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Tax Relief Services

Our tax relief attorneys offer exceptional tax relief services for taxpayers nationwide.  Fortress has the experience to resolve most any IRS tax debt or back tax issues. We offer many different services for tax debt resolution, if you are unsure which service you need, our professional staff will assist you. Give us a call today. Don’t put the IRS off any longer!

Offers in Compromise

The most common among tax relief services is called an Offer in Compromise. It is a tax debt settlement with the Internal Revenue Service (or state taxing authority) for less than the full amount owed.

Penalty Abatement

If you do not qualify for an Offer in Compromise, an alternative method of reducing the amount of tax debt, is to obtain an Abatement of Penalties.

Installment Agreements

Another tax relief service is called an Installment Agreement. This can be the best way to resolve your debt tax liability.

Trust Recovery Penalties

Shareholders, Officers, and certain employees can be held personally liable for a corporation’s failure to pay certain payroll taxes.

Innocent Spouse Tax Relief

Individuals who meet the criteria for Innocent Spouse Relief can be relieved of liability.

Tax Appeal Service

There are two primary avenues of appeal within the IRS: Collection Appeals Program (CAP), and Request for a Collection Due Process Hearing (CDP).

Creative Tax Relief Services

Occasionally, due to circumstances beyond the control of a taxpayer, a taxpayer cannot become eligible for any conventional tax resolution strategy.

Currently Not Collectible

Fortress provides more tax relief services than can be described within this website. If you owe back taxes and do not see the service you need listed within this site, please call us. The chances are that we can help.

Back Tax Relief

With a variety of back tax relief solutions available, it is important that you determine which type of back tax relief strategy best suits your specific needs.

Additional Services

Fortress provides more back tax related services than can be described within this website. If you owe back taxes and do not see the service you need listed within this site, please call us. The chances are that we can help.

What is tax relief and how does it work?

Tax relief encompasses a broad range of methods designed to reduce any effects of a tax debt that a taxpayer considers undesirable, and/or facilitate a tax resolution agreement that is favorable to a taxpayer, and includes one or more of the following:

  • The exercise of a taxpayer’s right to be represented by a licensed tax professional
  • Defending or asserting a taxpayer’s legal rights for the benefit of a taxpayer
  • Professional guidance through a complex framework of laws, procedures, and bureaucracy
  • Reduction or elimination of the risk of enforced collections, including bank levies, wage garnishments, and asset seizures
  • Reversal or mitigation of enforced collection actions
  • The use of administrative appeals to overturn government decisions adverse to a taxpayer
  • Reduction of the amount of time a taxpayer spends dealing with a tax liability or tax debt
  • Financial restructuring that will facilitate a more favorable resolution of a tax liability
  • The reduction of stress, anguish, or aggravation associated with having unpaid taxes
  • The use of government programs to financially benefit tax debtors
  • The negotiation and implementation of a taxpayer-favorable agreement with the IRS or a state taxing authority that will resolve a tax liability via a tax settlement, reduction of tax liability, affordable monthly payments, reduction or elimination of penalties or interest, or government approved non-payment or forgiveness of a tax liability
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  • What are the benefits of tax relief services?

    The benefits of tax relief include can reduction in the amount owed, protection from enforced collection, guidance through complex procedures and laws, reduced stress associated with unpaid taxes, the exercise of a taxpayer’s rights for the benefit of the taxpayer, affordable monthly payments, and increased peace of mind.

  • What does tax relief cost?

    The cost of tax relief depends on the nature and size of a tax liability, the strategy that best meets the taxpayer’s needs and circumstances, and the skill and experience of the tax relief service provider.  Costs range between $1,000 on the low end to over $15,000 for aggravated or complex cases.

  • Are tax relief programs worth it?

    It depends.  For small, first-time tax liabilities without aggravating factors, they might not be.  Other tax relief programs can save tens of thousands or even millions of dollars, or they can prevent outcomes that would be catastrophic in favor of outcomes that are manageable.  Call a reputable tax relief service provider to evaluate your specific situation.

  • How much does the IRS usually settle for?

    The average Offer in Compromise settlement in 2020 was $16,176.  However, tax settlements are based on the unique circumstances of each case so a better question is “How much might the IRS accept to settle my tax liability?”  Call a reputable tax relief service provider to determine whether you are a settlement candidate and what dollar amount the IRS might accept to settle your tax liability.

  • Can you negotiate with the IRS without a lawyer?

    Yes.  However, the tax collection laws, procedures, and bureaucracy are complex, and the stakes can be quite high.  Depending on your circumstances, engaging an experienced tax relief attorney may be a very wise decision. 

We Are A National Tax Resolution Services Company

Fortress represents clients throughout the country, and is capable of tackling issues involving the IRS and any state taxing authority.   We are also the only significant national tax resolution firm located in Oregon.  Our desirable Bend, Oregon location makes it easy for us to attract and retain quality attorneys.

IRS tax relief is generally considered to be any program or incentive that reduces the amount of tax owed by an individual or business entity. However, in a broader sense, tax relief may include any action, program or incentive that provides “relief” to an individual or business entity who is in collections with a taxing authority.

Fortress Tax Relief is a national tax relief company that intervenes with the taxing authorities on your behalf. Our tax relief services protect your wages and assets from enforcement, and with few exceptions, resolve your back tax liability with favorable terms.  Oftentimes we end up saving our clients thousands of dollars in our tax relief process.


Fortress Tax Relief is the only significant national tax resolution firm in the United States where every single case is handled personally by a tax debt attorney, who handles nothing but tax resolution cases day in and day out.

We offer tax relief services in a variety of categories; including Offers in Compromise also known as “OICs“,  Abatement of Penalties , IRS Installment AgreementsTrust Fund Recovery Penalties and additional services.

If you are an individual or business who owes more than $10,000 in taxes to the IRS or your state, then Fortress can help you. We have experience assisting clients throughout the United States and can work on cases in any state.

The first step towards relief is to contact Fortress Tax Relief.  Our caring and knowledgeable staff can outline a solution for you at no charge and can tell you whether you might qualify for a tax settlement or a reduction in penalties.

Business Tax Relief ATTORNEYS

Whether your business owes the IRS or a state taxing authority, it is important to take a proactive approach when addressing a business tax debt.  Contact our team to assist you in resolving your business tax liability before it is too late.

Individual Tax Relief ATTORNEYS

We can determine the most effective way to resolve your IRS or state individual tax debt.  Let our tax experts help you prevent or reverse wage garnishments and bank levies while making sure you repay the very least amount possible. Contact us now.

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The first thing you need to understand is the mechanics of an IRS bank levy.  When an IRS bank levy occurs, banks are required to hold onto your levied funds for 21 days before they can legally release them to the IRS. This 21-day count begins on the day that the bank processes the IRS levy or

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Generally speaking, the IRS sending you certified mail document is to show the IRS has attempted to give you notice of whatever tax debt issue the IRS wants to address with you. The IRS sent you certified mail because the IRS wants to protect itself in case, among other reasons, you argue the IRS failed to

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Answer: Depending upon the specifics of your situation, it may be possible to avoid hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in penalties simply by “designating” IRS installment payments applied toward your tax liability.  Keep in mind that payments made in accordance with a formalized installment agreement are not considered voluntary, so you have no right

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6 IRS Collection Notices You Absolutely Need to Notice

Getting behind on your tax obligations to the IRS is very stressful. Much of that stress stems from IRS collection notices. Not only is a delinquent taxpayer’s mailbox flooded with IRS mail, but that mail almost always contains scary, bolded “PAY NOW” demands, confusing language, and seemingly conflicting numbers. Clients often come to us overwhelmed,

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