For many years now, I have worked in the IRS back tax help industry. I have a daily routine of reading up on tax news and tax code changes. Every once in a while, I run across an article explaining, “why you should or should not, use a tax settlement firms to resolve your back taxes”. Honestly, the opposing opinions about this topic have become an annoyance. On one hand, you have tax settlement firms professing “the sky is going to fall if, you don’t get professional help”. And on the other hand, you have self-appointed back tax gurus, warning against the use of tax relief firms. While both sides have some valid points, it seems to me, none of them have true motivations to be authentic on this topic.
Who are they?
Let me first define the two authors I usually find writing about tax settlement.
Tax settlement companies
These are organizations who help delinquent taxpayers work out their back taxes with the IRS and state tax authorities. These companies usually have principal owners who hold a professional designations (e.g. CPA, Tax Attorney, Enrolled Agent, etc).
Tax settlement bloggers
Tax settlement bloggers, write blog posts and news articles for websites. These authors usually have a broader perspective on the topics they write about. Their ideas are generated through information and resources gathered on the web. They then write about their “experiences” and share their content with the rest of the world.
I believe the major cause of the difference in tax settlement opinions, has to do with motivational biases. The content quality shared isn’t as important as, what compels the author to write. To get a better picture, lets take a look at the biases involved.
Tax Settlement Company Bias (TSCB)
If you read an article written by a tax relief company, they almost always advise readers to get professional help. Company written articles contain bias because, their content strategy revolves around prompting contact from prospective customers. Which is common practice in the “back tax help industry”. So does this imply these companies are dishonest and out to scam you? I don’t believe so.
It is clear their “articles” are prompting you to call them. They are looking for an opportunity to sell you their services. So in my opinion, the content is always going to lean towards a, “call to action”. They give just enough information in hopes you will call them for more guidance. Which hardly implies they are dishonest since, they are only fishing for new customers.
Tax Settlement Blogger Bias (TSBB)
Tax settlement blogger bias, refers to a blogger’s intent to generate page views and, drive traffic to their website. They want you to emotionally react to their content, to prompt shares on Facebook and other social media outlets. If you share their posts with friends, they have accomplished their mission. Doesn’t sound bad at first glance, right? The problem is, what if the information is boring? They’re probably going to spice it up a little, agreed?
Now, the main problem with some tax settlement bloggers is, they lack “hands-on” experience with the topics they author. I am not saying they lack expertise or can’t find the knowledge online. I am simply lending merit to “back tax” work experience. Actual time spent working with back tax cases, might shift some of these blogger’s opinions. Therefore, content bloggers write may lack ideas when compared to, authors who work with IRS back tax cases; and back tax relief clients. Look at it another way, some of these authors sometimes re-purposing someone else’s bias (another author’s content), along with their own bias, without any real experience on the inner workings of tax settlement. Hence, the problems with blogger content could be exponentially skewed.
How does this help you?
I have experience in both blogging and tax settlement. My advice to you is: Professional help goes a long way to help some taxpayers, in other cases, it isn’t worth paying for. You can’t rely on a company or a blogger, to help you decide exactly what you should do about your back tax issues. You must evaluate the opinions of both authors while seeing through their biases. There is value, in content provided by both authors. You will find, relevant back tax help information by both authors. Just be careful not to believe everything you read.
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