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Tax Debt Services in Greenville

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Tax debt can result in serious financial consequences if left unchecked. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and SC Department of Revenue have broad powers for collecting back taxes and can potentially levy your assets, garnish your wages, or even take your assets. Our tax debt services in Greenville can help you avoid these outcomes and help you manage money owed to the government.

Our attorneys at Southeastern Tax Advocates include Verne McGough, who is board certified in tax law. Southeastern Tax Advocates is a subsidiary of Merline & Meacham, P.A. [1], which has been serving South Carolina clients since 1970. We are familiar with how to efficiently negotiate and implement a variety of tax debt settlements and will work directly with you to find a relief solution that gets your life back on track.


Schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team virtually or in person at one of our two conveniently located South Carolina offices. Call (864) 613-6608 or contact us online today!


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Southeastern Tax Advocates is a local firm that strives to deliver favorable results. We know what is at stake when you are dealing with tax debt and will explore every possible option when assessing your case. Our firm can help you address federal, state, sales, and international taxes.

Our tax debt services in Greenville can assist you with:

  • IRS Audits and Appeals. Being audited is never fun, but any request from the IRS must be taken seriously and handled carefully. Audits will generally occur when the IRS notices discrepancies in a return, such as missing income, mathematical errors, or unusual deductions. Some individuals and businesses may also be randomly selected for a line-by-line, itemized audit. Our lawyers can assist you with all types of audits, including simple letters, audit letters, field audits, and office audits. We can represent you in meetings with the IRS and even litigate conflicts that cannot be resolved outside of tax court. Our firm can also assist you with appealing unfavorable decisions resulting from an IRS audit and help you create a plan if you ultimately owe the government money.
  • Payroll Taxes. Employers are required to deduct certain types of taxes – including federal and state income taxes – directly from their employees’ paychecks. These funds must be promptly deposited with the IRS and SC Department of Revenue on a strict schedule. Businesses that pay independent contractors $600 or more in a calendar year must also facilitate IRS Form 1099s for those contractors. Companies can face heavy penalties and tax bills if they fail to appropriately deduct and deposit payroll taxes. We can help you address and mitigate the consequence of payroll tax debt.
  • Tax Collection. The IRS and SC Department of Revenue will eventually resort to powerful tools to collect what they are owed. The government does not have to secure judgments from a court to carry out certain types of collection actions, including wage garnishments, meaning tax authorities can access and seize your assets faster than non-government creditors. If you owe money to the IRS or SC Department of Revenue, you will receive a Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing when the government is ready to pursue collection actions. We can act quickly on your behalf to stop imminent collection efforts from taking effect or stop any ongoing actions.
  • Tax Evasion. Tax evasion is a felony criminal offense that can be charged when the IRS or SC Department of Revenue suspects someone is intentionally avoiding paying their taxes. A federal conviction can result in up to 5 years in prison and $100,000 in fines for individuals. Someone only commits “tax evasion” when it can be proven they resorted to fraudulent schemes to deliberately underpay what they owe. Tax avoidance strategies are legal and do not constitute tax evasion, but the government will sometimes pursue these charges if they suspect income has deliberately been underreported, deductions have been improperly claimed, or financial records have been falsified. We can help you combat these serious charges.

Testimonials [2]

  • “I have known and worked with Verne McGough, for years. As a fellow attorney but in a different field of practice, he is the ONLY tax attorney to whom I will refer anyone. He is organized, prompt, and extremely knowledgeable in his field.”

    - Eydie T. (Attorney, Not a Client)
  • 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.

Explore your legal options for managing tax debt by calling (864) 613-6608 or contacting us online. Same-day appointments are available.

[1] 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.

[2] 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.

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  • Attorneys Who Personally Handle Your Case
  • Board-Certified in Tax Law (Verne McGough)

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