Vadik's Case Study

Small Business Owner settles tax debt of $36,000 for $500

TaxRise saves over 98.7% for client

| July 22, 2020

New York, New York – The tax pros at TaxRise assist Vadik, a small business owner, and resolve his debt.

Vadik Lothar* is a self-employed, small business owner operating a flower shop in New York, New York. Although Vadik didn’t have any years of unfiled taxes, he had not been properly keeping up on his estimated tax payments. 

In actuality, his business wasn’t making enough money for him to even pay his estimated tax (ES) payments.  

Vadik had not kept track of his estimated tax payments, which earned him many penalties.

Estimated tax payments are normally what self-employed people have to pay to cover not only income tax but also other taxes such as the self-employment tax and the alternative minimum tax.

Sole proprietors, partners, and S corporation shareholders have to figure out and file estimated tax payments quarterly.

For those, like Vadik, who don’t pay enough taxes through withholdings and estimated tax payments, they are charged with penalties. Also, you can get charged with a penalty if you are late with your estimated tax payments.

For those who must file their ES payments each quarter, you can use the Form 1040-ES found on the IRS website.  

At the height of Vadik’s hardship, the IRS threatened to deploy collection efforts against him. When Vadik realized his debt had amassed to a staggering $36,000, he knew he needed to seek out professional assistance.

TaxRise's Resolution Strategy

Once we received Vadik’s case, our priority was ensuring that the IRS couldn’t take collection actions against him. To do this, we would need to secure Vadik both power of attorney and set him up on a temporary installment agreement.

Our tax experts diligently and skillfully organized the necessary information to negotiate with the IRS. TaxRise was successful, and the IRS approved both the power of attorney and the temporary installment agreement for our client.

Next, we needed to build a case for Vadik to attain an offer in compromise with the IRS. To do this, we would have to collect a lot of information from Vadik.

Proof of income, rental agreement, car insurance, health insurance, and signed tax returns – some of the various things we use to craft the most ideal case possible.

We used the power of attorney and a temporary installment agreement to halt the collection efforts of the IRS.

TaxRise and Vadik would run into trouble during this information collection process. Both Vadik’s email and his mail were proving inefficient.

After further investigation, we discovered that a large portion of Vadik’s mail was being sent to his old work addresses. Moreover, his email wasn’t working and needed to be fixed.

Despite these inconveniences, Taxrise constructed what we believed to be the most optimal case for Vadik.

We soon presented Vadik’s case before the IRS and obtained an offer in compromise. His $36,000 debt was reduced to $500 – a savings of over 98.7%!

The End Result

TaxRise stopped the IRS from taking collection action against Vadik, and we successfully resolved his $36,000 debt for $500 – a saving of over 98.7%!

See Vadik’s signed Offer in Compromise Below!

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* Client’s name changed for privacy.