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HELP PLEASE: IRS LEVY -- LAWYER REP VS. SELF REP?


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HI ALL.

MY PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT (I'M A P/T "INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR"/ CONSULTANT ))

HAS RECEIVED NOTICE OF LEVY FOR MY OUTSTANDING $30K IN TAXES (INCLUDING PENALITIES, FEES) . BEFORE THIS, (I.E. AT LIEN STAGE), I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF HIRING TAX LAWYER/FIRM TO REPRESENT ME AND WORK OUT IRS PAYMENT SCHEDULE INCLUDING POSSIBLE LUMP SUM FUTURE PAYMENT. THE LAW FIRM IS CHARGING $3500. QUESTION: IS ANYONE OUT THERE EXPERIENCED WITH DEALING DIRECTLY WITH IRS RE LEVY ? I'M FEELING AS THOUGH IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO HIRE ATTY BUT WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE THIS COULD BE HANDLED DIRECTLY WITH A POSSIBLE HALF-WAY REASONABLE OUTCOME. OBVIOUSLY THE $3500 COULD GO TOWARDS TAXES -- BUT I REALIZE LAWYER EXPENSE MAY BE A NECESSARY EVIL AT THIS POINT. THE FIRM HAS AGREED TO A FAIRLY REASONABLE PAYMENT SCHEDULE. ANY SUGGESTIONS, RECS GREATLY APPRECIATED. MANY THANKS!

 

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The notice of Levy has an included form notifying you of rights to contest. Study it. The IRS website has extensive information on the collections division's protocols and you can learn a lot studying it. At this point, especially since you are close to retaining a lawfirm, it might be best to turn it over to them. They handle these things all the time and will know exactly what to do.

 

Expect to have to file all old tax returns.

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