Tax Relief 2019-05-07T17:59:26+00:00

Tax Relief

We take the stress from you by communicating with the IRS on your behalf.



There are a number of companies that offer tax settlement services that are merely consulting or accounting firms and not law firms.  Why is this important?  Because oftentimes these companies are not staffed by qualified tax lawyers and, because they are not law firms, you cannot assert attorney-client privilege to protect your personal financial information that you provide them. In other words, everything you say or provide to these companies could be subpoenaed by the IRS.  Acadia Tax Relief is a law firm.  You are our client.  Our oral and written communications, including all of your personal financial information, are protected and, with very few exceptions, will never be revealed to the IRS or any other third party without your consent.  This means that you can have complete confidence in the privacy of our communications and the information you supply us to resolve your tax obligations.


One of our objectives is to immediately level the playing field with our knowledge and experience. The Internal Revenue Code and associated regulations currently number in the hundreds of thousands of pages.  

These complicated rules and timelines are difficult to manage and small mistakes can result in steep fines and penalties, including criminal charges.

You should hire a qualified tax expert to assist you in navigating the maze of complex requirements to ensure you get the best possible resolution for your personal situation.


Our attorneys, CPAs, and paralegals have decades of experience obtaining settlements with the IRS on behalf of clients.  We understand the rules and regulations of the IRS that govern taxpayer settlements and can advise you regarding the best course of action to get back to compliance.  We can help protect your income, your home, and your assets.  We will communicate with the IRS on your behalf to find a solution to help you move forward with your life.

Is it a crime to not file a tax return or pay taxes owed? 2019-03-27T22:05:46+00:00
Yes, there are laws that make it a Federal crime to willfully evade the payment of tax, willfully fail to file a proper tax return, etc. Remember Al Capone? He was found guilty of tax evasion and sent to prison. However, indictment for a Federal tax crime is on the rare side. In 2015, 1,330 individuals were indicted for tax evasion compared to 150,000,000 individual tax returns filed that year, less than 0.0009%. Even so, we understand the programs and policies of the IRS and Department of Justice to be able to provide guidance to minimize any potential exposure.
Can I be held liable for taxes due from income of my spouse or ex-spouse? 2019-03-27T22:05:35+00:00
If you and your spouse/ex-spouse filed a tax return on a married filing joint basis, then you may potentially be liable for all unpaid taxes shown on that tax return regardless of whether the taxable income was yours or your spouse/ex-spouse’s. An option for you is requesting innocent spouse relief. The IRS has established criteria for granting innocent spouse relief and the granting of such relief is discretionary with the IRS. Our initial analysis will provide answers as to whether or not it is reasonable to request innocent spouse relief.
Installment agreements, offer in compromise, etc. Which of these are available to resolve my tax situation with the IRS? 2019-03-27T22:05:26+00:00
There are a number of alternatives available to resolve your specific tax case which can include:
i. Entering into an Installment Agreement for monthly payments;
ii. Submission of an Offer in Compromise;
iii. Requests for a Penalty Abatement;
iv. Request for Currently Not Collectible Status;
v. Request for relief based on the running of the Statute of Limitations; or
vi. Filing for relief through a Bankruptcy proceeding.
The process for resolving your tax situation with the IRS is daunting and stressful. A main objective for serving you as a client is to reduce the level of your anxiety that comes with resolving your tax situation. After our initial information gathering and analysis, we will aid you in employing one or more alternatives to resolve your specific case.
How do I get started? 2019-03-27T22:01:38+00:00
Call one of our Tax Specialists today for a free, no obligation consultation. If you choose to become a client, we will start working immediately on your case to help resolve your tax issue the quickest and most effective way possible.
What is the difference between a tax lien and a levy? 2019-03-27T22:01:24+00:00
A tax lien is a document filed in local government offices giving notice to the public that you owe federal taxes and provides the IRS with a priority position over all of your assets if such assets are sold or foreclosed upon. A tax levy is the process by which the IRS collects the unpaid tax balances. A levy can include wage garnishments, bank account seizures or foreclosure sale of your assets. Notice must be given by the IRS prior to commencement of a levy action. Timing is critical. If you receive a notice indicating that a levy might be imposed, then quick and correct action is required to preserve your rights to challenge such levy. We at Acadia Tax Relief are versed in the correct action to be taken to preserve your rights and obtain a workable solution for resolution of your unpaid taxes.
How long will it take Acadia Tax Relief to get involved? 2019-03-27T21:56:51+00:00
We get involved the moment you become a client by execution of documents authorizing us to represent you before the IRS and other internal documents. Sometimes time frames and deadlines are short. Whether it is a threatened wage garnishment, threatened bank levy, filing of a tax lien, receipt of certified letters, etc., we begin providing assistance on your behalf and work on resolving the specifics of your case as soon as authorization and engagement documents are signed.
Will an IRS revenue agent, revenue officer or special agent contact me in person or by phone? 2019-03-27T22:06:33+00:00
Impersonation of IRS personnel has become a growing scam in people’s lives. As a Federal tax lien is public record, some of your identity information, name and address, is available to the public. Most contact by the IRS is initiated by mail by delivery of a written notice. However, there are circumstances that you may be contacted in person. If you are contacted in person, the IRS representative will provide two forms of official credentials: (1) a pocket commission, and (2) a HSPD-12 card, which is a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for Federal employees and contractors. You have the right to see these credentials. If they are not volunteered to you, then ask to see them. If you are contacted by an IRS revenue officer, revenue agent or special agent, or a person claiming to be one, then itis appropriate for you to ask them to contact us as your “power of attorney.” TheIRS, at IRS.gov, has issued these statements concerning contact by IRS representatives.
“Note that the IRS does not:
  • Demand that you use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS will not ask for your debit or credit card numbers over the phone.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
  • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.”
If I receive any written communication from the IRS what should I do? 2019-03-27T22:06:24+00:00
You should not ignore any communication from the IRS. Even though it may be stressful, you should open and read the materials sent to you as they often provide important deadlines for response. Meeting any deadlines identified will often simplify the tax resolution process and provide the best opportunity for an acceptable tax resolution result. If we have filed with the IRS as your “Power of Attorney” with your consent, then we will also receive such not ices, sometimes prior to you receiving your copy. Upon receipt of a notice, we will immediately contact you to explain the notice and discuss the necessary response. Communication with our clients is critical for deriving the best possible solution. Communication is a two way process and includes our clients informing us if they have been contacted by letter or otherwise. In most instances we will receive the same notice, however, we enlist the help of our client in notifying us whenever they receive a notice, to ensure that deadlines are met.
Will Acadia Tax Relief talk to the IRS for me? 2019-03-27T22:06:16+00:00
Dealing with the IRS is stressful for a taxpayer. There is even a degree of anxiety with filing a tax return every year. Our prime objective is to reduce our clients’ stress in deriving and implementing a tax relief solution. A component of this stress relief is acting as your advocate (“power of attorney” in tax talk) before the IRS. Our knowledge of IRS procedures and policies allows us to efficiently and effectively pursue an appropriate tax relief solution on your behalf. If you are contacted by a revenue officer, revenue agent or special agent, it is appropriate for you to ask them to contact us as your “power of attorney.” It is our job to handle the communication with the IRS.
Are those ads correct that I can settle my tax debt for “10.00%” or “Pennies on the dollar?” 2019-03-27T22:06:07+00:00
A reduction of amounts owed to the IRS may be obtained if stringent requirements are met. This program is the submission of an Offer in Compromise. We will not recommend application for a program of tax relief that has a limited chance of success. While other firms may possess a “pay us and we’ll give it a shot” approach, we believe that is not in the best interest of our clients, either emotionally or financially. Our recommendations are based on data acquisition, analysis and experience. Our two phase relief process emulates this principle.
It seems like there are multiple deadlines identified in letters I have received, can Acadia Tax Relief help simplify these multiple deadlines? 2019-03-27T22:05:55+00:00
Failure to meet deadlines as provided in the tax laws can have dramatic effects on your ability to obtain the least intrusive tax relief solution. Our two-phase relief process is designed to quickly determine any approaching deadlines and react in the most efficient manner to provide the best tax relief solution for your tax case.
Can Acadia Tax Relief find out how much I owe? 2019-03-27T22:01:53+00:00
Calculating the correct amount owed is a critical initial step in formulating options for resolution of your tax situation. In fact, this calculation is so important we have formulated a two-phase relief process with the first phase being data collection, analysis and design, and the second phase being the implementation of one of several methods to resolve your unpaid taxes. This two-phase process allows for delivery of our services on an efficient and least expensive basis. There is no one-size-fits-all program in the detailed area of tax resolution.

Installment Agreement

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Power of Attorney

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Offer in Compromise

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Notice of Federal Tax Lien

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