Tax Law

Tax problems will not go away by themselves. The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has powerful recovery methods and can garnish wages, freeze assets, and assess compounding interest and penalties. Revenue officers can place liens on your property and compel you to address your tax problems. The job of revenue officers is to maximize recovery for the government – not protect your interests. You should not face the IRS or Ohio Department of Taxation alone. Attorney Elgin can assist you in maximizing your benefit while resolving your tax issues.

Tax Preparation – Whether you need assistance with your current and past year tax prep, our experienced tax attorneys can help bring you back into compliance.

Tax Appeals – Most administrative decisions of the IRS have an appeals process. The process has rigid deadlines that in many cases cannot be extended. Attorney Elgin can assist you in effecting your tax appeal.

Tax Negotiations & Settlements – Attorney Elgin has worked with revenue agents and settlement officers from the IRS on behalf of clients. He can assist in coming to a fair and final resolution of your tax issue.

Tax Audit Support – The dreaded tax audit! Attorney Elgin can help in preparing you and/or representing you during your tax audit.

Tax Lien & Levy Resolution – If a taxpayer fails to pay taxes owed, the IRS can apply a lien against your assets to ensure the IRS will get paid over creditors when it is sold. The existence of a tax lien will make it more difficult to dispose of assets and get credit. The tax attorneys are Siferd and Associates LPA can help negotiate a release or sale so that you can settle your IRS or state tax debt.

Offer in Compromise – The IRS offer-in-compromise program has stringent requirements. Only about 43% of OICs are accepted. You should not go the process alone – an experienced tax attorney can help evaluate your situation and help you prepare a solid OIC or determine if there are any alternatives that might save you money overall.

Financial Hardship – The best outcome you can hope for is to achieve “uncollectible” status from the IRS. To be declared uncollectible by the IRS or currently not collectible (CNC), you will have to prove to IRS that if they were to collect taxes owed, it would create an unfair economic hardship. You will have to make extensive financial disclosures to prove your financial situation. Attorney Elgin can help you present your best application.

Innocent Spouse Relief – When you file a joint return, both you and your spouse are liable for taxes, penalties, and interest. Even if you get divorced and the divorce decree says that your ex is responsible for the bill, the IRS can still go after you. The Internal Revenue Code provides protection for spouses who were unaware of the conduct of the other spouse or have a legally defensible reason they should not be assessed a penalty.

Penalty Abatement – Under certain circumstances, your IRS penalty may be able to be abated (reduced or eliminated). Before you will be considered for abatement, you must come into compliance then file a request for abatement. Attorney Elgin can evaluate your situation and determine whether you are a candidate for penalty abatement.