being proactive. Engaging in the financial planning process is your best option as you begin the journey to tax resolution with the IRS. Tax debt inhibits freedom. It distracts you from other more important goals and objectives.

Debt is Dumb. Tax Debt is even Dumber if not dealt with immediately. Resolving tax debt without a plan is not a smart decision. Tax resolution requires a plan. The tax and financial planning process is the solution to resolve tax problems.

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About the author

Scott M. Spann, CFP®, EA

Scott Spann CFP®, EA is a Fee Only financial life planner and the founder of LifeSpan Financial Planning, LLC located in Charleston, South Carolina. Scott has been providing financial planning advice for a diverse group of clients since 2000. He is a Fee-Only financial life planner practitioner with a strong orientation in areas of tax planning and financial life planning. Scott also specializes in investment planning, retirement planning, college planning, tax planning and incorporating life planning into the financial planning process. Scott is committed to the Fee-Only model of financial planning.

Scott is originally from Greenville, South Carolina and has called the Lowcountry his home since graduating from the College of Charleston in 1997. He began his financial planning career in 2000 after completing graduate studies at The Citadel (MA, 1999) in the field of psychology. This academic background helped shape his vision to help his clients make the smartest decisions possible with their money in a client-centered relationship. Scott completed his advanced financial planning studies at the College for Financial Planning.

Scott is a member of the Nation Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA). In addition to promoting Fee Only financial planning, Scott also devotes a significant amount of time promoting financial literacy and recently volunteered with Your Money Bus. He is a frequent guest on the Money Matters Radio Show on 94.3 WSC FM in Charleston, South Carolina where he provides financial planning advice to listeners. Scott also provides free financial counseling to military service members as part of the Department of Defense's Financial Readiness Program.

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