Every year I hear this question many times from taxpayers who are behind on their taxes. It’s understandable—the IRS has scared them, and they are looking for a quick and easy way out.
The problem is that many of these tax problem resolution companies have been found guilty of deceptive trade policies where they overpromised, collected tons of money upfront, and then failed to perform. In fact, many of their customers had bigger problems after they were hired than they did before.
Check out this link to an El Paso Times article written by David Leeper (an excellent tax attorney, if you ever need one) that goes into more specific detail on this point.