FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.   Why haven’t I heard about the Tax Payers Bill of Rights and why don’t more tax professionals talk about the bill of rights?
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Every taxpayer has a unique case and many practitioners use a cookie cutter approach.  Going the extra mile to protect the taxpayer’s rights is difficult and time consuming.

Q.  Do I need a CPA, attorney or enrolled agent?
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Your case dictates the type of professional service needed.  There is no one size that fits all.  Each will play a role and their use will depend on the facts in your case.

Q.  Why shouldn’t I just use my CPA or a local attorney?
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Most CPA’s specialty is accounting and don’t represent many clients before the IRS.  A tax attorney is often used when criminal charges are filed. It takes many years of representation to understand the inner workings of the IRS.

Q.   How long will it take before my case is resolved?
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The length of your case depends on the complexity and how far it has progressed with the IRS.  Most cases average between 4-10 months.  Complex cases with large amounts of proposed taxes can take much longer. PHW sets accurate expectations on the information supplied by the client. We keep the client informed at all stages of their case.

Q.  I have heard about “Offers in Compromise“ for pennies on the dollar. Will that work in my case?
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Each case is different and although the initial facts may seem similar, tax strategies can be completely different.  In reality, most offers in compromise are rejected by the IRS.  Diagnosing your unique situation without a comprehensive assessment could be called malpractice.

Q. Do you take all cases referred to PHW?
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In one word, NO! There is a certain small and determined segment of the population who does not want to comply with their responsibility to pay their taxes.  PHW only helps taxpayers who are willing to comply but have difficult problems and situations.

Q. Why should I choose PHW over a large highly advertised firm?
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PHW is a boutique firm that provides customize service and a high degree of expertise.  Advertising is expensive and results in large fees and impersonal service are delivered to a large number of cases.  It’s not the size of the firm in the fight; but it’s the size of the fight in the firm that provides success.

Q. How much will my case cost?
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Please click on the “Fees and Pricing” menu for basic rates and services.  Each case is different and requires a true understanding of  the  complexity of the problem.

Q. What can I expect if I contract with PHW?
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As a taxpayer you can be assured that your rights will be vigorously implemented and defended by PHW utilizing the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and other laws with applicable regulations.  Correct strategies coupled with aggressive representation and accurate interpretation of the IRS coded transcripts, result in a high degree of success.

Q. Why is the coded transcript so important?
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It is the roadmap to solving your case.  As your case progresses the coded transcript lets PHW anticipate the next moves the IRS intends to make.

Q. Will PHW work with my local attorney or CPA?
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Yes, provided they follow the agreed strategy that has been proposed for your case.