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Recent Emails From Clients



Hi Nick,

Thanks for staying in touch. You should be commended on your professional and timely correspondence.

John A.


You are great. Hope I have a chance to meet you personally and shake your hand. If the world had more people like you it would be a blessing.

Melinda F.


YOU are THE man!   thanks again

Gerry D.


If I don't talk to you again before the holidays I wish you all the best and a great big huge fat THANK YOU !!!!

Diana R.

1st Week of November's Highlights- 3 Levy Releases, Abatement of $13,762, and 3 Summon Quashes!

There were also three clients who came to me where I was able to quash the summons (not pictured).  Which means that the taxpayer did not have to meet with the Internal Revenue Service.  Busy week, but a very successful one. 

If you are looking for help, look no further, call me today 720-340-4065 or email

Wage Garnishment Released Within Hours of Hiring Nick

Dissecting a Retainer Billing Statement from a Large Tax Resolution Company

Retainer Billing Practices 101

All large tax resolution companies bill by the hour. The contract you sign, usually titled an engagement letter, service or work agreement, may not clearly state that you will be billed by the hour, sometimes it is hidden with broad language and vague legalese not immediately recognized by non-attorneys.  The salesperson may tell you it is a "flat-fee" but then you will be surprised when they send you a retainer statement a month or two down the road asking you to "replenish" your retainer by sending them extra money (usually thousands).

Here is a copy of a "monthly retainer billing statement" from one of the larger tax resolution companies. I am currently working with this taxpayer to obtain a refund from this firm he fired after coming to me.

Please keep in mind that I don't mean to suggest that everyone who works at these companies are necessarily bad people, but they are pushed by their management team to get in as muc…

2010 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum San Diego Review

The 2010 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum was nicely set up and had some great presentation speakers.

Some of the highlights discussed from the forum:
There were almost one million federal tax liens filed in 2009.The National Taxpayer Advocate's Office discovered that federal tax liens drop your credit score 100 points as soon as they are filed.  The investigation also found that the three major reporting credit agencies, Experian, Equifax, and Transunion, do not remove tax liens for years, if at all, even after the tax has been paid.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows the agencies to keep the lien on your credit report for up to 7 years after payment in full.  Regardless of this Act for some reason the investigation found that Equifax keeps liens on your report for up to 15 years, Experian keeps the liens on your report for 10 years, and TransUnion indefinently!  Federal Tax Lien filings went up 475% over the past 10 years.Bankruptcy on back taxes are dischargable in a bankruptcy 3 year…

What is an Enrolled Agent?

An Enrolled Agent (EA) is a federally-authorized tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation and who is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals. 

So with that said, what exactly is an “Enrolled Agent”?

“Enrolled” means to be licensed to practice by the federal government, and “Agent” means authorized to appear in the place of the taxpayer at the IRS. Only Enrolled Agents, attorneys, and CPAs may represent taxpayers before the IRS. The Enrolled Agent profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the U.S. Treasury Department.

How does one become an Enrolled Agent?

The license is earned in one of two ways, by passing a comprehensive examination which covers all aspects of the tax code, or having …

Business Installment Agreement $500 month on $35,000 Liability on 941, 940 and 1120 taxes on his S-Corp

Client's Case Resolved in less than 30 Days-Resolution: Uncollectible

Beware of Ambulance Chasing Telemarketers Calling You Regarding a Government Tax Lien; Direct Violation of IRS Circular 230!

Ring*Ring* "Hello we are calling to speak to the (owner/Mr./Ms.x) regarding a private matter".

"Yes this is Ms. X". 

"Ms. X, we are calling you regarding a federal tax lien that was filed are you aware of that?"

"Yes, I am."

"Well Ms. X (in pleasant "soft" voice, usually female) I am with Muddy Waters Financial and we specialize in helping people resolve their back taxes.  How much are they claiming you owe?"

"Around X amount."

"OK, hold on for me, we can definitely help."

{Transfers you to the "closer" for a hard sell}

"Hello Ms. X, my name is Seth Gideon, I am a senior consultant here at Muddy Waters Financial. We have been in business since Aramaic was still a spoken language....hire us and all the penalty and interest will stop immediately.  If you don't the IRS will levy your bank account!"

Sound familiar?  If you have had the misfortune of the IRS or your State Taxing Authority place…

Keys to a Successful Offer in Compromise | Nicholas Hartney, EA | Genesis Tax Consultants, LLC ©

Keys to Unlock a Successful Offer in Compromise ©by Nicholas Hartney, EA © of Genesis Tax Consultants, LLC©*Updated Article 2018 Here
Contact me: Nicholas Hartney Licensed to Represent Taxpayers Before the IRS 
The Offer in Compromise is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer’s liability for some amount which is less than the full amount due. The IRS has the authority to settle or compromise federal tax liabilities by accepting less than full payment under certain circumstances.

The taxpayer makes an Offer in Compromise on Form 656. If the IRS accepts the Offer in Compromise, then a contract is formed in which the IRS agrees to cancel the tax debt in return for the payment of the agreed sum. The IRS has a whole set of rules, policies and procedures which govern when it will accept an offer.

Unfortunately, you just don’t offer to pay them 10, 25, or 50 cents on the dollar. They look at your offer, compare it to their guidelines and then either accept it, rej…