While on tours of duty, and even sometimes while at home, the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces risk their lives so that Americans can enjoy the privilege of living in America. However, while some combat vets are eligible for certain tax breaks and exemptions, many have returned to the States from serving dangerous tours of duty overseas, often in hostile territories, only to find that they owe past-due sums of money to the IRS. An article written by Andrew Tilghman of the Military Times, posted on the USA Today News website, reports that returning combat veterans (RCVs) owe the IRS $390 million. Thankfully, the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS) has recently launched a program to assist RCVs facing such issues. As ASTPS National Director Lawrence Lawler writes here, ASTPS member firms can volunteer to provide pro bono services to service men and women who recently returned home and now face tax problems; and Tax Resolution Services, Co. (TRS), one of the leading tax-debt relief firms in the country, is one of more than 120 member firms (and counting) actively participating in the initiative.
“This is a great opportunity for us to show how much we appreciate the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend this country,” said Michael Rozbruch, CEO and founder of TRS. “Many of them are facing some challenging tax problems that would be difficult for anyone, so even though we are just wrapping up tax season, it’s important to do this kind of work—and it’s an honor to represent our troops in these matters.”
Tilghman’s article relates that there are three main causes that are causing problems for deployed and returning combat veterans: “Confusion over eligibility rules for a tax break on income earned while serving in combat zones, frequent moves that increase the odds that tax documents are mailed to an old address, and the risk of deployed troops missing deadlines for response to IRS inquiries.” Upon returning home from combat duty, these are all difficult issues to sort out, but ASTPS member firms are well equipped to deal with such matters, since they are required to staff tax professionals—CPAs, tax attorneys, and enrolled agents—who are also Certified Tax Resolution Specialists, a certification bestowed upon ASTPS members who perform at a high standard, pass a qualifying exam, and exhibit an ability to solve a wide range of tax problems, requirements that the tax relief experts at TRS far exceed.
In addition to the benefit of showing appreciation for veterans, the ASTPS initiative also provides the tax-debt relief industry an opportunity to show its true colors as genuine, service-oriented, and consumer-friendly, an image that recently has been tainted as the result of a handful of high-profile unscrupulous companies working with dubious business models.
“This pro bono program dovetails seamlessly with our mission to provide honest, high-quality representation to consumers with legitimate claims,” said Rozbruch. “It is truly a win-win opportunity, and we look forward to working with our returning troops to make sure they get fair representation with the IRS.”
Rozbruch welcomes those who owe $20,000 or more to the IRS, have unfiled tax returns or are under audit to contact Tax Resolution Services via phone at 866-477-7762 or online at www.taxresolution.com for a free no obligation consultation.
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