Q & A’s – How to Choose a Tax Consultant
Anyone can claim they are a tax consultant—and many do, even those without solid credentials. When choosing someone to help you with tax problems, look carefully at experience and credentials:
How long have they been in business? There are tax consultants who practice without the support of an experienced staff. has a staff of professionals that have been solving tax problems since 1984.
Who will be doing the work? Far to often the so-called “consultant” you talk with on the phone is just a salesperson. Ask to speak with and discuss your case with someone who has the experience and expertise to actually handle your case. You wouldn’t have surgery without first talking with the surgeon, would you?
Do they have easy access to accountants, lawyers and other professionals to whom they can collaborate on your tax problems? A solid network of reliable professionals is essential to some tax resolution cases. Berkshire has long-established relationships such as these in many professional areas.
Do they have access to funds if this is necessary to help you? Sometimes funds are needed to resolve a problem or to fund an offer. Berkshire has these resources available to help you.
Will they handle the entire case on your behalf? A consultant who will not handle the case on your behalf is not providing a complete solution. Do-it-yourself approaches are mostly unsuccessful, and other solutions often don’t keep your best interests in minds. Berkshire fully handles your case on your behalf, and works to find the best solution for your unique situation.
Do they handle both Federal and State tax problems? Before hiring a tax consultant, make sure they can handle your specific tax problems, including both Federal and State. Berkshire handles both.
Is resolving tax problems their full-time job? Some consultants handle tax resolution as a side business in addition to doing tax returns, audits and other activities. Berkshire clients benefit from our exclusive focus on tax problem resolution and financial solutions.
Are they looking to resolve the cause and not just the problem? Finally, consider whether the tax consultant is looking at your case for the long haul. Tax problems are often symptoms of other issues, and the biggest payoff will come from a professional who has their eye not only on solving the immediate problem, but helping ensure financial success far into the future.
What will Berkshire do for you?
We will counsel you on ways to resolve delinquent income and employment tax problems, including, but not limited to, Offer-in-Compromises, penalty abatements, long-term payment plans, asset transfers via a Certificate of Discharge, and others.
We will represent you through a Power of Attorney so you don’t have to spend your time with the IRS.
We will work with you to resolve problems with the IRS and State Collection Divisions. This includes Collection Notices, Levy on Wages, Seizures, Delinquent Returns, Bankruptcy, 100% Penalties (IRS 6672 cases), and Lien problems.
We will guide you to prevent future problems with the IRS or State Collection Divisions.
We will provide you with the absolute best representation at an affordable and reasonable fee.
We will get you the solution that is best for you. There are in most tax cases only a few viable options to negotiating an acceptable tax resolution.
We will negotiate and get the lowest monthly installment payment allowed by law.
We will get you the maximum abatement allowed by law if the reason(s) you did not pay taxes and/or file returns qualify under the “reasonablecause” criteria for abatement of penalties.
We will prepare your Offer in Compromise so that the IRS will consider it processible and the amount to be offered will be at the lowest possible amount allowed by law. Processible means that the offer has been properly filed and ready for consideration. Remember, that with offers, if your financial status improves during the review period, the IRS will likely increase the amount needed to be paid with your offer.
We will get you on a “currently not collectable status” so that you will not be required to make any payments, if you qualify. The IRS does have the option to review your CNC status.
We will resolve your tax problem and be here for you in the future.