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 then 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. http://bit.ly/JP0sME
Like any good CPA, I need to add a disclaimer: Unfortunately, it is impossible to offer comprehensive tax info over the internet, no matter how well researched or written. And remember, I love my readers but having me bookmarked on your computer doesn’t make you a client: before relying on any information given on this site, contact a tax professional to discuss your particular situation.