Tax Relief Lawyers in Calhoun
"Tax relief" in Calhoun, Georgia can refer to a wide range of subjects. However, it almost always refers to lowering the tax liability, either of an individual, or a group of people.
When you hear the term "tax relief" used by an elected official, or someone running for office, they're almost always talking about tax cuts, which would apparently apply to the speaker's target audience. A tax cut is simply a reduction in the percentage of one's income (or whatever else is being taxed) that they have to pay in taxes.
Increasingly, however, the general public is being inundated with advertisements on the Internet, the radio, and in print, from companies offering "tax relief" to consumers who owe back taxes in amounts that will be challenging or impossible to pay back. These companies claim to have some special technique that can get Georgia residents out of paying their taxes, or at least negotiate their final tax bill down to a smaller amount. Some of these companies are legitimate, but many of them are total frauds.
Tax Relief Scams in Calhoun, Georgia
It is pretty common for scammers in Calhoun, Georgia to claim that, for a relatively small fee, they will help you get out of paying all of your taxes.
In the majority of cases, however, tax relief scammers in Calhoun, Georgia have no actual ability to reduce your legal liability to pay your taxes. However, these scams also have many common factors which tend to be dead giveaways of their fraudulent nature, making them fairly easy to avoid if you are extremely vigilant.
There is one warning sign that virtually guarantees that the tax relief company you're dealing with intends to defraud you: if they make an unequivocal guarantee that they can lower your tax bill. While there are some legal ways to try and reduce your tax obligation, including negotiating with the IRS, there is no guarantee that they will succeed. And although the IRS does have programs to advise people who are really unable to pay for their taxes, they are only available to very small subset of the population, and most Calhoun, Georgia taxpayers aren't suitable to participate in them.
Another red flag to look for is a demand of a large up-front payment. Many tax relief scammers in Calhoun will not even pretend to try and advise you. Alternatively, they simply take the money and disappear, sometimes after making additional, and unauthorized, charges to your credit card or withdrawals from your bank account.
How Can a Tax Relief Attorney in Calhoun, Georgia Help?
If you find that you are unable to pay your taxes, through no fault of your own, you may be tempted to answer an advertisement for a "tax relief" company. Before that, you should speak with a Calhoun, Georgia tax lawyer.
A skilled and reputable tax attorney in Calhoun, Georgia will give you objective legal advice on how to handle a tax law issue. A knowledgeable tax attorney delivering honest advice, however, will tell you the truth, which may not necessarily be what you want to hear. The upside, of course, is that the information they're giving you is actually useful, as opposed to the "advice" given to you by a tax relief scammer, which, if followed, would put you in a worse position than you were before. Plus, you will have a good deal of legal recourse against a tax attorney, in the unlikely event that a licensed attorney defrauds you.