- Unfiled Taxes. You should always make every effort to file your tax returns on time, as penalties for filing late accumulate faster than penalties for paying late. You also cannot avoid paying your taxes by “forgetting” to file, as the IRS and SC Department of Revenue will prepare substitute returns that may even overstate your actual tax obligation. If you are behind on filing tax returns, our team can help you limit the negative consequences of the resulting tax debt.
- Wage Garnishments. The government has the power to take a portion of your paycheck without first obtaining a judgment. The IRS or SC Department of Revenue can continue to garnish your wages until your tax debt is satisfied, and unlike non-government creditors, there are fewer limits to how much they can take. The government is generally only required to leave behind only enough income to pay for basic necessities. We can work to stop imminent or ongoing wage garnishments by addressing the underlying tax debt.
- Tax Levies. When the government levies your property, they seize and take ownership of the levied asset. The IRS and SC Department of Revenue can levy many types of assets to satisfy tax debts, including your wages, bank accounts, retirement accounts, and rental property income. The government can even potentially levy your home, vehicle, and certain types of property. Our firm can work to release tax levies and protect your property through negotiating a tax settlement.
- Tax Settlements. If you owe back taxes, you can most likely negotiate with the IRS or SC Department of Revenue to create a repayment plan. When an agreement is pending, imminent or ongoing collections efforts, including levies and wage garnishments, will generally cease. Depending on your circumstances, our experienced team can help you secure offers in compromise, penalty abatements, installment agreements, and more.
 Southeastern Tax Advocates is a subsidiary of Merline & Meacham, P.A. All client cases will be handled by an attorney of Merline & Meacham, P.A. who primarily practices in one of our offices at 812 East North Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or 723 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
 Any result the law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.