Expand Your Practice by Becoming a Certified Taxpayer Representative™

Until recently, it has been difficult for tax professionals to enter into the tax resolution world. Many have been put off by the idea of having to learn a completely new area of practice and procedure, let alone having to delve into the gory morass of the Internal Revenue Manual. However, new training options have put tax resolution certification within reach of more  tax professionals. This means that there are more ways to expand your practice.

What Is a Tax Resolution Specialist?

A tax resolution specialist is someone who helps people resolve any open debt that they may owe to the IRS. Along with tax resolution specialists, those who receive this type of training are also referred to as:

• Taxpayer representatives
• Tax relief specialists
• Tax controversy professionals
• Tax problem recovery experts

More tax professionals are starting to offer tax resolution services. If you decide to expand into tax assistance, it will give you a way to increase your income, as these cases tend to pay well. They also give you greater flexibility in how you run your business. This makes it a service that you can offer your clients year-round, giving you a way to earn a steady income instead of focusing on making most of your income when tax season rolls around.

Tax Resolution Services

Tax resolution training includes teaching you how to deal with tax issues such as:

• Examination representation
• Offers in Compromise
• Liens and levies
• Installment Agreements
• Innocent and injured spouse relief
• Penalty abatements
• Trust Fund Recovery Penalties

…and, of course, the proverbial “much, much more!”

Examination Representation

If you decide to offer examination representation services, then you’ll be standing in for a client during a tax audit performed by state officials or the IRS.

Offers in Compromise

During your taxpayer representation program, you’ll learn how to submit an offer in compromise to the IRS when it is appropriate to do so. This is the area of the tax law that allows your clients to settle their tax debt for a lower amount than what is owed. During your training course, you’ll learn when this is the best option for your clients, who qualifies, and how to get the best possible “deal” for your client.

Liens and Levies

When one of your clients owes unpaid taxes, the IRS may issue a levy. This will allow the agency to seize your client’s … Continue reading

Introduction to Tax Resolution: A Sweeping Overview of IRS Collections Representation

What is IRS Collections? How much tax resolution work is there to do? What does the tax resolution process look like?

What is the “secret” federal tax lien? How do I resolve tax debt cases? What is CNC? What are the different types of IRS Installment Agreements?

If you’ve had zero prior exposure to IRS Collections representation, then these are likely the types of questions you may be asking yourself. This video, recorded as a live CPE webinar on June 22, 2017, provides a very high level overview of tax debt resolution processes.

Free CE/CPE class: To attend the latest version of this class, in continuing education format, go here.

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm4Bwsc0MpE

Note: Video replays of webinars are not eligible for CE/CPE/CLE credit. Information was accurate as of the date of recording, but since tax laws, regulations, policies, and procedures are constantly changing, please refer to the most recent available guidance for updated information.

Unedited Transcript

Note: This is a raw, unedited transcript of the recording that was produced with an automated transcription tool, not a human transcriptionist. It’s provided merely for reference and to help you find specific sections of the video you might want to jump to.

Good afternoon, everybody. This is Jassen Bowman, and welcome to this presentation of an overview of IRS collections or representation.

Before we get started, I want to let you know, certificates of completion, I’ll get those done over the weekend as well as the IRS reporting. To in to receive your CPE credit, you must answer all three polling questions.

This is usually an issue for the IA’s because you’re not necessarily used to doing this on some of the IRS webinars and whatnot. But now Zarba has stricter requirements than the IRS does for sea completion. So you’ve got to answer the following questions. The handouts of the the slides for today’s presentation are available in the reminder link that were sent to you by go to webinar. They are also available in the handouts, pain of the go to webinar control panel. If you can’t find it, just click on View, then handouts and then you can download it.

If you have questions during the presentation, don’t hesitate to ask via the questions pain.

So the presentation that we’re doing today is kind of a kind of a Frankenstein, actually what I did is I went … Continue reading

Innocent & Injured Spouse Overview

What is innocent spouse relief? What is injured spouse relief? What’s the actual difference between the two?

These are common questions that we get in our tax resolution CPE classes. Watch the following high level overview of innocent and injured spouse to learn the difference and apply them to help your clients.


Note: This was recorded in November 2015 based on Internal Revenue Code and IRS policies in place at the time. Practitioners should seek out the latest changes to the code and IRS procedures in effect today. For the most up to date version of this class, enroll in our tax resolution specialist training program and become a Certified Taxpayer Representative™.

Unedited Transcript

Note: This is a raw, unedited transcript of the recording that was produced with an automated transcription tool, not a human transcriptionist. It’s provided merely for reference and to help you find specific sections of the video you might want to jump to.

Our course objectives today are to define the difference between innocent and injured spouse relief. This is a very commonly, very commonly messed up thing, even amongst practitioners understanding the difference between between the two.

You know, for practitioners, it can be difficult. We’re also going to look at the injured spouse procedures. We’ll look at various innocent spouse provisions and rules, including some things that you don’t commonly hear about. We’ll go in-depth on Form 88 57. And then finally, we’ll discuss appeals procedures for innocent spouse relief. So what is the difference between innocent and injured spouse relief?

So like I said earlier, this very commonly confused, so injured spouse, this is when one spouse is, quote unquote, injured by federal offsets of the other spouse’s sole liability. Remember, if they’re filing married, filing jointly on their 10 40, then they are jointly liable for jointly and separately liable for the tax obligation. However, there are cases where one spouse has a debt that can be satisfied through the federal offset program.

The most common situations where this occurs are unpaid child support debts to various federal or state agencies and separate tax liabilities.

For example, if one spouse has a tax liability that was incurred prior to the marriage or if a one spouse owns a business and there was an employment tax situation that generated a trust fund, recovery penalty trust fund, the recovery penalties are only … Continue reading