State Tax Debt Resolution Services in Michigan
Tax Law Services in Michigan
If you owe state back taxes, there are multiple strategies you may utilize to resolve your state tax debts. Hiring an experienced attorney, certified public account (CPA), or other agent may increase your chances of successfully receiving a tax debt resolution. At Tax Resolve, we have helped numerous clients pay off their tax debts in ways that were acceptable for both them and the State of Michigan.
Our Michigan tax resolution attorneys may prepare and represent a client in an informal conference with the Michigan Tax Tribunal, help them receive a temporary delay, ask for an installment agreement, or obtain penalty abatements for their tax debt.
Ways to Resolve State Tax Debts in Michigan
An informal conference allows taxpayers to informally discuss and support their reason for not having the ability to pay owed taxes to the state. They must bring supporting documentation, and an informal conference needs to be requested in writing within the timeframe allowed by the statute governing the tax. Informal conferences are free of charge, and are conducted by a neutral hearing referee chosen by the Department of Treasury.
The Michigan Tax Tribunal is an administrative court that hears tax appeals for all taxes in the State of Michigan, and allows a person to file a petition with the desire to appeal tax debt. For people who do not wish to partake in an informal conference, they may be able to ask for a temporary delay for their back tax payments. Temporary delays are ideal for those who cannot pay their debts, and have the ability to prove that paying said debts within the timeframe will compromise their way of life.
An installment agreement is another form of tax debt resolution, and offers two types of payment options. There is the paid in full option, which allows a person to borrow money to pay their necessary taxes. A short-term payment extension option allows a person to request a six month extension by proving financial hardship. People may also ask for penalty abatement, which is when the IRS forgives certain penalties that have been added to their tax debt.
Offer in Compromise
Another way to resolve state tax debt is to submit an offer in compromise to the Michigan Department of Treasury. An offer in compromise is defined as:
"...an agreement between you (the taxpayer) and the Michigan Department of Treasury that settles a tax debt for less than the full amount owed."
Our tax attorneys can guide you through the process of submitting the necessary paperwork to the Department of Treasury.
To receive an offer in compromise from the Michigan Treasury, at least one of the following must be true of your situation:
(a) An offer in compromise was granted by the Internal Revenue Service for federal taxes for the same tax year;
(b) A doubt exists as to liability;
(c) A doubt exists as to collectability.
Additionally, all of the following conditions must be true:
- You have been assessed for the tax liabilities that the offer in compromise proposes
- You have missed the window of opportunity or deadline for contesting taxes in an informal conference or at the Court of Claims
- You have filed tax returns for all outstanding tax years
- You have no open bankruptcy case at the time of submitting the offer
Contact Our Michigan Tax Attorneys
If you wish to settle tax debt with the IRS and/or State of Michigan, Tax Resolve may assess your financial situation, and determine which type of tax debt resolution method is best for you. There are many different ways to minimize or eliminate a person's state and federal taxes, but it may be beneficial to hire our experienced tax attorneys for assistance.
Please contact our office to discover how we can help you lessen your tax burden.
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