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San Diego Tax Debt Relief Attorneys

Comprehensive & Effective Legal Representation

At Debt Relief Legal Clinic, our team of reliable Tax Debt Relief lawyers is familiar with the IRS tax code and the various programs that individuals and businesses can take advantage of if they are struggling with tax debt. Our tax lawyers can help you navigate the process and apply for programs that can save you a substantial amount of money.

When you choose one of our San Diego tax attorneys to represent you through the bankruptcy process, we will review your financial situation to determine which tax debt relief programs you are eligible for. Whether you owe individual back taxes to the IRS or have delinquent taxes that are causing financial difficulties for your business, our legal professionals will gladly use our extensive resources to assist with settling your tax debt.

Offer in Compromise

An Offer in Compromise is usually the best option for most taxpayers who find themselves in debt. The Offer in Compromise program allows qualified individuals with unpaid tax debts to negotiate a settled amount that is less than the total amount owed to clear the debt. If the IRS believes repaying the tax debt would cause significant hardship or if they doubt you will be able to pay back your debt or the accuracy of your tax liability, then an Offer in Compromise might be offered instead of litigation.

The IRS must review all of your expenses, income, assets, and other liabilities to determine if you can pay your current debt liability. Before you can be granted an offer in compromise, you must meet certain conditions set by the IRS. For one, you must remain current in filing and paying taxes or withholding taxes for the current year. You also must remain current on filing and paying taxes for the next five years.

Call Debt Relief Legal Clinic at (619) 639-9228 or contact us online to get in touch with one of our tax lawyers in San Diego, CA and schedule your free consultation today!

Can I Discharge My Back Taxes in Bankruptcy?

Depending on the type of tax debt you have, it might be possible to get it discharged through bankruptcy. However, taxes you willfully attempted to evade and penalties for tax fraud aren’t dischargeable in bankruptcy. Income taxes are dischargeable in bankruptcy if you meet the following three conditions:

  • The taxes being discharged are at least three years past due
  • You filed a tax return for the tax you owe
  • The taxes must have been assessed within 240 days before the bankruptcy filing

Discharging tax debts through bankruptcy can be quite complicated, which why you should consult with a San Diego tax lawyer to discuss all of your options so you can make informed decisions.


Question #1: What should I do if I can’t pay my tax debt?

A: You should immediately reach out to an experienced tax lawyer to discuss possible payment alternatives and whether you qualify for tax debt relief.

Question #2: Do tax liens expire?

A: Yes. There is a 10-year statute of limitations for which the IRS can collect back taxes. After this period expires, the IRS is barred from continuing collection activities. The 10-year period begins as soon as the IRS discovers you owe taxes.

Question #3: Does the IRS have to inform me if they levy my bank account?

A No. The IRS can levy your checking account or savings account by simply notifying your bank that they are seizing the funds in the accounts.

Speak to a San Diego Tax Attorney About Your Options

If you have overwhelming debt owed to the IRS, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to Debt Relief Legal Clinic today so we can help you get a fresh start. When you choose our firm to represent you, we make it our top priority to help you navigate each phase of the legal process so you have peace of mind.

Call one of our tax attorneys in San Diego at (619) 639-9228 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today!

Why Hire Our Firm?

We Help You Find Relief from Debt
  • Certified Bankruptcy Specialist

    Attorney John C. Colwell has been recognized by the State Bar of California as one of 12 certified legal specialists in San Diego County for Bankruptcy Law.

  • Experienced

    Our attorney has over 35 years of experience and has dedicated the firm to consumer bankruptcy.

  • Bilingual

    Our legal team is bilingual and serve our clients in English and Spanish.

  • President of NACBA

    John C. Colwell has been a member of NACBA for 25 years and is currently the president.

  • Personal Approach

    We are a family-oriented business, committed to helping you get relief from debt.

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    We offer free consultations and take online payments for your convenience.

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