The Mission Statement of the Tax Resolution Blog?

We created the Tax Problem Resolution Blog to aid the average person to become more discerning buyers of tax resolution and tax representation services. Please read the index of articles below to learn more about the tax resolution industry and to assist you in solving your specific tax problem.

Jay Freeborne, Enrolled Agent at Washington Tax Services, open for business since 1989

Friday, July 22, 2016

Who are these Tax Relief Companies? Mailing you Letters? Advertising on Radio? Calling you due to a Tax Lien?

Like anyone who owes the IRS back taxes, your listening to the media has changed. You engage more attentively to the Radio and TV ads for tax relief companies. You give a second glance to the junkmail pile of tax lien letters that look suspiciously similar to IRS letters. You wonder if the tax lien callers on your cellphone or landline are legit. You get freaked out by IRS scam calls..."could they be true?" you wonder.

But who are these Tax Relief Companies and why are they so prevalent?

Tax relief companies essentially "sell" the representation know-how of an Enrolled Agent, Attorney or CPA to handle your tax problem. Many of these licensed tax professionals are in the "back-office" of a tax-relief company. Some tax professionals are more prominently positioned in the advertising.

Tax relief means reducing what you owe the IRS or a State agency. And many tax problem customers might benefit from an Offer in Compromise, Penalty abatement or another more nuanced handling of their tax problem case. Tax relief companies when run excellently can be provide this relief/reduction of your back taxes as well as the responsibility of all of the contact to the IRS or State for you.

Should I trust these Tax Relief companies?

A general rule of thumb for judging the legitimacy of the tax relief companies is the length of time they have been in a business. Ten years or longerA or A plus rated, and "accredited" as indicated at the Better Business Bureau are three really good measures of a solid company.

Are Tax Relief Companies Expensive?

Yes! Even the legitimate ones. However, our company charges up to 90% less than many of these companies and is considered one of the most reasonably priced on the market. You can read more about fees: HERE

Washington Tax Services has been serving clients all around the U.S. and Overseas for 27 years now. We are A+ rated and accredited at the BBB. Call us at 1-888-282-4697 for a free analysis of your tax problem situation or EMAIL us HERE and we'll contact you. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Eight Years of Blogging on Tax Problem Resolution: Institutional Knowledge is Here!

The Tax Problem Resolution Blog has been the centerpiece of for over eight years now. We write about our competition in the tax representation marketplace in the fairest way that we can:  A Survey of 150 Tax Relief Companies. We try to educate you - the consumer - on solving your own tax problem should you choose to do so: Index of Tax Resolution Articles. But -ultimately- we want you to be aware of Washington Tax Services -

a company with 27 years of operation that is devoted to 

Fantastic efficient customer service, 

Excellent and superb institutional knowledge for the best tax problem analysis,

and the lowest prices in the tax resolution industry.

IF we truly were what we described - you would stop shopping for tax relief help. Right? You would call 1-888-282-4697 for a free tax problem analysis or send us an email of your issue HERE.   We're ready to help you solve your tax problem - this July 2016.  Staff of

Friday, July 8, 2016

Using Our Library to Solve Your IRS Tax Problem

Frequent visitors to THIS BLOG access our indexes/library to learn more about IRS tax relief and solving their own tax problem.

If you haven't filed a tax return in awhile - you should access our Non-Filer index.

If you want to learn about settling your debt with the IRS, you should access our Offer-In-Compromise Index.

Getting audited? Check out our primers at the IRS audit index.

Getting levied or garnished by the IRS? Read how the experts handle it at the IRS Collection's index.

Want to talk to expert? Call us at 1-888-282-4697 or EMAIL us a description of your tax issue HERE and we'll contact you! Staff of Washington Tax Services - 27 years of continuous operation! 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why Do you Get a Tax Lien? How Do You Get It Removed?

When do You Get a IRS Tax Lien? 

1. If you owe more than $10,000 but usually more than $60,000 there is a very good chance for you to have a tax lien filed against your credit report and/or real estate. Your odds of getting liened increase dramatically if you ignore the IRS and are not pro-active at resolving your case.

2. If you submit an Offer in Compromise to the IRS, the first thing they do is place a lien against you (if there isn't one already). The lien is later removed when your Offer is paid.

3. If your case was placed into Currently Not Collectible - a hardship status where you are not required to pay - you also will have a tax lien filed against you - even though there is no requirement to pay.

How do you get your Tax Lien removed?  

Here are a few ways:

1. The tax liens expire -- If you can run out the clock, taxes generally will expire 10 years after they are assessed. There are a number of ways -- that the clock can extend past 10 years -- a. you file bankruptcy during the 10 years b. you file an Offer in Compromise (and it is rejected). c. the IRS has you sign a waiver extending the statute of limitations (not very common anymore).

2. An Offer in Compromise is reached and the debt is settled.  (Everything you might want to know about Offers or settlements can be found here Offer - Rule Changes - 2015.)

It's worth noting that a tax lien is usually filed --  a. when the Offer in Compromise process begins - and removed later b. you are placed into currently-not-collectible.

3. The tax debt is brought below $25,000.00. If you can pay your debt down under $25,000 - the IRS will remove the lien if you get in a payment plan on the rest.

4. The tax debt is paid in full.  Why of course :)

5. You get the debt below $50,000 and enter an installment agreement.  This streamline agreement is for people who have NOT had a tax lien filed against them YET...(If you already have a lien against you -- you won't have it removed).

Tax lien on your record?  Want an honest opinion on your options to getting it removed? Call us at 1-888-282-4697 or EMAIL us HERE and we'll contact you. The Staff of Washington Tax Services

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - a Review of Our Videos for Solving Tax Problems

For a couple of years, we have been posting videos at to educate our customers how to solve tax problems.

Our 2012 video 2014 - Offer in Compromise Rule Changes is the most popular by virtue of how important that rule change still is. In summary, the IRS reduced the 48 month rule for disposable income to 12 months - for some people that translated into a 75% reduction of what they had to pay in their Offer in Compromise!

Our 2014 video -The Expiration of your Tax Debt's affect on your Offer - we think is an important update to our previous video. Where we state the most important question: is "When do your IRS back taxes expire?" and then followup with : "Can you pay what you owe the IRS before then, at your current rate of income?

Our 2016 video -  Offer in Compromise - Rule Changes in Action looked at three real client case-examples in how the New Offer program works. 

Washington Tax Service's mission statement is to have the most "informed" clients. We're not going to insult your intelligence or scare you into hiring us. We think these principles are why we have been a continuously operating business of 27 years. Please call us at 1-888-282-4697 to discuss your tax problem.  Or email us at HERE.

Friday, June 10, 2016

In Our Client's Words: IRS Settlements done by WATAX

Here is a list of IRS Offer in Compromises on back taxes performed by Washington Tax Services for our clients and their reviews of their experience with us:

In 2014, Michael H. of San Antonio, TX got a settlement with the IRS for $4500 on his $65,000 tax debt and wrote this Review of WATAX.

In 2015, Paul M. of Grand Prairie, TX got a settlement with the IRS for $5172 on his $86,000 tax debt and wrote this Review of WATAX.

In 2016, Lee B. of Iowa got a settlement with the IRS for $3800 on his $52,000 tax debt and wrote this Review of WATAX.

In 2014, Jeff H. of Phoenix, AZ got a settlement with the IRS for $10,000 on his $144,000 tax debt and wrote this Review of WATAX.

In 2014, B.J.D. of El Dorado Hills, CA got a settlement with the IRS for $100 on her $32,000 tax debt and wrote this Review of WATAX.

In 2015, Ade K. of Plano, TX got a settlement with the IRS for $5200 on his $60,000 tax debt and wrote this Review of WATAX.

Customers, we thank you for writing these reviews! Looking for tax problem help today? Call us at 1-888-282-4697 or EMAIL us a description of your tax issue HERE and we'll contact you. Washington Tax Services, 27 years of experience resolving tax problems, still A + rated at the BBB

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Most Popular Tax Problem Questions for 2016

When you assist as many people and businesses as Washington Tax does - you get the same questions over and over. Here's a quick blog post to summarize some of these questions:


If you are a financial hardship tax problem case, you often need to decide between Offer in Compromise or Currently Not Collectible:  OIC vs. CNC?


How do you get a tax lien removed? Tax lien removal


You might need some damage control: Bank Levies 101


Why get back in to the "system?" Check this out: Getting Back into Tax System

OK. Those are a few of the biggest tax problem resolution questions we see. Call us at 1-888-282-4697 or EMAIL us your tax issue HERE and we'll contact you. Staff of Washington Tax Services