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A Vigorous Defense To Tax Liens And Levies

If you are facing a collection action by the Internal Revenue Service, you may still have options, but it is important to act quickly in order to effectively protect your business or individually held assets. At Bucci Law Offices, we forcefully defend clients against IRS collection actions. From our offices in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, we provide strategic representation to individual and business taxpayers in Florida, the U.S. and worldwide.

IRS Collection Tools

The IRS has powerful collection tools at its disposal. If you have had a tax deficiency assessed against you, a general or "secret" lien will attach to all of your personal and real property. The IRS may then initiate a levy and take your assets, income, tax refunds or bank accounts to satisfy the debt.

  • Tax liens and levies — As soon as a tax deficiency has been determined, the IRS may attach a lien to all of your real and personal property. This includes properties held by third parties such as bank accounts, alimony payments and rental income. If you fail to pay your liability, the IRS may levy and sell those properties, keeping the proceeds.
  • Garnishment — The IRS may also have the power to garnish your income and your tax refunds.

IRS tax liens are public records. Anyone — including your business associates and customers — can access information about your tax deficiencies. This is embarrassing at best and debilitating at worst — affecting your financing opportunities, contracts and business prospects.

Many taxpayers believe the IRS only has 10 years to collect a tax debt. However, the IRS may reduce a tax lien to a judgment, potentially allowing it more years to collect.

Defending You Against IRS Collection Actions

Act quickly to help prevent a collection action. After receiving notice of an IRS tax lien or levy, you have a limited number of days to file for a Collection Due Process (CDP) hearing, which is a form of internal appeal within the IRS. You must respond to each notice you receive. If you miss your opportunity to file an appeal, you may have no protection against IRS collection activities. At Bucci Law, our lawyers will take immediate steps to help stop collection activities, prevent levies and to seek a release of any liens applied.

The most effective way to stop collection activity is to come into compliance, but this does not necessarily mean you must pay your tax liability in full. An offer in compromise, for example, may enable you to resolve your tax debt for less than the full amount owed — and with that resolution end the collection proceedings.

Potential Alternatives To Liens And Levies

Once you have received notification of a pending collection action, we may be able to help you find an alternative — such as an installment agreement or an offer in compromise — to halt the process and safeguard your bank accounts, income, real estate and other assets. For business taxpayers, it may be possible to negotiate the release of a lien in exchange for a bond.

Attorney Christin M. Bucci applies more than two decades of experience to the unique circumstances of your case. A strong advocate and skilled negotiator, she understands how to preserve your right to an appeal, when necessary, to help halt an upcoming sale or seizure of your assets. For help stopping collection actions, contact Bucci Law or call 954-900-9107 to schedule a consultation.