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The attorneys with Michael T. Chulak & Associates, will use the law to your advantage in solving your tax problems.

We are attorneys licensed by the State Bar of California. Our conversations with you are protected by the attorney-client privilege and we are governed by the California Rules of Professional Conduct. We are not unlicensed "tax consultants" operating as part of a national franchise, a marketing network, or a referral service. If you are a resident of California and need professional, competent representation in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or Franchise Tax Board concerning a tax problem of $10,000 or more, call us for a no cost initial consultation. We solve tax problems.

Following are areas where Michael T. Chulak & Associates may be able to help you solve a tax problem.
  • Stop Wage Garnishments

  • Remove Tax Liens

  • Stop Levies of Bank Accounts

  • Settle Tax Bills with an Offer in Compromise

  • Arrange Installment Agreements

  • Defend Tax Audits

  • Represent You In Appeals

  • Unfiled Tax Returns

  • Save Your Property from Seizure

  • Reduce or Abate Penalties and Interest Charges

  • Innocent Spouse Claims

  • Stop IRS or FTB Agents From Appearing at Your Home or Business

  • Defend You in a Criminal Investigation or Prosecution

  • Stop Harassment, Intimidation and Threats

  • 941 Payroll Issues

  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Does your firm offer a free consultation to people who have tax problems?
A. Absolutely. Call us to discuss any tax or other legal matter.

Q. How do you keep your fees as low as possible?
A. We do not spend money on expensive radio and television advertising and we do not pay celebrity spokespeople for their endorsements. Almost all of our clients are generated from referrals or this website.

Q. How are you compensated?
A. We are generally compensated on a flat fee basis which we quote after your free initial consultation. The fee will be based upon a number of factors including the number and identity of the government agencies and/or departments involved in the matter.

Q. How much money can we save by using the services of your law firm?
A. Even after a free consultation, we cannot be absolutely certain because many factors affect the outcome of each case. We will provide you with our best estimate, keep you fully informed, and provide you with excellent representation at every stage of the process. Unlike some “tax resolution specialists” that advertise on the radio, we do not make false promises or suggest unrealistic results. We do promise that every effort will be made to save you as much money as possible and that we will attempt to resolve your tax problem as soon as possible, consistent with obtaining a good result.

Q. Can a non-attorney tax resolution expert be made to testify against me in a court proceeding?
A. Yes. Only attorney-client communications are fully privileged. This means that the government cannot require an attorney to testify against his client or produce confidential communications or work product. The same privilege does not exist for so-called “tax resolution experts” and only a limited privilege exists for CPAs and accountants which does not include testimony concerning violations of state and/or federal laws. In short, only communications with an attorney are fully protected.

Q. How long have you been offering to represent clients before the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) or Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
A. Since 1998.

Q. The IRS keeps showing up at my business to talk to me. My employees are starting to ask questions and are getting very uncomfortable. What can be done?
A. Once you sign a power of attorney making us your agent, the surprise appearances will stop because the IRS will be required to deal with us.

Q. Can the IRS or Franchise Tax Board close down a profitable business if it gets behind in the payment of payroll taxes?
A. Yes. The IRS and FTB consider the non-payment of payroll taxes to be a form of theft which makes the non-payment a very serious matter. Consequently, the payment of payroll taxes should be the first priority of every business. The use of these funds by the business, even on a temporary basis, is a major mistake. It is important to understand that all employees, officers, and directors who have the responsibility of directing the collection and payment of payroll taxes can be held personally liable to the IRS and/or FTB for any payroll taxes, penalties, and interest not paid by the business.

Q. The IRS agent that came to my office told me he wanted to help me. Is there any truth to this statement?
A. No. The IRS is not there to help you. The agent's mission is to collect every dollar possible as fast as possible using every method possible. The agent is not your friend. He or she represents the IRS which is a collection agency. If given the opportunity, the government will seize the last $20.00 from your bank account. If you have broken the law, they can accuse you of criminal conduct and can even attempt to put you in prison. They do not care about your family.

Q. Is the IRS required to obtain a court judgment before they can seize a taxpayer’s bank account or other assets?
A. Unfortunately, the federal courts and Congress have given the IRS and the State Franchise Tax Board the power to seize a citizen’s property without a court trial when it involves a tax bill.  The burden is then on the taxpayer to prove that the government seized assets that exceed the amount owing.

Q. What is an Offer in Compromise?
A. It is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that resolves the taxpayer's debt for less than the full amount owing. Michael T. Chulak & Associates can assist you in getting an Offer in Compromise approved by the IRS if you qualify.

Q. Will an Offer in Compromise damage my credit standing?
A. No. It may help your credit standing if it results in the release of a lien.

Q. Is there any reason I shouldn’t represent myself at an audit?
A. Yes. If you represent yourself in person, the agent will have an opportunity to question you about anything outside the original scope of the audit. In addition, the agent may take advantage of you unless you are knowledgeable about the law and your legal rights.

Q. What is most likely to result in an audit?

  • Self-Employment

  • Home Office Deductions

  • High Income

  • Unresolved Taxable Income

  • High Percentage of Itemized Deductions

  • Errors on the Return

  • You are a Political target

Q. Is there a limitation on audits?
A. Yes. There is a three year statute of limitations on IRS audits.  The three year period starts upon the filing of each tax return.

Q. Is there a limitation on the IRS collecting a debt?
A. Yes. There is a ten year statute of limitations on the collection of a debt by the IRS.

Q. What can the IRS or FTB seize and sell for unpaid taxes?
A. Your home, bank accounts, stock, automobiles, wages, retirement accounts, rental income, dividends, the cash value of your life insurance, and accounts receivable are some of the assets that can be seized by the IRS or FTB to pay taxes.

Q. In what areas do you represent clients?
A. Michael T. Chulak & Associates represents clients throughout California.

Q. What happens if I have unfiled tax returns and unpaid taxes?
A. Filing your tax returns is a top priority and is required to resolve your tax problems. Michael T. Chulak & Associates can refer you to a tax preparer if you need assistance.

Q. We are behind in paying the IRS both payroll and income taxes. The interest and penalties have been so severe that we can't possibly get caught up. Their collection actions have nearly destroyed our small business. Will a bankruptcy help? We don't have much time before we lose our business which is our only source of income. We also have five employees at risk of losing their jobs.
A. The IRS and Franchise Tax Board (FTB) have been the "final straw" that has closed thousands of businesses causing hundreds of thousands of job losses. A bankruptcy may help. Since some, but not all taxes are dischargeable, it is necessary for an experienced business bankruptcy attorney to evaluate your individual situation.

Q. Is the IRS responsible for the collection of taxes and penalties to be levied under Obamacare?
A. Yes. The federal government has hired 16,000 new IRS Agents plus staff in order to handle the collection of all new taxes and penalties relating to the new law.

Q. Is it a crime to refuse to pay the Obamacare tax?
A. Absolutely. The refusal to pay any tax is a crime punishable by fines and possible imprisonment.

Q. What is the penalty for not filing federal income tax returns?
A. Any person required to pay any estimated federal income tax, or tax, or required to file a tax return, keep records, or supply any information, who willfully fails to pay such estimated tax or tax, file such return, keep such records, or supply such information, at the time or times required by law or regulations, shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $25,000 ($100,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.

As you can see, the government has incredible power over the people. Based on the current law, there could easily be more people in prison than outside.

Q. What is the crime of tax evasion and what is the penalty?
A. To establish the elements of tax evasion, the government must prove the following elements, each beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • An affirmative act constituting an attempt to evade or defeat a tax or a payment thereof;

  • An additional tax is due and owing; and

  • The act is willful.
Any person who willfully attempts, in any matter, to evade or defeat any federal income tax shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.

Q. What is the Tax Payers Bill of Rights?
A. The Tax Payers Bill of Right is a publication (Publication 1) of the IRS that starts with a misrepresentation in its first paragraph, “IRS employees will explain and protect your rights as a taxpayer throughout your contact with us”. Only a fool believes the IRS and FTB will protect your rights.

The truth: The IRS is a collection agency for the federal government. Its job is to collect every dollar they can from each taxpayer. The IRS does not represent your interest.

The Tax Payers Bill of Rights publication can be found on the IRS website.

Q. Is it true that the bottom 47% on the income scale pay absolutely no federal income taxes?
A. Yes. It is also true that the top 1% of earners pay 40% of all federal income taxes and the top 10% of earners pay 73% of all federal income taxes. These are statistics from our own federal government.

Q. What is the effect of having a tax lien filed against me and my spouse?
A. The IRS will file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien with the County Recorders office in your county. The lien is a public notice that you owe taxes according to the IRS. The notice states: “There is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the taxes, penalties, interest, and costs that may accrue.” The FTB will file their own lien. Such liens will make it extremely difficult to obtain credit. We can help you by getting both IRS and FTB liens removed.

Q. How long will it take to get my tax problem resolved?
A. It depends on the number of government agencies or departments involved, how far your case has progressed, which government agencies are involved, and other factors. The majority of tax problems are resolved within two to six months. You can be certain that we will get started immediately after being authorized by you in writing and that we will keep you fully informed as we make progress.

Q. What is a power of attorney?
A. In order for our firm to represent you before the IRS and FTB we will need for you to sign two separate power of attorney forms. The forms require the IRS and FTB to communicate only with us which means they are no longer able to harass you. Both forms can be found on this website.


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Don't let the world's largest and most powerful collection agency threaten to take your home or other assets. They have unlimited resources and will not stop their collection actions voluntarily.  The IRS is the most brutal and feared collection agency on the planet. They can force you into bankruptcy and destroy your business. The IRS and the FTB will not hesitate to crush you if that is what it takes to reach your money.  Call us today for a free consultation regarding tax relief or any other legal issue. Don't wait until it's too late.  Between the IRS and the FTB, they can seize up to 50% of your income without a trial. Please visit Attorney - Client Privilege and call us, we'll get started today.  Let us stand between you and the government.  Your case will be handled by an attorney.


How We Represent You

The legal services we provide are divided into phases:

First, we gather information from you and provide you with a short free initial consultation.

Next, for a fixed fee of $290 we contact the government agency that is making the tax claim. If two agencies are making claims, we contact both for $500. We obtain relevant information from the government, evaluate your position, and then call you to discuss an appropriate and practical course of action. At this point, we provide you with a quote for any additional recommended legal services.

If you decide to have us represent you further, we provide you with a written fee agreement that describes the services to be provided and the exact cost.



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