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Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq.

Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq. Steve is the founder and President of Fortress Financial Services. Steve has worked in the tax resolution industry, and has been representing taxpayers in collections with both state and federal governments, since 1999. Steve holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington (focus on Finance and Marketing) and attended Seattle University School of Law on an academic scholarship. He graduated cum laude and in the top 25% of his law school class. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado and is admitted to practice in United States Tax Court. Steve Galgoczy has never been disciplined by the Colorado Bar Association. Before Fortress, Steve spent four years as the top Associate with two of the largest tax resolution firms in the United States. During his career as a tax resolution professional, Steve has personally handled over 1500 cases involving delinquent taxes and has had significant involvement in well over 2500 such cases. Steve has extensive experience handling some of the most difficult tax collection cases found in the world of tax resolution and is considered by many to be among the best tax resolution professionals in the country. Steve is also considered by many to be among the best in the nation when it comes to training other tax resolution professionals. He has trained a number of professionals who are currently employed by competing firms, including at least one professional who is an owner of a competing firm. Steve has also extensively trained every single Fortress attorney, which typically means more than 500 hours of one on one time with each attorney--and the vast majority of that time is spent working real life cases. While Steve’s primary focus is quality assurance for all Fortress clients, he is available to assist other Fortress attorneys when additional firepower is needed.

IRS Offer in Compromise | Fresh Start Initiative | Form 656

IRS Offer in Compromise: Common Challenges to Approval

No single IRS resolution strategy is marketed with more verve and breathless urgency than the Offer in Compromise strategy (aka Tax Settlement).  Tax relief companies tout this strategy as a surefire “pennies on the dollar” sweepstakes that you can’t afford not to pursue.  You may have even heard first-hand stories from friends who owed six

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IRS Installment Payments

IRS Installment Payments: Can I Avoid Back Tax Penalties

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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Top 6 IRS Collection Notices

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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IRS tax levy

Notice of Levy: Will the IRS Seize My Assets Because of My Unpaid Taxes?

One of the biggest sources of anxiety for many who have fallen behind with their taxes is whether the IRS or state taxing authority will swoop in, zap their bank accounts, garnish their wages, and seize their home, investment accounts, or other assets.  While this nightmare scenario can and does become a reality for some

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Beat IRS Collections

How to Beat IRS Collections by Navigating the Bureaucracy

One of the very biggest mistakes that people in collections with the IRS make every day is to simply accept what a lower-level IRS Collection employee tells them. This often means accepting an unfavorable, or even disastrous, outcome that could severely impact the ability of an individual or business to make ends meet.  If you

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Business Tax Debt

My Business is Drowning in Tax Debt. Can I Close My Company and Start Over with a New One?

My experience as an attorney for the past 16 years has taught me that every client loves quick, easy solutions.  When it comes to huge business tax liabilities, one might wonder if they can simply close their company and forget about the tax debt forever. This probably sounds like a pipe dream. But is it?

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Business Tax Debt Attorney

I Have a Business Tax Debt: Can a Business Tax Attorney Help?

For many reasons, business tax debts tend to be far more dangerous than individual tax debts. This is primarily because the IRS and state taxing authorities use a completely different playbook when it comes to collecting unpaid taxes from businesses than they do when collecting from individuals.    With individual tax debts, the government is

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