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Help! I’ve got tax problems! Do I need a tax attorney?

Updated: Jul 21

You should know you’re not alone—and, you also don’t have to handle it by yourself. Every year, the IRS sends out bills to 17 million taxpayers, letter audits to 4 million taxpayers, and performs (root canals!)--er, in-person audits on 1.4 million taxpayers!


In addition, 40 million taxpayers are notified that they owe penalties.


Whether your situation was caused by years of unfiled tax returns, employer taxes, identity theft, or even an IRS or State mistake, we can help you get back on track without the need for the expense of a $350/hour tax attorney with a $10,000 retainer.


Of course, if your situation is serious enough, we can assist you in finding a good tax attorney also.


First, you’ll need help to figure out the underlying causes:


  • T. S. Allen & Associates have years of experience in resolving tax-related notices, correspondence audits, and in-office audits for the IRS, Colorado, and other states. We can read between the lines and figure out what may be missing because we’ve likely dealt with your particular situation before.


  • Errors do happen—even on the part of the IRS or a State taxing authority. We’ve seen payments applied to the wrong taxpayer account, confused identities, math errors, wrong application of tax laws, falsified tax returns filed on our clients’ behalf, timing issues, and numerous other weird problems.

  • Whatever you do, don’t call the IRS or State without talking first with an expert. If it’s not easy to see the causes of your tax problems, we have the ability to call on your behalf and have a frank conversation with the taxing authority. We’ll ask the right questions!

Then, we’ll come up with a plan.


  • We’ll guide you on what documentation to gather.


  • There may be a need to do some bookkeeping or file missing tax reports. We’ll let you know, based on the root causes, what’s missing from the IRS’s or State taxing authority’s records.


  • We’ll develop a strategy for when to file each missing piece or make payments. For instance, it may save you money to file the State tax return first, then the Federal return after. Or, in other cases, you may want to file certain years first to take advantage of a credit balance, then file the other years later. These situations are particular to each individual.


  • There may be reason to amend a prior year tax return to present a complete “storyline” to the IRS or State. It pays to be consistent in your explanations and classifications. We’ve seen clients trying to handle things by themselves as they just confused the taxing authorities and made things worse and more expensive.

If you don’t take action, nothing will improve.


  • In fact, it just gets worse. Did you know that the IRS adds additional penalties to your account on the 15th of each month? That’s right—things get worse every month that you don’t correct the problem! Eventually, the IRS may levy your accounts and your property, and garnish your wages.


  • You’ll lose valuable sleep and suffer from the emotional toll. Why continue that way? We take a gentle approach to helping you solve your problem.


  • Imagine, if a few short months from now, this could all be over and out of your life!


Many tax professionals are afraid of the IRS and State taxing authorities. They would like you and your problem to just “go away”. They aren’t experienced in tax resolution like T. S. Allen & Associates. Messes don’t bother us! Let us take a look and help to find the right approach for your situation. We’re happy to help!

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